CTVA US Adventure - "Life & Times of Grizzly Adams" (NBC) (1977-78) Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle

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The Life and Legend of
Grizzly Adams (1977-78)

Episode Guide compiled by  The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King, Rina Fox
references:
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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS
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Schick Sunn Classic production
for
NBC (Wednesdays 8:00 PM ET)
Created by Executive Producer Charles E. Sellier Jr
 Produced by Art Stolnitz (prod. nos. 701-713)
Produced by Leonard B. Kaufman (prod. nos. 714-720)
Produced by James Simmons (prod. nos. 721-737)
US Family Adventure series 1977-78   37 episodes x 60 min color
(09Feb77-26Jul78)
starring
Dan Haggerty as  James Caper "Grizzly" Adams
Denver Pyle as Mad Jack
with
Don Shanks as Nakuma
John Bishop as Robbie Cartman
and
Ben, the grizzly bear as Bozo

Premise:
A man escapes to the mountains after an unjust accusation of murder,
and lives on there with an old prospector and a pet bear.

WANTED- DEAD OR ALIVE
JAMES CAPER ADAMS
$1,000 REWARD

"The story of Grizzly Adams is big and powerful and beautiful.
They call me Mad Jack (Denver Pyle) and me and my burro no. 7 have
been trapesing these slopes and valleys for a long time. So I know
the story from the beginning. My friend Adams was accused of a crime
he didn't commit. So he escaped into the mountains leaving behind
the only life he ever knew. Now that wilderness out there ain't no
place for a green horn, and his chances of surviving were pretty
slim. Before no time at all he was beaten down, rugged and nearly
starved. Long about then he came across a grizzly bear cub, all alone
and helpless. Now Adams knew that little critter couldn't survive
without his help. So he started right down that cliff risking his own
life to save it. Now that cub took to Adams right off and that's was
when he discovered he had a special kind of way with animals. They'd
just come up to him as if he were a natural part of the wilderness.
But that bear cub - he was extra special. As he growed he became the
best friend Adams ever had and together they became a legend .....


"Grizzly Adams" theme song 'Maybe'
Written and Performed by Thom Pace

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NBC Wednesdays 8:00pm Eastern

1.01 Grizzly Adams: ADAM'S CUB
Prod. no. 704
09Feb1977 NBC Wed (rerun 31Aug77)
Producer Art Stolnitz
Directed by James L. Conway
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Guest Stars:
Hank Kendrick ..... Jed
Lucky Hayes ....... Mary Bowker
Introducing:
Kristen Curry ..... Eliza Bowker
Synopsis 1:
Fugitive mountain man Adams exposes himself to possible capture by
trying to find the parents of an 8-year-old girl he found stranded in the wilderness. [RF]

1.02 Grizzly Adams: BLOOD BROTHER
Prod. no. 703
16Feb1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Synopsis:
Adams tells an 8-year-old boy the story of how he saved the life of
his Indian blood brother Nakuma and found Ben the bear. [JK]

1.03 Grizzly Adams: FUGITIVE
Prod. no. 705
23Feb1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz ?[RF] / Produced by Leonard B. Kaufman (on film?)
Teleplay by Paul Hunter and Arthur Heineman/ Story by Hindi Brooks
Directed by Richard (Dick) Friedenberg
Written by Hindi Brooks
Guest cast:
Ken Berry ............... Will Boker
Jason Clark ............. Marshal
Patrick Wright .......... Deputy
Synopsis:
Fugitive Mountain man Adams rescues a traveling salesman from a river,
unaware that the fellow is being pursued by a posse. [JK]

1.04 Grizzly Adams: UNWELCOME NEIGHBOR 
Prod. no. 701
02Mar1977 NBC Wed
Produced by Art Stolnitz
Teleplay by Paul Hunter and Larry Dobkin
Directed by James L. Conway
Guest Stars:
Ronny Cox ............. Jacob Cartman
John Bishop ........... Robbie Cartman
*
End Credits:
Executive Producer Charles E. Sellier Jr
Executive in Charge of Production James L. Conway
Associate Producer John Mahon
Story Editor Paul Hunter
Director of Photography Eric Saarinen
Synopsis 1:
Adams and Nakuma try to befriend a pugnacious settler who shows
little regard for the ways of nature. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Grizzly is rebuffed by new neighbors - until they need his help.

