- 6 Seasons
This is exciting and popular television show aired from 1962 until 1969. This show was originally a British television show based on the character Simon Templar. Simon Templar is a modern day Robin Hood the only catch is that he keeps the money for himself. He is stealing from the rich criminals and often gets them put away in prison. Simon Templar played by Roger Moore, eventually plays the role of James Bond. Moore plays the sophisticated Simon Templar. The show transitions from a straightforward mystery series to a more secret agent type show. During the show, The Saint works alone. He is a remarkable adventurer. The nickname the Saint came from his initials ST, the abbreviation for saint. When his character plays an American, he changes his name to Sebastian Tomes, keeping the initials the same. The Saint was picked up in the United States by NBC, aired over the summer. The show was popular in the United States. The series was cancelled in 1969, but that did not stop it from becoming popular in over 60 other countries. The show started in black and white and eventually moved up to color before it was cancelled. The show broke some of the traditional ways by letting the character talk to the audience in the beginning of the show. Roger Moore as Simon Templar would look directly into the camera and address the audience. The show progressed and eventually they replaced that with a narrator in the beginning. Simon Templar has a nemesis, the Chief Inspector Claude Teal. The Chief Inspector looks at him as just a common criminal and tries diligently to catch him. The Saint is always able to keep just one step ahead of the Chief Inspector. To the dismay of the Chief Inspector he is unable to accomplish this and they become tentative allies. The Saint is always able to keep just one step ahead of the Chief Inspector. This show was so popular that it was revived in 1978 in The Return of the Saint starring Ian Ogilvy as the Saint. Roger Moore was never again The Saint after 1969.