THE ACTION/ADVENTURE SERIES (Contemporary)
[Voice of Michael Biehn] "My name is Judson Cross. I've been called everything
from a treasure hunter to a thrill seeker. But personally, I like to think of
myself as a professional explorer. My company is Adventure Inc. and we're in the
business of finding things. Things that are priceless, dangerous, sometimes even
unexplainable. My crew will go anywhere and risk everything. Adventure really is
[Narrator] “On a mountaintop high above a large city stands the headquarters of
a man devoted to the cause of freedom and justice, a war hero who has never
stopped fighting against his country’s enemies, a private citizen who is
dedicating his life to the struggle against evil men everywhere – Captain
THE FALL GUY/ABC/1981-86
[Voice of Lee Majors] "This is the story of one of America's great unsung
heroes. I mean you've seen him but you never knew who he was. You've cheered for
him and cried for him and women have wanted to die for him. But did he ever get
any credit or the girl? No! He's what we call the "Stuntman" and the reason I'm
talking so fondly about him is, well because it's me, Colt Seaver. Anyway,
picture work isn't wall-to-wall employment so maybe you wonder how a guy keeps
his head together? Well, one way is to wait by the phone and wait and wait. The
other is to take an occasional job with the court system of the United States of
America where a man is considered innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately
sometimes a lot of these people get out of jail on what we call bail and they'd
run like hell!...and that's where I come in. I sometimes pick up rent money
trying to find them and bring them back to justice...and that reminds me of a
very interesting case." [The program began with the theme song "The Unknown
Stuntman" written by David Somerville, Gail Jensen & Glen Larson and sung by Lee
THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON/DIS/1998-2001
[Voice of Lee Thompson Jones as Jett Jackson] "That's me, Jett Jackson. On my TV
show I play the ultimate action hero-Silverstone. Being a superstar is cool, but
to tell you the truth, I miss being a regular kid. So, I convinced the network
to move the show back to my hometown in North Carolina. Now, I can hang with my
friends. I spend a lot more time with my family and still get to see my Momma.
Hey, I'm just trying to live my life as a regular kid, but people still think of
me as THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON."
THE GREEN HORNET/ABC/1966-67
[Voice of William Dozier as Narrator] "Another challenge for the Green Hornet,
his aid Kato and their rolling arsenal the Black Beauty. On police record a
wanted criminal, the Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner publisher of the
Daily Sentinel. His dual identity known only to his secretary and to the
district attorney. And now to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens
rides the Green Hornet."
[Narrator] "Knight Rider...a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man
who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the
cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who
operate above the law."
[The first season featured this closing epilogue] " 'One man can make a
difference, Michael.' Michael Knight, a lone crusader in the dangerous world...
the world of the Knight Rider."
[Regular Closing lines] "Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous
world...the world of the Knight Rider."
KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES/SYN/1993-96
[Voice of Richard Anderson as Narrator] "The grandson of Kwai Chang Caine walks
out of the past. [Great grandson of Kwai Chang Caine speaks ] "But I want to
fight. [Grandson responds] "Yes, so did your great grandfather when he was your
age" (Narrator continues) "He teaches his son wisdom at a Shaolin Temple. An
evil force destroyed that temple; father and son each believed that the other
had perished. Fifteen years later they were reunited. Now Caine faced new
challenges and his son grew up. [Caine's son speaks] "Look, I'm not my father. I
don't do Kung Fu. I'm a cop, that's who I am, that's what I do." [Voice of Caine]
"I am Caine. I will help you."
[Narrator] "There are pretenders among us. Geniuses with the ability to be
become anyone they want to be. In 1963 a corporation known as the Centre
isolated a young pretender named Jarod and exploited his genius for their
research. Then one day their pretender ran away..."
There are pretenders among
I was taken from my
36 hours and he's
demonstrating more talent that any of our others.
How many people died
because of what I thought up...Since I broke out I've spent every
moment searching for my past.
He's a pretender, a genius
who can become anyone he wants to be.
The Centre wants him
He defends the weak and
Life's a gift.
You a doctor?
I am today.
[Narrator] "Jonathan Raven as an American boy being raised in Japan until his
parents were killed by assassins. To avenge their death, he joined the Black
Dragons, the very organization that murdered his parents. Now in Hawaii, with
the help of his old military buddy Ski, he is searching for the son he has never
THE RELIC HUNTER/SYN/1999-2002
[Voice of Tia Carrere as Professor Sydney Fox] "Welcome to Ancient Studies . I
am not much of a stickler for attendance. From time to time, I'm called away
from the classroom myself."
[Narrator] "This is the most danger-packed show on television. Every jump, every
aerial maneuver is real, photographed just as it happened, without tricks or
illusions. All that stands between a jumper and death is his RIPCORD."
[Narrator] "Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream. So he put together a team;
an ex-astronaut and a fuel expert. They built a rocket ship and they went to the
moon. Who knows what they'll do next."
