Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Fall Guy


The Fall Guy was, of course, what Lee Majors did next, after the phenomenally successful Six Million Dollar Man came to an end.

In his new show, he starred as Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who uses his movie-making skills to help him moonlights as a bounty hunter.

The series ran for five seasons (113 episodes) between 1981 and 1986.

There are a few reasons why it is remembered so fondly.

First, the stunts were pretty impressive for a TV series – in these money-conscious times, you’d have to say that it’s a show that would never get made today.

Secondly, there was the cool theme song, The Unknown Stuntman, which was written by the show’s creator/producer Glen A. Larson, Gail Jensen and David Sommerville and performed by Lee Majors himself.

It’s a great theme song, with lyrics bemoaning the fact that it’s the stuntman who takes all the risks to make the leading man look good but it’s the star who get all the fame and walks off into the sunset with the beautiful women. It’s also packed with tongue-in-cheek references to the big stars of the day (not least Majors’ then-estranged wife Farrah Fawcett).

The opening titles that accompany the theme song are notable for the fact that in between footage from the show there are clips of real stunts from real movies. You might spot scenes from The Poseidon Adventure, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and Silver Streak, among others.

Here are the original season-one opening credits, preceded by an opening narration from the first episode that sets up the premise of the show:

The full theme song has an extra verse that was cut from the opening credits. Here is an excellent fan-made extended credits sequence with all three verses of the song, which uses as its basis a more familiar set of opening credits from one of the show’s later seasons, with clips of some of the impressive stunts added to pad out the third verse:

And here is the scene from Silver Streak that was used in The Fall Guy intro:

Of course, having said all that, if we’re being honest, there is only really one reason (or should that be two reasons…) why the show is so very fondly remembered by male viewers like myself who were teenagers when it first aired:

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3 responses to “Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Fall Guy

  1. bridtownfan

    Choob

    Brilliant, being the sad git that I am, I was only watching a couple of episodes of this over Xmas. This is one of the best programmes ever !!

    Great theme, great gal (with some charming assets), cheesy 70’s storyline’s and plots that weren’t too taxing (though I know it was made in the 80’s). But it was Lee Majors’ charm that held it all together.

    Another great review – well done.

    ps – why don’t you… (….switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead…) make Saturdays kids day ?

  2. Thanks Bridtownfan. Always appreciate feedback.

    There are one or two changes in the works for the Choob in 2010 – as you may have noticed, some of the weekly features have been taking a rest in January – and a kids’ day on Saturday is a pretty good idea.

    Leave it with me and watch this space!

  3. now that’s a beautiful theme

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