I’m going to indulge in a bit of 80s nostalgia, so I hope that you’re ready to gobble up a bit of processed cheese with me. The reason for this excursion down memory lane is that I have the theme song for this particular show on my iPod, and I found myself singing along with it this morning.
Everyone remembers The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard and Magnum PI, but in my estimation none of these shows come even close to matching the brilliance of Lee Majors’ post Six Million Dollar Man vehicle, The Fall Guy.
Let’s just take a quick look at all of the things that helped to make this show great.
- Lead Character has a cool name? Check, Colt Seavers
- A cool job? Check, he’s a Hollywood stuntman who spends his spare time working as a bounty hunter.
- Awesome theme-song? Check, Lee Majors sang “The unknown stuntman” for this show, and in the lyrics name checked his ex-wife Farrah Fawcett.
- Cool car? Check, before SUVs were for “soccer moms”, Colt Seavers’ two tone monster GMC pickup did things that would make the General Lee quiver with fear.
- Goofy sidekick? Check, stuntman in training Howie Munson.
- Hot blond in a bikini? Check, Heather Thomas. In the credits no less.
- Action? Do you even need to ask? He’s a stuntman who works as a bounty hunter!
This was probably my favourite live action show on TV as a kid but I rarely find anyone else who remembers it, even though they do recall watching the Six Million Dollar Man. I’m really not sure how The Fall Guy slipped through the cracks while many of its contemporaries manage to continue in re-runs or in feature film remakes, it was still popular when Lee Majors pulled the pin on it and it hadn’t turned to turgid crap the way that The A-Team or Airwolf did.
Still, whenever the theme song shuffles its way onto my iPod I am very tempted to order the DVDs and try to defy the two decades that have past, re-watching the opening credits only strengthens that temptation. I dare you to argue that this isn’t five types of awesome.