B.J. and the Bear (1978–1981)
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B.J. McKay, a guitar-playing independent trucker who travels with a fun-loving chimpanzee named Bear, finds himself caught up with a bunch of young women trying to flee a white slaver who ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Bilson

Writers:

Christopher Crowe (teleplay), Glen A. Larson (teleplay and story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Greg Evigan ... B.J. McKay
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Lobo
Mills Watson ... Perkins
Penny Peyser ... Stilts
Julius Harris ... Colonel Whitmore
Woodrow Parfrey ... Store Proprietor
Kristine DeBell ... Marcia
Antoinette Stella Antoinette Stella ... Willie
Elena Frank ... Julie
Harry Townes ... Doctor
Dave Murich Dave Murich ... First Deputy
Dennis Fimple ... Second Deputy
Ted Gehring ... First Sheriff
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... High Ranking Suit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross Borden Ross Borden
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Storyline

B.J. McKay, a guitar-playing independent trucker who travels with a fun-loving chimpanzee named Bear, finds himself caught up with a bunch of young women trying to flee a white slaver who happens to be the local sheriff. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oroville, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Sheriff Lobo mentions his name to the Army Colonel, he says It's Elroy S. Lobo. Later in the series when Sheriff Lobo appears, his name is Elroy P. Lobo. See more »

Goofs

B.J. talks about "outrunning SAMs (surface to air missiles)" while flying his helicopter. A helicopter cannot outrun missiles; at best it can deploy countermeasures to make it difficult to hit. Or it can be too far out of range to be struck. An experienced helicopter pilot would never make such a ridiculous claim. See more »

Connections

Referenced in B.J. and the Bear: Wheels of Fortune (1979) See more »

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They should remake this as a movie
29 March 2004 | by drosse67See all my reviews

I'm only half joking. This show as a mixture of Smokey & the Bandit, Dukes of Hazzard (which was probably a bigger influence), and Clint Eastwood's Every Which Way but Loose. NBC probably thought they had a real blockbuster on their hands, but I don't remember this being on for very long (maybe one season?) But as an eleven year old, I loved it. Greg Evigan, from what I remember, was appealing in an everyman, Kurt Russell type of way. I think he made some B movies after this, but never became a household name.

Hollywood take note: Mission Impossible. Charlie's Angels. Mod Squad. The Hulk. Starsky & Hutch. The Dukes of Hazzard. BJ and the Bear! "Bear is family."


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