Adams of Eagle Lake

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Adams of Eagle Lake
Genre Drama
Created by Lane Slate
Written by Jonathan Daly
John Michael Hayes
Lane Slate
Charles Stewart
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Walter Grauman
Jud Taylor
Starring Andy Griffith
Abby Dalton
Nick Nolte
Composer(s) Jerry Goldsmith
Harry V. Lojewski
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Richard O. Linke
Producer(s) Walter Grauman
Burt Nodella
Charles Stewart
Location(s) Big Bear Lake, California
Fawnskin, California
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Andy Griffith Enterprises
Distributor MGM Television
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monoaural

Adams of Eagle Lake is an American hour-long police series that aired on ABC in 1975. Andy Griffith starred as Sheriff Sam Adams and the episodes presented his attempts to maintain the law in a small resort town.[1] The show lasted for two episodes.


In 1974, Griffith starred in Winter Kill, a television movie that was intended as a series pilot. When it failed to sell, the main character of Sheriff Sam McNeill was renamed and used as the lead character in Adams of Eagle Lake.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


  1. "Home is the Coward" (January 10, 1975)
  2. "Treasure Chest Murder" (February 26, 1975)

DVD rights to Adams of Eagle Lake are owned by 20th Century Fox, but no DVD has been released.


Although supposedly set in northern California, the TV series location showed opening scenes and other outdoor shots actually taken from the southern California mountain resort communities of Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin, which were much closer to Los Angeles area television production studios.

Later version[edit]

In 1977, Griffith appeared in two additional television movies (The Girl in the Empty Grave and Deadly Game), both attempts to make use again of the same concept. Griffith's character was now Chief of Police Abel Marsh, but he was still a lawman in a small town near a lake. Both movies were filmed in Big Bear Lake, California.


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  2. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (1980). Movies Made for Television. Westport, Connecticut: Arlington House Publishers. ISBN 0-87000-451-4.

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