Saturday, September 03, 2011

Geek TV #1: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Introduction to Geek TV!
This new feature on Random Acts of Geekery will be looking at a variety of TV shows, past and present, which I believe are of interest to my fellow geeks for a variety of reasons. The show itself may be genre-based (such as Star Trek or Bewitched), it may be an animated series that geeks like myself are fond of (such as most of Filmation's output), or there may just be geek elements to it (such as The Big Bang Theory, where the main characters are fellow geeks). Each entry in Geek TV will feature the following items:

Concept: What the show's about, in brief (this usually will provide the reason it's on the list)
Total Episodes: Self-explanatory
Original Air Dates: This will be the years it ran, not the actual air dates.
Original Network: Self-explanatory. Of course, if it wasn't a network show, “Syndicated” will be in this space.
Geek Factor: On a scale of 1-10, 10 being highest, how geeky I feel the show was. I fully expect some of you to disagree with me on some of these!
Characters: The regular characters and recurring characters, who played them, and brief descriptions.
Geek Guest-Stars: Any actor who guest-starred who is also known for a geek-related TV show or movie, or even guested on a number of genre TV shows or movies.
Geek Pedigree: Here I'll list connections the creators and actors on this show have to other geek-related TV shows or movies.
DVD Release: Whether the show's been released on DVD yet, with (naturally) an Amazon Associates link in case you decide to buy it!
Website: If there's an official website, I'll list it here... otherwise I'll provide a link to a webpage that seems to be a top one for that series.
Notes: Any other comments or memories I have on the show.
I hope you'll enjoy the feature, and if there's any show you want to see covered, make sure to mention it in the comments – that way, if I've forgotten to include it on my list, I can add it!

The first installment follows after the jump!

adventuresofbrisco1Title: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Concept: Harvard-educated lawyer-turned bounty hunter is hired to track and capture John Bly and his gang in the year 1893. Despite the old west era, there's lots of anachronisms and sci-fi elements involved.
Total Episodes: 27
Original Run Dates: 1993-1994
Original Network: Fox
Geek Factor: 8 (out of 10) – it could've gone to 10 if Fox had renewed it, and more seasons had been made, in order to see how things would develop in future episodes.
Brisco County Jr. (Bruce Campbell) – The title character, Brisco is a futurist, always looking for “the coming thing.” His father was a famous U.S. Marshall who was murdered by the Bly gang, and Brisco's relationship with his father was strained due to his father's being away often. Brisco's horse, Comet, apparently understands everything Brisco tells him – and vice-versa.
Lord Bowler (Julius Carry) – aka James Lonefeather, Bowler is an expert tracker and fellow bounty hunter who, although he prefers to work alone, finds himself constantly encountering Brisco. During the series' run, he and Brisco eventually become close friends.
Socrates Poole (Christian Clemenson) – A laywer, Brisco's liason with the Westerfield Club, the people who hired Brisco. Socrates provides financial support, and is a bit of a milquetoast, not adventurous in the least!
Professor Albert Wickwire (John Astin) – One of the recurring characters, Professor Wickwire is an inventor, often providing anachronistic mechanisms for Brisco to use (such as motorcycles).
John Bly (Billy Drago) – A ruthless and notorious outlaw, he's seeking the Orb, a mysterious relic that has the ability to travel in time.
Dixie Cousins (Kelly Rutherford) – A saloon singer who is in love with Brisco, and tends to encounter both the heroes and the villains in her appearances.
Geek Guest-Stars: Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
adventuresofbrisco3Geek Pedigree: Executive producer Carlton Cruse was also the executive producer of Lost. Star Bruce Campbell is more recently known for his role as Sam Axe in Burn Notice, and was the star of the Evil Dead films, appeared in the Spider-Man movies, portrayed Autolycus on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, played Bill Church, Jr. on three episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and has a variety of other geek roles on his resume. Christian Clemenson appeared in three episodes of Veronica Mars as Abel Koontz, made a single appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appeared in the remake of Mighty Joe Young, appeared in two episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Rollie Vale, and had a handful of single appearances on other geek-favorite shows. John Aston, of course, played Gomez Addams on The Addams Family and played the Riddler twice in the Adam West Batman series. He also has done voices for animated cartoons (from Pinky and the Brain to Taz-Mania to Johnny Bravo), had a recurring role as Radford on Eerie, Indiana, played Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen in the TV version of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, had a recurring role as Buddy Ryan on Night Court, appeared in two episodes of Night Gallery, as well as a multitude of other TV shows, both geeky and non-geeky. Kelly Rutherford appeared in an episode of the 2000 Outer Limits. Billy Drago appeared in seven episodes of Charmed as Barbas and an episode of The X-Files.

DVD Release: Complete series box set

Notes: I only saw a few episodes of this when it first came out... being that it was on Fridays, as I recall, it wasn't part of my regular viewing. When the DVD set was available at the local library, I checked it out and watch the entire series, and enjoyed the hell out of it! It's too bad this didn't get the ratings it really deserved, because I would've loved to have seen more.


  1. This was another series on the trash heap of great series greenlit and then abandoned by Fox. It was western/steampunk perfection. Bruce Campbell and Billy Drago - don't get much better than that and of course Comet the Wonder Horse.


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