1.05 Grizzly Adams: HOWDY-DO, I'M MAD JACK
Prod. no. 706
09Mar1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz
Written by Jim Carlson & Terrance McDonnell
Directed by Jack B. Hively
*
(no guest cast in this episode)
*
End Credits:
Executive Producer Charles E. Sellier Jr
Executive in Charge of Production James L. Conway
Associate Producer John Mahon
Story Editor Paul Hunter
Director of Photography: Henning Schellerup
Synopsis:
ADAMS BELIEVING HIS BUDDY MAD JACK DROWNED, PAGES THROUGH THE PARTS
OF THE CRUSTY OLD MOUNTAIN MAN'S DIARY THAT RECOUNT THE BEGINNING
OF THEIR FRIENDSHIP. [JK]

1.06 Grizzly Adams: ADAM'S ARK
Prod. no. 709
16Mar1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Samuel A. Peeples
Guest Star:
Don Galloway ...... Allan Pinkerton
Synopsis
ADAMS RISKS ARREST TO SAVE HIS ANIMAL FRIENDS FROM AN ERUPTING VOLCANO
RATHER THAN HIDE FROM THE FAMOUS LAWMAN ALLAN PINKERTON. [JK]  

1.07 Grizzly Adams: THE REDEMPTION OF BEN
Prod. no. 710
23Mar1977 NBC Wed (rerun 20Jul77)
Producer Art Stolnitz ? [RF] / Produced by James Simmons (on film?)
Teleplay by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell/ Story by Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by James L. Conway
Guest Star:
Norman Fell ............. Morgan
Featuring:
Hayes Stewart ........... Jebediah
Charles Young ........... Charlie
Earl Smith .............. Frank
Jane Harrison ........... Sarah (on film ?) -OR- Martha [RF]
Synopsis 1:
Ben the bear is captured by a brutal animal trainer after Adams is
injured in an accident. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
BEN THE BEAR, LONELY AND DEPRESSED AFTER THE APPARENT DEATH OF
ADAMS, IS CAPTURED BY A BRUTAL ANIMAL TRAINER. [JK]

1.08 Grizzly Adams: THE TENDERFOOT
(aka "Tenderfoot Theodore")
Prod. no. 707
30Mar1977 NBC Wed
Produced by Art Stolnitz
Written by Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by James L. Conway
Guest Star:
Charles Martin Smith ...... Teddy
*
End Credits:
Executive Producer Charles E. Sellier Jr
Executive in Charge of Production James L. Conway
Associate Producer John Mahon
Story Editor Paul Hunter
Director of Photography: Henning Schellerup
Synopsis:
MAD JACK AND ADAMS KEEP COMPANY WITH A SICKLY BUT DETERMINED TENDERFOOT
WHO IS TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE WILDERNESS. [JK]

1.09 Grizzly Adams: THE RIVALS
Prod. no. 712
06Apr1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz ? [RF] / Produced by James Simmons (on film?)
Teleplay by Paul Hunter / Story By Joyce Perry and Larry Dobkin
Directed by Sharron Miller
Guest Star:
Betty Ann Carr .... Sumi
Synopsis:
Nakoma and Jack challenge each other to a foot-race to impress a beautiful Indian Woman.

1.10 Grizzly Adams: THE UNHOLY BEAST
Prod. no. 711
20Apr1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Ken Dorwood
Guest cast:
Slim Pickens ...... Findhope
George Aguilar .... Greywind
Synopsis:
MAD JACK, ADAMS AND NAKUMA HUNT A MYSTERIOUS BEAST THAT IS
TERRIFYING WILDLIFE. [JK]

1.11 Grizzly Adams: BEAVER DAM
Prod. no. 702
27Apr1977 NBC Wed
Produced by Art Stolnitz
Written by Paul Hunter
Directed by Dick Friedenberg
(no guest cast appeared in this episode)
*
End Credits:
Executive Producer, Charles E. Sellier Jr
Executive in Charge of Production, James L. Conway
Associate Producer, John Mahon
Story Editor, Paul Hunter
Director of Photography, Eric Saarinen
Art Director, William Cornford.
Film Editor, Stan Siegel
Synopsis:
MAD JACK HELPS ADAMS SAVE HIS CABIN FROM POSSIBLE FLOODING
AFTER BEAVERS CONSTRUCT A DAM NEARBY. [JK]

