Tarzan (1966 TV series)

Tarzan is a series that aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968. The series portrayed Tarzan (played by Ron Ely) as a well-educated character who had grown tired of civilization, and returned to the jungle where he had been raised.[1] The first five episodes (1-4 and 7 in transmission order) were filmed in Brazil; the production then relocated to Mexico. The series was set in a fictional newly independent African nation.

Opening title
StarringRon Ely
Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Alan Caillou
Rockne Tarkington
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes57
Executive producerSy Weintraub
ProducersLeon Benson
Jon Epstein
Steve Shagan
Maurice Unger
Running time60 mins.
Production companyBanner Productions
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1966 (1966-09-08) –
April 5, 1968 (1968-04-05)
Andrew Prine with Ron Ely as Tarzan in the episode "The Ultimate Weapon" (September 16, 1966)

This series retained many of the trappings of the film series, included the "Tarzan yell" and Cheeta, but excluded Jane as part of the "new look" for the fabled apeman that executive producer Sy Weintraub had introduced in previous motion pictures starring Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, and Mike Henry. CBS aired repeat episodes of the program during the summer of 1969.

Cast Edit

Recurring appearances Edit

Maurice Evans guest starred as retired Brigadier Sir Basil Bertram, hero of the Battle of the Bulge, in four episodes. Julie Harris guest starred as missionary Charity Jones in four episodes. Chips Rafferty appeared as Dutch Jensen in two episodes.[citation needed]

Episode list Edit


Season 1: 1966–67 Edit

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Eyes of the Lion"Charles S. DubinGeorge F. SlavinSeptember 8, 1966 (1966-09-08)
When a beautiful blind girl's seeing eye lion, Sultan, is mistaken for a rogue, Tarzan must prove the beast's innocence. Guest starring Laurie Sibbald as Nara, and Ned Romero as Oringa.
22"The Ultimate Weapon"Paul StanleyDon Brinkley,
John Hawkins,
Ward Hawkins
September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
33"Leopard on the Loose"Paul StanleyOliver CrawfordSeptember 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money abducts Jai's pet leopard.
44"A Life for a Life"Robert DayDon BrinkleySeptember 30, 1966 (1966-09-30)
The Lord of Jungle must race against time when Jai is bitten by a poisonous spider. (In production order "A Life for a Life" was the first episode of the series.)
55"The Prisoner"George MarshallDon BrinkleyOctober 7, 1966 (1966-10-07)
After a police officer is injured by a diamond thief, Tarzan must prevent the officer's tribe from exacting vigilante justice.
66"The Three Faces of Death"Earl BellamyS.J. LoyOctober 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
77"The Prodigal Puma"Paul StanleyRobert SabaroffOctober 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
88"The Deadly Silence: Part 1"Robert L. FriendLee Erwin,
Jack H. Robinson
October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
The jungle lord tries to stop a bloodthirsty Colonel from taking over an African village with his soldiers of fortune. However, Tarzan has been rendered temporarily deaf by an exploding hand grenade, effectively limiting one of his keen senses, so he must rely on his near-telepathic ability to communicate with a lion.
99"The Deadly Silence: Part 2"Lawrence DobkinJohn Considine,
Tim Considine
November 4, 1966 (1966-11-04)
Rendered deaf by an explosion, the jungle lord still tries to stop a colonel from taking over a village. National General Pictures released this two-parter theatrically in 1970 as Tarzan's Deadly Silence.
1010"The Figurehead"Alan Crosland Jr.Samuel Roeca,
George F. Slavin
November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
1111"Village of Fire"Hollingsworth MorseJack Gross,
James Leighton,
Michael Stein
November 18, 1966 (1966-11-18)
After Jai is bitten by a leopard, Tarzan must recover a special serum that can save the boy.
1212"The Day of the Golden Lion"Anton LeaderRobert GoodwinDecember 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
Tarzan joins an athletic championship, but an attempt to steal the prize happens.
1313"Pearls of Tanga"R. G. SpringsteenSid SaltzmanDecember 9, 1966 (1966-12-09)
