Movin' On

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  • TV-PG
  • 1974
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.3  (555)

Movin' On was an American drama television series that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1976. The show focused on the lives of two truckers, Sonny Pruitt (Claude Akins) and Will Chandler (Frank Converse), as they traveled across the country in their trusty 18-wheeler truck named "Lucille."

The show followed Pruitt and Chandler as they faced various challenges and obstacles while delivering cargo to different parts of the country. The two truckers were not only business partners but also good friends who shared a strong bond. They were the epitome of the American trucker, often portrayed as cowboys of the road.

One of the most significant themes of the show was the struggle of blue-collar workers in America during the 1970s. Movin' On highlighted the challenges of working-class individuals and the sacrifices they had to make to make ends meet. The show was set during a time when the country was going through a recession, and the truckers were struggling to earn a living.

Throughout the series, Pruitt and Chandler faced challenges such as flat tires, traffic accidents, harsh weather conditions, break downs, and run-ins with dangerous criminals. The two truckers were not afraid to confront danger, and their bravery was showcased in every episode.

The show also had a strong emphasis on the value of friendship. Pruitt and Chandler had a deep and meaningful friendship, and this bond was tested in several episodes. However, they always managed to work things out, and their friendship grew stronger as the series progressed.

Movin' On was an inspirational show that showcased the American spirit of perseverance, determination, and hard work. The show was a tribute to the American truckers who work tirelessly to keep the country's economy moving, and it highlighted the sacrifices they make along the way.

The show's cast was exceptional, with Claude Atkins giving an outstanding performance as Sonny Pruitt, the tough, no-nonsense trucker who always put his friends first. Frank Converse was equally impressive as Will Chandler, the more level-headed of the two, who often acted as a mediator when things got out of hand.

The show was created by Barry Weitz and Mort Zarcoff and produced by MGM Television. Movin' On was filmed on location across the United States, and the production team made sure to capture some of the most stunning landscapes and scenic routes in the country.

The show's theme song, "Movin' On," was written and performed by legendary country singer, Merle Haggard. The song perfectly captured the spirit of the show and became one of the most iconic themes in television history.

Movin' On was a hit with audiences during its initial run, and it has continued to attract fans over the years. The show had a lasting impact on the trucking industry, and it inspired many individuals to pursue a career as a truck driver.

In conclusion, Movin' On was a groundbreaking show that showcased the daily struggles of blue-collar workers in America during the 1970s. The show was a tribute to the American trucker and highlighted the bravery, determination, and hard work that went into making a living on the road. The show's exceptional cast, stunning locations, and iconic theme song have made it a classic in television history.

Movin' On is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (44 episodes). The series first aired on September 12, 1974.

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Sing It Again, Sonny
22. Sing It Again, Sonny
March 2, 1976
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.
Full Fathom Five
21. Full Fathom Five
February 23, 1976
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.
No More Sad Songs
20. No More Sad Songs
February 17, 1976
Sonny and Will are unwitting accomplices in a bookmaking operation when a bookie hides his day's collections in their truck.
Living It Up
19. Living It Up
February 10, 1976
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.
Woman of Steel
18. Woman of Steel
January 21, 1976
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.
The Big Switch
17. The Big Switch
January 20, 1976
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.
Witch Hunt
16. Witch Hunt
January 13, 1976
Sonny is set to deliver chickens, but an epidemic hits the plant where they become ill, yet oddly another man's chickens don't.
The Old South Will Rise Again
15. The Old South Will Rise Again
January 6, 1976
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.
Love, Death and Laura Brown
14. Love, Death and Laura Brown
December 23, 1975
Will falls in love with a truck-driving widow (Fionnula Flanagan) who offers a hauling job that pays more than it should.
13. Breakout
December 16, 1976
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
The Long Way to Nowhere
12. The Long Way to Nowhere
December 9, 1975
Will and Sonny borrow money from a loan shark to purchase two truckloads of peaches to sell in Canada.
Please Don't Talk to the Driver
11. Please Don't Talk to the Driver
November 25, 1976
Sonny and Will are held down by sniper. They come upon a bus accident, and encounter bad guys.
Prosperity Number One
10. Prosperity Number One
November 18, 1975
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.
The Big Wheel
9. The Big Wheel
November 11, 1975
Sonny and Will let a girl drive their truck, and meet a man who appears drunk.
General Delivery
8. General Delivery
November 4, 1975
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.
Will the Last Trucker Leaving Charlotte Please Turn Out the Lights?
7. Will the Last Trucker Leaving Charlotte Please Turn Out the Lights?
October 21, 1975
Sonny and Will seek the daddy of a 4-year-old girl who mistakenly climbed into their truck during a stopover.
To Be in Carolina
6. To Be in Carolina
October 14, 1975
Sonny and Will's trailer catches fire, destroys a tobacco curing shed, and causes injury and hardship to a black farmer.
Home Is Not a House
5. Home Is Not a House
October 7, 1975
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.
The Elephant Story
4. The Elephant Story
September 30, 1975
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.
The Toughest Man in America
3. The Toughest Man in America
September 23, 1975
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.
From Baltimore to Eternity
2. From Baltimore to Eternity
September 16, 1975
The two heroes get conned by a bad guy who plants a bomb in the delivery they are making with their truck.
The Stowaway
1. The Stowaway
September 9, 1975
Sonny and Will become suspected of kidnapping when a Russian concert pianist stows away in their truck in order to do some American sightseeing.
Where to Watch Movin' On
Movin' On is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Movin' On on demand at Vudu and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 12, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (555)