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The Yellow Rose is an American soap opera that was broadcast on NBC from October 2, 1983 until May 12, 1984. It was produced by Paul Freeman. The series was at least partly inspired by the more coltish elements of the soap opera Dallas, and dealt with the intrigues of the Texas-based Champion family who owned a 200,000-acre cattle and oil ranch called "The Yellow Rose."

The Yellow Rose
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Created by John Wilder
Michael Zinberg
Starring Sam Elliott
David Soul
Edward Albert
Cybill Shepherd
Opening theme "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
performed by Johnny Lee and Lane Brody
Composer(s) Jerrold Immel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) John Wilder-Michael Zinberg Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network NBC
Original release October 2, 1983 – May 12, 1984

The show's cast included Sam Elliott, David Soul, Edward Albert, Cybill Shepherd, Chuck Connors, Noah Beery, Jr., Ken Curtis, Robin Wright and Jane Russell. The Yellow Rose was canceled after one season of twenty-two episodes.

In the summer of 1990, the series was rerun again on NBC along with Bret Maverick starring James Garner.



US Television RatingsEdit

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[1] Tied With
1983-84 22 October 2, 1983 May 12, 1984 90 10.1 "Manimal"

Theme songEdit

The series' theme song "The Yellow Rose" — set to the tune of the traditional "The Yellow Rose of Texas" but with new lyrics referencing the setting of the show — was recorded by country singers Johnny Lee and Lane Brody. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on April 21, 1984.[2]

Home mediaEdit

Warner Bros. released the complete series to DVD on May 3, 2011, consisting of all 22 episodes on a five-disc set. The set was released as part of the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive Collection.[3]


  1. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. p. 54.
  3. ^ TV Shows on DVD series release announcement Archived 2011-03-20 at the Wayback Machine.

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