Fall Guy, The Complete Season 1
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Lee Majors stars as the Fall Guy, Colt Seavers, a stunt man moonlighting as a bounty hunter who uses Hollywood stunt tactics to capture criminals.
The hero of The Fall Guy, Colt Seavers--played by Lee Majors, the former Six Million Dollar Man--is a Hollywood stunt man, which lets the show do all kinds of spectacular car crashes with no justification whatsoever, and he's a bounty hunter, which lets him get into all kinds of fist fights and ridiculous plots with no justification whatsoever. It's the perfect 1980s TV show, and it's no surprise it was created by Glen Larson, the mastermind behind such hits as Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica, and Magnum, P.I. Assisted by his handsome but not-too-bright cousin Howie Munson (Douglas Barr) and sexy stuntwoman Jody Banks (blonde bombshell Heather Thomas), Colt grapples with a corrupt sheriff, a mob hit man, a government secret agent, a neo-Nazi biker gang (which, naturally, Colt had to infiltrate through cunning disguise), women wrestlers, and more, more, more. Preposterous? Absolutely! It's all an excuse to set things on fire and parade scantily clad young women around (Thomas had a popular bikini scene that led to a top-selling poster), while the Hollywood setting allowed for cameo appearances by stars ranging from James Coburn (In Like Flint) to Lou Ferrigno (appearing as himself playing the Incredible Hulk--it's downright postmodern) to Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels), Majors' just-divorced ex-wife.
But what kept The Fall Guy running for five seasons wasn't silly plots or leaping cars. Lee Majors is one of those relaxed, genial actors who were made for television. Manly but gentle, handsome but down-to-earth, Majors appealed to men and women equally, could toss off a snappy one-liner without effort, and gave the impression that, no matter what happened, it would come out all right in the end. He even sang his own theme song. The Fall Guy: The Complete First Season is pure comfort television. (Season 1 is the only season with Jo Ann Pflug as Colt's boss, "Big Jack"; her adult sexiness and worldly wit were much-missed on later seasons.) The only extras are a couple of brief but entertaining featurettes, featuring interviews with Majors, Thomas, and Larson. --Bret Fetzer
- Remembering The Fall Guy: An American Classic
- The Unknown Stuntman: The Theme Song
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TV producer, writer, and "Fall Guy" creator Glen Larson became quite famous for keeping a watchful eye on "big screen" successes and then, with a little ingenuity, creating small screen equivalents. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" became "Alias Smith & Jones", "Star Wars" became "Battlestar Galactica", "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Every Which way But Loose" became "B.J and the Bear" and "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo", and finally, "Hooper" (mixed with Steve McQueen's 1980 film "The Hunter") became "The Fall Guy".
The Fall Guy certainly wasn't the first series to use a "stunt driven" formula to attract viewers. "CHiPs" and "The Dukes of Hazzard" had already proven the formula by featuring stunt work in most of their episodes. But, before the "A-team" arrived, The "Fall Guy" featured the most outrageous and incredible stunt work on TV. In fact, when the A-Team finally DID arrive on TV (in 1983), an early advertising campaign was launched to make DIRECT claims that it was more action packed and had better "stunts" than "The Fall guy".
Beyond its ground breaking stunt work, the Fall Guy also featured a very likable cast. Lee majors was perfectly cast as stunt man "Colt Seavers", a role that afforded him the opportunity to prove that he was worth much more than "six million dollars". The series also has the distinction of introducing the world to the first "Heather" of the 80's. Not "Locklear", but "Thomas". For a brief moment in time, Heather Thomas was the most popular "babe" in all of America. A poster featuring Heather (wearing a blue bikini) became the biggest selling poster of its kind, even surpassing the record breaking sales of the now legendary 1970's "Farrah Fawcett" pinup.
One cannot also forget other such notable aspects of the series such as; The theme song is actually sung by it's star, Lee Majors. Singer "La Toya Jackson" made a guest appearance to perform her song "Hot Potato" (in 1984). The "other Heather" of the 80's (Heather Locklear) makes an appearance in episode number 23 ("Scavenger Hunt")!! The series also featured a pre-"night court" Markie Post as a regular cast member (1982-85)!
The first few seasons were fresh, sometimes funny, and quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, by the time of its cancellation in 1986, the series had become quite horrible. Once groundbreaking stunts were replaced by special effects that featured badly filmed miniatures and models (I kid you not!).
This series is a great piece of 80's nostalgia and will be enjoyable viewing for those looking for harmless, escapist entertainment. I sincerely hope the DVD release is not edited in any way and I'll be updating my review as soon as it's released!
I was a bit surprised at the retail price for the complete season one box-set, and that seperate "split volumes" of season one will ALSO be released. I'm a firm believer that the best way to generate the most DVD sales is to avoid the split volumes approach and simply release an entire season at a decent price.
André, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
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I wish the rest of the series was available on DVD or elsewhere.
Everything about the show was fun, entertaining and just great entertainment.