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The Hero (1966-67)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: John King, New York, Rina Fox
references:
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THE HERO
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Talent Associates production
for NBC (Thursdays 9:30 pm EST)
Created by &  Executive Producer, Leonard B. Stern,
Produced by Jay Sandrich, Daniel Melnick
US Comedy series 1966-67 16 episodes x 30 min color
(08Sep66-05Jan67)
Starring
Richard Mulligan as Sam Garret
Mariette Hartley as Ruth Garret
Bobby Horan as Paul Garret
Victor French as Fred Gilman
Joey Baio as Burton Gilman
Mark London as Dewey
Premise:
Sam Garret is known to millions of TV viewers as Jed Clayton,
U.S. Marshal, but his family--and the people he works with--know that
offscreen Garret is one of the great bumblers of all time.

"The Hero" theme music by Jack Marshall

Background:
Talent Associates (David Susskind/Leonard B. Stern) also produced
"Way Out" (1961), Eastside Westside (1963), Get Smart (1965-70),
"Mr. Broadway" (1965), "Run Buddy Run" (1966), "NYPD" (1967-69),
"He and She" (1967), "The Good Guys" (1968), "The Governor & JJ" (1969-71),
"Diana" (Diana Rigg)(1973), "McMillan and Wife" (1971-77).

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NBC Thursdays 9:30 pm Eastern

1.1 The Hero: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET
08-Sep-66 NBC Thur
written by Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick
directed by Robert Ellis Miller
director of photography Kenneth Peach
guest cast:
Holly Irving
Monty Margetts
Mickey Deems
King Mooney
Chuck Connors (appears as himself unbilled)
Synopsis 1:
Sam learns that the TV Guide Awards are being held on the
night his son is acting in a school play. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
SAM HAS TO FIND A WAY TO ATTEND HIS SON'S PLAY AND THE TV GUIDE
AWARDS BANQUET AT THE SAME TIME. [JK] 

1.2 The Hero: THE BIG RETURN OF LITTLE EDDIE
15-Sep-66 NBC Thur
written by Leonard Stern & Don Hinkley
Guest Cast:
Harvey Korman as Ralph Rayburn
Paul B. Price as Eddie Benton
Synopsis:
SAM'S OLD FRIEND, AN ACTOR TURNED INSURANCE SALESMAN, COMES
TO TOWN IN ORDER TO GET BACK INTO SHOW BUSINESS. [JK]

1.3 The Hero: PARDON ME BUT YOUR PARTY'S SHOWING
22-Sep-66 NBC Thur
written by Sam Bobrick & Bill Idelson
Guest Cast:
JOSEPH PERRY
Synopsis:
SAM FORGETS TO INVITE FRED TO HIS PARTY, SO HE TRIES TO HIDE IT FROM HIM. [JK]

1.4 The Hero: CURIOSITY KILLED A KEY
29-Sep-66 NBC Thur
written by Roswell Rogers
Guest Cast:
Beth Brickell as Miss Drayman
Ned Glass as Elmer
Synopsis:
SAM AND FRED TRY TO FIND OUT WHERE THE KEY RUTH FOUND WHILE
REDECORATING FITS. THEY FIND IT IS THE HOUSE KEY OF A BEAUTIFUL BLONDE. [JK]

1.5 The Hero: RUMBLE WITHOUT A CAUSE   
06-Oct-1966 NBC Thur
Guest Cast:
ALLEN JAFFE,
PAUL SMITH
Synopsis:
SAM IS APPOINTED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTI-VIOLENCE ON TV COMMITTEE. [JK]   

1.6 The Hero: THE KID'S REVENGE
13-Oct-66 NBC Thur
Guest Cast:
Paul Brinegar
Synopsis:
AN 84-YEAR OLD GUNSLINGER CHALLENGES SAM TO A SHOOT-OUT WHEN HE DISLIKES
THE WAY SAM HAD HIM PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW. [JK]

1.7 The Hero: THE MATCHMAKER
20-Oct-66 NBC Thur
written by Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick
Guest Casts:
RON HUSMANN,
LAUREL GOODWINS
Synopsis:
SAM LETS AN ACTOR USE HIS APARTMENT TO REHEARSE. RUTH ARRANGES A DATE FOR
HIM WITH SAM'S NIECE. [JK]

