The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: Season 1
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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams features Dan Haggerty as James Grizzly Adams, a character loosely based on a 19th century woodsmen.
After being accused of a crime he did not commit, Adams Haggerty takes sanctuary in a remote mountain area in the American west, where he discovers and befriends an orphaned grizzly cub. The cub eventually grows into a full-sized Grizzly bear that Adams affectionately calls Ben. Together, Adams and Ben learn to survive in the wilderness, assisted by an old trader named Mad Jack played by Denver Pyle - The Dukes of Hazzard and a Native American named Nakoma played by Don Shanks. Impressed with the way Adams has adapted to his environment and for his uncanny rapport with animals, Nakoma and Jack come to appreciate Adams' harmonious existence with nature. Unfortunately, Adams needs to be watchful for bounty hunters, even as he protects the wildlife he grows to cherish.
Compelling, entertaining and hugely popular, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams offered its audience a unique viewing experience, vastly different from the sitcoms and dramas that flooded the airwaves at the time.
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The programs are calming and even funny: Mad Jack's grumpiness, and Grizzly Adam's ability to get along with all wild animals not to mention the incredible acting abilities of an evidently well-trained and funny black bear named Ben. Obviously that large 500 pounds bear has been trained to stand up on two legs and growl and do other tricks on cue, for Pete's sake.
In addition Denver Pyle, in my opinion, would have deserved an Emmy award for his sidekick role playing second dog to Dan Haggerty who also as the star of the show gives out an excellent performance.
The message we derived from this shows is totally positive: that while in the great outdoors or even within the money-oriented so-called civilization living with gratitude in harmony with nature and with all its creatures, not against them, might be the key to live a healthy and joyful life.
These great televisions series, based on the life of a real nineteen century woodsman who found refuge from civilization in the Sierra Nevada mountains and who also raised and trained Grizzly bears and other wild animals, are highly recommended.
the art work is chubby size too so in order to make it fit a standard quad which I buy from Amazon I would have to cut the cover. I'm probably going to buy a chubby 8 disc and put both seasons in it. I am giving it a 5-star because of the show because I love show so much. Because there was only 13 episodes I wish they had included the movie that started it all "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", but they didn't. I hope they, at some point, bring out both movies "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" and "The Capture of Grizzly Adams"