No. 0014



ERB-TV
Tarzan on Television

HISTORY OF THE TARZAN TV SHOWS
CONTENTS

1. The first Tarzan television series ran on NBC from September 1966 to April 1968, for a total of 57 episodes. Ron Ely played an intelligent Tarzan.

2. Next was a 1976-1980 rotoscope animation series : Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, followed by The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour and Tarzan And The Super 7. The voice of Tarzan was provided by Robert Ridgely.

3. The 1991 Tarzan starred Wolf Larson. Tarzan was portrayed as an environmentalist and a protector of the jungle and its animals.

4. The most recent Tarzan series was Tarzan: The Epic Adventures starring Joe Lara. The series was strong on fantasy and sword & sorcery.

5. Disney's Legend of Tarzan - 2001 - was a TV spin-off of the Disney Tarzan feature film of 1999.

6. Tarzan spoof on the Jack Benny Show (1963) with guest star Carol Burnett - a script excerpt.

7. Tarzan: The Warner Brothers Series ~ 2003-2004


1. Ron Ely Series (1966-1968)

One of the best features of the series as a whole is the excellent selection and acting ability of the guest stars. For this reason I have included the names of the featured guest stars with every episode. The main weaknesses of the series are inconsistent story lines, overuse of the young boy Jai character, and too little interaction with the world of animals.
Ron Ely
CAST: Ron Ely (Tarzan) ~ Manuel Padilla (Jai) ~ Jason Flood ~ Rao Behta

STUNTS: Ron Ely insisted on doing all his own stunts and animal fights. This resulted in at least 17 wounds and injuries ~~ in the first season alone:
~1. Seven stitches to the head from a lion bite
~ 2. broken nose in a water fight
~ 3. dislocated jaw in a fight
~ 4. wrenched neck and disc in vine swinging accident
~ 5. right shoulder separation in vine swinging accident
~ 6. left shoulder separation from vine breaking during swing
~ 7. 3 broken ribs from same accident
~ 8. right biceps muscle torn in lion fight
~ 9. claw marks from leopard and puma fight
~ 10. sprained wrists from action scenes
~ 11. left leg hamstring muscle pulled
~ 12. right thigh muscle pulled
~ 13. bites and claw marks from jungle animals
~ 14. both ankles sprained from hard landings after leaps
~ 15. tops of feet badly scratched in fall down hill
~ 16. cracked left heel and
~ 17. bottom of right foot torn slipping on rocky mountains.

Season 1 Episodes
1. Eyes of the Lion (Laurie Sibbald ~ Nara, Ned Romero ~ Oringa)
2. The Ultimate Weapon
    (Andrew Prine ~ Peter Haines, Jock Mahoney ~ Hoby Wallington)
3. Leopard on the Loose (Russ Tamblyn ~ Bell, Ken Scott ~ Morrisey,
    Morgan Jones ~ Galloway)
4. A Life for a Life (Jon Alvar ~ Obasi, Danica d'Hondt ~ Calloway)
5. The Prisoner (Robert J. Wilke ~ Spooner, Charles Maxwell ~ Mac,
    Ken Drake ~ Dude)
6. The Three Faces of Death
    (Ena Harman ~ Laneen, Woody Strode ~ Jamoya)
7. The Prodigal Puma (Rafer Johnson ~ Spandrell,
    Gigi Perreau ~ Sheri Kapinski)
8. The Deadly Silence, Pt.1
    (Bob Doqui ~ Metusa, Jock Mahoney ~ mad colonel, ...)
9. The Deadly Silence, Pt2
    (...Woody Strode ~ Sgt. Marshak, Gregorio Acosta ~ henchman)
10. The Figurehead (Ricky Cordell ~ Prince Shariff, Ken Drake ~ Karim)
11. Village of Fire (Nobu McCarthy ~ Dr. Haru)
12. The Day of the Golden Lion
    (Suzy Parker ~ Laura Keller, George Murdock & Curt Lowens)
13. Pearls of Tanga (Carlos Riva ~ Admiral Gioco)
14. The End of the River (Jill Donahue ~ Suzanne,
    Michael Whitney & Robert Wilke & G. Murdock)
15. The Ultimate Duel (Henry Silva ~ Dr. Ivor Merrick)
16. The Fire People (Mel Lettman ~ David Chaddo,
    Elsa Gardenas ~ Dr. Halverson)
17. Track of the Dinosaur (Lloyd Bochner ~ Bergstrom)
18. The Day the Earth Trembled (Susan Oliver ~ Peggy Dean)
19. Cap'n Jai
20. A Pride of Assassins (Jill Donahue ~ Diana Lawton,
    Gene Evans ~ Albers)
21. The Golden Runaway (Gia Scala ~ Martha Tolbooth,
    Khalil Dezaleel ~ Chundra Lai, Stacey Harris)
22. Basil of the Bulge (Maurice Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram,
    Warren Stevens ~ Roger Bradley)
23. Mask of Rona
    (Leslie Parrish ~ Beryl Swann, Martin Gabel ~ Peter Maas)
24. To Steal the Rising Sun (Ron Glenn, Sr. ~Lukumba, Victoria Shaw ~ Lita MacKenzie)
25. Jungle Dragnet (Victoria Meyerink ~ Mandy Mason)
26. The Perils of Charity Jones, Pt.1
    (Julie Harris ~ Charity Jones, Woody Strode ~ Chaka)
27. The Perils of Charity Jones, Pt.2
28. The Circus (Chips rafferty ~ Dutch Jensen)
29. The Ultimatum
    (Ruth Roman ~ Madiline Riker, Ralph Meeker ~ Karnak)
30. Algie B. for Brave (Maurice Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram, Tod Barrett)
31. Man Killer (Tammy Grimes ~ Polly Larkin)

