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->Robin Hood! Robin Hood! Riding through the glen!\\
Robin Hood! Robin Hood! With his band of men!\\
Feared by the bad! Loved by the good!\\
Robin Hood! Robin Hood! Robin Hood!\\
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He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green!\\
They vowed to help the people of the king!\\
They handled all the trouble on the English country scene!\\
And still found plenty of time to sing!

''The Adventures of Robin Hood'' is a British television series that ran for 143 episodes from [[TheFifties 1955 to 1959]], starring Richard Greene in the [[RobinHood title role]]. Produced in the very early days of commercial television in the UK, The Adventures of Robin Hood was the brainchild of Hannah Weinstein (an American producer living in the UK having been [[RedScare blacklisted]] for her leftwing views) and was commissioned by the Russian-born media mogul Lew Grade. Grade hoped to profit by selling the series to the United States, and so Robin Hood became the first of many big-budget British series to be produced with the American market in mind.[[note]]Other series commission by Grade included ''Series/TheSaint'', ''Series/ThePrisoner'' and [[Series/FireballXL5 various]] [[Series/{{Stingray 1964}} Gerry]] [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Anderson]] [[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons productions.]][[/note]] Episodes were based both on existing legends and original stories, often written by blacklisted Americans screenwriters, who had to used pseudonyms to avoided problems when the series was sold in the US.[[note]]Weinsteinís political activities werenít limited to hiring blacklisted screenwriters. Her company, Sapphire Films, was allegedly partly funded by the US Communist Party.[[/note]]

The first three seasons are currently available on [[http://www.hulu.com/the-adventures-of-robin-hood Hulu]].

Not to be confused with the [[Film/TheAdventuresofRobinHood Errol Flynn film]] of the same name.

!!Characters include:

* Robin Hood (Richard Greene): TheHero, naturally. A [[TheCrusades crusader]] who returns to his ancestral home to find it's been taken over by a Norman nobleman. Framed for his murder, he becomes an outlaw.
* [[TheBigGuy Little John]] (Archie Duncan): A servant who escaped his cruel master and subsequently becomes Robinís loyal second-in-command.
* [[ActionGirl Maid Marian]] (Bernadette O'Farrell (series 1-2), Patricia Driscoll (series 3-4)).
* Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge).
* The Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Wheatley): The AffablyEvil BigBad. Occasionally shows that EvenEvilHasStandards.[[note]]Interesting note: Wheatley went on to play the first person to be killed on screen by a [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]].[[/note]]
* Joan (Simone Lovell): Barmaid at the Blue Boar in and an ally of the outlaws.
* Derwent (Victor Woolf): Possibly counts as AscendedExtra, since he appears in more episodes than anyone except Robin Hood himself.

!!The series provided examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The Sheriff of Nottingham
* {{Arrowgram}}
* TheCrusades: Robin Hood is an ex-crusader. It occasionally becomes a plot-point.
* TheDungAges: Largely averted.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Sheriff will occasionally draw the line at acts he considered despicable, such as persecuting a boatload of Jewish refugees.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Oh so many of the guest stars, especially if you happen to be British. Hereís a few: [[LastOfTheSummerWine Thora Hird]], [[Series/YesMinister Paul Eddington]], [[Radio/JustAMinute Nicholas Parsons]], [[Series/DoctorWho Patrick Troughton]], [[Film/{{Help}} Leo McKern]], [[Series/SteptoeAndSon Wilfred]] [[Film/AHardDaysNight Brambell]]... Not all were famous at the time.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Richard the Lionheart, Prince John, [[ShownTheirWork Eleanor of Aquitaine, Prince Arthur of Brittany...]]
* HollywoodHomely: In the episode, "A Husband For Marian", Marian's servant is described as "the homeliest woman in Britain". While certainly no Marian, the woman is rather nice looking in a plain sort of way.
* TheMovie: Sort of. Hammer made a Robin Hood film with Richard Greene in 1960, just after the series ended, but none of the other cast members appeared.
* MythologyGag: Referencing the original ballads. One such example is the occasional character of Sir Richard of the Lea.[[note]]Possibly also a CastingGag, as the actor, Ian Hunter, had previously played RichardTheLionheart in the [[Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood Errol Flynn film]].[[/note]]
* {{Oireland}}: "The Mystery of Ireland's Eye" and "The Little People".
* TheOtherDarrin: As noted above, Marian was played by two different actresses over the show's run.
** Also Little John: Archie Duncan was replaced for several episodes in the first series after suffering injuries [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome saving some of the child actors from falling scenery]].
** Prince John was played by a total three different actors.
** The Sheriff's lieutenant, Howard, was ''very'' prone to this: he was seldom played by the same actor two weeks running.
** Ronald Howard played Will Scarlet when the character was an occasional guest; when he was promoted to regular, Paul Eddington took over the role in a striking case of YouLookFamiliar - Eddington had played dozens of minor parts in earlier seasons, including several appearances as Howard.
* ShownTheirWork: The writers clearly researched period politics and feudal life, making the series one of the more realistic, if a little rose-tinted, depictions of life in medieval England.
* TakeThat: As noted above, some of the writers were blacklisted Americans. Is it any wonder that many episodes dealt with government witchhunts and abuses of power, and the fear of being betrayed by those close to you?
* TitleThemeTune: One of the most memorable.
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