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Writer:
Edgar Rice Burroughs (character)
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
8 September 1966 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Tarzan (Lord Greystoke), already well educated and fed up with civilization, returns to the jungle and, more-or-less assisted by chimpanzee Cheetah and orphan boy Jai, wages war against poachers and other bad guys.
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Cast

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Ron Ely ... Tarzan (57 episodes, 1966-1968)

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Jai (42 episodes, 1966-1968)
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Series Directed by
Alex Nicol (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harmon Jones (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Witney (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Shear (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lawrence Dobkin (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert L. Friend (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Anton Leader (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Paul Stanley (3 episodes, 1966)
James Komack (3 episodes, 1967)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Carey Wilber (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Samuel Newman (5 episodes, 1967)
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1966)
Jerry Adelman (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Driskill (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Esther Shapiro (3 episodes, 1968)
Richard Alan Shapiro (3 episodes, 1968)
Lee Erwin (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
James Leighton (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
George F. Slavin (2 episodes, 1966)
S.S. Schweitzer (2 episodes, 1967)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1968)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Vernon E. Clark .... associate producer (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sy Weintraub .... executive producer (57 episodes, 1966-1968)
Steve Shagan .... producer (37 episodes, 1966-1968)
Maurice Unger .... producer (10 episodes, 1968)
Leon Benson .... producer (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Don Brinkley .... co-producer (5 episodes, 1966)
Jon Epstein .... producer (5 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Walter Greene (22 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jerry Fielding (12 episodes, 1966-1967)
William Loose (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Nelson Riddle (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gabriel Torres (48 episodes, 1966-1968)
Kenneth Talbot (5 episodes, 1966)
Raúl Martínez Solares (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Film Editing by
Reg Browne (16 episodes, 1966-1968)
Edward M. Abroms (14 episodes, 1966-1968)
Renn Reynolds (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Crawford (7 episodes, 1966-1968)
Morton Tubor (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Austin (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Collins (3 episodes, 1966)
John Joyce (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
José Rodríguez Granada (9 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Paul Levitt .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 1967)
Alfonso Sánchez Tello .... production manager (7 episodes, 1967)
Antonio Guerrero Tello .... production manager (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Stewart .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Don Minkler .... rerecording / re-recording / ... (9 episodes, 1967)
Bill Mumford .... rerecording / re-recording / ... (9 episodes, 1967)

Jim Bullock .... sound editor / supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects (8 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Phill Norman .... optical effects (1 episode, 1967)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Leobardo Sánchez .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Editorial Department
Renn Reynolds .... supervising film editor (7 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music / conductor (21 episodes, 1967-1968)
Emil Cadkin .... orchestrator (7 episodes, 1967)
John Mick .... music editor (7 episodes, 1967)
George Pincus .... music consultant (7 episodes, 1967)
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor (7 episodes, 1967)
William Loose .... conductor (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Igo Kantor .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1967)
Al Teeter .... music editor (2 episodes, 1967)

Quinn Amper .... composer: title music (unknown episodes)
Sydney Lee .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. / animal supervisor: Nature's Haven / ... (59 episodes, 1966-1968)
Margaret Jennings .... assistant to executive producer / production associate (8 episodes, 1967)
Phill Norman .... main title (8 episodes, 1967)
Samuel Newman .... story consultant / production associate / ... (7 episodes, 1967)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler / head wrangler: Mexico (2 episodes, 1967)
Juanita Portillo .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1967)

Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (57 episodes)
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Trivia:
Mike Henry, who had just filmed several big-screen adventures as Tarzan, was intended to have also played the lead in the TV series, but backed out. Ron Ely, who took his place, was originally to have played a Tarzan imposter in a proposed episode of the TV series.See more »
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Spoofed in Starzan III (1990)See more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
From great to terrible to pretty darn good, 5 January 2003
Author: Mark from Canada

This was one of my favorite shows as a kid. It was exciting and suspenseful and had some of the most evil villains on TV every week.

However, when I saw reruns of "Tarzan" in the early 1980s, either I caught a batch of bad episodes or I had evolved because I found 6 episodes in a row to be very poorly written and even boring, so I stopped watching.

Recently, a friend loaned me four episodes and all four were exceptional. So, I saw an additional four episodes and three were quite good. Aside from obviously being an uneven series (although I have read that the show had script problems during the first year), I agree with previous posters that just the fantastic on-location photography puts all of the other Tarzan TV series to shame. Ron Ely was perfectly cast, an honorable and articulate "lawman" who respected the native tribes around him. There's one episode, "Last of the Superman" (which must have been written by an Ayn Rand admirer) where Tarzan philosophically reflects on how humans owe it to themselves to be the best they can be.

The other distinguishing thing was that there was no holds barred when it came to violence - guest star William Smithers frantically firing a revolver as piranha fish devour him, and Bo Hopkins as a no-gooder who is lazing around a lake shore when he's pulled into the lake and killed by a crocodile (one of the goriest TV scenes ever filmed). When bad guy Pat Conway is shot to death as he tries to escape by swimming across a raging river, Tarzan angrily admonishes the shooter with, "He had a right to choose how to die!"

The show was attacked by critics in the 1960s, and yet dig the guest star roster - Helen Hayes, Jimmy MacArthur, James Earl Jones, Michael Dunn, Maurice Evans, Julie Harris, James Whitmore, George Kennedy, Sally Kellerman, Diana Ross, the great (if late) Gia Scala, Leslie Parrish, the late Michael Witney, Nichelle Nichols, etc. People like that don't appear on a show if it's bad.

TV Guide reported in June 1968 that the series still had a 31 share and finished in the top 40 during 1967-68, but NBC felt its demographics (too many older women and too many kids) made it unappealing and it was cancelled. Popular demand brought it back for summer reruns in 1969.

A good series.

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