1.12 Grizzly Adams: HOME OF THE HAWK
Prod. no. 708
05May1977 NBC Wed
Produced by Art Stolnitz
Written by Jon Gerald & Jane Mackenzie
Directed by Dick Friedenberg
Guest Stars:
Jack Kruschen ................. Metcalf
Margaret Willock .............. Deborah
Synopsis:
ADAMS AND MAD JACK HELP A 15 YEAR-OLD NURSE HER OVER-BEARiNG
FATHER, A TRAVELING SALESMAN WITH A BROKEN LEG. [JK]

1.13 Grizzly Adams: THE STORM
Prod. no. 713
12May1977 NBC Wed
Producer Art Stolnitz
Written by Preston Wood
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Featuring: (on opening credits)
Lois Red Elk ...... Talitha's Mother
Lori Sutton ....... Talitha
Synopsis:
ADAMS BRAVES A BITTER STORM TO SEARCH FOR AN INDIAN GIRL WHO
DISAPPEARED AFTER HER HORSE SUPPOSEDLY WAS SPOOKED BY A LEGENDARY
MOUNTAIN GHOST. [JK]

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NBC Wednesdays 8:00pm Eastern
24 episodes
Produced by Leonard B. Kaufman (prod. nos. 714-720)
Produced by James Simmons (prod. nos. 721-737)

2.01 [14] Grizzly Adams: HOT AIR HERO
Prod. no. 718
28Sep1977 NBC Wed
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman
Written by E. Jack Kaplan
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Guest cast:
Gino Conforti .......... Andre Gerard
Synopsis:
Adams' buddy Mad Jack takes a potshot at a monstrous flying
critter, and bags the airship of a famous French baloonist. [JK]
 
[--] 05Oct1977 preempted for Baseball Play-off Game

2.02 [15] Grizzly Adams: SURVIVAL
Prod. no. 715
12Oct1977 NBC Wed
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman
Written by Peter Germano
Directed by Sharon Miller
Director of Photography: Paul Hipp
Guest cast:
James Wainwright .......... Sam Steele
John Bishop ............... Robbie Cartman
Synopsis:
A lost and frightened Adams wanders through the wilderness after a bump
on the head induces amnesia. [RF]

2.03 [16] Grizzly Adams: A BEARS' LIFE (on-screen title)
(grammatically incorrect - it should be A BEAR'S LIFE)
Prod. no. 716
19Oct1977 NBC Wed
Produced by Leonard B. Kaufman  
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Co-Starring:
Eugene Standing Bear ........ Shaman (Medicine Man)
Oscar G. Rowland .............. Jonas
Elaine Daniels ................ Levinia
Synopsis:
A severe thunderstorm sets Ben roaming the countryside while Adams repairs damage to his cabin. [RF]

2.04 [17] Grizzly Adams: THE TRIAL
Prod. no. 714
26Oct1977 NBC Wed
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by David O'Malley
Guest cast:
John War Eagle ......... Chief
Frank L. Martinez ...... Tumaqua
*
End Credits:
Executive Producer: Charles E. Sellier Jr
Executive in Charge of Production: James L. Conway
Associate Producer: Bill Cornford
Story Editor: Paul Hunter
Director of Photography: Paul Hipp
Art Director: Paul Staheli
Casting: Samantha Mansour
Second Unit Director: Stephen W. Gray
Film Editor: Steven Mark
Synopsis:
Adams has to prove Ben's innocence after the bear is falsely accused of
stealing an Indian chief's catch of fish. [RF]

2.05 [18] Grizzly Adams: THE ORPHANS
Prod. no. 723
02Nov1977 NBC Wed
Produced by James Simmons
Teleplay by Ray Goldrup and Marvin Wald/ Story by Ray Goldrup
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Introducing:
Tiger Thompson ........... Eugene
Jo Dee Jetton ............ Michelle
Guest Star:
James Griffith ........... Watts
Synopsis:
Mad Jack and Adams come across two orphan children who have run away to
the mountains because their superintendent wouldn't let them have pets. [RF]       

