The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

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The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Also known asLobo
GenreSitcom
Created byGlen A. Larson
Directed byBruce Bilson
Nicholas Colasanto
Daniel Haller
Dick Harwood
Leslie H. Martinson
Christian I. Nyby II
James Sheldon
StarringClaude Akins
Brian Kerwin
Mills Watson
Ben Cooper
Composer(s)Jimmie Haskell
Stu Phillips
John Andrew Tartaglia
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes37
Production
Executive producer(s)Glen A. Larson
Producer(s)Richard M. Bluel
Joe Boston
Bill Dial
Frank Lupo
Richard Lindheim
Robert F. O'Neill
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Glen A. Larson Productions
Universal TV
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1979 (1979-09-18) –
May 5, 1981 (1981-05-05)
Chronology
Related showsB. J. and the Bear

The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo is an American action/adventure sitcom that ran on NBC from 1979 to 1981. For its second season the show was renamed Lobo. The program aired Tuesday nights, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The lead character, Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo, played by Claude Akins, was a spin-off character from another television series, B. J. and the Bear, which also aired on NBC from 1979-1981.

In 2002, the series was ranked #36 on TV Guide's 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

In fictitious Orly County, Georgia, Sheriff Lobo is the lead enforcer of the law, as well as one of its leading offenders. The corrupt, but now somewhat reformed, sheriff is assisted in his schemes by Deputy Perkins (Mills Watson) whose buffoonery often upsets and exacerbates the situation. An honest but naive new deputy, Birdwell "Birdie" Hawkins (Brian Kerwin), who is unaware of Lobo's schemes has joined the force and has become one of Lobo's deputies. He often refers to Lobo as his "Hero" and compares him to Wyatt Earp, "a little rough around the edges, but a good lawman." At first this baffles Lobo to think that someone actually thinks highly of him in any way, but it begins to make Lobo feel proud and boosts his self-esteem. This always annoys and infuriates Perkins who usually sneers at Birdie and mutters, "I'm gonna have to get that boy!" Other characters in the show were Perkins' wife (and Lobo's sister) Rose Lobo Perkins (Cydney Crampton), waitress Margaret Ellen (Janet Lynn Curtis), resort owner Sarah Cumberland (Leann Hunley), bank president and Lobo's former "partner in crime" Harry Cunningham (Dennis Burkley) and district attorney Alexander Waverly (Ben Cooper).

The show was an obvious clone of CBS' hit comedy/drama The Dukes of Hazzard, right down to the rural Georgia setting and the shiftiness of its lead character. Lobo (seemingly a cross between Hazzard County's Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) was a small-time wheeler-dealer, always looking to make a quick buck. But when serious crime threatened Orly County and its people, Lobo would do his job capably and uphold the law; unlike Hogg or Coltrane, Lobo was portrayed as an intelligent man and an able police officer.

The series premise was overhauled completely as the second season began in 1980. The governor of Georgia, impressed by Orly County's low crime rate (because Lobo forgot to send the data to Atlanta), reassigns Lobo and Deputies Perkins and Birdie to his crime-fighting task force, Special Crimes Action Team (SCAT) in Atlanta, reporting to Chief J.C. Carson (Nicolas Coster). Lobo is forced to contend with his new co-workers, Detectives Peaches (Amy Botwinick) and Brandy (Tara Buckman). The new format also included Nell Carter (billed as Nell Ruth Carter) as Sgt. Hildy Jones. In a July 1980 interview with The New York Times, NBC president Fred Silverman said research showed the show performing well in rural areas, but not as well in urban areas; Silverman had a history of preference for urban viewers over rural ones that dated all the way back to 1970 (see the rural purge for an example). For that reason, it was decided to move the show from rural Orly County to urban Atlanta. But the series was less successful with the new format, and it was cancelled after the end of its second season.

The theme song for the show's first season was sung by Frankie Laine and was written in a western ballad-type style and depicted Lobo as more of a hero than an offender. During the second season, the theme song was a version of "Georgia on My Mind".

The pilot of The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo aired as an episode of BJ and the Bear titled LOBO, which set the premise for the show and introduced the main cast of characters that would be involved in the show.

Cast[edit]

  • Claude Akins.....Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo
  • Mills Watson.....Deputy Perkins
  • Brian Kerwin.....Deputy Birdwell "Birdie" Hawkins
  • Cydney Crampton.....Rose Lobo Perkins
  • Janet Lynn Curtis.....Margaret Ellen
  • Leann Hunley.....Sarah Cumberland
  • Dennis Burkley...Harry Cunningham
  • Nell Carter.....Sergeant Hildy Jones
  • Nicolas Coster.....Chief J.C. Carson
  • Amy Botwinick.....Peaches
  • Tara Buckman.....Brandy

