The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television series produced for ABC and originally broadcast from November 4, 1981, to May 2, 1986. It starred Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas as Hollywood stunt performers who moonlight as bounty hunters.

The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy opening title
Created byGlen A. Larson
Theme music composerGail Jensen
Glen A. Larson
David Somerville
Opening theme"Unknown Stuntman"
performed by Lee Majors
ComposersStu Phillips
Ron Ramin
Frank DeVol
Tom Worrall
Morton Stevens
Dennis McCarthy
Ken Heller (uncredited)
William Broughton (uncredited)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes113 (list of episodes)
Executive producerGlen A. Larson
ProducersRobert Janes
Larry Brody
Paul Mason
Lee Majors
CinematographyBen Colman
Michael Hofstein
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companies
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseNovember 4, 1981 (1981-11-04) –
May 2, 1986 (1986-05-02)


Lee Majors plays Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter. He uses his physical skills and knowledge of stunt effects (especially stunts involving cars or his large GMC pickup truck) to capture fugitives and criminals. He is accompanied by his cousin and stuntman-in-training Howie Munson (Barr), who studied in Nashville - whom Colt frequently calls "Kid", and occasionally by fellow stuntwoman Jody Banks (Thomas).



Adaptations and spin-offs Edit

A board game adaptation based on the show was released by the Milton Bradley Company[1] in 1981.

A comic strip adaptation was drawn by Jim Baikie for Look-In magazine.[2]

A video game adaptation was produced by British video game developer Elite Systems in 1984.[3]

Home mediaEdit

On June 5, 2007, 20th Century Fox released the first season of The Fall Guy on DVD in Region 1. As with a number of other TV shows of the era released on DVD, the 6-disc set contains extensive music substitutions due to copyright reasons (as well as completely editing out the sequences with actor/singer Paul Williams, in the Pilot). Due to poor sales it is unknown if the remaining seasons will be released.[citation needed]

Season 1 was released on DVD in Region 2 in Germany and the UK. Season 2 has also been released in Region 2, in Germany on November 28, 2008 and in the UK on February 16, 2009.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 (UK) Region 2 (Germany)
The Complete First Season 23 June 5, 2007 June 25, 2007 January 14, 2008
The Complete Second Season 23 N/A February 16, 2009 November 28, 2008

Nielsen ratingsEdit

The highest rating is in bold text.

Season Rank Rating
1) 1981–1982 #27 19.0
2) 1982–1983 #14 19.4
3) 1983–1984 #16 [4] 19.9 [4]
4) 1984–1985 #22 [5] 17.1 [5]
5) 1985–1986 #80 [6] 7.8 [6]


The series intros were composed mainly by both scenes from the TV series as well from risk scenes taken from films that dated before 1981.

In Season 1, the montage of scenes were borrowed from the films Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, The Stunt Man, Silver Streak, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hot Rock, Our Man Flint, The Poseidon Adventure, Speedway and Sky Riders. And exclusively for the Season 1 opening narration, Singin' in the Rain, The Blue Max, Race with the Devil and Moving Violation. Also included are archive footages from stunt shows made in the 1930s.

Following Season 2, a few of the borrowed movie risk scenes were replaced by stunt scenes from the TV Series.

The truckEdit

Seavers's truck was a Rounded-Line 1981 GMC K-2500 Wideside with the Sierra Grande equipment level package.[7][8] A Rounded-Line 1980 GMC K-25 Wideside with the High Sierra equipment level package was also used.[9] During the show's initial series the stunts took their toll on the modified production trucks, supplied at low cost to the production by General Motors, so several different years, makes (Chevy/GMC) and models were used during the show's initial run. As a result, there are some inconsistencies in the episodes.

From the second season onwards, General Motors supplied three specially adapted trucks for the stunt sequences, with the engine moved to a mid-chassis position immediately under the cab seat. This meant that these trucks flew further and pitched less in the air, allowing them to be reused for multiple takes and shows.

At the end of the series, the remaining trucks were either auctioned or given away in a contest. One of them was sold on eBay in 2003.[citation needed]

Film remakeEdit

In July 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that a film based on the series was in development. DreamWorks had teamed up with producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald on the project,[10] and Martin Campbell was in talks to direct the film.[11] DreamWorks, through Disney's Touchstone Pictures distribution label, was to release the film in North America, Latin America, Russia, Australia and Asia, while Mister Smith Entertainment would have handled sales in the remaining territories. In September 2013, Dwayne Johnson was in negotiations to play the title role and McG was in talks to direct.[12] As of 2020, however, that planned movie was never made, and a different movie more loosely based on the television series was being planned with Ryan Gosling in the starring role.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Fall Guy".
  2. ^ "Jim Baikie".
  3. ^ "Fall Guy". Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  4. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1983-84 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  5. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1984-85 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  6. ^ a b The Lazy Journalist (August 15, 1991). "The TV Ratings Guide: 1985-86 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide.
  7. ^ "Fall Guy GMC". Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  8. ^ "1982 GMC K-2500 Wideside". Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  9. ^ "1980 GMC K-25 Wideside". Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  10. ^ "Hollywood falls for 'The Fall Guy': Lee Majors series is latest reboot candidate | 24 Frames |". Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2010. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  11. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (2011-10-31). "Martin Campbell Eyeing 'The Fall Guy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  12. ^ 2:06PM by Borys Kit; Tatiana Siegel (September 5, 2013). "Toronto: Dwayne Johnson, McG to Tackle 'The Fall Guy'".
  13. ^ Borys Kit (September 23, 2020). "Ryan Gosling, David Leitch Tackling "The Fall Guy"-Style Stuntman Movie for Universal".

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