Season 2 Episodes
32. Tiger, Tiger
    (James Whitmore ~ Cliff Stockwell, Anne Jeffreys ~ Melody)
33. Voice of the Elephant
    (Fredrick O'Neal ~ tribal spokesman, Murray Matheson ~ Judge)
34. Thief Catcher (Donald Mitchell ~N'duma,
    George Kennedy & John Haymer ~ convicts)
35. The Blue Stone of Heaven, Pt.1
    (Sam Jaffe ~ Dr. Singleton, William Marshall ~ Tatakombi...)
36. The Blue Stone of Heaven, Pt.2
    (...Harry Lauter ~ Josh Miller, Ulla Stromstedt ~ Mary)
37. Maguma Curse (Simon Oakland ~ Burnett, Barbara Luna ~ Frankie)
38. The Fanatics (Diana Hyland ~ Diana Russell,
    Donald Marshall ~ Kimini, William Smithers)
39. The Last of the Superman
    (Alf Kjellin ~ von Wolvner, Antoinette Bower ~ Helge)
40. Hotel Hurricane
41. The Pride of a Lioness (James MacArthur ~ Dr. Wilson,
    Helen Hayes ~ mother, Geoffrey Holder)
42. Mountains of the Moon, Pt.1 (Ethel Merman,
    Harry Lauter ~ Whitehead, Rokne Tarkington)
43. Mountains of the Moon, Pt.2
44. Jai's Amnesia (John Dehner ~ J.C. Crosby)
45.Creeping Giants (Robert Wilke ~ Colin Yeager,
    Raymond St. Jacques ~ Wilson, Joel Fluellen)
46. The Professional
    (Pat Conway ~ Colonel Stone, Clarence Williams ~ Sorda)
47. The Convert (Malachi Throne ~ Larson, James Earl Jones ~ Nerlan,
    Diana Ross & Supremes ~ Nuns)
48. King of the Dwsari (Robert Loggia ~ Brown,
    Ernie Terrell [boxer] ~ Zwaka)
49 A Gun for Jai (Ed Bakey ~ Prince, Peter Whitney ~ Mulvaney)
50. Trek to Terror
    (Michael Ansara ~ Regis, Booker T. Bradshaw ~ Dr. Kenny)
51. End of a Challenge (Woody Strode ~ Bangu,
    Chill Wills ~ Montrose, Henry Jones, Pedro Gonzales)
52. Jungle Ransom (Fermando Lamas ~ Ramon Cortinez,
    Barbara Bouchet, Ted Cassidy)
53. Four O'Clock Army, Pt.1 (Maurice Evans ~ Sir Basil Bertram,
    Julie Haris ~ Charity Jones...)
54. Four O'Clock Army, Pt.2 (...Bernie Hamilton ~ Waziri Chief)
55. Rendezous for Revenge
    (John Vernon ~ Dan Burton, Laraine Stephens ~ Doria)
56. Alex the Great (Neville Brand ~ Alex Spence, Michael Dunn ~ Amir)
57. Trina (Stacey Maxwell ~ Trina McKenzie,
    Nehemiah Persoff ~ Chembe Kunja)


2. Filmation's Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, etc.
Animated Series (1976-1980)

Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle was a half hour show that premiered on September 11, 1976 and ran 1976-1977.  In 1977, Filmation brought in Batman and coupled it with Tarzan, as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, which mixed new Batman cartoons with new Tarzan cartoons (and Tarzan reruns). The third season changed it again by keeping Batman and calling it Tarzan And The Super 7.

Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
Episode Titles
Season 1 (1976-1977)
The voice of Tarzan was done by Robert Ridgely

1. Tarzan and the City of Gold
2. Tarzan and the Vikings
3. Tarzan and the Golden Lion
4. Tarzan and the Forbidden City
5. Tarzan and the Graveyard of the Elephants
6. Tarzan's Return to the City of Gold
7. Tarzan and the Strange Visitors
8. Tarzan and the Land of the Giants
9. Tarzan and the Knights of Nimmr
10. Tarzan's Rival
11. Tarzan in the City of Sorcery
12. Tarzan at the Earth's Core
13. Tarzan and the Ice Monster
14. Tarzan and the Olympiads
15. Tarzan's Trial
16. Tarzan the Hated



The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour
Season 1 (1977-1978)

Cast:
Tarzan ~~ Robert Ridgely
Batman ~~ Adam West
Robin ~~ Burt Ward
Batgirl ~~ Melendy Britt
Bat-Mite ~~ Lennie Weinrib

Tarzan And The Sunken City Of Atlantis
Tarzan And The Bird People
Tarzan And The Colossus Of Zome
Tarzan And The Beast In The Iron Mask
Tarzan And The Amazon Princess
Tarzan And The Conquistadors
Tarzan And The City Of Gold
Tarzan And The Vikings
Tarzan And The Golden Lion
Tarzan And The Forbidden City
Tarzan And The Graveyard Of The Elephants
Tarzan's Return To The City Of Gold
Tarzan And The Strange Visitors
Tarzan And The Land Of The Giants
Tarzan And The Knights Of Nimmr
Tarzan's Rival
Batman: The Pest
Batman: The Moonman
Batman: Trouble Identity
Batman: A Sweet Joke On Gotham City
Batman: The Bermuda Rectangle
Batman: Bite-Sized
Batman: Reading, Writing, And Wronging
Batman: The Chameleon
Batman: He Who Laughs Last
Batman: The Deep Freeze
Batman: Dead Ringers
Batman: Curses! Oiled Again!
Batman: Birds Of A Feather Fool Around Together
Batman: Have An Evil Day, Part 1
Batman: Have An Evil Day, Part 2
Batman: This Like A Job For Bat-Mite



Tarzan And The Super 7
Season 1 (1978-1979)
Cast:
Tarzan ~~ Robert Ridgely
Manta ~~ Joan Van Ark
Moray ~~ Joe Stern
Hercules ~~ Bob Denison
Isis ~~ Diane Pershing
Toshi ~~ Mike Bell
Merlin ~~ Mike Bell
Web Woman ~~ Linda Gary
Superstretch ~~ Ty Henderson
Microwoman ~~ Kim Hamilton

Episodes
Tarzan And The Spider People
Tarzan And The Space God
Tarzan And The Lost World
Tarzan And The Monkey God
Tarzan And The Haunted Forest
Tarzan And The Island Of Dr. Morphos
Manta And Moray: The Waters Of Doom
Manta And Moray: The Whale Killers
Manta And Moray: The Warmakers
Manta And Moray: The Souvenir Hunters
The Freedom Force: The Dragon Riders
The Freedom Force: The Scarlet Samurai
Web Woman: The Rain Maker
Web Woman: The Eye Of The Fly
Web Woman: The World Within
Web Woman: Madame Macabre's Calamity Circus
Web Woman: Red Sails In The Sunset
Superstretch And Microwoman: Bad Things Come In Small Packages
Superstretch And Microwoman: The Ringmaster
Superstretch And Microwoman: The Toymaker
Superstretch And Microwoman: Future Tense
Superstretch And Microwoman: Phantom Of The Sewers
Superstretch And Microwoman: Shadow Of The Swamp

Tarzan And The Super 7
Season 2 (1979-1980)

Episodes
Tarzan And The Sifu
Tarzan And Jane
Tarzan And The Land Beneath The Earth
Tarzan And The Drought
Tarzan And The Soul Stealer
Tarzan And The Future King
Tarzan And The Huntress
Tarzan And The White Elephant
Manta And Moray: The Freedom Fighters
Manta And Moray: The Sunken World
Manta And Moray: Sea Of Madness
The Freedom Force: The Planet Soldiers
The Freedom Force: Pegasus' Odyssey
The Freedom Force: The Robot
Web Woman: Send In The Clones
Web Woman: The Sun Thief
Web Woman: Dr. Despair And The Mood Machine
Web Woman: The Perfect Crime
Web Woman: The Lady In The Lamp
Superstretch And Microwoman: The Great Candy Bar Caper
Superstretch And Microwoman: The Superstretch Bowl
Superstretch And Microwoman: Superstretch And Magnawoman
Superstretch And Microwoman: Sugar Spice
Superstretch And Microwoman: Gnome Man's Land
Superstretch And Microwoman: Superstretch And Mighty Woman