1.8 The Hero: THE DAY THEY SHOT SAM GARRET
03-Nov-66 NBC Thur
producer Jay Sandrich
written by Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish and Leonard Stern
directed by William Wiard
director of photography Keith Smith
guest cast:
Charles Aidman
Phil Leeds
Dick Patterson
Dick Wilson
ALan Oppenheimer
Vince Howard
Christopher King
Matt Emery
Norman Burton
Synopsis:
Sam may be exposed as a not-so-heroic hero: a newsman known for his
exposes is doing an in-depth profile of Sam and his bumbling off-camera life. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A JOURNALIST COMES TO VISIT SAM IN ORDER TO SEE HOW MUCH OF A HERO HE
IS OFF THE SET. [JK]

1.9 The Hero: IF YOU LOVED ME, YOU'D HATE ME
10-Nov-66 NBC Thur
written by Bud Grossman
Guest Cast:
CHARLES HOLT
Synopsis:
RUTH IS JEALOUS OF SAM'S OLD GIRLFRIEND WHO HAS A KISSING PART IN SAM'S
SHOW. MATTERS GET WORSE WHEN THEY ARE HANDCUFFED TOGETHER AND CAN'T GET
APART. [JK]

1.10 The Hero: THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
17-Nov-66 NBC Thur
Guest Cast:
Kurt Kasznar
Synopsis:
SAM GIVES A PART TO A FAMOUS MEXICAN ACTOR-WHO CAN' T SPEAK WORD OF ENGLISH. [JK]

1.11 The Hero: I WOULDN'T WISH IT ON A DOG
24-Nov-66 NBC Thur
written by Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick
Guest Cast:
REGULARS ONLY
Synopsis:
FRED BECOMES A PEST WHEN HIS DOG WINS AN AUDITION AT SAM'S STUDIO. [JK]

1.12 The Hero: THE TRUTH NEVER HURTS -- MUCH
01-Dec-66 NBC Thur
written by Martin Ragaway
Guest Cast:
Shelley Berman
DICK WILSON
Synopsis:
SAM TAKES A PAIN RELIEVER PRIOR TO A TALK SHOW APPEARANCE. WHEN HE FALLS
ASLEEP, HIS FRIENDS GIVE HIM PEP PILLS TO WAKE HIM UP, CAUSING STRANGE
RESULTS WHEN HE GOES ON THE SHOW. [JK]

1.13 The Hero: WHO NEEDS A FRIEND IN NEED
08-Dec-66 NBC Thur
written by Sam Bobrick & Bill Idelson
Guest Cast:
MAUREEN ARTHUR
Synopsis:
FRED GETS SAM  MIXED UP IN A SCHEME TO SELL LADIES' HAIR DRYERS. [JK]

1.14 The Hero: I HAVE A FRIEND
15-Dec-66 NBC Thur
written by Joseph C. Cavella & Carol Cavella
Guest Cast:
Bernie Kopell
Synopsis:
SAM HELPS OUT HIS FRIEND WHO OWNS A NIGHTCLUB WHICH IS IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE
BY HELPING HIM PREPARE A SHOW WHICH WILL RAISE SOME MONEY. [JK]

1.15 The Hero: MY FAVORITE FATHER
22-Dec-66 NBC Thur
written by Roswell Rogers
Guest Cast:
REGULARS ONLY
Synopsis:
FRED GETS UPSET WHEN HIS KIDS FIND SAM MORE INTERESTING THAN HE IS WHEN
THEY ALL GO ON A CAMPING TRIP TOGETHER. [JK]

1.16 The Hero: THE TERRIBLY TALENTED TRAYTON TYLER TAYLOR (final episode)
05-Jan-67 NBC Thur
written by Arne Sultan
Guest Cast:
Joel Fabiani
Mickey Manners
Synopsis:
SAM TRIES TO HELP A PINBALL-ADDICTED WRITER FINISH A SCRIPT FOR HIS SHOW [JK]

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