A fun ride of a series from the early 80's, "Fall Guy" ran from 1981-1986 and became another hit among many for Glen Larson, a popular TV producer who had a few big successes off of great concepts (see also: "Knight Rider", "Battlestar Galactica" and "Magnum, P.I.) "Fall Guy" starred Lee Majors ("The Six-Million Dollar Man") as Colt Seaver, a stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter to try and capture criminals using tactics he learned as a stuntman.
To the show's credit, it certainly knows what it is: this is a breezy action series that delivers a good helping of explosions and women, which was the formula for the producer's Hawaii-set "Magnum" years later. In "Fall Guy", Seaver teamed up with his cousin Howie Munson (Douglas Barr) and Jody Banks (pin-up girl Heather Thomas) to go after an assortment of criminals and save an assortment of innocents, including a mob assassin, an ex-green beret, a white-color thief, an embezzler, a homeless man who witnessed a crime, a robber, a bail jumper, Japanese mobsters, a country star who killed his ghost writer, disgruntled naval officers and the wife of a crooked politician.
The series offered great performances, with Majors offering a charming effort that handled both the action sequences and the material quite perfectly. Thomas provided sex appeal, but also managed to be light and funny, while also having great chemistry with Majors. It's been years since I've watched the show, but "Fall Guy" still holds up well after all this time, providing some fun, mindless entertainment with a great cast and some impressive (for TV of the time period) action scenes.
1. 1- 1 4 Nov 81 The Fall Guy (1)
2. 1- 2 4 Nov 81 The Fall Guy (2)
3. 1- 3 11 Nov 81 The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda
4. 1- 4 18 Nov 81 The Rich Get Richer
5. 1- 5 25 Nov 81 That's Right, We're Bad
6. 1- 6 2 Dec 81 Colt's Angels
7. 1- 7 9 Dec 81 The Human Torch
8. 1- 8 16 Dec 81 The Japanese Connection
9. 1- 9 6 Jan 82 No Way Out
10. 1-10 13 Jan 82 License to Kill (1)
11. 1-11 20 Jan 82 License to Kill (2)
12. 1-12 27 Jan 82 Goin' for It
13. 1-13 3 Feb 82 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harold
14. 1-14 10 Feb 82 Soldiers of Misfortune
15. 1-15 17 Feb 82 Ready, Aim, Die
16. 1-16 24 Feb 82 Ladies On the Ropes
17. 1-17 3 Mar 82 The Snow Job
18. 1-18 17 Mar 82 Guess Who's Coming to Town?
19. 1-19 24 Mar 82 Child's Play
20. 1-20 7 Apr 82 Charlie
21. 1-21 14 Apr 82 Three for the Road
22. 1-22 28 Apr 82 The Silent Partner
23. 1-23 5 May 82 Scavenger Hunt
VIDEO: "The Fall Guy" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. Image quality was a touch above expectations, as while the show's image quality didn't dazzle, neither did the show look all that dazzling during its initial run. Sharpness and detail can vary a bit, but the show mostly looked crisp. Some minor grain was seen throughout patches of the show, but otherwise, the elements used looked awfully good, considering the age of the series. No edge enhancement was seen and only a few hints of artifacting were noticed. Colors looked bright and bold, with nice saturation and no smearing. Overall, "The Fall Guy" has aged pretty well.
SOUND: The show's mono soundtrack was more along the lines of what one would expect for an early 80's show, with a flat overall sound, but clear dialogue and no distortion or other issues.
EXTRAS: A short featurette, "Remembering the Fall Guy: An American Classic" and "The Unknown Stuntman: Fall Guy Theme Song" featurette.