A trucker and his pet monkey travel the highways of America, getting into various adventures and misadventures along the way.
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 B.J. McKay (47 episodes, 1978-1981)
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B.J. McCay was a good-looking young trucker who traveled around the country in his big red & white rig, with a single companion - his pet chimp, Bear. B.J. was based in rural Georgia and was confronted by a succession of corrupt local sheriffs - Elroy P. Lobo (who was later given his own series, Lobo); Sgt. Wiley of Winslow County and his two fellow lawmen, Sheriffs Cain and Masters. The only honest cop B.J. seemed to encounter was the Fox, who spent much of her time trying to trap the crooked local cops. Tommy was a lady trucker friend and Bullets ran the local hangout, the Country Comfort Truck Stop.In 1981, B.J. settled down to run a trucking business in Los Angeles called Bear Enterprises. His new adversary was Rutherford T. Grant, a corrupt politician who headed the state Special Crimes Action Team. Grant was a silent partner in TransCal, the largest trucking firm in California and stopped at nothing to stomp out potential competition. Because of Grant's intervention, B.J. found ... Written by Anonymous

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4 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Trivia

BJ's Kenwoth can still be see at truck shows around the country. See more »

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B.J. was supposedly a captain in the US Army and a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Most pilots were actually Army warrant officers with higher-ranking commissioned officers only flying the less dangerous missions as their experience was required from administration and training. This conflicts with the series narrative as B.J. was actually shot down and taken captive for a short period of time which is unlikely to have occurred during the conflict. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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B.J. and the Bear
Written by Glen A. Larson
Performed by Greg Evigan
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Excitement in a small town
23 July 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I was going to high school in Ukiah, California when this show was on the air, and one week they came to the town to film at the fairgrounds in that town. We didn't see much filming up there, so this was quite a lot of excitement for us! They filmed mostly at the fairgrounds, and a lot of students (including myself) cut school to go and watch. They filmed some shots with onlookers in the background so it was even more exciting for us to think we would be on TV! But my best memory of this time was one day as Greg Evigan was signing autographs (I had already got one from him the day before) and my mother and I were standing off to the side and talking about whether or not they may shoot somewhere else in town after they were finished at the fairgrounds. And Mr. Evigan talked to us, as he was signing an autograph for someone, joking that sometimes he was the last to know where they would be going next. I was about 16 and to have a TV star talking to me was really a big deal. And he was nice to all the fans who were there, and to this day when I see him on TV I think of him as this nice guy who gave a lot of people in a small town a good image of famous people.


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