Walking Tall

NBC (ended 1981)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    The Fire Within

    Aired 6/6/81

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Deadly Impact

    Aired 4/14/81

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Company Town

    Aired 4/7/81

  • S 1 : Ep 4


    Aired 3/31/81

  • S 1 : Ep 3


    Aired 1/31/81

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bo Svenson

    Sheriff Buford Pusser

  • Walter Barnes

    Carl Pusser

  • Jeff Lester

    Deputy Grady Spooner

  • Courtney Pledger

    Deputy Joan Litton

  • Harold Sylvester

    Deputy Aaron Fairfax

  • show Description
  • Speak Softly, And Carry A Big Stick Bo Svenson reprises his portrayal of the legendary club-wielding Tennessee Sheriff -- Buford Pusser -- In a kind of TV extension of the popular movie series of the 70s. Though this 1981 Action/Drama series was well-made, the character evidently didn't transfer well, to the small screen, and wasn't received well, by the viewing public. Premiering on NBC, on the evening of Saturday, January 17th, 1981, at 9 p.m., EST, it was aired sporadically, through the Winter and Spring of 1981. A couple of schedule changes, in an apparent attempt to boost it's ratings, were for naught, and the last of those changes -- Back to Saturday nights, in the 10 p.m. time slot -- Found it competing with ABC's ratings giant Fantasy Island, and it was gone, after only 7 broadcasts, the last of these on June 6th, 1981. The entire 7-episode run of this series is available on DVD, as of March 7th, 2006, in a 2-disc set, from Sony Pictures Television.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Buford and McClain – Seated at a table, with Joan, in The Clover Club, awaiting dinner – Have been discussing organized crime, in McNeal County. McClain: You really take this Sheriff business serious, don’t you, Buford? Buford: Yessir. McClain: Maybe, straight-arrow that you are, you oughta be a Priest, instead of a Sheriff. (See Allusions)

    Notes (1)

    • Chuck Connors is billed, in the opening credits, as 'Chuck Conners'.

    Trivia (1)

    • GOOF? In the scene where Carl, Michael, and Dwana are leaving the ballpark, ice cream cones in hand, after the baseball game, as they walk past a long, white concrete block wall – If one looks at the extreme upper/right portion of the screen, the words ‘UNITED STATES POST OFFICE’ ‘NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA’, can be read, on the wall. This seems very much out of place, for several reasons: 1.) They are supposedly just leaving a ballpark, after a baseball game. 2.) U.S. Post Offices don’t sell ice cream. And, the biggest reason of all: 3.) The real-life Buford Pusser and his Family lived in Tennessee. So – Though it’s never mentioned, in any episode in the series – One would assume that the series takes place in Tennessee. Newhall is a small community, near Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles Northeast of Los Angeles.

    Allusions (1)

    • In the scene at the restaurant, after Buford and McClain have a brief discussion on the organized crime situation, in McNeal County, McClain (Merlin Olsen) comments that – Since Buford is so honest and ethical – He might make a good Priest (See Quotes). This seems to be an allusion to Olsen’s ‘Father Murphy’ series – Which was in the early stages of production, at the time – In which, Olsen’s character poses as a Priest.

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