Born Free (TV series)

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Born Free
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Genre Adventure/drama
Written by Joy Adamson
Carl Foreman
Directed by Leonard Horn
Paul Krasny
Russ Mayberry
Starring Gary Collins
Diana Muldaur
Narrated by Diana Muldaur
Theme music composer John Barry
Composer(s) Dick DeBenedictis
Richard Shores
Harry Sukman ("A Matter of Survival")
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) David Gerber
Location(s) East Africa
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9 (1974-09-09) – December 30, 1974 (1974-12-30)
Preceded by Born Free
Followed by Born Free: A New Adventure

Born Free is an American adventure/drama series based on the 1966 movie of the same name. It aired on the NBC television network from September 9 to December 30, 1974 produced by Columbia Pictures Television and starring and narrated by Diana Muldaur.


Gary Collins stars as George Adamson and Diana Muldaur portrayed Joy Adamson. The couple lived in Kenya with their adopted lioness Elsa, where they protected the animals in the surrounding area from all sorts of danger, both natural and human.

The final installment of the franchise was a television movie called Born Free: A New Adventure which was released in 1996, with Linda Purl and Chris Noth. Joy and George Adamson do not appear as the main characters in the story.


Guest stars[edit]

Guest stars included Peter Lawford, Barbara Parkins, Alex Cord, Susan Dey. Juliet Mills had a recurring role as Dr. Claire Hanley.

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Born Free was scheduled opposite ABC's Top 20 hit The Rookies and CBS's Top 30 hit Gunsmoke. Rating for the series were low and it was canceled in the middle of the 1974-75 television season after thirteen episodes.

Production notes[edit]

The series was set in Kenya and filmed in East Africa.

DVD release[edit]

The series Born Free was released in DVD format on August 7, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment via its "manufacture on demand" program.[1]


  1. ^ Lambert, David (June 21, 2012). "Born Free - The 1974 Show's One-and-Only Season is Coming to DVD". Retrieved June 21, 2012. 

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