3. Wolf Larson Tarzan Series (1991-1994) with Lydie Denier

Wolf Larson (Tarzan) ~ Lydie Denier (Jane)
Wolf Larson (Tarzan)
Lydie Denier (Jane)

Episode Titles
Season 1
1. Tarzan and the Caves of Darkness
2. Tarzan's Journey to Danger
3. Tarzan and the Picture of Death
4. Tarzan and the Pirate Treasure
5. Tarzan in the Sacred Cave
6. Tarzan and the Killer Lion
7. Tarzan the Hunted
8. Tarzan's Eleventh Hour
9. Tarzan and the Savage Storm
10. Tarzan and the Mystic Cavern
11. Tarzan and the Silent Child
12. Tarzan and the Golden Egg
13. Tarzan and the Poisoned Water
14. Tarzan's Christmas
15. Tarzan and the Unwelcome Guest
16. Tarzan and the River of Doom
17. Tarzan and the Extra-Terrestrials
18. Tarzan and the Orphan
19. Tarzan and the Deadly Gift
20. Tarzan and the Test of Friendship
21. Tarzan Tames the Bronx
22. Tarzan and the Woman of Steel
23. Tarzan and the Enemy Within
24. Tarzan and the Killer's Revenge
25. Tarzan in the Eye of the Hurricane

Season 2
26. Tarzan and the Missile of Doom
27. Tarzan and the Forbidden Jewels
28. Tarzan and the Broken Promise
29. Tarzan and the Amazon Women
30. Tarzan and the Karate Warriors
31. Tarzan and the Lion Girl
32. Tarzan and the Deadly Delusion
33. Tarzan and the Primitive Urge
34. Tarzan and the Mysterious Sheik
35. Tarzan and the Runaways
36. Tarzan Meets Jane
37. Tarzan and the Wayward Balloon
38. Tarzan and the Fugitive's Revenge
39. Tarzan and the Mutant Creature
40. Tarzan Rescues the Songbird
41. Tarzan and the Fire Field
42. Tarzan and the Movie Star
43. Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth
44. Tarzan and the Law of the Jungle
45. Tarzan and the Shaft of Death
46. Tarzan and the Polluted River
47. Tarzan's Dangerous Journey
48. Tarzan and the Toxic Terror
49. Tarzan and the Earthly Challenge
50. Tarzan and the Mysterious Fog

Season 3
51. Tarzan's Hollywood Adventure
52. Tarzan and the Witness for the Prosecution
53. Tarzan and the Rock Star
54. Tarzan and the Odd Couple
55. Tarzan and the Return of the Bronx
56. Tarzan and the New Commissioner
57. Tarzan and the Stoneman
58. Tarzan and the Deadly Cargo
59. Tarzan and the Sapphire Elephant
60. Tarzan and the Fear of Blindness
61. Tarzan and the Mating Season
62. Tarzan and the Gift of Life
63. Tarzan and the Death Spiders
64. Tarzan and the Russian Invasion
65. Tarzan and the Fiery End
66. Tarzan and the Curse of Death
67. Tarzan and the King of the Apes
68. Tarzan and the Evil Twin
69. Tarzan and the Dangerous Competition
70. Tarzan and the Pirates Revenge
71. Tarzan and Cheeta's Desperate Adventure
72. Tarzan and the Sixth Sense
73. Tarzan and the Ring of Romance
74. Tarzan and the Night Horrors
75. Tarzan and the Jewel of Justice


4. Epic Adventures Episodes (1996-1997) with Joe Lara

Joe Lara

Episode Titles
1. Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
2. Tarzan and the Lost Legion
3. Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond
4. Tarzan and the Black Orchid
5. Tarzan and the Reflections in an Evil Eye
6. Tarzan and the Priestess of Opar
7. Tarzan and the Fury of the Zadu
8. Tarzan and the Revenge of Zimpala
9. Tarzan and the Return of KuKulcan
10. Tarzan and the White Pebble
11. Tarzan and the Moon God
12. Tarzan and the Forbidden City
13. Tarzan and the Leopard Demon
14. Tarzan and the Demon Within
15. Tarzan and the Mahars
16. Tarzan and the Amtorans
17. Tarzan and the Beast of Dunali
18. Tarzan and the Shadow of Anger
19. Tarzan and the Mystery of the Lake
20. Tarzan and the Circus Hunter


5. DISNEY'S THE LEGEND OF TARZAN


Thirty-six "30-minute" episodes aired September-October 2001
Michael T. Weiss as the voice of Tarzan
  Olivia d'Abo as the voice of Jane Porter
  Jeff Bennett as the voice of Prof. Porter
  Jim Cummings as the voice of Tantor
  April Winchell as the voice of Terk

  1. Race Against TIme
  2. Trading Post
  3. The Lost Cub
  4. Lost City of Opar
  5. The Fugitives
  6. Rogue Elephant
  7. Poisoned River (1)
  8. Poisoned River (2)
  9. Enemy Within
 10. Fountain
 11. Hidden World
 12. Rift
 13. Giant Beetles
 14. Jungle Madness
 15. Protege
 16. Leopard Men Rebellion
 17. Rough Rider
 18. Seeds of Destruction
 19. Silver Ape
 20. Challenger
 21. Outbreak
 22. Silver Screen
 23. Beast from Below
 24. All-Seeing Elephant
 25. New Wave
 26. Lost Treasure
 27. Return of La
 28. One Punch Mullagan
 29. Missing Link
 30. Prison Break
 31. The Eagle's Feather
 32. Face From the Past
 33. Caged Fury
 34. Gauntlet of Vengeance
 35. Mysterious Visitor
 36. Tublat's Revenge
 37. UNAIRED  British Invasion
 38. UNAIRED Volcanic Diamond Mine
 39. UNAIRED Flying Ace

The Legend of Tarzan Credits
1. Tarzan and the Race Against Time
01.09.03 ~ #1C21-002
Writer: Gary Sperling ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited 
2. Tarzan and the Trading Post
01.09.04 ~ #1C21-004
Writer: Eddie Guzelian ~  Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc.
Guests: Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Frank Welker (Manu)

3. Tarzan and the Lost Cub
01.09.05 ~ #1C21-008
Writer: Michael Ryan ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd.
Guests: Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo) ~ Frank Welker (Manu)

