The Fall Guy

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The Fall Guy
Fallguytitlescreen.jpg
The Fall Guy opening title
GenreAction/Adventure
Created byGlen A. Larson
Starring
Theme music composerGail Jensen
Glen A. Larson
David Somerville
Opening theme"Unknown Stuntman"
performed by Lee Majors
ComposersStu Phillips
Ron Ramin
Frank DeVol
Tom Worrall
Morton Stevens
Dennis McCarthy
Ken Heller (uncredited)
William Broughton (uncredited)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes113 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerGlen A. Larson
ProducersRobert Janes
Larry Brody
Paul Mason
Lee Majors
CinematographyBen Colman
Michael Hofstein
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseNovember 4, 1981 (1981-11-04) –
May 2, 1986 (1986-05-02)

The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television series produced for ABC and originally broadcast from November 4, 1981, to May 2, 1986. It starred Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas as Hollywood stunt performers who moonlight as bounty hunters.

Plot[edit]

Lee Majors plays Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter. He uses his physical skills and knowledge of stunt effects (especially stunts involving cars or his large GMC pickup truck) to capture fugitives and criminals. He is accompanied by his cousin and stuntman-in-training Howie Munson (Barr), who studied in Nashville—whom Colt frequently calls "Kid", and occasionally by fellow stuntwoman Jody Banks (Thomas).

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Adaptations and spin-offs [edit]

A board game adaptation based on the show was released by the Milton Bradley Company[1] in 1981.

A comic strip adaptation was drawn by Jim Baikie for Look-In magazine.[2]

A video game adaptation was produced by British video game developer Elite Systems in 1984.[3]

A comedy advertising campaign ran in 1990 using various scenes and music to advertise a small town in Derbyshire (Codnor) selling a spring water soft drink called Codnor Falls.

Home media[edit]

On June 5, 2007, 20th Century Fox released the first season of The Fall Guy on DVD in Region 1. As with a number of other TV shows of the era released on DVD, the six-disc set contains extensive music substitutions due to copyright reasons (as well as completely editing out the sequences with actor/singer Paul Williams, in the pilot). Due to poor sales, whether the remaining seasons will be released is unknown.[citation needed]

Season one was released on DVD in Region 2 in Germany and the UK. Season two has also been released in Region 2, in Germany on November 28, 2008 and in the UK on February 16, 2009.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 (UK) Region 2 (Germany)
The Complete First Season 23 June 5, 2007 June 25, 2007 January 14, 2008
The Complete Second Season 23 N/A February 16, 2009 November 28, 2008

Nielsen ratings[edit]

The highest rating is in bold text.

Season Rank Rating
1) 1981–1982 #27 19.0
2) 1982–1983 #14 19.4
3) 1983–1984 #16 [4] 19.9 [4]
4) 1984–1985 #22 [5] 17.1 [5]
5) 1985–1986 #80 [6] 7.8 [6]

Intros[edit]

The series introductions were composed mainly by both scenes from the TV series and from risk scenes taken from films that dated before 1981.

In season one, the montage of scenes was borrowed from the films Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, The Stunt Man, Silver Streak, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hot Rock, Our Man Flint, The Poseidon Adventure, Speedway, and Sky Riders. Exclusively for the season-one opening narration, Singin' in the Rain, The Blue Max, Race with the Devil, and Moving Violation were used. Also included are archival footages from stunt shows made in the 1930s.

Following season two, a few of the borrowed movie risk scenes were replaced by stunt scenes from the TV series.

The truck[edit]

Seavers's truck was a Rounded-Line 1981 GMC K-2500 Wideside with the Sierra Grande equipment package.[7][8] A Rounded-Line 1980 GMC K-25 Wideside with the High Sierra equipment package was also used.[9] During the show's initial series, the stunts took their toll on the modified production trucks, supplied at low cost to the production by General Motors, so several different years, makes (Chevy/GMC), and models were used during the show's initial run. As a result, some inconsistencies appear in the episodes.

From the second season onwards, General Motors supplied three specially adapted trucks for the stunt sequences, with the engine moved to a midchassis position immediately under the cab seat. This meant that these trucks flew further and pitched less in the air, allowing them to be reused for multiple takes and shows.

At the end of the series, the remaining trucks were either auctioned or given away in a contest. One of them was sold on eBay in 2003.[citation needed]

Film remake[edit]

In July 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that a film based on the series was in development. DreamWorks had teamed up with producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald on the project,[10] and Martin Campbell was in talks to direct the film.[11] DreamWorks, through Disney's Touchstone Pictures distribution label, was to release the film in North America, Latin America, Russia, Australia, and Asia, while Mister Smith Entertainment would have handled sales in the remaining territories. In September 2013, Dwayne Johnson was in negotiations to play the title role and McG was in talks to direct.[12]

As of 2020, however, that planned movie was never made, and a different film more loosely based on the television series was being planned by Universal Pictures, with Ryan Gosling in the starring role and David Leitch in the director's chair.[13] In August 2022, Emily Blunt was cast. The film is set to be released on March 1, 2024.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Fall Guy".
  2. ^ "Jim Baikie". lambiek.net.
  3. ^ "Fall Guy". spectrumcomputing.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  4. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1983-84 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  5. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1984-85 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  6. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1985-86 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  7. ^ "Fall Guy GMC". 73-87.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  8. ^ "1982 GMC K-2500 Wideside". www.imcdb.org. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  9. ^ "1980 GMC K-25 Wideside". www.imcdb.org. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  10. ^ "Hollywood falls for 'The Fall Guy': Lee Majors series is latest reboot candidate | 24 Frames |". Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2010. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  11. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (2011-10-31). "Martin Campbell Eyeing 'The Fall Guy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  12. ^ 2:06PM by Borys Kit; Tatiana Siegel (September 5, 2013). "Toronto: Dwayne Johnson, McG to Tackle 'The Fall Guy'". hollywoodreporter.com.
  13. ^ Borys Kit (September 23, 2020). "Ryan Gosling, David Leitch Tackling "The Fall Guy"-Style Stuntman Movie for Universal".
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 12, 2022). "Emily Blunt Joins Ryan Gosling in Universal's 'The Fall Guy' Movie, Studio Sets Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2022.

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