Spencer's Pilots

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Spencer's Pilots
Genre Adventure
Created by Larry Rosen
Starring Gene Evans
Christopher Stone
Todd Susman
Britt Leach
Margaret Impert
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bob Sweeney
Edward H. Feldman
Producer(s) Larry Rosen
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 17, 1976 (1976-09-17) – November 19, 1976 (1976-11-19)

Spencer's Pilots is an American adventure series that aired on CBS from September 17 to November 19, 1976. Created by Larry Rosen, the series stars Gene Evans.

Synopsis[edit]

Evans stars as Spencer Parish, the owner of Spencer Aviation.[1] The other series characters are Christopher Stone as Cass Garrett; Todd Susman as Stan Lewis, Margaret Impert as Linda Dann, the pilot's secretary who is herself a pilot, and Britt Leach as Mickey "Wig" Wiggins, the company mechanic.[2] The pilots are often hired to transport criminals or to engage in more mundane activities, such as crop dusting. One episode involves being stranded in the Mojave Desert; another focuses on a pregnant hitchhiker looking for her husband who is trying to find employment in the oil fields. Still another is about a destitute pilot in need of work. Another segment focuses on the smuggling of illegal aliens. Another topic is the antics of a daredevil stunt pilot played by Bill Bixby.[3]

Among the guest stars on the series were: Bob Crane, Shelley Fabares, Barbara Bel Geddes, Bridget Hanley, Katherine Helmond, Gerald Hiken, David Huddleston, Linda Kelsey, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Mulligan, Pamela Reed, and Pernell Roberts.[3]

Production notes[edit]

Set in California, Spencer's Pilots was created and produced by Larry Rosen. The executive producers were Bob Sweeney and Edward H. Feldman. The series aired at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fridays opposite the variety show, The Donny and Marie Show on ABC, and Redd Foxx's situation comedy, Sanford and Son on NBC.[2]

At mid-season Spencer's Pilots was replaced in January 1977 on the CBS schedule by Code R, another adventure series set on the beaches of southern California.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Tuscaloosa News (via Associated Press)."Spencer's Pilots' Series Will Have Plenty Of Sky". July 6, 1976. p. 11.
  2. ^ a b Alex McNeil, Total Television, Penguin Books, 1996, p. 779. ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  3. ^ a b "Spencer's Pilots Episode Guide". tvguide.com. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 169

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