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1979–80)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Day That Shark Ate Lobo"Dick HarwoodTeleplay by: Glen A. Larson
Story by: Chris Bunch & Allan Cole & Glen A. Larson
September 18, 1979 (1979-09-18)
22"Dean Martin and the Moonshiners"James SheldonTeleplay by: Glen A. Larson & Frank Lupo
Story by: Thomas E. Szollosi & Richard Christian & Glen A. Larson & Frank Lupo
September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
33"The Panhandle Pussycats Come to Orly (a.k.a. The Big Game)"Charles R. RondeauHarvey BullockOctober 9, 1979 (1979-10-09)
44"Disco Fever Comes to Orly"Daniel HallerRichard H. LandauOctober 16, 1979 (1979-10-16)
55"The Mob Comes to Orly"Mel FerberTeleplay by: Glen A. Larson & Michael Sloan
Story by: Chris Lucky
October 23, 1979 (1979-10-23)
6
7
6
7
"Run for the Money: Part 2"Bruce BilsonTeleplay by: Michael Sloan & Sidney Ellis & Frank Lupo & Robert L. McCullough
Story by: Glen A. Larson & Sidney Ellis & Robert L. McCullough & Frank Lupo and John Peyser
November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06)
88"Buttercup, Birdie and Buried Bucks"Daniel HallerTBANovember 27, 1979 (1979-11-27)
99"The Senator Votes Absentee"TBATBADecember 4, 1979 (1979-12-04)
1010"The Boom Boom Lady"TBATBADecember 11, 1979 (1979-12-11)
1111"First to Finish, Last to Show"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1980 (1980-01-08)
1212"Hail! Hail! the Gang's All Here"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1980 (1980-01-15)
1313"The Luck of the Irish"Leslie H. MartinsonTeleplay by: Richard Bluel & Pat Fielder
Story by: Richard Bluel & Pat Fielder & Thomas Joachim & Eugene Fournier
January 22, 1980 (1980-01-22)
1414"Double Take, Double Take"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1980 (1980-01-29)
1515"Police Escort"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1980 (1980-02-05)
1616"Who's the Sexiest Girl in the World?"Daniel HallerTBAFebruary 19, 1980 (1980-02-19)
1717"The Martians Are Coming, the Martians Are Coming"James SheldonTeleplay by: Stephen Miller
Story by: Tom Chehak & Stephen Miller
February 26, 1980 (1980-02-26)
1818"The Treasure of Nature Beach"Daniel HallerMark JonesMarch 5, 1980 (1980-03-05)
1919"Perkins Bombs Out"Jack ArnoldTeleplay by: Mark Fink & Stephen Miller
Story by: David Chase & Bruce Shelly & David Ketchum
March 10, 1980 (1980-03-10)
2020"Birdie's Hot Wheels"James SheldonMark FinkMarch 11, 1980 (1980-03-11)
2121"The Haunting of Orly Manor"Daniel HallerTeleplay by: Mark Jones & Robert E. Feinberg & Howard Liebling
Story by: G.J. Young
March 18, 1980 (1980-03-18)
2222"Mystery on the Orly Express"Christian I. Nyby IILloyd TurnerMarch 25, 1980 (1980-03-25)
2323"Orly's Hot Skates"Jack ArnoldTeleplay by: Robert Feinberg & Howard Liebling
Story by: Richard Lindheim
May 6, 1980 (1980-05-06)

Season 2 (1980–81)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
241"The Dirtiest Girls in Town"Corey AllenGlen A. LarsonDecember 30, 1980 (1980-12-30)
252"The Girls with the Stolen Bodies"Dick HarwoodTeleplay by: Mark Jones
Story by: Frank Lupo & Mark Jones
January 6, 1981 (1981-01-06)
263"The Fastest Women Around"Nicholas ColasantoTeleplay by: Bill Dial
Story by: Sy Salkowitz
January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20)
274"Macho Man"Gene LevittMark Jones & Glen A. LarsonJanuary 20, 1981 (1981-01-20)
285"Airsick: 1981"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1981 (1981-02-03)
296"Coeds with Sticky Fingers"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1981 (1981-02-10)
307"Sex and the Single Cop"TBATBAFebruary 17, 1981 (1981-02-17)
318"Another Day, Another Bomb"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1981 (1981-02-24)
329"The French Follies Caper"TBATBAMarch 3, 1981 (1981-03-03)
3310"Bang Bang, You're Dead"TBATBAMarch 24, 1981 (1981-03-24)
3411"The Cowboy Connection"TBATBAMarch 31, 1981 (1981-03-31)
3512"What're Girls Like You Doing in a Bank Like This?"TBATBAApril 7, 1981 (1981-04-07)
3613"Lobo and the Pirates"TBATBAApril 21, 1981 (1981-04-21)
3714"The Roller Disco Karate Kaper"TBATBAApril 28, 1981 (1981-04-28)
3815"Keep on Buckin'"Daniel HallerTeleplay by: Jeffrey Scott & Frank Lupo & Lou Shaw & Mark Jones
Story by: Warren Douglas & David Harmon & Frank Lupo & Lou Shaw and Mark Jones
May 5, 1981 (1981-05-05)

Syndication[edit]

The series was syndicated in the early 1980s, as "The B.J./Lobo Show". For syndication, Universal offered the show in two versions, one was the original 60 minute format and the other had episodes cut to fit a half-hour time slot from their original hour versions. What differentiated the half hour episodes from the hour long ones was the inclusion of a laugh track.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "50 Worst Shows of All Time". TV Guide. 2002.