|The Life and Times of
|1977 - 1978
Set in the 1850s wilderness of the Sierra
Nevada's, Dan Haggerty starred as James Adams, a
man falsely accused of murder who escaped to the
safety of the mountains and befriended a grizzly
bear that he called
Adam's close friends included:
- Denver Pyle as Mad Jack, a mountain man.
- Don Shanks as Nakoma, an Indian friend and half brother who
along with Mad Jack helped Grizzly build a cabin in the woods.
- John Bishop as Robbie Cartman, a farmer's son who loved
to listen to Grizzly's stories.
- Number Seven, Mad Jack's stubborn burro.
Mad Jack and
"The story of Grizzly Adams is big,
powerful, beautiful. They call me Mad Jack and
me and my burro Number Seven been traipsin'
these slopes and valleys for a long spell, so
I know the story from the beginning.
My friend Adams was accused of a crime he
did not commit. So he escaped into the
mountains, leavin' behind the only life that
he ever knew.
Now that wilderness out there ain't no
place for a greenhorn. And his chances of
surviving were mighty slim. Weren't no time at
all he was beaten down and ragged and nearly
Along about then he come upon a grizzly
bear cub, all alone and helpless. Now Adams
knew that little critter couldn't survive
without his help so he started right down that
cliff, risking his own life to save him.
Now that cub took to Adams right off
and that was when he discovered he had a
special kind of way with animals. They just
come right up to him like he was a natural
part of the wilderness.
But that bear cub was extra special. As he
growed, he became the best friend Adams ever
had. And together, they became a legend."
Adam's Blood Brother
Theme Song Lyrics
Deep inside the forest
There's a door into another land.
Here is our life and home.
We are staying here forever
In the beauty of this place all alone.
We keep on hoping.
Maybe there's a world
Where we don't have to run.
Maybe there's a time
We'll call our own,
Living free in harmony and majesty.
Take me home. Take me home.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was based the
the 1972 book "The Life and Times of Grizzly
Adams" written by Charles Sellier and the 1974 spin-off feature film of the
same name starring Dan Haggerty.
Denver Pyle narrated the series.
The movie of the week finale, “The Capture of
Grizzly Adams” aired on NBC in 1980. The
plotline followed Adams as he tries to
undo the false claim that he killed his wife and prevent his daughter, Peg (Sydney Penny) from
being sent to an orphanage.
Obituaries: Denver Pyle: 12/25/1997
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