Jack of All Trades

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Jack of All Trades

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"In 1801, the Revolution had been won, and Uncle Sam's favorite son, had a job that needed done.

Which brought Jack to a lady, both beautiful and smart. Who found his mix intriguing, a scoundrel with a heart!

From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli There was never a leatherneck braver, a daring dragoon is he!

He'll halt the bold advance of Napoleon's attack There ain't a French or Pirate rogue Who Don't Know Jack!

From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli Sailin' 'round the bloody world to defend democracy.

And if ya' think a better man ya'd trust ta watch yer' back, just ask the bloke right next ta ya' (damn right!) It's Jack!"

These...enthusiastic lyrics (accompanied by dancing peglegged bar patrons and a talking parrot) kicked off each episode of Jack of All Trades. American spy Jack Stiles is sent by Thomas Jefferson to the tiny East Indies island of Palau-Palau where he teams up with British agent and inventor Emilia Rothschild to thwart the efforts of Napoleon and France in that region of the world. While acting as Emilia's man-servant, Jack dons the masked garb of the legendary Daring Dragoon and fights the local French Governor as well as thwarting various other schemes against America.

This series starring cult-favorite Bruce Campbell and produced by Sam Raimi combined various factors from both of their series: the use of a historical setting (sorta) and quirky humor that Raimi had made famous with Hercules and Xena, a mix of The Wild Wild West Jules Verne-tech that was used in Campbell's The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and the wild stunts that were seen in all of these shows. Airing back to back in syndication with another Raimi production, Cleopatra 2525, Jack lasted two years. Jack of All Trades was created in order to fill the time slot that was made empty when Hercules: The Legendary Journeys finished.

The theme song was nominated for the "Outstanding Main Theme Title Song" Emmy in 2000, but lost to The West Wing.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A sitcom that, perhaps, the world just wasn't ready for yet.

    7.0
    This show can be compared to many other shows for various reasons. Like so many other of Sam Raimi's shows (Hercules, Xena, Brisco County, etc.), it's a period piece that combines crimefighting and anachronism, along with taking multiple creative liberties with historical accuracy. There are also Robin Hood elements, maybe what some would call "lighthearted Batman" elements, and since the villain of the piece is really tiny, some Wild Wild West elements.



    Sometimes you just want a laugh...and if you took Sam Raimi's hourlong dramedies and removied the drama half, you'd get this half-hour beauty. I guess Cleopatra 2525 was supposed to be the serious half...I couldn't tell, I barely watched it.



    Bruce Campbell always goes all out no matter what he does, and this show is no different; Bruce once again proves why he's the best B-movie actor in the business.



    The show was cancelled most unceremoniously, and perhaps, had TV.com existed back then, I'd know why. I just tuned in one day at its usual timeslot...to discover that it was gone and Cleopatra was now running an hour. What? WHAT!? Sorry, you don't do that to Bruce Campbell fans.



    Perhaps the world just wasn't ready for a sicom about a 19th century womanizing vigilante. Well, I'm not the world. So a pox on whomever chose to cancel this gem.moreless
  • Jack of all trades is by far the biggest waste of time but also one of the best ways to relax at the end of the day. Pure comedy with a little sexual tension to make it fun.moreless

    9.3
    I remember coming across this one Sunday afternoon when I was still in middle school. It looked so ridiculous that I had to watch it. Jack is beyond the mans man, he is the man and who better then “M” to control or should I say curb his male tendencies. The characters are rich and full no mater how you look at them. The actors obviously had a good time with this show there fun showed on the screen. The best quote from the entire show is still “M” saying “…or I will eat your brains!” The villains are next to worthless as real foes but they bring the necessary drive to keep our heroes around. The absolutely ridiculous sayings that Jack spouts off when he is the Dragoon are so bad they are good. For anyone looking for pure fun and no strings attached this is the show for you. Enjoy!moreless
  • Well, we can't have the Stooges, back, so this is a reasonable replacement

    6.5
    Bruce Campbell and his pals from the Detroit movie mob loved the The Stooges. And I mean loved the Stooges. They worked in Stooges homages into their movies, and even named miscellaneous characters "fake Shemps" in their credits. Once the Hercules and Xena franchises had run their course, "Renaissance Pictures", their production company, cast about for projects to do -- they came up "Cleopatra 2525", and "Jack of all Trades", starring Bruce. "Jack" was a a farcical adventure series, with Bruce "ha-HA"ing it up with abandon. But the way to think about this show is as Three Stooges short subject films, with only one Stooge (well, one Stooge and a snooty sidekick). Just like in the Stooges, there is cartoonish violence, bad puns, bad jokes, and double-entendres (though much racier than the Stooges could do -- after all, 30 years and more have passed), with a dimwitted hero overcoming somewhat more dimwitted villains. So, yeah, it's dumb, yeah, it's coarse, yeah, it's silly, and occasionally just plain stupid. But it is fun. You may find yourself laughing at something and wondering why you did, but just go with it. (One last bit of Stoogism, the voice of the parrot is "Shemp Wooley.")moreless
  • WOW, the single greatest opening theme to a show ever, ever...

    10
    this show is amazing, an if you havent noticed that pirates of the carrabian ripps alot off from this show, like a girl smaking jack so his face turns towards the camera, and the fact that his name is jack s. the hole pirate ora and campiness was just stollen, but the show its self was so histarical, I fell out of my chair numerous times, and if you dont believe me, well watch it then and tell me im wrong i dar you. bruce campell is one of the best out there, and he is in his prime in the show, to bad it was short lived, but then againg, it could have been alot shortermoreless
  • Bruce Campbell blue light special. Zaney and silly comedy. A must see to believe.

    8.8
    Could it be anymore off the wall on the history of America. Get Smart in the early 1800s. Classic 60s style comedy with a wink and a smile. Just fun entertainment. Bruce Campbell puts his charm and silliness to work. A show not to offend but laugh. American agent of Thomas Jefferson\'s America working with the king\'s agent a british spy to keep tabs on the french in the carribean. Pirates to boot. Adventure and slapstick humor keep it a fast pace sitcom. Although history is stretched never the less a blast from the past. Only from Bruce Campbell genius makes this show work. A hilarous 30 minutes of fun.moreless
  • THE SECOND SEASON OF CARNIVALE IS A FAVORITE THAT TOPS THIS WEEK FOR MOST, BUT WITH TONS OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY RELEASES OUT, WE'RE SURE EVERYONE WILL FIND A GOOD REASON TO GATHER AROUND THE TELEVISION. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, AMAZING STORIES, AND THE PRETENDER.

    July 18, 2006 DVD Releases

    • What network was Jack on originally?
      I remember watching an episode or two of this show back when it was on tv. I cant remember what network it was on though. Can anyo...
      09/25/08
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    • How come...
      How come Jack and Emilia never got together? It seemed as though they were leading up to it. How come it never happened? :cry:
      11/18/07
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    • Jack on DVD
      Jack of all Trades, the complete series (seasons 1 and 2), will finally be released on DVD on July 18th, 2006. The box set will...
      07/28/07
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    • Anyone here???
      Whoa! No topics here? Okay, I'll start one. I thought that Jack of all trades was a great show! I really enjoyed watching it! What...
      08/25/06
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    Historical, Sword & Sorcery