About The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams
“Deep inside the forest is a door to another land,” proclaimed the folksy theme song to The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, one of the most enduring TV shows of the late 1970s.
Dan Haggerty stars as Adams, the animal whisperer, forced to flee to the wild after he’s wrongly accused of a crime. Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse from The Dukes of Hazard) is Mad Jack, curmudgeonly prospector and series narrator. Don Shanks is the Native American Nakoma, Adams’ blood brother and protector. And Bozo the Bear is Ben, Adams’ 600-lb roommate.
The real, historical figure known as “Grizzly” Adams lived off the land in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and became a hero of American folklore thanks to an 1860 book. A century later, the character was revived for a novel, theatrical film, and this family friendly series. Haggerty won a People’s Choice Award for his performance as Adams, a sort of woodland shaman communing with wildlife and protecting all living creatures. Although the series only aired for two seasons, it spawned a menagerie of licensed products and remains beloved today.
Notable guest stars: Keenan Wynn, Russ Tamblyn, Ronny Cox, Norman Fell, Slim Pickens, Ken Berry, Forest Tucker, Larry Storch, Patrick Wayne, Charles Martin Smith.
Created by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Theme song: “Maybe,” written and performed by Thom Price.