Barbary Coast (TV series)

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Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast Title Card.jpg
Created byDouglas Heyes
Written byHoward Beck
Michael Philip Butler
Cy Chermak
James Doherty
William D. Gordon
Douglas Heyes
Harold Livingston
Stephen Lord
Directed byHal DeWindt
Alexander Grasshoff
Don McDougall
Herb Wallerstein
Don Weis
StarringWilliam Shatner
Dennis Cole
Doug McClure
ComposerJohn Andrew Tartaglia
Country of originUSA
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (+1 TV movie)
Executive producerCy Chermak
ProducersDouglas Heyes
William Cairncross (assistant)
CinematographyRobert B. Hauser
EditorsJames Doherty
William D. Gordon
Running time45 mins.
Production companiesFrancy Productions
Paramount Network Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMay 4, 1975 (1975-05-04) –
January 9, 1976 (1976-01-09)

Barbary Coast is an American television series that aired on ABC. The pilot film first aired on May 4, 1975 and the series itself premiered September 8, 1975; the last episode aired January 9, 1976.


Doug McClure in Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast features the adventures of 19th century government agent Jeff Cable (played by William Shatner), and his pal, conman and gambler Cash ("Cash makes no enemies") Conover (Doug McClure; played by Dennis Cole in the pilot) who is the owner of the Golden Gate Casino.[1] This was Shatner's first live-action series since Star Trek (also produced by Paramount Television).

In their battle against various criminals and foreign spies, Cable and Conover operated out of the latter's saloon and casino located on San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast neighborhood which featured casinos, prostitution and high rates of crime. Like Wild Wild West's Artemus Gordon, Cable frequently donned disguises in the course of his investigations.[1]

Other regulars on the series included recurring Wild Wild West villain actor Richard Kiel as Moose Moran and Dave Turner as Thumbs.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
0"The Barbary Coast"Bill BixbyDouglas HeyesMay 4, 1975 (1975-05-04)
Two-hour TV-movie and backdoor pilot.
1"Funny Money"Don WeisDouglas HeyesSeptember 8, 1975 (1975-09-08)
2"Crazy Cats"Don WeisHarold LivingstonSeptember 15, 1975 (1975-09-15)
3"Jesse Who?"Bill BixbyHoward BerkSeptember 22, 1975 (1975-09-22)
4"The Ballad of Redwing Jail"John FloreaS : Douglas Heyes;
T : William D. Gordon & James Doherty
September 29, 1975 (1975-09-29)
5"Guns for a Queen"Don McDougallS : Matthew Howard;
T : William Putnam
October 6, 1975 (1975-10-06)
6"Irish Luck"Alex GrasshoffHarold LivingstonOctober 13, 1975 (1975-10-13)
7"Sauce for the Goose"Don McDougallS : Michael Lynn & George Reed;
T : Stephen Lord
October 20, 1975 (1975-10-20)
8"An Iron-Clad Plan"Herb WallersteinS : George Reed & Michael Lynn;
T : L. Ford Neale & John Huff
October 31, 1975 (1975-10-31)
9"Arson and Old Lace"Alex GrasshoffMax HodgeNovember 14, 1975 (1975-11-14)
10"Sharks Eat Sharks"Bruce BilsonJames L. HendersonNovember 21, 1975 (1975-11-21)
11"The Day Cable Was Hanged"Alex GrasshoffS : Howard Rayfiel & Kellam de Forest;
T : Stephen Ford
December 26, 1975 (1975-12-26)
12"Mary Had More Than a Little"Herb WallersteinWinston MillerJanuary 2, 1976 (1976-01-02)
13"The Dawson Marker"Alex GrasshoffWilliam D. Gordon & James DohertyJanuary 9, 1976 (1976-01-09)

Awards and nominations[edit]

The pilot episode, an ABC Sunday Night Movie, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Art Direction for Jack De Shields and set decorator Reg Allen.[2]

Cultural references[edit]

William Shatner in Barbary Coast

The Mad Magazine Star Trek musical satire "Keep on Trekkin'" (1976) depicts William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise singing a version of Send in the Clowns[3] that includes the lyric "Look at me now/At my old post/Happy that I can forget Barbary Coast!"


  1. ^ a b Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Barbary Coast, The (Western)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (Eighth ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. ^ Emmy Nomination Certificate
  3. ^ Mark Clark (April 1, 2012). Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Applause Theatre & Cinema. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-1557839633.

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