4. Tarzan and the Lost City of Opar
01.9.06 ~ #1C21-017
Writer: Bill Motz & Bob Roth ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guest: Diahann Carroll (Queen La)

5. Tarzan and the Fugitives
01.09.07 ~ #1C21-007
Writer: Liz Freedman & Vanessa Place ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Music: "Made in the Shade" music and lyrics by Randy Rogel (arranged by Don Harper).
Guests: Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) ~ Jim Cummings (Lt. Colonel Staquait) ~  Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont)
6. Tarzan and the Rogue Elephant
01.09.09 ~ #1C21-005
Writer: Mirith J.S. Colao~ Director: Sean Bishop
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guests: Taylor Dempsey (Jabari) ~ Cindy Warden (Jamila) ~ Fred Willard (Baruti)

7. Tarzan and the Poisoned River - Part One
01.09.10 ~ #1C21-010
Writer: Peter Gaffney ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc.
Guests: James Avery (Chief Keewazi) ~ Phil LaMarr (Basuli) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Dave Thomas (Hugo) Joe Flaherty (Hooft)
8. Tarzan and the Poisoned River - Part Two
01.09.11 ~ #1C21-016
Writer: Gary Sperling Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc
Guests: James Avery (Chief Keewazi) ~ Phil LaMarr (Basuli) ~ Charles Napier (Ian McTeague) ~ Brian Fenwick
9. Tarzan and the Enemy Within
12-Sep-01 ~  #1C21-019
Animation Production by Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd.
Guests: Tate Donovan (Gobu) ~ Keith David (Tublat) ~ Max Casella (Bungee) ~ Kath Soucie (Mamka) Tara Strong (Teeka) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo)
10. Tarzan and the Fountain
01.09.13 ~ #1C21-011
Writer: Eddie Guzelian Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Cuckoos Nest Studios
Guests: Sheena Easton (Dr. Robin Doyle) ~ James Avery (Chief Keewazi) ~ Phil LaMarr (Basuli) ~ Brock Peters (Usula) ~ Clarence Williams III (Kobe)
11. Tarzan and the Hidden World
01.09.14 ~ #1C21-018
Writer: Mark Palmer ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc.
Guests: Craig Ferguson (Samuel T. Philander) ~ Maurice LaMarche (Thug) ~ Frank Welker (Manu)
12. Tarzan and the Rift
01.09.16 ~ #1C21-024
Writer: Leslie Nordman ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Cuckoos Nest Studios
Guests: Kathy Najimy (Dania) ~ Tony Jay (Poacher) ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) Jason Marsden (Mungo) 
13. Tarzan and the Giant Beetles
01.09.17 ~ #1C21-012
Writer: Carl Ellsworth ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Guests: Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) 
14. Tarzan and the Jungle Madness
01.09.18 ~ #1C21-023
Writer: Madellaine Paxson ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Guests: Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo) 
15. Tarzan and the Protege
01.09.19 ~ #1C21-015
Writer: Randy Rogel ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Music: "I Can Be Like You" music and lyrics by Randy Rogel (arranged by Don Harper).
Guests: Sheena Easton (Dr. Robin Doyle) ~ Jake Dinwiddie (Ian) 
16. Tarzan and the Leopard Men Rebellion
01.09.20 ~ #1C21-020
Writers: Ken Koonce & David Weimers ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guest: Diahann Carroll (Queen La) 
17. Tarzan and the Rough Rider
01.09.21 ~ #1C21-013
Writer: Marvin Wolfman ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Guests: Stephen Root (Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt) ~ Kevin Michael Richardson ~ Maurice LaMarche ~ Frank Welker (Various Primates) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) 
18. Tarzan and the Seeds of Destruction
01.09.23 ~ #1C21-040
Writer: Robert Askin ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Guests: Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Neil Patrick Harris (Moyo) ~ Fred Willard (Baruti) ~ Cindy Warden (Jamila) ~ Taylor Dempsey (Jabari) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) 
19. Tarzan and the Silver Ape
01.09.24 ~ #1C21-029
Writers: John Behnke, Rob Humphrey and Jim Peterson ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Guests: Craig Ferguson (Samuel T. Philander) ~ Maurice LaMarche (Thug) ~ Frank Welker (Manu)
20. Tarzan and the Challenger
01.09.25 ~ #1C21-021
Writer: Michael Merton ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Hana Animation Co., Ltd
Guests: Neil Patrick Harris (Moyo) ~ Kenneth Mars ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo) ~ April Winchell (Bibi's Mother) ~ Frank Welker (Bibi) 
21. Tarzan and the Outbreak
01.09.26 ~ #1C21-042
Writer: Madellaine Paxson ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Guests: Mark Harmon (Bob Markham) ~ Nicolette Little (Abbey Markham) ~ Bill Fagerbakke (Walter) 
22. Tarzan and the Silver Screen
01.09.27 ~ #1C21-038
Writer: Madellaine Paxson ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd
Guests: Thomas Lennon (Tom Orman) ~ Diedrich Bader (Stanley Obrowski) ~ Kerri Kenney (Naomi Madison) ~ Jim Cummings (Dirk) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) 
23. Tarzan and the Beast From Below
01.09.28 ~ #1C21-035
Writers: Ken Koonce and David Weimers ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
24. Tarzan and the All-Seeing Elephant
01.09.30 ~ #1C21-025
Writer: Mark Palmer ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guests: Taylor Dempsey (Jabari) ~ Cindy Warden (Jamila) ~ Frank Welker (Manu)
25. Tarzan and the New Wave
01.10.01 ~ #1C21-039
Writer: Jess Winfield Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guests: Grey Delisle (Greenley) ~ Alexis Denisof (Henry) ~ Nicolette Sheridan (Eleanor) ~ Tara Strong (Hazel) 
26. Tarzan and the Lost Treasure
01.10.02 ~ #1C21-047
Writers: John Behnke, Rob Humphrey and Jim Peterson ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Guests: Ron Perlman (Nikolas Rokoff) ~ Frank Welker (Manu) 
27. Tarzan and the Return of La
01.10.03 ~ #1C21-022
Writer: Peter Gaffney Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc.
Guests: Diahann Carroll (Queen La) ~ Brock Peters (Usula) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Frank Welker (Gibbon Dumont) ~ Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) 
28. Tarzan and One Punch Mullagan
01.10.04 ~ #1C21-030
Writer: Gary Sperling ~ Director: Sean Bishop
Animation Production by Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd.
Guests: Jon Favreau ("One Punch" Mullagan) ~ Bruce Campbell (Max Liebling) ~ John Mariano (Joey Marx) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) 
29. Tarzan and the Missing Link
01.10.05 ~ #1C21-044
Writer: David Slack ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guests: Craig Ferguson (Samuel T. Philander) ~ Michael McShane ~ Kevin Michael Richardson 
30. Tarzan and the Prison Break
01.10.07 ~ #1C21-037
Writer: Madellaine Paxson ~ Director: Troy Adomitis
Animation Production by Hana Animation Co., Ltd
Guests: Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) ~ Jim Cummings (Lt. Colonel Staquait) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Maurice LaMarche (Ship Captain, Cheated Prisoner) ~  Rob Paulsen (Radio Voice) 
31. Tarzan and the Eagle's Feather
01.10.08 ~ #1C21-036
Writer: David Slack ~ Director: Nick Filippi
Animation Production by Jade Animation International Limited
Guests: Phil LaMarr (Basuli) ~ James Avery (Chief Keewazi) ~ Kevin Michael Richardson (Muviro) ~ Dawnn Lewis (Naoh)
32. Tarzan and the Face from the Past
01.10.09 ~ #1C21-043
Writer: Gary Sperling ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
Guests: Jason Alexander (Zutho) ~ Shaun Fleming (Young Tarzan) ~ Taylor Dempsey (Young Tantor) ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ John DiMaggio (Gozan) 
33. Tarzan and the Caged Fury
01.10.10 ~ #1C21-034
Writers: Ken Koonce and David Weimers ~ Director: Dave Bullock
Animation Production by Toon City, Inc.
Guests: Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ John O'Hurley (Neils) ~ Kevin Michael Richardson (Merkus) ~ Keith David (Tublat) ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) Jason Marsden (Mungo) 
34. Tarzan and the Gauntlet of Vengeance
01.10.11 ~ #1C21-033
Writers: Madellaine Paxson and Mike Ryan ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Hana Animation Co., Ltd.
Guests: Amanda Donohoe (Lady Waltham) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) ~ Jim Cummings (Hobson) 
35. Tarzan and the Mysterious Visitor
01.10.12 ~ #1C21-041
Writer: Madellaine Paxson ~ Director: Don MacKinnon
Animation Production by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Hong Guang Animation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Guests: Steven Weber ("Ed" - ERB) ~ Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Dobrez) ~ Craig Ferguson (Samuel T. Philander) ~ Thomas Lennon (Landlord) ~ Stacy Sibley (Waitress) Dave Thomas (Hugo) ~ Joe Flaherty (Hooft) ~ Rene Auberjonois (Renard Dumont) 
36. Tarzan and Tublat's Revenge
01.10.14 ~ #1C21-001
Writer: Randy Rogel ~ Director: Victor Cook
Animation Production by Walt Disney Television Animation (Australia) PTY. Limited and Toon City, Inc.
Guests: Keith David (Tublat) ~ Susan Blakeslee (Kala) ~ Erik Von Detten (Flynt) ~ Jason Marsden (Mungo) ~ Lance Henriksen (Kerchak) ~ Kath Soucie ~ Frank Welker

