Then Came Bronson

NBC (ended 1970)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 26

    What's An Ark Without Centaurs?

    Aired 4/1/70

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    The Mary R

    Aired 3/25/70

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    The Ninety-Nine Mile Circle

    Aired 3/11/70

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    The Forest Primeval

    Aired 3/4/70

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Still Waters

    Aired 2/25/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Parks

    Jim Bronson

  • Martin Sheen

    Nick Oresko

  • Robert Loggia

    Tony Wade

  • Keenan Wynn


  • Michael Bell


  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Then Came Bronson guide at . . hang in there! Ever since the Hellenic Homer wrote The Odyssey, tales of travel and adventure have been an important component of western literature. By the late nineteen fifties two works of art captured the imagination of readers and viewers of television. The first was Jack Kerouac's popular beat novel On the Road (1957). Then, ten years later, in the late sixties, Jim Bronson played on television a forlorn newspaperman disillusioned after the suicide of his best friend and "working for the man." In order to renew his soul he becomes a nomadic vagabond searching for the meaning of life and experience what life has to offer. In the process he shares his apparent noble values with the people he meets and lends a helping hand when he can. Our hero rides a Harley Sportster, and, as such, was viewed by many fans as a modern version of the solitary cowboy meandering the American west. The television series began with a movie pilot on Monday, March 24, 1969. The series was green-lighted for one year and began its first run on September 17, 1969. The introduction of the show was noteworthy. Bronson drives up to a red light and what seems to be a businessman in a car next to Bronson, says: Driver: "Taking a trip?" Bronson: "What's that?" Driver: "Taking a trip?" Bronson: "Yeah." Driver: "Where to?" Bronson: "Oh, I don't know. Wherever I end up, I guess." Driver: "Pal, I wish I was you." Bronson: "Really?" Driver: "Yeah." Bronson: "Well, hang in there." With that memorable introduction began a television series that is fondly remembered by many fans who vicariously lived Bronson's life during the late sixties. Hang in there . . . Fans of the show are encouraged to post their remembrances of the series in the Forum section.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (10)

    • Jack Klugman and Penny Marshall later worked together in the lovable television series, The Odd Couple.

    • Meg Wyllie portrayed the haunting androgynous Keeper, where she was seen in full alien make-up, in the Star Trek episode "The Menagerie" in 1966.

    • Oscar nominated Elsa Lanchester started acting in the 1920's and is best known for her role as the Bride of Frankenstein (1935). She was married to Charles Laughton, the legendary actor, for over thirty years.

    • In the famed Saturday Night Live comedy skit show Billy Crystal immortalized Fernando Lamas in the early 1980's by lampooning Lamas' catch-phrase when on the Johnny Carson Show, "You loook, maarvelooous."

    • The doctor in this episode, James Doohan, became known to millions of fans a few years earlier by portraying the starship engineer Scotty in the cult television show Star Trek.

    • Gloria Grahame is a film noir icon, especially those noir films made in the 1940's and 1950's. Ironically, in this episode, she also plays the role of a femme fatale.

    • Will Geer had been acting since the 1930's but became blacklisted during the 1950's because he refused to testify at the HUAC hearings and to "name names." He later became well know when he played the part of grandpa in the loved series The Waltons.

    • This episode, written by D.C. Fontana, was nominated for the Writers Guild Award.

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    Trivia (2)

    • While giving Katz a ride to the gas station, Bronson addresses Katz by name, but the two don't introduce themselves until after that ride.

    • After Bronson drops Katz off at his van, he takes off without his bedroll on the back of the bike. Cutaway to Bronson again, and the bedroll is there.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Ronson

    By JohnWalsh7575, Aug 18, 2014

  • Lessons in life...

    By DojinFan_2K, Apr 26, 2008

  • All criticism is subjective by nature. What I find to be stimulating may be considered devoid of action by others. I can say that the series episodes are definitely worth viewing, if only to allow you to make your own decision. You will not be trea

    By skunkwks, Apr 10, 2006

  • Needs a DVD release!

    By WizardGlick, Jul 25, 2005

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