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B.J. and the Bear

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B.J. and the Bear
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Premiere pilot movie
October 4, 1978
February 10, 1979
Finale May 9, 1981
Creator Glen A. Larson,
Christopher Crowe
Network/Provider NBC
Style 60-minute adventure
Company Glen A. Larson Productions,
Universal Television
Distributor MCA Television (until 1996)
Universal Television Enterprises (1996-1998)
Studios USA (1998-2002)
Universal Domestic Television (2002-2004)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004- )
Seasons 3
Episodes 46 + pilot movie
Origin USA

B.J. and the Bear is an adventure that aired on NBC.

Greg Evigan starred as Billie Joe "B.J." McKay, a professional freelance itinerant trucker who traveled the country's highways in a red and white Kenworth K-100 cab over semi truck with his pet chimpanzee, Bear (named after Bear Bryant, the famed football coach for Alabama, explaining the chimp's choice of headwear). He was constantly harassed by corrupt Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo (who eventually spun off onto his own show, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo).

In 1981, when the show returned from hiatus, B.J. had settled down to run Bear Enterprises, a trucking company based in Los Angeles. His nemesis was Rutherford T. Grant, the corrupt head of the state's Special Crimes Action Team, who was a silent partner in a competing trucking company. Because of Grant's harassment, B.J. was unable to hire experienced truckers, and he was forced to hire seven beautiful young female truckers.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Greg Evigan B.J. McKay * * *
Candi Brough Teri Garrison *
Randi Brough Geri Garrison *
Sheila DeWindt Angie Cartwright *
Barbara Horan Samantha *
Judy Landers Stacks *
Linda McCullough Callie *
Sherilyn Wolter Cindy Grant *
Murray Hamilton Capt. Rutherford T. Grant *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3
Claude Akins Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo *
Mills Watson Deputy Perkins *
Ed Lauter Sheriff Cain *
Richard Deacon Sheriff Masters *
Slim Pickens Sgt. Beauregard Wiley *
Conchata Ferrell Wilhemina "The Fox" Johnson *
Otto Felix Deputy Higgins *
Janet Louise Johnson Tommy *
Joshua Shelley Bullets *
Eric Server Lt. Jim Steiger *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One February 10, 1979 May 5, 1979 10
Season Two September 29, 1979 March 29, 1980 21
Season Three January 13, 1981 May 9, 1981 15


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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