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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Jim sings Wayfaring Stranger in a duet with Bonnie. 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 »


Temple Brooks: Where are my eggs?
Jim Bronson: [said with a mouth full of them] Eggs?
Temple Brooks: What about me?
Jim Bronson: Like I said, "you don't work, you don't eat!"
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Referenced in Morirás con el sol (Motociclistas suicidas) (1973) See more »

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Easy Rider for Television
15 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was 15, I was a Star Trek kid and my dad was more the Mannix type. Needless to say, we argued quite a bit over what to watch on TV. But one show we both loved was Then Came Bronson. And we were both incredibly disappointed when it was canceled after such a short run.

This series pilot is a tale of a disillusioned young corporate type (Michael Parks, in an understated performance reminiscent of James Dean) whose world is shaken by the suicide of a friend. He takes off across the US on a Harley, hooking up with a young and somewhat spoiled wedding fugitive (Bonnie Bedelia).

There are quite a few good supporting performances in a film that many at the time compared to Easy Rider (but in fact now seems less dated, at least that's what I thought when TBS reran it about three or four years ago). Though there are indeed similarities between the two, Then Came Bronson probably has roots closer to Jack Kerouac's On The Road and the TV show Route 66 than Easy Rider.

Sad to see that this movie isn't available on DVD. Maybe one day...

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