Born Free (TV series)

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Born Free
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Based onBorn Free by Joy Adamson
Developed byCarl Foreman
Directed byLeonard Horn
Paul Krasny
Russ Mayberry
StarringGary Collins
Diana Muldaur
Narrated byDiana Muldaur
Theme music composerJohn Barry
ComposersDick DeBenedictis
Richard Shores
Harry Sukman ("A Matter of Survival")
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producerDavid Gerber
Production locationEast Africa
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesDavid Gerber Productions
Paul Radin Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9 (1974-09-09) –
December 30, 1974 (1974-12-30)

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 portrays Joy Adamson. The couple live in Kenya with their adopted lioness Elsa, where they protect the animals in the surrounding area from all sorts of danger, both natural and human.

An unrelated television movie called Born Free: A New Adventure was broadcast by ABC in 1996, starring 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.


The series was set in Kenya and filmed in East Africa.[citation needed]

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.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Gary NelsonRichard FielderSeptember 9, 1974 (1974-09-09)
2"Elephant Trouble"Gary NelsonSy SalkowitzSeptember 16, 1974 (1974-09-16)
3"A Matter of Survival"UnknownUnknownSeptember 23, 1974 (1974-09-23)
4"Death of a Hunter"UnknownUnknownSeptember 30, 1974 (1974-09-30)
5"Africa's Child"UnknownUnknownOctober 7, 1974 (1974-10-07)
6"The Masai Rebels"Richard BenedictRichard Fielder (teleplay), Nina Laemmle (story)October 14, 1974 (1974-10-14)
7"The Flying Doctor of Kenya"UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 1974 (1974-10-28)
8"The Trespassers"UnknownUnknownNovember 4, 1974 (1974-11-04)
9"The Maneaters of Merti"UnknownUnknownNovember 11, 1974 (1974-11-11)
10"Elsa's Odyssey"UnknownUnknownNovember 18, 1974 (1974-11-18)
11"The White Rhino"UnknownUnknownNovember 25, 1974 (1974-11-25)
12"The Raiders"UnknownUnknownDecember 9, 1974 (1974-12-09)
13"The Devil Leopard"UnknownUnknownDecember 30, 1974 (1974-12-30)

DVD release[edit]

The complete series Born Free was released in DVD format on August 7, 2012, by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment via its "manufacture on demand" program.[1] It was later re-released by Mill Creek on September 25, 2018.[2]


  1. ^ Lambert, David (June 21, 2012). "Born Free - The 1974 Show's One-and-Only Season is Coming to DVD". Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Born Free: The Complete Collection".

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