Tarzan ran on NBC from 1966-68 and starred Ron Ely in the title role as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. Manuel Padilla, Jr. co-starred as Jai, his boy sidekick along with Cheetah the Chimp, their simian friend. This was a show that NBC obviously had high hopes for as witnessed by the number of big name guest stars who appeared: Helen Hayes, Maurice Evans, Julie Harris, Ethel Merman, and even Diana Ross and the Supremes. But it was scheduled directly opposite Wild, Wild West and TV viewers apparently preferred that show's brand of adventure over Tarzan's.
Nonetheless, this version of Tarzan was quite well-done. Ron Ely, though not a great actor, was effective in the title role and his characterization of the Jungle Lord was probably the closest ever on-screen to the Tarzan of the original novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Manuel Padilla, Jr. lent fine support as boy sidekick Jai even if his character could get tiresome at times. Tarzan was a good show that should have lasted longer.