My Hero is a British television series that first ran on BBC One from February 2000 to September 2006. The series is a comedy, whose central character is a superhero named Thermoman, who hails from the planet Ultron, and the series deals with situations that ensue as he learns about the people of Earth. "Thermoman" uses the alias of George Sunday (portrayed by Ardal O'Hanlon and later James Dreyfus), who has a romantic relationship with Janet Dawkins (played by Emily Joyce). The two later marry and have two children, Ollie and Cassie.
The series debuted in February 2000 on BBC One, and had six series, with a total of fifty-one regular episodes as of 2007, including an additional Christmas special, broadcast in December 2000.
In 2002, the third series was released on DVD, including actor biographies and out-takes. In the UK, re-runs air on UKTV Gold; in the United States, it is shown regularly on select PBS stations and on BBC America. The first series was released on Region 1 DVD in the U.S. on January 16, 2007.
The sixth and final series, beginning in July 2006, saw James Dreyfus taking over from Ardal O'Hanlon in the lead role, as George loses his former human identity in a game of poker. This was quite similar to a concept used in British Television show Doctor Who, called regeneration, in which the lead actor changes. This move proved unpopular with the series, which was suffering from plummeting ratings and ultimately being relegated to a Sunday afternoon slot. The series was axed in September 2006 due to the bad ratings, possibly due to the Big Brother finals and other competitive programmes.