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Written by  Lee Sheldon
Composer(s)  Edd Kalehoff
First episode date  17 January 1981
Number of episodes  7
Number of seasons  1
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Directed by  Alf Kjellin
Country of origin  USA
Production location  Newhall
Network  NBC
Starring  Bo Svenson Walter Barnes Harold Sylvester Courtney Pledger Jeff Lester Heather McAdam Rad Daly
Cast  Bo Svenson, Harold Sylvester, Jeff Lester, Walter Barnes, Courtney Pledger
Similar  A Real American Hero, Today's FBI, The Army Show, Salvage 1, The Protectors

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Walking Tall is an American television drama series that ran on NBC in 1981 for one season of seven episodes. The first 5 episodes aired Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. (opposite the ABC series The Love Boat). The last 2 episodes aired Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. (opposite ABC's Hart to Hart). NBC reran all 7 episodes from April–June 1981. This one-hour show was a continuation of the 1973 film Walking Tall, which was based on the life of McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser. In this series, Pusser is the sheriff of the fictionalized McNeal County, Tennessee, fighting criminals each week in 1969.

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Bo Svenson played Pusser, whom he had played before in Walking Tall Part 2 (1975) and Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977). (Brian Dennehy played Pusser in A Real American Hero in 1978 on CBS).

The rest of the cast included:

  • Walter Barnes as Carl Pusser
  • Harold Sylvester as Deputy Aaron Fairfax
  • Courtney Pledger as Deputy Joan Litton
  • Jeff Lester as Deputy Grady Spooner
  • Heather McAdam as Dwanna Pusser
  • Rad Daly as Michael Pusser
  • L.Q. Jones appeared in one segment as John Witter, Pusser's long-time nemesis.

    Guest stars included Robert Englund, William Windom, Chuck Connors, Merlin Olsen, Ralph Bellamy, Gail Strickland, James MacArthur, and Art Hindle.

    The theme song "Walking Tall" was sung by Brad Mercer. At the time, Svenson was the highest-paid actor in a television series.

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    Episodes

  • Original episode guide written by Richard H. Campbell for the book "Television Drama Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1980-1982", by Larry James Gianakos (Scarecrow Press, 1983, hardcover).
  • DVD release

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 on March 7, 2006.

    References

    Walking Tall (TV series) Wikipedia


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