VIDEO RELEASE
Tarzan & Jane
02.07.23
Guests: Grey Delisle (Greenley) ~ Nicolette Sheridan (Eleanor) ~ Tara Strong (Hazel) ~ John O'Hurley (Neils) ~ Kevin Michael Richardson (Merkus)


For more credits and many summaries go to
http://www.tvtome.com/LegendofTarzan/guide.html

6. THE JACK BENNY SHOW TARZAN SKIT



with Guest Star Carol Burnett -
A transcription of the skit featured in the second half of the show.
JACK: Now Carol, there was one more thing I wanted to ask you... O yes... would you like to have dinner with me tonight.
CAROL: O Jack, Iíd love to but Iím sorry... Iím busy... I wish youíd asked me last night. I didnít have a thing to do so I just sat in my hotel room and watched television. I saw the late, late show.
JACK: Oh, The Tarzan show
CAROL: Yes
JACK: Oh Wasnít it wonderful. I watched it.
CAROL: Did you see it?
JACK: I always watch it.
CAROL: You know Iím really embarrassed to say this but I do the silliest thing when I watch pictures.
JACK: Like what for instance?
CAROL: Well, I always imagine myself to be the beautiful leading lady
JACK: Funny thing .. everybody does that. I do that too, you know, when I watch. CAROL: You imagine yourself to be the beautiful leading lady?
JACK: Only if she gets laughs. No... but I... but I.. I... I... I picture myself as the leading man. But I thought that Tarzan picture was just great... didnít you?
CAROL: You remember that first scene when the safari was just breaking camp.

DISSOLVE TO SAFARI BREAKING CAMP IN JUNGLE.

JANEíS FATHER (PROFESSOR PORTER?): Well, as soon as we get the rest of these things on the jeep we may as well get started.
JANEíS MOTHER: Itíll be so good getting back to London again. Come on Jane. Hurry up.
JANE: Mother. Iím not going to London
FATHER: What!?
JANE: Thatís right. Iíve decided to stay here. Iíve fallen in love.
MOTHER: Here? In the jungle?
JANE: Iíve met the most wonderful....

TARZAN YELL IN DISTANCE. A WELL BUILT HUNK IN LEOPARD SKIN (OVER THE SHOULDER VERSION) APPEARS IN THE TREES

FATHER: (Taken aback) Good gracious! What was that?
JANE: Thatís him... the man I love. Tarzan.

TARZAN SWINGS INTO THE CLEARING ON A VINE, AND STANDS IN FULL HUNKINESS - ARMS AKIMBO.

FATHER: Jane youíve got to be serious.
MOTHER: Youíre staying here in the jungle with this brute.
JANE: Iíve made up my mind.
FATHER: I wonít listen to this nonsense. You are going back to London with us.
JANE: No Iím not! Iím not! Iím not going back to London.

JANE WALKS TO EDGE OF CLEARING AND STANDS STARING AT THE JUNGLE WITH HER BACK TO THE AUDIENCE.

CAROL DOES VOICE OVER: As I sat there watching the television set, I imagined that I was the beautiful, vivacious Jane who was determined to stay in the jungle with her new found love.
FATHER: Jane! Weíre waiting.

JANE TURNS AROUND AND WE SEE THAT SHE IS NOW PLAYED BY CAROL.

JANE: I donít care if youíre waiting or not. Iím staying right here in the jungle... with him.

JANE LEAPS ONTO TARZAN WITH LEGS AROUND HIS WAIST AND HANGING ON TO HIS MIGHTY BICEPS AS HE SWINGS HER BACK AND FORTH. BOTH MILK THE SCENE WITH GOOFY GRINS.

FATHER: Jane! What can you two find in common?
JANE: Everything. We have fun together, donít we sweetheart. Come. Letís show daddy the game we play.

TARZAN PICKS UP A HUGE BOULDER AND TOSSES IT FOR JANE TO CATCH. SHE IS KNOCKED BACK ONTO HER BOTTOM.

