|1986 - 1987
Rod Taylor starred as Sheriff Jonathan Grail,
an outlaw turned lawman who had to chase down
his former partners who robbed a bank
(Cattlemen's Bank & Trust) in his
town. However, the arrest was interrupted by an
electrical storm in an Indian burial ground which time warped the sheriff
and the outlaws nearly a hundred years into
the future...to the year 1986.
"Sheriff Jonathan Grail was mad. Who'd
hit a bank in his town? Harland Pike-me, Wolfsen
Lucas, William Pike and Isaiah "Ice" McAdams,
known collectively as the Pike Gang. Grail had
once been partners in crime with the four of us.
But now, all bets were off. The showdown was
interrupted, however, by the Almighty who sent
us all sailing into the 20th century. And what a
century it is. But we weren't what you'd call
ordinary men. So we dug in, tried to adapt and
started a detection agency to put beans on the
table. And in the process ran head on into
Deputy Maggie Randall. Things may be different
this century but there's plenty of work to be
done. Because one thing's bound to be true. The
bad hombres will always outnumber the good."
Finding they were trapped in the future, Grail and the members of
the Pike Gang took the gold they
had procured from their 1899 bank heist and bought a ranch (the Double Eagle)
from which they operated the Double Eagle Ranch Detective Agency.
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With the help of their Houston, Texas neighbor Maggie Randall (Christine
Belford), a modern-day sheriff, they
used their rough and tumble ways and code of the west bravura to
catch bad guys in the 20th century.
The members of Grail's detection agency included:
- William Lucking as Harland Pike, the leader of the Pike
gang after Grail left to be sheriff.
- Richard Roundtree as Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams, an escaped
slave from New Orleans turned outlaw.
- Charles Napier as Wolfsen Lucas, who cared for the
group's spiritual needs. He spouts scripture occasionally.
- Patrick Houser as William "Billy" Pike,
Harland's younger brother, He enrolled in
adult education to learn to read.
When Grail and his boys were about to go
serious on someone, they spouted a series of
Here's them going into action:
all the way.
To the hilt.
The DEDA activities in the modern world included:
- Helping immigrant shopkeepers harassed by protection
- Going to New Orleans in search of treasure that Ice buried
at the end of the 1800s.
- Coming to the aid of a man and his daughter who run an
independent taxi-cab company.
- Helping Maggie's friend held captive by her
- Aiding a TV evangelist threatened by a religious
- Stopping a land developer from taking over a ghost town.
- Rescuing call girls from their abusive Las Vega pimp.
Avoiding sniper fire on a dark and storm night - the same kind of
night that brought boys through time.
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TRIVIA NOTE: During a series of
interviews in which Rod Taylor promoted the
series, he offered this summary of the show:
'The whole idea is for us to bring everything
from the 1890s with us. The clothes, the horses,
our attitudes, our way of doing business. You
bring that to the computer age and it becomes
what they call contrapuntal. The humor comes out
of the contrasts and contradictions. It was
funny as hell. We'd face a band of 50 terrorists
with great bravery -- but a pop-up toaster would
scare the living daylights out of us."
When Grail and Wolfsen recalled how they first
met on episode "Birthday," the producers of the
show used scenes from the western series THE
OREGON TRAIL (in which Rod Taylor and Charles
Napier appeared as a wagon train pioneer and
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