Then Came Bronson: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (24 Mar. 1969)

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A newspaper reporter quits his job and travels across America by motorcycle.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Otis
Gloria Oresko
Editor Carson
Bruce Mars ...
Ted Gehring ...
Diner Owner
Lawrence Hauben ...
Gene Dynarski ...
Peter Brocco ...
Stanley Schneider ...


Jim Bronson is a young newspaperman who quits his job following the suicide of his best friend, and sets out on a cross-country trip on his motorcycle in his quest for the meaning of life in which he befriends a runway bride, another searching soul, in this pilot for the TV series of the same name. Written by Matthew Patay

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24 March 1969 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


We learn from the Pilot, Jim Bronson is a Taurus, April 21 to May 20, 21, and Michael Parks was born 24 April. See more »


During the hill climbing you can see that the bike Jim is on is not a Sportster, the exhaust pipes give that away. See more »


Jim Bronson: You ever work in a brickyard?
Temple Brooks: What do you think...of course not!
Jim Bronson: Ok, junior, I got us a job.
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Referenced in Morirás con el sol (Motociclistas suicidas) (1973) See more »

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Great Show, and a Great Guy
13 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must have been in the summer of 1969 when a friend of mine said that he had heard that they were filming an episode of Then Came Bronson near by. We were born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. So the 4 of us jumped in the car, I was to young to drive but my friend wasn't, along with my cousin who was visiting from Utah away we went to find Bronson. In the mountains of Colorado during the summer they film a lot of movies so we had to go from Hotel to Hotel in Canon City to find him, finally some one knew where he was in a rented house in some neighborhood that I couldn't find again if I had to. We pulled up in the driveway and out he came, he was friendly beyond what any of us could imagine. We sat with him and watched the Johnny Cash Show and ate carrot sticks. He was such a great guy to be so kind to a bunch of kids, none of us has ever forgotten the day or the guy. I think that the show was so popular with young men because this guy was free, just going from town to town helping people, meeting people, but it was all so simple then our generation thought we could save the world. You live on Michael, live on brother.

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