Bearcats! was a short-lived 1971 TV series (13 episodes plus 2-hour pilot film Powderkeg), a Western set in the year 1914.
Hank Brackett (Rod Taylor) and Johnny Reach (Dennis Cole) were freelance adventurers who drove around the southwestern U.S. in a Stutz Bearcat sports car instead of riding horses. They took on problems that no one else could solve, and their fee was a blank check—on the theory that if you could put a dollar value on your troubles, you really didn't need their help.
The early 20th-century setting allowed the writers to add modern elements such as the aforementioned Bearcat, oil companies, Imperial German spies and World War I, Mexican revolutionaries, and belt-fed machine guns to the usual Wild West milieu. It ended up as something of an Anachronism Stew anyway — one episode featured a Renault FT-18 tank (the tank was not invented until 1915, and the Renault FT did not appear until 1917), another a Curtiss JN-4 biplane (first flight 1915) in Mexican Air Force colors (Curtiss "Jennies" were exported only to Britain). The show's continuity was a little soft from week to week, particularly with regard to those Mexican revolutionaries—one week, Hank and Johnny were working with the Mexican government against the rebels, the next week they were siding with the rebels against the corrupt Mexican government, and so on.
Despite all that, the show was quite fun to watch.
- Cool Car: The show is named after it.
- Excited Show Title!
- Follow the Leader: Bearcats! was on both sides of this trope.
- New Old West
- Raised by Natives: Johnny Reach had been raised by Indians.
- '70s Hair:
- on the two leads, and many of the guest stars as well. Actual 1914 hairstyles were nowhere to be seen.
- Fashion wasn't that much better.
- Twilight of the Old West: Set in 1914.