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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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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:

12 June 1979 (Netherlands) 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

Ben, who was actually played by a female grizzly named "Bozo", died in 1999. She is very much missed by her owners who considered her part of their family. Bozo left behind a female cub, who is said to be a lot like her mother. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mary Kay Place/Willie Nelson (1977) See more »

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Ahhhh....great memories!
5 July 2000 | by myklrichterSee all my reviews

While I know that this show was no emmy-winning fare, it brings backs memories of my youth and gaining an appreciation for nature and all animals.

Somewhere in all of us, lies that Walden-esque desire to abandon the trappings of modern life and live in the wilderness among nature. While this was merely a television program, and undoubtedly fraught with errors and impossibilities (i.e. raising an orphan cub to be your "buddy"), it allowed for soles young and old to live out that Western fantasy, albeit vicarisely. I miss those days curled up with a pillow on my Grandma's floor and imersing myself in Grizzly Adam's world.


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