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One of the most entertaining shows from the 1970's would be 'Movin On'. 'Movin On' focused on a more Blue Collar aspect of life as it focused on an independent truck driving team. Each week, the duo of Sonny Pruitt and Will Chandler delivered load after load of action, humor and drama to various locations all across the United States.

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NBC
2 Seasons, 44 Episodes
September 12, 1974
Drama
7.4/10
Cast: Claude Akins, Frank Converse
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  • Sonny and Will pull into Nashville for the trucker's convention, and Sonny is spotted at the talent show by an agent. While Sonny is busy with his guitar, Will borrows the rig and gets hijacked.

  • Will and Sonny go to Bayou la Batre, Alabama to visit Jack, a shrimper buddy of Sonny's. But Jack isn't shrimping; he thinks he has found a sunken ship (from 1864) in Mobile Bay with a $1,000,000 fleet payroll on it.

  • Sonny and Will are unwitting accomplices in a bookmaking operation when a bookie hides his day's collections in their truck.

  • Against Will's objections, Sonny rents the rig to a broker, and almost loses it, and more, to a crew that broke in to an armory.

  • Sonny and Will go to a steel mill to pick up a load and meet a lady trucker who, along with all the other local truckers, has to deal with a crooked mill owner.

  • After hauling the equipment trailer for a singing group, Will and Sonny help the group's manager get even with a con man, who cheated Sonny years before.

  • After a hot-air balloon lands on the rig while they are going down the road, Will and Sonny get involved in an old man's obsession with entering his balloon, The Old South, in a race.

  • Will falls in love with a truck-driving widow (Fionnula Flanagan) who offers a hauling job that pays more than it should.

  • An armed convict (Ralph Richard Redpath) commandeers the truck. While Will goes to the bank to cash a check, Sonny delivers a load to a minimum security prison farm, and an inmate stowaway forces Sonny to take him to his girlfriend so they can get married

  • Will and Sonny borrow money from a loan shark to purchase two truckloads of peaches to sell in Canada.

  • Sonny and Will are held down by sniper. They come upon a bus accident, and encounter bad guys.

  • Sonny and Will deliver equipment to a strike-bound West Virginia coal mine, where Will sides with the miners, and Sonny sides with the mine owner, Maddie.

  • Sonny and Will let a girl drive their truck, and meet a man who appears drunk.

  • Sonny's impounded truck is bought by competing trucker team Moose and Benjy, leaving Will and Sonny with their ramshackle rig. A bet is struck that whichever truck can reach Raleigh and claim a letter mailed to general delivery wins both trucks.

  • Sonny and Will seek the daddy of a 4-year-old girl who mistakenly climbed into their truck during a stopover.

  • Sonny and Will's trailer catches fire, destroys a tobacco curing shed, and causes injury and hardship to a black farmer.

  • Will and Sonny tow a mobile home to Alabama for an Arkansas woman who claims she holds the deed to piece of land that is now Bienville Square, a Mobile city park.

  • Sonny and Will pick up a carnival elephant in North Carolina to deliver in Sarasota, Florida. She gets loose on a country road, then Sonny finds a drunk stowaway in the trailer, the rig is stolen. Sonny's day goes downhill from there.

  • Sonny's comment published in a trucker's magazine about truckers being "the toughest men in America" draws the ire of the US Marines, and results in a challenge to complete one week of Marine basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

  • The two heroes get conned by a bad guy who plants a bomb in the delivery they are making with their truck.

  • Sonny and Will become suspected of kidnapping when a Russian concert pianist stows away in their truck in order to do some American sightseeing.

  • Sonny assists a woman, Nina, when her car breaks down, loading her car into the trailer and taking it to a repair shop. Sparks fly between them, and they make plans to marry.

  • In San Francisco, Will and Sonny get caught between a trucker pal and his wife Abby . . . and his other wife Betsy.

  • After delivering a load of fabric to a San Diego clothing manufacturer, Will and Sonny are drawn into a ransom delivery after Sonny's friend, the company's VP, is kidnapped.

  • In San Diego after making a delivery at the Navy docks, Sonny runs into his old Navy buddy, who enlists Sonny and Will in a chase to catch his truckin' sweetie.

  • A gift case of tomatoes to cafe-owner Janey (guest Gloria DeHaven) from Sonny and Will gets them into trouble when the contents are discovered to contain live ammunition.

  • An insurance investigator is out to jail Sonny and Will for insurance fraud.

  • While avoiding a road construction site, Will and Sonny are trapped by a landslide, along with six other people: a runaway and her boyfriend, an alcoholic trumpeter and his estranged med-student son, and a man and his wife towing their RV.

  • Sonny accepts a racing dog from a freight broker as payment for a debt after Sonny's rig is impounded for a late loan payment.

  • Will and Sonny deliver two trucks to an eccentric old lady who has an antique Benz that she restored herself. The next day she accuses them of stealing it.

  • Sonny's ex-wife has him looking for lost jewelry from an ex-boyfriend.

  • While in a cafe in Las Vegas, Sonny moans to Will about how depressing it is to spend Christmas on the road. So they head for Phoenix for dinner with Sonny's uncle, but end up with Sonny's ex-wife instead.

  • Will wins so much money in Las Vegas that he considers buying his own truck and going it alone.

  • Will talks Sonny into hauling timber with Will's Vietnam War buddy in Hood River, Oregon.

  • Will and Sonny haul auctioned farm equipment for the Hoots, an old-country farming colony, and get involved in a dispute that ensues among them and the surrounding farmers.

  • Will, Sonny, and fellow trucker Ike run afoul of a small-town police officer and his speed trap, and they get involved in a series of "touch" football games that turn out having higher stakes, than expected.

  • Will and Sonny deliver pipe casings to an Idaho wildcat oil well driller, and he hires them to be in charge of oil transportation before the well comes in.

  • Will and Sonny help move a low-budget traveling rodeo

  • Will takes a shortcut through the country, but finds fresh skid marks leading off the road to a bullet-riddled car. He and Sonny then learn why the car is there: a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde, plus one.

  • Will and Sonny deliver a generator to Shaniko, Oregon, and encounter a single mother and her autistic son.

  • Driving through the farm country of eastern Oregon, Will and Sonny meet a man pushing his wife down the road in a wheelchair

  • Red Walker, a gambler, entrusts Chessie, his bratty 14-year-old daughter, to Sonny and Will.

  • Finding themselves in an accident involving Joe Shannon, a pint-sized jumble of bad temper and suspicion, they discover he is dying of cancer but doesn't know it. First they befriend him out of sympathy, but gradually they become genuinely fond of him.

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