The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which ran on the NBC Television Network for two seasons beginning in 1977, featured Dan Haggerty as James Grizzly Adams...a character loosely based on a 19th century woodsmen and animal trapper who gained some notoriety for his exploits.
After being accused of a crime he did not commit, Grizzly Adams flees and takes sanctuary in a remote mountain area in the American west where he discovers and befriends an orphaned grizzly cub. The cub eventually grows into a full-sized Grizzly bear that Adams affectionately calls Ben, after Benjamin Franklin, whom Adams revered as a great man. Together Adams and Ben learn to survive in the wilderness assisted by an old trader named 'Mad Jack' (Denver Pyle) and a Native American named Nakoma (Don Shanks).
Impressed with the way Adams has adapted to his environment, and for his uncanny rapport with animals, Nakoma and Jack come to appreciate Adam's harmonious existence with nature. Unfortunately, as Adams protected the wildlife he grew to cherish, he still needed to be watchful for bounty hunters who were always looking to collect the price on his head.
Although the studio has not yet formally announced anything to the press, an Amazon.com pre-order listing
shows that Shout! Factory is preparing a November 6th
DVD release of the classical, beloved TV show that is long awaited by fans: The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams - Season 1
Following the 1974 theatrical film of the same title (which in turn was based on the 1972 novel by Charles E. Sellier Jr.), the 1977 NBC program consisted of 2 seasons, and then was wrapped up with a 1982 telefilm titled The Capture of Grizzly Adams
. The first season consisted of 13 hour-long episodes (out of 38 episodes total, including two 90-minute-long episodes during the second and last season). According to Amazon, the upcoming first-season DVD release will come on 2 discs, and is priced at $29.93 SRP. Package art and extras (if any) haven't been supplied yet, but stay tuned for updates, as further developments occur!