The Fall Guy

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  • TV-PG
  • 1981
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.1  (8,742)

The Fall Guy was a television series that aired on ABC from 1981 to 1986. The show starred Lee Majors as Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter. Heather Thomas played Jody Banks, Colt's cousin and assistant, and Markie Post played Terri Michaels, their boss at The Bigelow Agency.

Each episode of The Fall Guy typically followed a similar formula. Colt and his team would receive a new case from Terri, and they would set out to capture the fugitive in question. Along the way, they would encounter a variety of obstacles and challenges, often involving high-speed chases, fistfights, and daredevil stunts.

The show was known for its action-packed sequences, which were a hallmark of producer Glen A. Larson's work. Larson had previously created such hit shows as Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider, and The Fall Guy followed in the same vein.

One of the show's most iconic elements was its theme song, "The Unknown Stuntman," which was written and performed by Lee Majors himself. The song became a hit in its own right and is still remembered by many fans of the show today.

Another notable aspect of The Fall Guy was its guest stars. Many well-known actors appeared on the show over the years, including Farrah Fawcett, Jason Priestley, and Jeffrey Tambor. The show also featured recurring roles for a number of actors, such as Jo Ann Pflug as Colt's ex-wife and Douglas Barr as fellow stuntman and friend Howie Munson.

Despite its popularity, The Fall Guy was not without its controversies. The show was criticized for its sometimes violent content and its portrayal of women, with some critics arguing that Jody and Terri were often reduced to mere eye candy. Nevertheless, the show remained a fan favorite for its high-octane action and cheeky humor.

In addition to its entertainment value, The Fall Guy also had some real-world impact. The show helped to popularize the concept of bounty hunting, which was still a relatively new profession at the time. It also inspired a generation of young people to pursue careers in the entertainment industry, including stunt work and special effects.

Overall, The Fall Guy was a quintessential example of 80s television. It was an unabashedly fun and exciting show that appealed to viewers of all ages. Today, it remains a beloved part of pop culture and a testament to the enduring appeal of action-packed adventures.

The Fall Guy is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (114 episodes). The series first aired on November 4, 1981.

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The Bigger They Are
22. The Bigger They Are
May 2, 1986
A cop wants evidence against a club owner who sells pcp to kids.
War On Wheels
21. War On Wheels
April 11, 1986
A town was bought to become a reservoir, but one resident refuses to leave. His granddaughter wants to put him in a rest home. Howie has a remote 'out-of-control' tank. A gang of bikers have them all trapped in the town
Tag Team
20. Tag Team
April 4, 1986
Colt wins two pro wrestlers (losers) and Howie trains them. They do come in handy in a pinch
The Lady in Green
19. The Lady in Green
March 28, 1986
An old actor who played "Silver Blade", a Zorro type crime fighter, in his earlier days, witnesses a murder and wants to go after the killer
Two On a Skip
18. Two On a Skip
March 21, 1986
Trench sends Colt after another bounty hunter who he thinks is taking too long and spending too much.
I Now Pronounce You ... Dead
17. I Now Pronounce You ... Dead
March 7, 1986
Pearl wants Colt to grab the skip during his wedding, but one of his wives beats him to it. As his creditors chase him, more wives turn up. Song--On The Road Again.
The Last Chance Platoon
16. The Last Chance Platoon
February 28, 1986
Colt becomes the drill instructor for a platoon of misfits.
Beach Blanket Bounty
15. Beach Blanket Bounty
February 21, 1986
A severe earthquake rocks L.A. and Colt coincidentally is involved with a 'rock' group, who want $20,000, and an industrial
The Lucky Stiff
14. The Lucky Stiff
February 7, 1986
Jerry has lost his money, house and wife, so he puts out a contract on himself--then wins the lottery.
In His Shadow
13. In His Shadow
January 31, 1986
A young man arrives who might be Colt's son.
Trial By Fire
12. Trial By Fire
January 24, 1986
An old army buddy begs Colt to rescue one of the group that was betrayed years ago in Vietnam. He insists a recent photo shows the man as a POW even though everyone believes he is dead.
11. Reunion
January 17, 1986
One of Colt's old classmates steals his own jewels for the insurance money.
Miami's Nice
10. Miami's Nice
January 10, 1986
An FBI agent persuades Colt to participate in a cocaine sting. Jody presents awards to Miss Stuntwoman USA winners
No Rms Ocean Vu
9. No Rms Ocean Vu
January 4, 1986
Colt is stranded on a desert isle with a spoiled socialite, who has a perfume company, after their plane is shot down by robbers. Prologue is filming a perfume commercial
Escape Claus
8. Escape Claus
December 21, 1985
A fitting story for Christmas--Santa is arrested for freeing the reindeer. He asks what each wants for Christmas. Jody wants a 'white' Christmas in spite of the current heat wave; Colt reluctantly says he needs a new truck. There is a child care center threatened with eviction and some crooks want the bonds Santa's cellmate is hiding. Trench's slogan: "You bust 'em, we bond 'em"
Seavers, Dead Or Alive
7. Seavers, Dead Or Alive
December 14, 1985
The tables are turned when Colt is framed and becomes a fugitive.
October the Thirty Second
6. October the Thirty Second
December 7, 1985
Elvira and company are filming a horror movie in an old haunted mansion during a storm, of course
The Life of Riley
5. The Life of Riley
November 30, 1985
When Colt catches a young man wanted in Los Angeles, he stumbles into a 'kidnapping for adoption' ring in Sacramento. Simon begs Colt to wait one more day while he checks out his last lead--a VW that matches the one used in the kidnapping
A Fistful of Lire
4. A Fistful of Lire
October 17, 1985
Colt has to protect an Italian village
Femme Fatale
3. Femme Fatale
October 10, 1985
Howie goes undercover as a female impersonator, Denise, when the skip is a material witness in hiding
King of the Stuntmen
2. King of the Stuntmen
October 3, 1985
There is a 'King of the Stuntmen' contest
Dead Ringer
1. Dead Ringer
September 26, 1985
Colt is sent after a jumper and then discovers his quarry has entered an Elvis Presley impersonator contest and merged with the crowd.
Where to Watch The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Fall Guy on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 4, 1981
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (8,742)