Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV series)

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Bring 'Em Back Alive
Main title
Created byGeorge Schenck
Frank Cardea
StarringBruce Boxleitner
Clyde Kusatsu
Cindy Morgan
Ron O'Neal
ComposerArthur B. Rubinstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producersLarry A. Thompson
Jay Bernstein
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesSchenck/Cardea Productions
Thompson/Bernstein/Boxleitner Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatFilm
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1982 (1982-09-24) –
May 31, 1983 (1983-05-31)

Bring 'Em Back Alive is an adventure television series starring Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan, and Ron O'Neal.


Frank Buck is big game trapper and collector of wild animals who works out of the Raffles Hotel bar in Singapore during the 1930s fighting a range of villains in pre-war Malaya. He is assisted in his adventures by U.S. Consul Gloria Marlowe, and Ali, Buck's friend and number-one boy.



The show was based on a 1930 book, Bring 'Em Back Alive, written by well-known big-game trapper Frank Buck. Buck appeared in several movies, including a 1932 adaptation of the book, and is remembered by serial fans as the star of Jungle Menace. Set in Singapore, it was one of several shows, along with the likes of Tales of the Gold Monkey, to try to capitalize on the public's renewed interest in old adventure serials catalyzed by the cinematic success of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan were cast after having co-starred together in the Walt Disney Productions feature film Tron the same year.


The series was shown in the United States from September 1982 to May 1983. The television series lasted only 17 episodes before being cancelled because of low ratings. The show was scheduled against NBC's top-10 hit The A-Team, and ABC's top-30 hits Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Bring 'Em Back Alive"E.W. SwackhamerStory by : George Schenck & Frank Cardea
Teleplay by : George Schenck & Frank Cardea & Tom Sawyer
September 24, 1982 (1982-09-24)
2–3"Seven Keys to Singapore: Parts 1 & 2"Bob KelljanTom SawyerSeptember 28, 1982 (1982-09-28)
4"There's One Born Every Minute"Paul KrasnyGeorge Schenck & Frank CardeaOctober 5, 1982 (1982-10-05)
5"The Reel World of Frank Buck"Don WeisB. W. SandefurOctober 12, 1982 (1982-10-12)
6"The Pied Piper"Mike VejarTBAOctober 19, 1982 (1982-10-19)
7"The Warlord"Bob SweeneyBilly MarksOctober 26, 1982 (1982-10-26)
8"Thirty Hours"Paul KrasnyJuliet Law PackerNovember 16, 1982 (1982-11-16)
9"Wilmer Bass and the Serengeti Kid"Bruce BilsonTBANovember 23, 1982 (1982-11-23)
10"Escape from Kampoon"Paul KranskyTim MaschlerNovember 30, 1982 (1982-11-30)
11"The Best of Enemies"Nicholas SgarroIra Steven BehrDecember 7, 1982 (1982-12-07)
12"To Kill a Princess"George McCowanTBAJanuary 8, 1983 (1983-01-08)
13"Bones of Contention"Peter H. HuntTBAJanuary 15, 1983 (1983-01-15)
14"A Switch in Time"George McCowanArthur WeingartenJanuary 22, 1983 (1983-01-22)
15"The Shadow Women of Chung Tai"Peter H. HuntB. W. SandefurJanuary 29, 1983 (1983-01-29)
16"The Hostage"Paul KrasnySteven ThornleyFebruary 12, 1983 (1983-02-12)
17"Dead Run"Reza BadiyiTim MaschlerFebruary 19, 1983 (1983-02-19)
18"Storm Warning"Joel OlianskyGeorge Schenck & Frank CardeaMay 31, 1983 (1983-05-31)


Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982–83 17 September 24, 1982 May 31, 1983 82[1] N/A N/A


  1. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Archived from the original on 2018-03-18. Retrieved 1 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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