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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 

An innocent fugitive from the law lives in the wilderness with a grizzly bear companion and helps passers-by in the forest.
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1978   1977  

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dan Haggerty ...  James 'Grizzly' Adams 37 episodes, 1977-1978
Denver Pyle ...  Mad Jack 37 episodes, 1977-1978
Bozo the Bear ...  Ben, the Bear 37 episodes, 1977-1978
Don Shanks ...  Nakoma 36 episodes, 1977-1978
Number Seven ...  Burro 35 episodes, 1977-1978
Joshua ...  Raccoon 18 episodes, 1977-1978
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Storyline

In the 1850s, a farmer named James Adams is accused of a crime he didn't commit and must flee into the mountains. There, he rescues and cares for an abandoned grizzly bear cub who subsequently grows into a powerful adult companion named Ben. In addition, Adams learns that he has an uncanny link to much of the wildlife of the region who interact with him on their own without fear or aggression. Now "Grizzly" Adams lives in the wilderness with only an old trader named Mad Jack and an Native American named Nakoma as his only regular human friends. There he meets and aids a variety of visitors who usually are unused to the dangers this beautiful land can have. Unfortunately, while he protects the wildlife from unnecessary harm, he still must be watchful for the bounty hunters looking for the price on his head. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official Sites:

Grizzly Adams Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grizzly Adams See more »

Filming Locations:

Happy Jack, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sunn Classic Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series was shot in Northern Utah countryside locations. The production office was based in Park City, Utah. The production of this show put Park City on the map in the film industry, and was influential to Robert Redford, who established his Sundance Film Festival there after the series ended. See more »

Quotes

Mad Jack: [title sequence narration] They call me Mad Jack, and if there is anybody in these mountains that knows the real story about James Adams, that'd be me. So I'm putting it down in writing just how it happened in hopes of setting the record straight. Well, my friend Adams was accused of a crime he didn't commit, so he escaped into the mountains, leaving behind the only life that he ever knew. Now that wilderness out there ain't no place for a greenhorn and his chances of survivin' were mighty slim....
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Maybe
Written by Thom Pace
Performed by Thom Pace
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Wonderful Family Show That Doesn't Get Made Anymore!
30 July 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

I loved the character of James "Grizzly" Adams, who was played by the perfectly cast Dan Haggerty, whose warmth and caring was conveyed effectively. Denver Pyle as his friend Mad Jack was funny and memorable, and Don Shanks as his blood-brother Nacoma performed his part as a Native American with sincerity and respect. Then of course there was Ben, the big grizzly that Adams rescued as a cub from a mountain ledge, and is now his protector and companion.

Like the 1974 film that preceded it, some will no doubt complain that the series is too simple, even corny, but I reject these views, since Adams is a good man, unjustly accused of a crime he did not commit, but has no way of proving his innocence, which is why he fled to the wilderness.

A series that presents respect for nature, Native Americans, and helping one's fellow human should be treasured, and I'm glad this series is finally available on DVD.

"Maybe", the show's theme song, is beautiful, and may bring a tear to the eye!


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