2.06 [19] Grizzly Adams: THE SEARCH
Prod. no. 720
09Nov1977 NBC Wed
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman 
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Written by Leonard B. Kaufman & Malvin Wald
Guest cast:
Paul Brinegar .......... Trapper John
Synopsis:
A helpless cougar cub wanders the wilderness after its mother is injured in a trapper's pitfall. [RF]

[--] 16Nov77 preempted Hallmark Hall of Fame's "The Last Hurrah" starring Carroll O'Connor

2.07 [20] Grizzly Adams: GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
Prod. no. 724
23Nov1977 NBC Wed
Produced by James Simmons
Teleplay by Dick Conway/ Story by Dick Conway and Leonard B. Kaufman
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Guest Stars:
Forrest Tucker ......... Ernie
Larry Storch ........... Wally
Synopsis:
A couple of bumbling prospectors are trying to find a gold mine with a map they bought for $10. [RF]

[--] 30Nov1977 episode "Track of the Cougar" preempted to 14Dec77

[--] 07Dec1977 preempted by "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" Special.

2.08 [21] Grizzly Adams: TRACK OF THE COUGAR
Prod. no. 719
14Dec1977 NBC Wed (postponed from 30Nov77)
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman
Written by Worley Thorne
Directed by Sharon Miller
(no guest cast appear in this episode)  
Synopsis:
Nakuma's tribe orders him to hunt down and destroy the cougar that he helped to raise. [RF]

2.09 [22] Grizzly Adams: THE CHOICE
Prod. no. 717
21Dec1977 NBC Wed
Producer Leonard B. Kaufman
Directed by Sharon Miller
Written by Leonard B. Kaufman & Malvin Wald
guest cast:
John Bishop ....... Robbie Cartman
Synopsis:
While Adams consoles a boy whose pet deer ran away. Nakuma and Mad Jack try to catch a wild burro. [RF]

2.10 [23] Grizzly Adams: WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS
Prod. no. 722
28Dec1977 NBC Wed (Network Rerun of 29Mar78)
Producer James Simmons
Written by Leonard B. Kaufman & Malvin Wald
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Guest Star:
Tiffany Bolling ........ Kate Jackson
Introducing:
Todd Tingey ............ Totawny
Synopsis:
A woman set on shooting the black bear that killed her father dupes
Adams into helping her track down the animal. [RF]

2.11 [24] Grizzly Adams: THE SPOILERS
Prod. no. 727
04Jan1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Teleplay by Malvin Wald/ Story by Leonard B. Kaufman & Malvin Wald
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Guest cast:
Ken Lynch .............. Hard Luck Harry
Walter Wanderman ....... Elijah Bowman
Synopsis:
The reckless mining techniques of two prospectors threaten the ecology of the valley. [RF]

2.12 [25] Grizzly Adams: MARVIN THE MAGNIFICENT
Prod. no. 721
11Jan1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Written by Jack Jacobs
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Guest cast:
Edward Andrews .... Marvin the Magnificent
Synopsis:
Adams and Ben befriend a traveling magician and his pet bear, an ageing
critter that has never had a chance to roam the wilderness. [JK]

2.13 [26] Grizzly Adams: A TIME OF THIRSTING
Prod. no. 725
18Jan1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Brian Russell
(no guest details)
Synopsis:
Wildlife in the valley is threatened by a major drought that shows no sign of a letup. [JK]

2.14 [27] Grizzly Adams: THE SEEKERS
Prod. no. 726
25Jan1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Teleplay by Brian Russell / Story by Christopher Jean-Pierre Tocqueville & Brian Russell
Directed by Jack B. Hively ? [RF] / Directed by Richard Friedenberg (on film ?)
Guest cast:
Keenan Wynn ............ Sargent Monahan
Synopsis:
An ageing ex-cavalryman with dreams of living out his days as a farmer roams the
mountains searching for the land he bought sight unseen. [JK]
   
2.15 [28] Grizzly Adams: A GENTLEMAN TINKER
Prod. no. 730
08Feb1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Written by Brian Russell
Directed by David O'Malley
Guest cast:
Walter Burke ........... Tinker McGinty
Al Hansen .............. Devan
Synopsis:
Driven by the legend of Leprachaun Gold, Mad Jack goes on a merry
chase after what he believes to be one of the wee people. [JK]

