Tarzan (1966 TV series)

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Tarzan
Tarzan TV show.jpg
Opening title
Starring Ron Ely
Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Alan Caillou
Rockne Tarkington
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 57
Production
Executive producer(s) Sy Weintraub
Producer(s) Leon Benson
Jon Epstein
Steve Shagan
Maurice Unger
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) Banner Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 8, 1966 – April 5, 1968

Tarzan is a series that aired on NBC from 19661968. The series portrayed Tarzan (played by Ron Ely) as a well-educated character who had grown tired of civilization, and returned to the jungle where he had been raised.[1]

The show retained many of the trappings of the movie series, including Cheeta, while excluding other elements, such as Jane, as part of the "new look" for the fabled apeman that producer Sy Weintraub had introduced in previous motion pictures starring Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, and Mike Henry. CBS aired repeat episodes the program during the summer of 1969.

Cast[edit]

Recurring Appearances[edit]

Maurice Evans would have a recurring guest-starring role as retired Brigadier Sir Basil Bertram, hero of the Battle of the Bulge. Julie Harris had a recurring guest-starring role as missionary Charity Jones. Chips Rafferty had a recurring guest-starring role as Dutch Jensen.

Episode list[edit]

[1]

Season 1: 1966–67[edit]

Ep Title Original air date
1 1 "Eyes of the Lion" TBA TBA September 8, 1966 (1966-09-08)
When a blind girl's seeing eye lion is mistaken for a rogue, Tarzan must prove the beast's innocence.
2 2 "The Ultimate Weapon" TBA TBA September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
3 3 "Leopard on the Loose" TBA TBA September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money kidnaps Jai's pet leopard.
4 4 "A Life for a Life" TBA TBA September 30, 1966 (1966-09-30)
The Lord of Jungle must race against time when Jai is bitten by a poisonous spider.
5 5 "The Prisoner" TBA TBA October 7, 1966 (1966-10-07)
After a police officer is injured by a diamond thief, Tarzan must prevent the officer's tribe from exacting vigilante justice.
6 6 "The Three Faces of Death" TBA TBA October 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
7 7 "The Prodigal Puma" TBA TBA October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
8 8 "The Deadly Silence: Part 1" TBA TBA October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
9 9 "The Deadly Silence: Part 2" TBA TBA November 4, 1966 (1966-11-04)
Rendered deaf by an explosion, Tarzan still tries to stop a colonel from taking over a village. National General Pictures released this two-parter theatrically in 1970 as Tarzan's Deadly Silence.
10 10 "The Figurehead" TBA TBA November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
11 11 "Village of Fire" TBA TBA November 18, 1966 (1966-11-18)
After Jai is bitten by a leopard, Tarzan must recover a special serum that can save the boy.
12 12 "The Day of the Golden Lion" TBA TBA December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
Tarzan joins an athletic championship, but an attempt to steal the prize happens.
13 13 "Pearls of Tanga" TBA TBA December 9, 1966 (1966-12-09)
A criminal known as the Admiral and his crew poison the waters so they can be the only ones to take pearl oysters.
14 14 "The End of the River" TBA TBA December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
Tarzan must save a young girl and battle a criminal.
15 15 "The Ultimate Duel" TBA TBA December 23, 1966 (1966-12-23)
A scientist pits Tarzan against his computer, which can predict Tarzan's every move.
16 16 "The Fire People" TBA TBA December 30, 1966 (1966-12-30)
Tarzan and Jai must help a chief rescue his superstitious tribe from a volcano that's about to erupt.
17 17 "Track of the Dinosaur" TBA TBA January 6, 1967 (1967-01-06)
A corrupt government official uses a local legend to his advantage to get people away from a mineral deposit.
18 18 "The Day the Earth Trembled" TBA TBA January 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
Tarzan reluctantly recruits three escaped convicts to help him get a group of children and their caregiver to safety.
19 19 "Cap’n Jai" TBA TBA January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Jai is held hostage by criminals seeking stolen diamonds.
20 20 "A Pride of Assassins" TBA TBA January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
21 21 "The Golden Runaway" TBA TBA February 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
22 22 "Basil of the Bulge" TBA TBA February 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
23 23 "Mask of Rona" TBA TBA February 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
24 24 "To Steal the Rising Sun" TBA TBA February 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
25 25 "Jungle Dragnet" TBA TBA March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
26 26 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1" TBA TBA March 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
27 27 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2" TBA TBA March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
28 28 "The Circus" TBA TBA March 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
29 29 "The Ultimatum" TBA TBA March 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
30 30 "Algie B. for Brave" TBA TBA April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
31 31 "Man Killer" TBA TBA April 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)

Season 2: 1967–68[edit]

Ep Title Original air date
32 1 "Tiger, Tiger" TBA TBA September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
33 2 "Voice of the Elephant" TBA TBA September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
34 3 "Thief Catcher" TBA TBA September 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
35 4 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1" TBA TBA October 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
36 5 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2" TBA TBA October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
37 6 "Maguma Curse" TBA TBA October 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
38 7 "The Fanatics" TBA TBA October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
39 8 "The Last of the Superman" TBA TBA November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
40 9 "Hotel Hurricane" TBA TBA November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
41 10 "The Pride of a Lioness" TBA TBA November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
42 11 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 1" TBA TBA November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
43 12 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 2" TBA TBA December 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
44 13 "Jai’s Amnesia" TBA TBA December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
45 14 "Creeping Giants" TBA TBA December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)
46 15 "The Professional" TBA TBA January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
47 16 "The Convert" TBA TBA January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
48 17 "King of the Dwsari" TBA TBA January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
49 18 "A Gun for Jai" TBA TBA February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
50 19 "Trek to Terror" TBA TBA February 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
51 20 "End of a Challenge" TBA TBA February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
52 21 "Jungle Ransom" TBA TBA February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
53 22 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 1" TBA TBA March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
54 23 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 2" TBA TBA March 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
55 24 "Rendezvous for Revenge" TBA TBA March 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
56 25 "Alex the Great" TBA TBA March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
57 26 "Trina" TBA TBA April 5, 1968 (1968-04-05)

DVD/syndication[edit]

On March 13, 2012, Warner Bros. released Tarzan: Season 1, Part 1 & Tarzan: Season 1, Part 2 on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection manufacture-on-demand service.[2][3] The second season was released on September 17, 2013.[4]

After being seen intermittently in syndication and on cable in the years after its network run, as of 2016, the series airs on the Heroes & Icons network Saturday mornings.[1]

On June 4–5, 2016 the Decades TV network ran a marathon of the series. On September 9, 2016 Decades celebrated Tarzan's fiftieth anniversary repeating a few choice episodes.

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