A criminal known as the Admiral and his crew poison the waters so they can be the only ones to take pearl oysters.
1414"End of the River"Anton LeaderG. Joshua DavidDecember 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
Tarzan must save a young girl and battle a criminal. One of the criminal's two minions (Robert J. Wilke) ends up being fatally devoured by a crocodile.
1515"The Ultimate Duel"Robert L. FriendCornelius BallardDecember 23, 1966 (1966-12-23)
A scientist (Henry Silva) pits Tarzan against his computer, which can predict Tarzan's every move.
1616"The Fire People"Earl BellamyWells RootDecember 30, 1966 (1966-12-30)
Tarzan and Jai must help a chief rescue his superstitious tribe from a volcano that's about to erupt.
1717"Track of the Dinosaur"Lawrence DobkinNorman Lessing,
Samuel Newman
January 6, 1967 (1967-01-06)
A corrupt government official uses a local legend to his advantage to get people away from a mineral deposit.
1818"The Day the Earth Trembled"Alex NicolCarey WilberJanuary 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
Tarzan reluctantly recruits three escaped convicts to help him get a group of children and their caregiver (Susan Oliver) to safety.
1919"Captain Jai"Anton LeaderJames Bonnet,
James Leighton
January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Jai is held hostage by criminals seeking stolen diamonds.
2020"A Pride of Assassins"Harmon JonesSamuel Newman,
Barry Trivers
January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
A smuggler sends assassins after Tarzan and a young woman because they threaten to expose a smuggling scheme.
2121"The Golden Runaway"Lawrence DobkinCarey WilberFebruary 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
Tarzan leads a young woman to a red-headed Irishman who may have a clue to her brother's disappearance.
2222"Basil of the Bulge"Alex NicolSamuel NewmanFebruary 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
A native chief and a corrupt government official capture Sir Basil Bertram before he can arrange tribal treaty.
2323"Mask of Rona"James KomackS.S. SchweitzerFebruary 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
Tarzan leads a group on the search for missing artist Rona Swann; a group member uses the safari as a cover for a gun-running operation.
2424"To Steal the Rising Sun"William WitneyJackson GillisFebruary 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
An exiled chief plots to steal his tribe's priceless ruby. A con man's minion (Henry Beckman) ends up being fatally devoured by a crocodile.
2525"Jungle Dragnet"William WiardArnold BelgardMarch 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
A native revolutionary and a foreign soldier try to prevent a little girl from revealing the location of an oil-rich field.
2626"The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1"Alex NicolCarey WilberMarch 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
An American midwestern missionary enlists Jai's aid to fulfill her father's final wish and deliver an organ to a primitive tribe, but their boat is disabled.
2727"The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2"Alex NicolCarey WilberMarch 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
Tarzan rescues Charity and Jai from hostile natives, but then the trio are pursued by another tribe who are after the guns that Jai hid from them.
2828"The Circus"Harmon JonesLawrence DobkinMarch 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
Jai and Dutch encounter a fugitive who makes an attempt to evade a manhunt by joining the circus.
2929"The Ultimatum"Robert L. FriendJames MenziesMarch 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
A female criminal and her goons threaten to destroy a native village unless Tarzan submits to being their prisoner.
3030"Algie B for Brave"Alex NicolSamuel NewmanApril 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Sir Basil Bertram recruits Tarzan and Jai to assist him in order to discover the location of a Communist country's nuclear detection equipment.
3131"Man Killer"James KomackCarey WilberApril 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)
Tarzan's search for a murderer is complicated by a village whose natives employ drugs in their ceremonial rituals.
Barbara Bouchet (left) and Fernando Lamas (right) with Ron Ely as Tarzan from the episode "Jungle Ransom" (February 23, 1968)

