Walking Tall (TV series)
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|Written by||Lee Sheldon|
|Directed by||Alf Kjellin|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||David Gerber|
|Production location(s)||Newhall, Santa Clarita, California|
|Running time||60 min|
|Production company(s)||Columbia Pictures Television|
|Original release||January 17– June 6, 1981|
Walking Tall is an American television drama series that ran on NBC in 1981 for one season of seven episodes. The first 5 episodes aired Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. (opposite the ABC series The Love Boat). The last 2 episodes aired Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. (opposite ABC's Hart to Hart). NBC reran all 7 episodes from April–June 1981. This one-hour show was a continuation of the 1973 film Walking Tall, which was based on the life of McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser. In this series, Pusser is the sheriff of the fictionalized McNeal County, Tennessee, fighting criminals each week in 1969.
The rest of the cast included:
- Walter Barnes as Carl Pusser
- Harold Sylvester as Deputy Aaron Fairfax
- Courtney Pledger as Deputy Joan Litton
- Jeff Lester as Deputy Grady Spooner
- Heather McAdam as Dwanna Pusser
- Rad Daly as Michael Pusser
L.Q. Jones appeared in one segment as John Witter, Pusser's long-time nemesis.
The theme song "Walking Tall" was sung by Brad Mercer. At the time, Svenson was the highest-paid actor in a television series.
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Air date|
|1||"The Killing of McNeal County's Children"||Alf Kjellin||Stephen Downing||17 January 1981|
|Sheriff Buford Pusser investigates when two teenagers are hospitalized after smoking potent PCP cigarettes. Guest Star: Robert Englund (Bobby Joe Wilson).|
|2||"The Protectors of the People"||Daniel Haller||Donald R. Boyle||24 January 1981|
|Racial tensions inflame in McNeal County when three Ku Klux Klan members impersonate black men and attack a white girl. Guest Star: William Windom (Matthew Whittaker).|
|3||"Kidnapped"||John Florea||Paul Savage||31 January 1981|
|Bank robbers take Sheriff Pusser's father hostage. Guest star: Chuck Connors (Theo Brewster).|
|4||"Hitman"||Alf Kjellin||Robert E. Swanson||7 February 1981|
|Sheriff Pusser goes against his childhood friend, now a paid assassin assigned to murder Buford. Guest Stars: Merlin Olsen (Webb McClain), L.Q. Jones (John Whitter).|
|5||"Company Town"||Harvey S. Laidman||Lee Sheldon||14 February 1981|
|Sheriff Pusser investigates the disappearance of a miner who has inflamed his bosses with vocal complaints about low wages and unsafe working conditions. Guest Stars: Ralph Bellamy (Jim Clausen), Art Hindle (Stuart Clausen), Lane Bradbury (Kate Reeder).|
|6||"Deadly Impact"||Alexander Singer||Gregory S. Dinallo||24 March 1981|
|After an old friend is murdered by chemical company workers dumping excess toxic waste, Sheriff Pusser teams up with a whistle-blowing company employee to solve the case. Guest Stars: Gail Strickland (Lynn Hudson), James Whitmore Jr. (Tom Coleman), Ken Swofford (Ed Morgan). Aired Tuesday night at 10:00.|
|7||"The Fire Within"||Phil Bondelli||Lee Sheldon||31 March 1981|
|Sheriff Pusser butts heads with an idealistic priest who learns of a gunrunning ring during confession, but whose vows prevent him from sharing his knowledge with the law. Guest Stars: James MacArthur (Father Adair), Ed Nelson (Edwin Campbell). Aired Tuesday night at 10:00.|
- Original episode guide written by Richard H. Campbell for the book "Television Drama Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1980-1982", by Larry James Gianakos (Scarecrow Press, 1983, hardcover).
- Final Cover Art for The Complete Series (yes, 'Complete') Archived 2014-08-09 at the Wayback Machine.