[Voice of Lloyd Bridges who played scuba diver Mike Nelson] Bridges concluded
each program with a monologue often standing at the wheel of his boat the
Argonaut or just finishing some activity like releasing the tie lines to the
boat. A sample list of closing monologues follow:
- "Hello there. I'm Lloyd Bridges. Skin diving is fun and adventure for young and
old, but it can be dangerous, so know the sport well and don't take any chances.
Be with you next week for another exciting Sea Hunt."
- "Hi, there. I'm Lloyd Bridges. Skin diving is certainly a lot of fun, and it's
full of adventure. See some more of it again next week, huh, when there'll be
another excursion into that fabulous underwater world of Sea Hunt."
- "I'm Lloyd Bridges, inviting you to join us for another action-packed story of
underwater adventure one week from today" [Descends steps into water wearing a
wearing scuba tanks]
- "I'll be back next week at this same time with another Sea Hunt story. Plan to
be with us again, huh?
- "You know, three-fifths of the world is covered by the sea, and how little most
of us know about that underwater world. Go below with us again next week, huh,
for another thrilling adventure in Sea Hunt."
SWORD OF JUSTICE/NBC/1978-79
[Opening Narration] "She is the protector of the jungle, a force of nature and
one with the animals. A child of Africa. A legend of the people. A modern day
hero... she is Sheena."
"Orphaned by tragedy at a young age Sheena was raised by Kali, the last living
member of the Kaya tribe. The tribe held the mystical and secret power of shape
shifting, and now it is a gift shared by Sheena. It is her destiny to use her
extraordinary power and her understanding of a past civilization to the modern
||This court finds
Jack Martin Cole guilty of 25 counts of embezzlement.
||That is an
absolute lie! Those criminals framed me for something I didn't do. I'll
pay them back for every single day of those three long years.... They say
this place (Prison) is like a college, well I want to go to school.
||So you want to
know about burglar alarms hmmm?
||You never know
when precision acrobatics well come in handy.
||Any lock can be
picked, if you have the right tools and the right touch.
||You mean we're
gonna bug the federal building?
||There's a whole
level of crime operating above the law, we're going to help put an end to
[Narrator] "The dark land of the jungle is the country of the unknown with
savagery, terror and peril beyond the imagination of men. Here in the forbidden
tangle of the jungle, a child was found and raised by the great apes. The boy
took the name Tarzan and later was educated in civilization But then, Tarzan
returned to the deadly land he knew so well and every where in the jungle from
the great falls, to the huge mountains, to the land of ghost men and the
limitless rainforest, the cheetah has grown to know one who is swifter, the lion
knows one who is braver. Deep in the jungle Tarzan continues to enforce his
law...the law of right. The elephant comes to his friend...TARZAN OF THE APES."
TEAM KNIGHT RIDER/SYN/1997-98
[Narrator] "Ten years ago, all it took was one man, and one car, to get the job
done. Now, the Foundation for Law and Government has assembled five highly
skilled operatives, and paired them with the most advanced state-of-the-art
vehicles, to take on a new breed of outlaw. They are...TEAM KNIGHT RIDER.
[Narrator] "Out of the night comes a man who saves lives at the risk
of his own. Once a circus performer, an aerialist who refused the net. Once a
cat burglar, a master among jewel thieves. And now, a professional
bodyguard...primitive, savage, in love with danger...THE CAT"
THEN CAME BRONSON/NBC/1969-70
[Opening scene: Michael Parks as Jim Bronson stops at a red light on his
motorcycle. A man in an automobile next to him starts a conversation.]
Man in Car:
Taking a trip?
[Yelling over sound of
traffic] What's that?
Man in car:
[Talking louder] Taking a
Man in car:
Oh, I don't know. Wherever
I end up, I guess.
Man in car:
Man, I wish I was you.
Man in car:
Well, hang in there
traffic light turns green and both men drive off].
[Narrator] "Running from oppression, yearning for freedom, he came to America.
But when he is falsely accused of murder, he must run again searching for the
truth... the hunter and the hunted."
[Voice of Michael Madsen as Mr. Chapel] "I'm glad you called [555-0132]
...People will think that innocent and not guilty are the same thing. People who
treat justice like some sort of business. Well, I've got my own business. It's
called VENGEANCE UNLIMITED." [from premiere episode]
[Narrator in 1994 opening] "The day after tomorrow. A time when criminals rule
the city. The only weapon that can stop them, needs a driver. [Voice] The man
without a memory can be supplied with one. [Voice] After a little cosmetic fine
tuning he'll be our driver. [Voice]: Initiate change over. 3,2,1 activate. The
most wanted man on wheels is about to change sides. Now against a corrupt system
a lone fight for justice. Viper is taking back the streets."
[Revised opening for syndicated series] "It prowls the streets in pursuit of
justice. Its origins are secret. Its technology 21st century. Its existence
officially disavowed. But its presence undeniable. The perfect weapon for an
[Voice of Preston Foster] "Hello, I'm Preston Foster coming your way with
another exciting episode of WATERFRONT."
YOU ASKED FOR IT/DUM/ABC/1950-59/SYN/1972
[Announcer] "Whatever it is, where ever it is, at home or around the world, you
see it here, YOU ASKED FOR IT. And here's you host, Jack Smith."
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