The Quest (1976 TV series)
The Quest is an American Western series which aired on NBC from September to December 1976. The series stars Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson. The pilot episode aired as a television movie on May 13, 1976.
Series title screen
|Created by||Tracy Keenan Wynn|
|Written by||Anthony Lawrence|
Tracy Keenan Wynn
|Directed by||Bernard McEveety|
|Theme music composer||Richard Shores|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15 (4 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||David Gerber|
|Producer(s)||James H. Brown|
Richard L. Van Enger
|Running time||44 mins.|
|Production company(s)||David Gerber Productions|
Columbia Pictures Television
|Distributor||Columbia TriStar Domestic Television|
Sony Pictures Television
|Original release||September 22 –|
December 29, 1976
|Preceded by||The Quest|
Two brothers Morgan (Kurt Russell) and Quentin Bodine (Matheson) are seeking the whereabouts of their long-lost sister, Patricia, being held by the Cheyenne. Morgan, known as "Two Persons", was a captive of the Cheyenne for eight years until he was freed by the United States Army.
- Kurt Russell as Morgan 'Two Persons' Beaudine
- Tim Matheson as Quinton Beaudine
- Brian Keith as Tank Logan
- Keenan Wynn as H.H. Small
Reception and cancellationEdit
The Quest aired at the 10 p.m. Eastern Wednesday slot opposite ABC's Charlie's Angels. Low ratings, coupled with the fact that Westerns had fallen out of favor with networks and audiences, contributed to the demise of the series. The Quest was canceled during its first season. The final episode aired on December 29, 1976. Four of the fifteen episodes produced never aired in the US.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|"The Quest"||TBA||TBA||May 13, 1976|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"The Captive"||Barry Shear||Mark Rogers||September 22, 1976|
|2||"The Buffalo Hunters"||Earl Bellamy||Paul Savage||September 29, 1976|
|3||"Shanklin"||Corey Allen||Charles A. McDaniel||October 13, 1976|
|4||"Day of Outrage"||TBA||TBA||October 27, 1976|
|5||"Seventy-Two Hours"||Alf Kjellin||Anthony Lawrence||November 3, 1976|
|6||"Prairie Woman"||Bernard McEveety||Earl W. Wallace||November 10, 1976|
|7||"Welcome to America, Jane Snow"||Bernard McEveety||Anthony Lawrence||November 24, 1976|
|8||"The Longest Drive: Part 1"||TBA||TBA||December 1, 1976|
|9||"The Longest Drive: Part 2"||TBA||TBA||December 8, 1976|
|10||"Portrait of a Gunfighter"||TBA||TBA||December 22, 1976|
|11||"The Freight Train Rescue"||Michael O'Herlihy||Sean Baine||December 29, 1976|
|12||"The Last of the Mountain Men"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
|13||"Dynasty of Evil"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
|14||"The Seminole Negro Indian Scouts"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
|15||"Incident at Drucker's Tavern"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
Awards and nominationsEdit
The Quest was nominated for a prime time Emmy Award for costume design. One episode, "Hatcher's Drive" won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for script writers Katharyn Powers and Michael Michaelian. The writers tied with Jim Byrnes of ABC's How the West Was Won.
While the entire series has not been released on DVD, a two-part episode, "The Longest Drive", was released on Region 1 DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2005. The television film which served as the series' pilot episode was also released on DVD by Sony in 2011.
- 1976-1977 American network television schedule
- IMDb, The Quest, Awards
- "The Quest - The Longest Drive". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "The Quest - TV Movie". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2012.