JANE: Umgawa...ugh...
FATHER: Jane you are not staying here.
JANE: I am.
FATHER: You are not!
JANE: I am too.
FATHER: No you are not!
JANE: I - AM - TOO!

JACK DOES VOICE OVER DURING THE ARGUMENT: I was hoping she would win the argument because as I sat there watching my television set, I imagined that I was Tarzan.

CUT BACK TO TARZAN WHO IS NOW PLAYED BY JACK. HE IS WEARING A BAGGY BODY SUIT, COMPLETE WITH LUMPY BULGING MUSCLES, UNDER THE LEOPARD SKIN. HE IS ALSO ADORNED WITH A BLACK WIG, WRIST AMULETS, FEATHERS, AND RIBBON TIED SANDALS.

FATHER: Jane how can you stay here in the jungle with this big uneducated beast? He canít even speak.
JANE: Father, when I first met him he was nothing but a gorgeous hunk of ignorant. But Iíve been teaching him. Sweetheart, show father what Iíve taught you.

THEY EMBRACE AND LOOK INTO EACH OTHERíS EYES EXPECTANTLY

JACK: Me Jane. You Tarzan.
JANE: No, uh no darling. Me Jane. You Tarzan. Understand?
JACK: (Tarzan speaks haltingly with big grin and nodding): Un..der...stand.
FATHER: Surely you canít be in love... with.. this!?
JANE: With arms around Tarzanís mighty chest): O but father, I am. All my life Iíve wanted a man who could CRUSH me in his arms. Look at him so strong. This morning he tore a crocodile in half -- longways! Look at those muscles.
FATHER: Well. All right, daughter. Youíve made your decision. But remember that this is purely a physical attraction. Years will change all this.
JANE: I donít care. Iím staying.
FATHER: (To mother):We might as well go. (To Jane): Goodbye Jane.
TARZAN: Goodbye.
JANE: No. Me Jane. You Tarzan.
MOTHER: Jane, are you sure you want to do this thing
JANE: Of course I am mother. Iím staying here in the jungle with Tarzan of the Apes.

TARZAN AND JANE WALK OFF INTO JUNGLE ARM IN ARM.

FATHER: (Resigned and perplexed): Well Iíll be a monkeyís uncle.
MOTHER: You very well may.

FADE OUT SCENE OPENS ON MONKEYS SWINGING IN JUNGLE. TITLE CAPTION: ď20 YEARS LATERĒ JANE IN JUNGLE OUTFIT, STAGGERS INTO THE CLEARING UNDER A LOAD OF JUNGLE GATHERINGS TO A HUGE COOKING POT WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY STONE FURNITURE. SHE DUMPS THE INGREDIENTS INTO THE STEW IN THE POT, STIRS IT WITH A LARGE PADDLE, TASTES THE STEW AND SPITS IT OUT.

JANE: OooYeaaaugh. (She spits out the stew and straightens her long Jungle Girl wig) There, thatís much better. I shoulda listened to my father. Twenty years in the same stinking jungle, weariní the same rotten clothes, with the same lousy furniture. Iím sick of this soup too. Itís nothing but grass and leaves and weeds and...

CUT TO SQUAWKING PARROT IN A TREE. JANE NOTICES THE BIRD, GETS AN IDEA, SNEAKS OVER TO GRAB A SLEDGEHAMMER AND CLIMBS UP AFTER IT. SHE CLOBBERS THE PARROT AND THROWS IT ACROSS THE CLEARING INTO THE COOKING POT. SHE GRABS A VINE AND SWINGS BACK DOWN INTO THE CLEARING. THE BIRD STARTS TO SQUAWK IN THE POT SO SHE GRABS THE PADDLE AND HITS IT AGAIN.

JANE: I thought you were dead. Well I guess Iíd better straighten things up around here.

JANE GRABS A HUGE GRASS BROOM AND PALM LEAF AND SWEEPS UP THE CLEARING. UNCERTAIN AS TO WHERE TO PUT THE SWEEPINGS, SHE DUMPS THEM INTO THE STEW POT.

JANE: Thatíll give it a little body. Ahh. Twenty years married to Tarzan. My father was right when he said it was just a physical attraction. Boy has he changed.

A NOW-SKINNY TARZAN WITH MUSCLES GONE AND BODY SUIT SAGGING, STAGGERS INTO SIGHT IN THE TREES. HE TAPS HIS SUNKEN CHEST AND ATTEMPTS A FEEBLE, GARGLED APE CRY.

JANE: (Gives a powerful Weissmuller Tarzan cry): AAAuuuuugggghhaaaa yourself and get on down here.

TARZAN GINGERLY REACHES FOR TWO VINES AND SITS. HE THEN DESCENDS INTO THE CLEARING ON A KIDDIE-STYLE SWING SEAT SUSPENDED BY VINES.

JANE: (Walking over to talk to Tarzan still sitting on swing seat): Itís hard to believe THATíS king of the jungle. TARZAN: (Standing up and hanging the swing on the underbrush): Hey. What we got for dinner Tarzan.
JANE: If Iíve told you once, Iíve told you a thousand times -- Me Jane. You Tarzan!

LONG JACK BENNY PAUSE AND LOOK

TARZAN: All right. Whatís for dinner?
JANE: Guess.
TARZAN: Elephants trunks stuffed with alligator gizzards?
JANE: An elephantís trunk stuffed with alligator gizzards? You think every dayís Sunday? Guess again.
TARZAN: Hippopotamus fried in Gazelle fat?
JANE: Neeeooh.

THE PARROT IN THE POT STARTS TO SQUAWK AGAIN. JANE RUNS OVER TO HIT IT WITH A STONE.

JANE: Shut up. Heís supposed to guess.
TARZAN: I know. Cockatoo soufflé.
JANE: All right. All right. Sit down at the table.
TARZAN: Hey, whatís the matter with us. We donít have fun no more. We donít enjoy being together no more. We donít play any more. We donít play games. We donít do nothiní.
JANE: All right. All right. You wanna play, weíll play.

JANE PICKS UP HUGE BOULDER AND THROWS IT AT TARZAM WHO IS KNOCKED INTO THE UNDERBRUSH. LONG SHOT OF TARZAN LYING HELPLESS UNDER THE ROCK. HE RISES AND STAGGERS BACK INTO THE CLEARING.

TARZAN: Game over.
JANE: All right. Dinnerís over. Sit down.
TARZAN: I forgot to tell you. I invite three friends. Here they come now.

THREE HUGE GORILLAS WADDLE IN AND SIT DOWN ON THE STONE FURNITURE, WAITING TO BE FED.

JANE: O no. Not again!

JANE RACES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE GUESTS AND THE COOKING POT, UNABLE TO KEEP UP TO THEIR APPETITES. FINALLY SHE COLLAPSES, EXHAUSTED, ON THE STONE TABLE. JACK RISES FROM THE TABLE.

