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30th Mar '14 4:59:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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'''''B.J. and the Bear''''' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.

Greg Evigan starred in the role of Billie Joe (B.J.) [=McCay=], and drive a red and white 1977 Kenworth K-100 cab-over-semitrailer truck. Although no home base was ever specifically specified, he was presumably based in Orly County, Georgia, as at least during the first season there were many crossover episodes with a sister series, ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo'' (a series starring Claude Akins as a corrupt sheriff who wanted to put B.J. out of business).

Bear it was explained in many episodes was named for Paul "Bear" Bryant, head football coach at the University of Alabama from 1958-1982. Bear's houndstooth cap was inspired by Bryant's choice of headwear.

A mid-season replacement on NBC during the 1978-1979 season, ''B.J. and the Bear'' was a modest success during one of the network's darkest eras, and was renewed for the 1979-1980 season. Plots during this era generally involved B.J. meeting a beautiful young lady, who in some way was affected by or somehow involved with criminal activity, and B.J. eventually gathering enough evidence to defeat the bad guys. Other episodes involved Lobo's latest scheme to run B.J. out of business, but failing.

After a hiatus, the series returned in January 1981. Here, B.J. decides to settle down and take over a friend's trucking company in California, renaming it Bear Enterprises. While Bear still figured heavily into the plots, seven beautiful young women whom B.J. had hired to help run his company take the spotlight. The reason is because of one Rutherford T. Grant, the corrupt head of the Special Crimes Action Team and a silent partner in a competing trucking firm. Plots revolved around Grant's latest schemes and B.J.'s efforts to defeat him.

!!This show provides examples of:

* DirtyCop: B.J.'s main antagonists were corrupt police officers Sheriff Lobo during the first year or so, and Captain Grant during the 1981 episodes.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Greg Evigan sang the title song.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The main premise of the show a truck driver whose main companion was a chimpanzee.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Most episodes during the first two seasons, all of them hot, hot, sizzling '''''HOT'''''!!!!!!!!!!!!! All had a deep, dark secret, but they all played off Greg Evigan's good looks.
* NameAndName
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: With Sheriff Lobo and his own series, ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo''. Additionally, two ''B.J. and the Bear'' episodes were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[PunBasedTitle Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike versions of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.

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'''''B.J. and the Bear''''' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.

Greg Evigan starred in the role of Billie Joe (B.J.) [=McCay=], and drive a red and white 1977 Kenworth K-100 cab-over-semitrailer truck. Although no home base was ever specifically specified, he was presumably based in Orly County, Georgia, as at least during the first season there were many crossover episodes with a sister series, ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo'' (a series starring Claude Akins as a corrupt sheriff who wanted to put B.J. out of business).

Bear it was explained in many episodes was named for Paul "Bear" Bryant, head football coach at the University of Alabama from 1958-1982. Bear's houndstooth cap was inspired by Bryant's choice of headwear.

A mid-season replacement on NBC during the 1978-1979 season, ''B.J. and the Bear'' was a modest success during one of the network's darkest eras, and was renewed for the 1979-1980 season. Plots during this era generally involved B.J. meeting a beautiful young lady, who in some way was affected by or somehow involved with criminal activity, and B.J. eventually gathering enough evidence to defeat the bad guys. Other episodes involved Lobo's latest scheme to run B.J. out of business, but failing.

After a hiatus, the series returned in January 1981. Here, B.J. decides to settle down and take over a friend's trucking company in California, renaming it Bear Enterprises. While Bear still figured heavily into the plots, seven beautiful young women whom B.J. had hired to help run his company take the spotlight. The reason is because of one Rutherford T. Grant, the corrupt head of the Special Crimes Action Team and a silent partner in a competing trucking firm. Plots revolved around Grant's latest schemes and B.J.'s efforts to defeat him.

!!This show provides examples of:

* DirtyCop: B.J.'s main antagonists were corrupt police officers Sheriff Lobo during the first year or so, and Captain Grant during the 1981 episodes.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Greg Evigan sang the title song.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The main premise of the show a truck driver whose main companion was a chimpanzee.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Most episodes during the first two seasons, all of them hot, hot, sizzling '''''HOT'''''!!!!!!!!!!!!! All had a deep, dark secret, but they all played off Greg Evigan's good looks.
* NameAndName
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: With Sheriff Lobo and his own series, ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo''. Additionally, two ''B.J. and the Bear'' episodes were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[PunBasedTitle Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike versions of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.
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3rd Jan '14 5:59:47 PM KentuckyTroper1990
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26th Dec '13 9:14:47 AM Briguy52748
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: Two episodes of the series were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[PunBasedTitle Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: Two With Sheriff Lobo and his own series, ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo''. Additionally, two ''B.J. and the Bear'' episodes of the series were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[PunBasedTitle Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).
11th Dec '13 6:48:30 PM Briguy52748
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* GirlOfTheWeek: Most episodes during the first two seasons, all of them hot, hot, sizzling '''''HOT'''''!!!!!!!!!!!!! All had a deep, dark secret, but they all played off Greg Evigan's good looks.
9th Mar '13 9:56:00 AM Nocturna
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: Two episodes of the series were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: Two episodes of the series were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[IncrediblyLamePun ''[[PunBasedTitle Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).
8th Jan '13 9:56:47 PM Cindylover1969
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* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Greg Evigan sang the title song.


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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot / SharedUniverse: Two episodes of the series were pilots for a proposed series about a pair of foxy private detectives called ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Eyes Of Texas]]''; the second such episode, "The Girls Of Hollywood High," took the lasses to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, home of {{Quincy}} (another Glen A. Larson show). His boss Asten and assistant Sam appeared, but the main man didn't ([[CreativeDifferences understandably]]).
7th Nov '12 12:14:16 PM erforce
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''B.J. and the Bear'' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.

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''B.'''''B.J. and the Bear'' Bear''''' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.


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* NameAndName
7th Nov '12 11:30:59 AM mlsmithca
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'''''B.J. and the Bear''''' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.

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'''''B.''B.J. and the Bear''''' Bear'' was a television series that aired from 1979-1981 on NBC, about a professional itinerant truck driver with his pet chimpanzee, Bear.
7th Nov '12 11:30:44 AM mlsmithca
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* TheJimmyHartVersion: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike versions of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.

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* TheJimmyHartVersion: SuspiciouslySimilarSong: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike versions of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.
6th Nov '12 9:13:21 AM Briguy52748
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike songs of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: TheJimmyHartVersion: During the opening scenes (and sometimes, transitional ones as well), a popular song usually, country or easy listening would play. These were almost always sound-alike songs versions of songs recorded by artists such as the Eagles, the Little River Band and BillyJoel.
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