Nashville 99 (TV series)

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Nashville 99
Created by Ernie Frankel
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Don McDougall
George Sherman
Starring Claude Akins
Jerry Reed
Opening theme "Nashville 99" performed by Jerry Reed
Composer(s) Earle Hagen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Production
Producer(s) Ernie Frankel
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Frankel Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network CBS
Original release April 1 – April 22, 1977

Nashville 99 is an American crime drama series that aired for 4 episodes on CBS from April 1 to April 22, 1977. The series starred Claude Akins as Det. Lt. Stonewall Huff (badge number 99) and Jerry Reed as Det. Trace Mayne. Supporting cast members included Lucille Benson as Birdie Huff, Charley Pride as R.B., and Dianne Sherrill as Rollie.

Overview[edit]

"Stoney" Huff – a farmer running a 200-acre spread outside Nashville – is portrayed as a tough, old school cop who plays fair, regardless of the stature of the criminal, and fights crime his own way. Mayne, however, is seen as a redneck officer who, in an attempt at country music stardom, pitches his songs to the myriad celebrity entertainers he encounters.

Guest stars included Chet Atkins, Ned Beatty, Pat Hingle, Don Johnson, Johnny Paycheck, Jeannine Riley, Ray Stevens, Mel Tillis, Sharon Wyatt (in her first TV appearance), and Tammy Wynette.

Episodes of Nashville 99 were directed by Lawrence Dobkin, Don McDougall, and George Sherman, and written by Ron Bishop and Jimmy Sangster. The series was produced by Frankel Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television (with Ernie Frankel serving as Executive Producer), and featured a theme song performed and co-written by Reed. One month later, Reed co-starred with Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Sing Me a Song to Die By" April 1, 1977
2 "Joldy" April 8, 1977
3 "The Fallen Idol" April 15, 1977
4 "Jolene" April 22, 1977

"Nashville 99" lyrics[edit]

He's a man and he's proud and he's all Tennessee
He was raised to believe we're all equal and free
Like the Crocketts, like the Jacksons, like the stories that you've heard
He's a man, a man of his word

And the road he's chosen to follow
Brings him to this place and time
Now he wears the badge
Nashville 99

From those mountains and those valleys and those lazy country days
To the busy streets of Nashville and those hectic city ways
That's the life of a man who's just one of a kind
He's the man behind the badge
Nashville 99

Availability and Syndication[edit]

All episodes have not been seen since their initial run. Episode prints of the show do belong in some private collections.

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