This short-lived series tried to apply the ideals of the '60s youth culture to the American Revolution. Jeremy Larkin, Isak Poole, Henry Abington and Elizabeth Coates were members of "the ...
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This short-lived series tried to apply the ideals of the '60s youth culture to the American Revolution. Jeremy Larkin, Isak Poole, Henry Abington and Elizabeth Coates were members of "the Yankee Doodle Society", a rebel group based in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1777. Reporting directly to General Lafayette, the team operated as spies behind British lines. Jeremy was the son of Chester's Tory mayor, who hid his political ideas behind a facade of disinterested pacifism. Elizabeth was a liberated woman ahead of her time and Isak was an ex-slave. The brains of the group was Henry, a big fan of Benjamin Franklin (whom he resembled), and always able to invent whatever device or scheme the group needed to finish their missions. Written by
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I was an eleven-year-old history buff when "The Young Rebels" premiered in September 1970. Haven't seen it, of course, in nearly 40 years; but I sure LOVED all 15 episodes of this show.
"TYR" was part of a let's-attract-the-young movement by the networks in the late 1960s and early 70s, with dramas featuring youthful characters. Others in this venue that I recall include "The Storefront Lawyers" and "The Young Lawyers." "TYR" was apparently based on the following premise: what the heck, there were teens and early 20-somethings with long hair who were committed to the American Revolution, so let's have a show about them and try to get contemporary kids to watch. Didn't work, unfortunately. Those other youth-oriented dramas didn't last long either.
I would certainly love to see "TYR" again. Of the cast, only Lou Gossett went on (justifiably) to a major career -- -
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