[--] 15Feb78 - no details

2.16 [29] Grizzly Adams: THE RUNAWAY
Prod. no. 729
22Feb1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Malvin Wald & Jack Jacobs
Guest cast:
Roger E. Mosley ........ Isaac
Cooper Huckabee ........ John Ransom
Synopsis:
Adam helps an escaped slave in his run for freedom. [RF]

2.17 [30] Grizzly Adams: THE GREAT BURRO RACE
Prod. no. 733
01Mar1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Written by Dick Conway
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Guest cast:
Jack Elam .............. Gus Thackery
Fran Ryan .............. Gertie Thackery
Synopsis:
Mad Jack schemes to get his burro back after losing it to a wily
old woodsman in a game of horseshoes. [JK]

2.18 [31] Grizzly Adams: THE LITTLEST GREENHORN
Prod. no. 732
15Mar1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Written by Malvin Wald & Jack Jacobs
Directed by Richard Friedenberg
Guest cast:
Henry Beckman .......... Nathaniel Morgan
Synopsis:
A retired sea captain and his crew, consisting of a chimp and a
parrot, sail their prairie schooner into the valley. [JK]
     
2.19 [32] Grizzly Adams: THE RENEWAL [90 min Easter Special]
Prod. no. 736
22Mar1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Written by Malvin Wald & Jack Jacobs
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Guest cast:
Patrick Wayne .......... Brad
Ned Romero ............. Silver Fox
Rudy Ramos ............. Watani
Brian Erickson ......... Andrew
(John Bishop as Robbie Cartman ?)
Synopsis:
Adams and his friends celebrate Easter in conjunction with the Indians' Festival of Potlatch. [JK]

[--] 29Mar78 rerun of #2.10 "Woman in the Wilderness" (first aired 28Dec77)

2.20 [33] Grizzly Adams: THE STRANGER
Prod. no. 728
05Apr1978
Producer James Simmons
Directed by Jack B. Hively
Written by Leonard B. Kaufman
Guest cast:
Mark Slade ............ Ulysses S. Grant
Todd Tingey
Synopsis:
Nakuma teaches an Indian boy how to be a brave, amd Adams befriends an army surveyor - Ulysses S. Grant. [JK]

[--] 12Apr78/19Apr78 - no details

2.21 [34] Grizzly Adams: THE QUEST
Prod. no. 734
26Apr1978 NBC Wed
Produced by James Simmons
Teleplay by Malvin Wald and Jack Jacobs/ Story by Kirby Timmons, Malvin Wald and Jack Jacobs
Directed by Chris Munger
Guest Casts:
John David Carson ............. Elmer Blodgett
Royce D. Applegate ............ Corp. Mullaney
Synopsis:
The Department of the Interior sends a representative into the wilderness to
determine which predatory animals should have bounties on their heads. [JK]

2.22 [35] Grizzly Adams: THE SKYRIDER
Prod. no. 735
05May1978 NBC Wed
Producer James Simmons
Teleplay by Dick Conway/ Story by Dick Conway and Fenton Hobart, Jr
Directed by Allan Eastman
Guest cast:
Russ Tamblyn ........... Milton Wright
Synopsis:
An inventor uses the mountains as the test site for his human - powered aircraft. [JK]

2.23 [36] Grizzly Adams: THE WORLD'S GREATEST BOUNTY HUNTER
Prod. no. 731
12May1978
Producer James Simmons
Directed by S. Travis
Written by Dick Conway, Carl Jammesson & Lee Francis
(no guest details)
Synopsis:
Delirious from fever, Mad Jack imagines himself the world's greatest bounty hunter. [JK]

2.24 [37] Grizzly Adams: ONCE UPON A STARRY NIGHT (90 min. Christmas Special) 
Prod. no. 737
19Dec1978 NBC
Produced by James Simmons
Written by Brian Russell & James Simmons
Directed by Jack B. Hively.
music composed by Bob Summers.
Guest Stars:
Ken Curtis .............. Uncle Ned
Jack Kruschen ........... Frostbite Foley
Special Guest Star:
Don Galloway ............ Sam
And:
Diane McBain ............ Jenny
Featuring:
Linda Arbizu ............ Debbie
Steven Robertson ........ Billy
Synopsis:
Dan Haggerty and Denver Pyle reprise their roles as Grizzly Adams and
Mad Jack in this holiday story. They help save the holidays for two
stranded pioneer children who want nothing more than to spend Christmas
with their parents. [RF]

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