Born Free (TV series)

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Born Free
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GenreAdventure/drama
Written byJoy Adamson
Carl Foreman
Directed byLeonard Horn
Paul Krasny
Russ Mayberry
StarringGary Collins
Diana Muldaur
Narrated byDiana Muldaur
Theme music composerJohn Barry
Composer(s)Dick DeBenedictis
Richard Shores
Harry Sukman ("A Matter of Survival")
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)David Gerber
Production location(s)East Africa
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9 (1974-09-09) – December 30, 1974 (1974-12-30)
Chronology
Preceded byBorn Free
Followed byBorn 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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

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.

Cast[edit]

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]

References[edit]

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

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