TARZAN: Tarzan now play music for friends.

TARZAN PICKS UP CRUDE STONEAGE-STYLE VIOLIN AND GOES INTO ďLOVE IN BLOOMĒ. THE GORILLAS LEAVE IN DISGUST WITH HANDS ON THEIR EARS. MANY STOCK SHOTS OF MONKEYS AND JUNGLE ANIMALS SHOW THEM ALL STAMPEDING AWAY IN PANIC. TARZAN CARRIES ON -- OBLIVIOUS. JANE STARTS PACKING A SUITCASE WITH STONE UTENSILS.

TARZAN: Where are you going.
JANE: Iím leaving. And Iím taking the furniture with me.
TARZAN: Well you can leave if you want to. Tarzan has to stay in jungle and carry on tradition. And Tarzan not alone. Tarzan have son.

CHUBBY YOUNG ACTOR WHO PLAYS DON WILSONíS SON HARLOW IN THE SERIES MAKES AN ENTRANCE WEARING A CHARLES ATLAS LEOPARD SKIN. HE POUNDS HIS CHEST AND GIVES A TARZAN YELL.

BOY: Daddy. Where is mommy going?
TARZAN: Mommy going on a nice trip.
JANE: STRIP!

JANE JUMPS ONTO TABLE AND GOES INTO A BUMP AND GRIND TO AN ORCHESTRA RENDITION OF ďTHE STRIPPER.Ē FADE OUT WITH TARZAN PLEADING WITH GYRATING JANE.

CURTAIN CALL EXTRO FEATURES JACK AND CAROL IN JUNGLE COSTUME. JACK ďPOUNDSĒ HIS CHEST AND GIVES HIS FEEBLE TARZAN CRY.

CAROL: Tarzan say - He see you soon.

PERFORMERS NOD TO EACH OTHER AND CREDITS ROLL. Directed and Produced by Frederick De Cordova
Written by Sam Perrin, George Balzer, Hal Goldman, and Al Gordon
Music Scored and Conducted by Mahlon Merrick
Cast: Dale White, Richard Peel, Cicely Walper, Allyson Daniell, Peter Lupus
Director of Photography: Nick Musuraca
Executive Producer: Irving Fein
Filmed in Hollywood at REVUE Studios
A REVUE - J & M Production

MCMLXIII
TARZAN
7. The Warner Brothers Series ~ 2003-2004
Ref: www.tarzantheseries.net


News: 2003.11.06
 Production on WB's "Tarzan" has just been halted and the series is placed on hiatus, often a precursor to cancelation.
 "Tarzan" may continue airing through the November ratings sweeps, a WB spokesman said.
A key ratings period used to set advertising rates, sweeps
 can see schedule upheavals as networks pull low-rated series.
The 9 p.m. EST Sunday series, starring Travis Fimmel in an urban twist on the jungle tale,
drew 2.8 million viewers last week and ranked 112th among primetime programs.

Visit the Tarzan The Series Website for more information
www.tarzantheseries.net

Lucy Lawless joined the cast of The WB's Tarzan as Kathleen Clayton, Tarzan's Aunt and a New York publisher that clashes with Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi) over their nephew.  Indications are that the series will focus more on the things going on around Tarzan and less on Jane, thus the dropping of "and Jane" from the series' name.  As part of the deal, Lawless will be in an exclusive series development deal with WB for next season.

Some of the Reviews are in. . . 
Hollywood Reporter: 
WB's Tarzan... fills the screen with cool ambience and hot bodies, but if it's something deeper you want, anything beyond rippling muscles, martial arts moves and soulful gazes, better reach for the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Ö Tarzan escapes so often and so easily that he could give lessons to David Copperfield. Ö [Travis Fimmel's] dialogue rarely exceeds four-word sentences, but then, he wasn't tabbed for this role because of his way with Shakespeare. He handles longing stares just fine. Ö in this series, the priority doesn't seem to be on character development. Ö. 

Variety says: 
Ö infused with scads of potential but also some problematic underpinnings. Ö some of the best roof-scaling acrobatics 
since "Spider-Man" Ö Unless they develop something to explain his timely arrival an unnecessarily grim addition to the hour. Ö Because Tarzan isn't the talkative type, Callies will need to be someone to whom the WB's youthful femme audience can relate, and while she's pretty enough, the character doesn't spark here. Ö producers will need a firmer grip on the premise if they want to reach the higher branches. 

USA Today gives it two stars (out of four) and says: 
Him Tarzan, me bored. Ö This series has a jungle-full of problems, but we might as well start with the insolvable one: underwear-model-turned-actor Travis Fimmel as Tarzan. Ö the spell is broken when he moves or speaks. Ö Still, even with a better actor, Tarzan would be no more than precisely what it is: yet another bland WB attempt to replicate the success of Smallville. Once again, we get a variant on the formula Smallville borrowed from Buffy: an old genre and familiar hero with a younger cast and a modern sensibility. Ö It's sort of Beauty and the Beast, only this being WB, it's actually Beauty and 
the Beauty. And yes, that's just as dull as it sounds. 

The Los Angeles Times says: 
the opening minutes, as the half-seen jungle king makes his first escape from urban captivity, are fantastically well executed and gripping as, for that matter, are all the action sequences Ö does not have any elephants, or much humor, or a sense of the absurdity of its premise. Ö Notwithstanding that he was already famous in underwear-model-watching circles, it is entirely likely that Fimmel will be merely the latest in a long string of actors ó Lara, Elmo Lincoln, Jock Mahoney, Lex Barker, Gordon Scott, Mike Henry, Miles O'Keefe, Ron Ely and Weissmuller, among, I am afraid to say, others ó who will eventually be remembered only because they once played Tarzan. Ö Fimmel is not half bad. He holds the screen at least as well as Callies, who looks stunned a lot of the time. Ö It's almost too obvious that Tarzan would be made, as he will be here, a crime fighter. Ö 

Chicago Sun-Times ~ October 2, 2003
WB's 'Tarzan' is all beefcake and little beef 
By Phil Rosenthal, Television Critic

