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Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Earthy comedy about the four motherless Wheeler children and their lovable but cantankerous father Zack... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 7)

Jack Elam ... Zack Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)

Gary Busey ... Truckie Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)

Mark Hamill ... Doobie Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Karen Obediear ... Boo Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)

Tony Becker ... T.J. Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bruce Kimball ... Lyle (8 episodes, 1974-1975)

Series Directed by
James Frawley (1 episode, 1974)

Stuart Margolin (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Dale McRaven (8 episodes, 1974-1975)

Series Produced by
Chris Hayward .... producer (unknown episodes)
Dale McRaven .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Pete Carpenter (unknown episodes)
Mike Post (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Jules Brenner (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Bud Molin (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation coordinator (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
Series Other crew
Jerry Belson .... executive consultant (unknown episodes)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The show's theme song was "Illegal Smile" by John Prine.See more »
Zack Wheeler:Never underestimate the power of laziness.See more »
Illegal SmileSee more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An underrated TV gem, 16 July 2001
Author: Gary Levine ( from Seminole, FL

This was a very quiet comedy about a family where the two younger siblings are being raised by the older brother, their ne'er-do-well father having deserted years ago. Suddenly, the "ever lovin' daddy" returns. After a bit of resistance to having him back, the family re-unites in this quiet, warm comedy. Great reviews and rock-bottom ratings, a deadly combination, but if you have the chance to see this on tape (if someone had the foresight), catch it. There weren't too many episodes made, but those that were made were wonderful.

If this series had succeeded, it could have changed the course of movie history. It wasn't too long after that Mark Hamill did Star Wars and Gary Busey starred as Buddy Holly.

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