Tarzan (1966 TV series)

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Tarzan
Tarzan TV show.jpg
Opening title
Genre Action/Adventure
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
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 that 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 classic 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]

Renowned Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans would have a recurring guest-starring role as retired Brigadier Sir Basil Bertram, hero of the Battle of the Bulge. American stage actress Julie Harris had a recurring guest-starring role as missionary Charity Jones. Veteran Australian actor 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" 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" September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
3 3 "Leopard on the Loose" September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money kidnaps Jai's pet leopard.
4 4 "A Life for a Life" 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" 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" October 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
7 7 "The Prodigal Puma" October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
8 8 "The Deadly Silence: Part 1" October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
9 9 "The Deadly Silence: Part 2" November 4, 1966 (1966-11-04)
Rendered deaf by an explosion, Tarzan still tries to stop a colonel from taking over a village.
10 10 "The Figurehead" November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
11 11 "Village of Fire" 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" December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
Tarzan joins an athletic championship, but an attempt to steal the prize happens.
13 13 "Pearls of Tanga" 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" December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
Tarzan must save a young girl and battle a criminal.
15 15 "The Ultimate Duel" 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" 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" January 6, 1967 (1967-01-06)
18 18 "The Day the Earth Trembled" January 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
19 19 "Cap’n Jai" January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
20 20 "A Pride of Assassins" January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
21 21 "The Golden Runaway" February 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
22 22 "Basil of the Bulge" February 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
23 23 "Mask of Rona" February 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
24 24 "To Steal the Rising Sun" February 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
25 25 "Jungle Dragnet" March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
26 26 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1" March 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
27 27 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2" March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
28 28 "The Circus" March 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
29 29 "The Ultimatum" March 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
30 30 "Algie B. for Brave" April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
31 31 "Man Killer" April 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)

Season 2: 1967–68[edit]

Ep Title Original air date
32 1 "Tiger, Tiger" September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
33 2 "Voice of the Elephant" September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
34 3 "Thief Catcher" September 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
35 4 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1" October 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
36 5 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2" October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
37 6 "Maguma Curse" October 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
38 7 "The Fanatics" October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
39 8 "The Last of the Superman" November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
40 9 "Hotel Hurricane" November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
41 10 "The Pride of a Lioness" November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
42 11 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 1" November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
43 12 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 2" December 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
44 13 "Jai’s Amnesia" December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
45 14 "Creeping Giants" December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)
46 15 "The Professional" January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
47 16 "The Convert" January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
48 17 "King of the Dwsari" January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
49 18 "A Gun for Jai" February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
50 19 "Trek to Terror" February 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
51 20 "End of a Challenge" February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
52 21 "Jungle Ransom" February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
53 22 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 1" March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
54 23 "Four O’Clock Army: Part 2" March 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
55 24 "Rendezvous for Revenge" March 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
56 25 "Alex the Great" March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
57 26 "Trina" 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 it's network run, as of 2016, the series airs on the Heroes & Icons network Saturday mornings.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tarzan - Heroes and Icons TV.com
  2. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000278425.do
  3. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000278423.do
  4. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000439315.do?promo=sliderTARZANS2home

External links[edit]

Preceded by
N/A
Tarzan (TV series)
Tarzan (NBC)

1966–1968
Succeeded by
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
1976–1980