Born Free (TV series)
|Written by||Joy Adamson
|Directed by||Leonard Horn
|Theme music composer||John Barry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||David Gerber|
|Running time||48 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
|Distributor||Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
|Original release||September 9, 1974– December 30, 1974|
|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 the lioness, 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.
- Gary Collins as George Adamson
- Diana Muldaur as Joy Adamson
- Hal Frederick as Makedde
- Dawn Lyn as Reagan
- Peter Lukoye as Nuru
Reception and cancellation
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.
- Lambert, David (June 21, 2012). "Born Free - The 1974 Show's One-and-Only Season is Coming to DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved June 21, 2012.