Jack of All Trades

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(ended 2000)

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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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    July 18, 2006 DVD Releases

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    Historical, Sword & Sorcery