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 Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "Eyes of the Lion" Charles S. Dubin George F. Slavin 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" Paul Stanley Don Brinkley,
John Hawkins,
Ward Hawkins
September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
3 3 "Leopard on the Loose" Paul Stanley Oliver Crawford September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money kidnaps Jai's pet leopard.
4 4 "A Life for a Life" Robert Day Don Brinkley 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" George Marshall Don Brinkley 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" Earl Bellamy S.J. Loy October 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
7 7 "The Prodigal Puma" Paul Stanley Robert Sabaroff October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
8 8 "The Deadly Silence: Part 1" Robert L. Friend Lee Erwin,
Jack H. Robinson
October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
9 9 "The Deadly Silence: Part 2" Lawrence Dobkin John Considine,
Tim Considine
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" Alan Crosland Jr. Samuel Roeca,
George F. Slavin
November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
11 11 "Village of Fire" Hollingsworth Morse Jack Gross,
James Leighton,
Michael Stein
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" Anton Leader Robert Goodwin December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
Tarzan joins an athletic championship, but an attempt to steal the prize happens.
13 13 "Pearls of Tanga" R. G. Springsteen Sid Saltzman 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 "End of the River" Anton Leader G. Joshua David December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
Tarzan must save a young girl and battle a criminal.
15 15 "The Ultimate Duel" Robert L. Friend Cornelius Ballard 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" Earl Bellamy Wells Root 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" Lawrence Dobkin Norman Lessing,
Samuel Newman
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" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber 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 "Captain Jai" Anton Leader James Bonnet,
James Leighton
January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Jai is held hostage by criminals seeking stolen diamonds.
20 20 "A Pride of Assassins" Harmon Jones Samuel Newman,
Barry Trivers
January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
21 21 "The Golden Runaway" Lawrence Dobkin Carey Wilber February 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
22 22 "Basil of the Bulge" Alex Nicol Samuel Newman February 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
23 23 "Mask of Rona" James Komack S.S. Schweitzer February 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
24 24 "To Steal the Rising Sun" William Witney Jackson Gillis February 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
25 25 "Jungle Dragnet" William Wiard Arnold Belgard March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
26 26 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
27 27 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
28 28 "The Circus" Harmon Jones Lawrence Dobkin March 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
29 29 "The Ultimatum" Robert L. Friend James Menzies March 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
30 30 "Algie B for Brave" Alex Nicol Samuel Newman April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
31 31 "Man Killer" James Komack Carey Wilber April 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)

Season 2: 1967–68[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
32 1 "Tiger, Tiger!" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
33 2 "Voice of the Elephant" Harmon Jones Terence Maples,
Al Martin
September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
34 3 "Thief Catcher" James Komack Edmund Morris September 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
35 4 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1" William Witney Jackson Gillis October 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
36 5 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2" William Witney Jackson Gillis October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
37 6 "The Maguma Curse" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber October 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
38 7 "The Fanatics" William Witney Lee Loeb October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
39 8 "The Last of the Supermen" Gerald Mayer S.S. Schweitzer November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
40 9 "Hotel Hurricane" Ron Ely Jackson Gillis November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
41 10 "The Pride of the Lioness" Barry Shear Jerry Adelman,
Gerry Day,
William Driskill
November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
42 11 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 1" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
43 12 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 2" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis December 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
44 13 "Jai’s Amnesia" Harmon Jones Jerry Adelman,
William Driskill
December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
45 14 "The Professional" Alex Nicol Jerry Adelman,
William Driskill
January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
46 15 "The Convert" Harmon Jones Jo Pagano January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
47 16 "The Creeping Giant" Alex Nicol Donn Mullally January 19, 1968 (1968-01-19)
48 17 "King of the Dwsari" William Witney Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
49 18 "A Gun for Jai" E. Darrell Hallenbeck Jackson Gillis February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
50 19 "Trek to Terror" Barry Shear Lee Erwin February 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
51 20 "End of a Challenge" Barry Shear Richard H. Landau February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
52 21 "Jungle Ransom" Barry Shear Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
53 22 "The Four O’Clock Army: Part 1" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
54 23 "The Four O’Clock Army: Part 2" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
55 24 "Rendezvous for Revenge" William Witney Richard H. Landau March 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
56 25 "Trina" Harmon Jones Milton S. Gelman March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
57 26 "Alex the Great" Barry Shear Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
March 29, 1968 (1968-03-29)

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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