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Barbary Coast is an American television series that aired on ABC. The pilot film first aired on May 4, 1975 and the series itself premiered September 8, 1975; the last episode aired January 9, 1976.

Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast Title Card.jpg
Created byDouglas Heyes
Written byHoward Beck
Michael Philip Butler
Cy Chermak
James Doherty
William D. Gordon
Douglas Heyes
Harold Livingston
Stephen Lord
Directed byHal DeWindt
Alexander Grasshoff
Don McDougall
Herb Wallerstein
Don Weis
StarringWilliam Shatner
Dennis Cole
Doug McClure
Composer(s)John Andrew Tartaglia
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (+1 TV movie)
Executive producer(s)Cy Chermak
Producer(s)Douglas Heyes
William Cairncross (assistant)
CinematographyRobert B. Hauser
Editor(s)James Doherty
William D. Gordon
Running time45 mins.
Production company(s)Francy Productions
Paramount Network Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMay 4, 1975 –
January 9, 1976

Barbary Coast was inspired by a similar 19th-century spy series, The Wild Wild West,[citation needed] and like the earlier program, Barbary Coast mixed the genres of Western and secret agent drama.


Doug McClure in Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast features the adventures of 19th century government agent Jeff Cable (played by William Shatner), and his pal, conman and gambler Cash ("Cash makes no enemies") Conover (Doug McClure; played by Dennis Cole in the pilot) who is the owner of the Golden Gate Casino.[1] This was Shatner's first attempt at a live-action series since Star Trek (also produced by Paramount Television).

In their battle against various criminals and foreign spies, Cable and Conover operated out of the latter's saloon and casino located on San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast. Like Wild Wild West's Artemus Gordon, Cable frequently donned disguises in the course of his investigations.[1]

The producers modeled the show's Byzantine plotlines/conspiracies on the Mission: Impossible paradigm[citation needed] (in fact, they hired a number of Mission: Impossible's writers). Other regulars on the series included recurring Wild Wild West villain actor Richard Kiel as Moose Moran and Dave Turner as Thumbs.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Pilot"The Barbary Coast"Bill BixbyDouglas HeyesMay 4, 1975 (1975-05-04)
Two-hour TV-movie and backdoor pilot.
1"Funny Money"Don WeisDouglas HeyesSeptember 8, 1975 (1975-09-08)
2"Crazy Cats"Don WeisHarold LivingstonSeptember 15, 1975 (1975-09-15)
3"Jesse Who?"Bill BixbyHoward BerkSeptember 22, 1975 (1975-09-22)
4"The Ballad of Redwing Jail"John FloreaTeleplay by: William D. Gordon & James Doherty
Story by: Douglas Heyes
September 29, 1975 (1975-09-29)
5"Guns for a Queen"Don McDougallTeleplay by: William Putnam
Story by: Matthew Howard
October 6, 1975 (1975-10-06)
6"Irish Luck"Alex GrasshoffHarold LivingstonOctober 13, 1975 (1975-10-13)
7"Sauce for the Goose"Don McDougallTeleplay by: Stephen Lord
Story by: Michael Lynn & George Reed
October 20, 1975 (1975-10-20)
8"An Iron-Clad Plan"Herb WallersteinTeleplay by: L. Ford Neale & John Huff
Story by: George Reed & Michael Lynn
October 31, 1975 (1975-10-31)
9"Arson and Old Lace"Alex GrasshoffMax HodgeNovember 14, 1975 (1975-11-14)
10"Sharks Eat Sharks"Bruce BilsonJames L. HendersonNovember 21, 1975 (1975-11-21)
11"The Day Cable Was Hanged"Alex GrasshoffTeleplay by: Stephen Ford
Story by: Howard Rayfiel & Kellam de Forest
December 26, 1975 (1975-12-26)
12"Mary Had More Than a Little"Herb WallersteinWinston MillerJanuary 2, 1976 (1976-01-02)
13"The Dawson Marker"Alex GrasshoffWilliam D. Gordon & James DohertyJanuary 9, 1976 (1976-01-09)

Awards and nominationsEdit

The pilot episode, an ABC Sunday Night Movie, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Art Direction for Jack De Shields and set decorator Reg Allen.[2]

Home mediaEdit

The series was released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2014.[3]

Cultural referencesEdit

William Shatner in Barbary Coast

The Mad Magazine Star Trek musical satire "Keep on Trekkin'" (1976) depicts William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise singing a version of Send in the Clowns[4] that includes the lyric "Look at me now/At my old post/Happy that I can forget Barbary Coast!"


  1. ^ a b Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Barbary Coast, The (Western)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (Eighth ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. ^ Emmy Nomination Certificate
  3. ^ Announcement Archived 2014-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mark Clark (April 1, 2012). Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Applause Theatre & Cinema. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-1557839633.

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