Season 2: 1967–68 Edit

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
321"Tiger, Tiger!"Harmon JonesJackson GillisSeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
332"Voice of the Elephant"Harmon JonesTerence Maples,
Al Martin
September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
343"Thief Catcher"James KomackEdmund MorrisSeptember 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
The jungle lord must track and capture two escaped convicts before more people are put in danger.
354"The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1"William WitneyJackson GillisOctober 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
The jungle lord leads an archaeological expedition to a burial ground deep in the jungle in defiance of an ancient taboo.
365"The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2"William WitneyJackson GillisOctober 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
A power-mad colonel plans to steal the jeweled idol and dynamite the burial ground.
376"The Maguma Curse"Alex NicolCarey WilberOctober 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
The jungle lord battles to save a young woman from a curse of death implemented by a witch doctor.
387"The Fanatics"William WitneyLee LoebOctober 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
The jungle lord assists a female journalist expose a rigged tribal election.
398"The Last of the Supermen"Gerald MayerS.S. SchweitzerNovember 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
A unrepentant Nazi urges Tarzan to assist him in locating a buried fortune left over from the war.
409"Hotel Hurricane"Ron ElyJackson GillisNovember 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
A mob makes an attempt to fool Tarzan and Jai into assisting them to recover stolen money after a plane crash.
4110"The Pride of the Lioness"Barry ShearJerry Adelman,
Gerry Day,
William Driskill
November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
A young doctor gets help from Tarzan when he faces to forces opposed to his clinic: a witch doctor who has threatened the young man with death, and the young man's socialite mother, who wants him to return home.
4211"Mountains of the Moon: Part 1"Harmon JonesJackson GillisNovember 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
A widow leads a cult of religious pilgrims on a dangerous journey into forbidden land beset by saboteurs as well as hostile natives.
4312"Mountains of the Moon: Part 2"Harmon JonesJackson GillisDecember 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
Tarzan aids a religious group on their pilgrimage to an area known as the Mountains of the Moon.
4413"Jai’s Amnesia"Harmon JonesJerry Adelman,
William Driskill
December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
Jai suffers a memory loss, but ends up being involved in stealing a sacred ruby.
4514"The Professional"Alex NicolJerry Adelman,
William Driskill
January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
A colonel and his heavily armed troops overrun the land of a peace-loving tribe, but he has reckoned without Tarzan.
4615"The Convert"Harmon JonesJo PaganoJanuary 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
Three nuns become unwitting pawns in a struggle between the village chief and a scheming land developer.
4716"The Creeping Giant"Alex NicolDonn MullallyJanuary 19, 1968 (1968-01-19)
Tarzan fights a powerful land owner who has duped an engineer into dynamiting a mountain range, a project that will wipe out several native villages.
4817"King of the Dwsari"William WitneyEsther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
Tarzan is imprisoned when he tries to release the Dwsari tribe which has been tricked by a smooth-talking American.
4918"A Gun for Jai"E. Darrell HallenbeckJackson GillisFebruary 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
Against the Tarzan's wishes, Jai is given a rifle by one of the local hunters. The jungle lord searches for Cheeta.
5019"Trek to Terror"Barry ShearLee ErwinFebruary 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
The jungle lord is tricked into helping a corrupt police inspector who intends to murder a crusading missionary.
5120"End of a Challenge"Barry ShearRichard H. LandauFebruary 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
Tarzan and Chief Bangu are forced to forget their mutual animosity as they team up to search for the chief's son and Jai, who have been kidnaped by a gun-toting thief.
5221"Jungle Ransom"Barry ShearEsther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
As the jungle lord and a bandit engage in a battle of wits, a young woman tries to use both men in an effort to set free her husband, a hostage in the bandit's camp.
5322"The Four O’Clock Army: Part 1"Alex NicolCarey WilberMarch 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
General Basil Bertram and missionary Charity Jones return in this two-part story, and this time must ally with the jungle lord against a band of slavers who have been taking people and destroying villages.
5423"The Four O’Clock Army: Part 2"Alex NicolCarey WilberMarch 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
The jungle lord goes after the slave traders whose prisoners include Jai.
5524"Rendezvous for Revenge"William WitneyRichard H. LandauMarch 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
After a poacher known for his arson escapes from custody, the jungle lord tracks him and his adoring girlfriend to an oceanside cliff, and a fateful encounter. But the poacher's girlfriend and two minions later track Tarzan down and force him to lead them back to the scene.
5625"Alex The Great"Barry ShearEsther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
The task of protecting a village from a man-eating lion is complicated by the arrival of a man determined to prove himself superior to Tarzan - by killing the jungle lord.
5726"Trina"Harmon Jones, Barry ShearMilton S. GelmanApril 5, 1968 (1968-04-05)
A girl requests help from Tarzan to find her long-lost uncle.

Syndication Edit

After being seen intermittently in syndication and on cable in the years after its network run, as of 2016, the series airs on the Heroes & Icons network Saturday mornings. It lasted until September 2018.

On June 4–5, 2016, the Decades TV network ran a marathon of the series. On September 9, 2016, Decades celebrated Tarzan's fiftieth anniversary repeating a few choice episodes.

Home media Edit

On March 13, 2012, Warner Bros. released Tarzan: Season 1, Part 1 & Tarzan: Season 1, Part 2 on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection manufacture-on-demand service.[2][3] The second season was released complete on September 17, 2013.[4]

Opening Scene Edit

  • Iguazu Falls, in opening scene. This series had two separate musical theme's as featured in Season One. "Tarzan's March" by far being the overall favorite but was not featured in Season Two for the opening scene or the end credits. Over both seasons, the show had three different theme tunes.

"Tarzan's March" music originally composed by "Sydney Lee & Walter Greene" which gained additional fame and was covered by several artists including "Al Hirt & His Orchestra", "Marty Manning & The Cheetahs" & even "Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra".

In Popular Culture Edit

The British company Airfix marketed a series of HO-00 (1/72nd) scale plastic figures of the characters based on the series.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Tarzan". Heroes and Icons TV.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  2. ^ By Mike Johnson, Black Yodel No.1 (2013-11-19). "Tarzan - Season One: Part One". Wbshop.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  3. ^ By Ed the Reviewer. "Tarzan - Season One: Part Two". Wbshop.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  4. ^ By Ed the Movie Reviewer. "Tarzan: The Complete Second Season (MOD)". Wbshop.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.

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