When Travis Fimmel is shirtless, as he so often is in the title role of the WB's new  Sunday night series "Tarzan," it should be clear to one and all that this is a man with muscles to spare.  Less certain is whether the  Australian-born model, whose  Calvin Klein underwear billboard is said to have caused traffic tie-ups in the heart of London, is strong enough in his screen debut to carry a prime-time drama on his broad shoulders. His body is impressive. His body of work, as yet, is not.  The WB's answer to those who would doubt Fimmel -- presumably echoing the  many teenage girls (and no doubt a few swooning boys) who already have his photo pasted up in their lockers -- is: Who cares! He's hot! Those more discerning who are curious enough to tune in to the series debut at 8 p.m. Sunday on WGN-Channel 9 look to be somewhat less impressed.  Camera-friendly or not, Mr. Fab Abs will need more backing than he gets initially. To the extent "Tarzan" succeeds, like its star, it's on style, not substance. The model for this modern New York City-set update of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs creation would seem to be "Smallville," the WB's teen-friendly update of  the old Superman legend. But Tom Welling, who gets to play the young man of steel in that series, gets ample support from a cast of solid pros. Fimmel gets little such boost.  Admittedly, the role of Tarzan should not have to be terribly demanding in this version set in a dark and shadowy Manhattan, where, as the survivor of the African plane crash that killed his family, the feral beefcake lives under the thumb of his menacing magnate uncle. There are acrobatics, some flexing, a bit of grunting, a few lines and the occasional  need to toss back a tousled mane of hair. That's about it, and all there is to it. But that works only if others must do the heavy lifting dramatically. Bring in an Annette O'Toole, a John Schneider and a John Glover and maybe Fimmel's "Tarzan" wouldn't seem so dreary and empty, all atmosphere and no gas. About all that's offered to buck up the Aussie farmboy hunk is former "X-Files" supporting player Mitch Pileggi as Tarzan's uncle, though Lucy Lawless of "Xena: Warrior Princess" (said to make an appearance in the pilot but absent from the version available to critics) is set to have a supporting role as his aunt.  It does not help that this Tarzan's Jane (Sarah Wayne Callies), a New York cop, isn't nearly as pretty as the lovestruck superhuman jungle boy who manages to sniff  her out whether she is uptown, downtown, in Central Park or the surrounding boroughs. These two just don't spark. Looking at each other, their eyes are as dull as the characters, which may help explain why the series' original title of "Tarzan and Jane" was shortened to just "Tarzan." Callies is just not much of a presence, despite having more scenes Sunday than Fimmel. Because there is little to distract you if you are not inclined to melt at the mere sight of Fimmel, your mind is apt to wander and this is where things unravel. Never mind that this Tarzan seems capable of defying the laws of physics, continually cheats death and routinely overpowers and overtakes packs of armed men whose sole responsibility is to subdue him. This is a fantasy show. You still have to wonder how foul someone who dines on alley scraps with wild dogs smells, and how someone who had spent so much time alone in the jungle would intuit that certain chemicals are flammable. But then this is the kind of show in which a bad guy -- a Travis Bickle type who murders homeless people in a gruesome way -- leaves clues as to his identity in anagrams. Anagrams!  With "Tarzan" relying on writing like that, no wonder Fimmel is willing to give up the shirt off his back to distract viewers.


1.01 - Pilot

Original US Airdate : Oct-05-2003
Written by : Eric Kripke | Directed by : David Nutter
1.00 - Unaired Pilot
Original US Airdate : Unaired 
Written by : Eric Kripke | Directed by : David Nutter
1.01 - Pilot
Original US Airdate : Oct-05-2003
Written by : Eric Kripke | Directed by : David Nutter
CAST
REGULAR CAST
Travis Fimmel ~ Tarzan
Sarah Wayne Callies ~ Jane Porter
Mitch Pileggi ~ Richard Clayton
Sarah-Jane Potts ~ Bonnie Porter
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ~ Detective Sam Sullivan
Johnny Messner ~ Detective Michael Foster

RECURRING CAST
Douglas O'Keeffe ~ Patrick Nash
Fulvio Cecere ~ Detective Gene Taylor

GUEST CAST
Andrew Jackson ~  Jonathan Clayton
[Lucy Lawless] ~ Alice Clayton
Garry Chalk ~ Captain Jim Archer
Kirsten Williamson ~ Desk Sgt.
Alex Bruhanski ~ Krispy Cop #1
Dee Jay Jackson ~ Krispy Cop #2
Unknown ~ Lou Dobbs

CREDITS
David Gerber ~ Executive Producer
David Nutter ~ Director
Eric Kripke ~ Writer
Laura Ziskin ~ Executive Producer
P.K. Simonds ~ Executive Producer

CAST
REGULAR CAST
Travis Fimmel ~ Tarzan
Sarah Wayne Callies ~ Jane Porter
Mitch Pileggi ~ Richard Clayton
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ~ Detective Sam Sullivan
Leighton Meester ~  Nicki Porter
Johnny Messner ~ Detective Michael Foster

RECURRING CAST
Douglas O'Keeffe ~ Patrick Nash
Fulvio Cecere ~ Detective Gene Taylor

GUEST CAST
Andrew Jackson ~ Jonathan Clayton
Lucy Lawless ~ Alice Clayton
Garry Chalk ~ Captain Jim Archer
Kirsten Williamson ~ Desk Sgt.
Alex Bruhanski ~ Krispy Cop #1
Dee Jay Jackson ~ Krispy Cop #2

CREDITS
David Gerber ~ Executive Producer
David Nutter ~ Director
Eric Kripke ~ Writer
Laura Ziskin ~ Executive Producer
P.K. Simonds ~ Executive Produce

Mitch PileggiLucy LawlessMiguel A. NķŮez Jr.
This thrilling contemporary take transforms the classic Tarzan tale into a rapid-fire adventure, an intriguing mystery and, most of all, a fiery love story. Strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter's perfectly ordered life turns upside down when a routine case unexpectedly leads her to primal and passionate Tarzan, now loose in the urban jungles of New York City. After plucking the mysterious feral man from his wild home, Tarzan's billionaire uncle, the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, stops at nothing to "civilize" Tarzan in his own image. And, inexorably attracted to Tarzan's dangerous yet profoundly innocent nature, Jane wrestles with reason and instinct, civilization and savagery, her heart and her head.

Captured by his billionaire uncle, Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi, The X-Files), the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, Tarzan is returned, against his will, to his family's home in New York City. Within the Clayton family, Tarzan's return has unleashed rivalries that have festered for decades. His uncle Richard is bitterly estranged from his younger sister Kathleen Clayton (Lucy Lawless, The Ugly Americans, Xena, Warrior Princess) the witty, sardonic and beautiful newspaper publisher who is Tarzan's aunt. While Richard believes that his desire to rehabilitate Tarzan and make him a real member of society is in Tarzan's own best interest, Kathleen believes that what Tarzan really needs is their help and support as he finds his own way in this strange new world. Now that their nephew has returned from the dead as Tarzan, Richard and Kathleen have squared off in a new battle. While they are both driven by love - for Tarzan and for the family - they also know that whoever controls Tarzan, controls Greystoke Industries as well. Resisting captivity, Tarzan escapes into the concrete jungle of New York City where he encounters the strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter (stage actress Sarah Wayne Callies). Jane's perfectly ordered life is turned upside-down by her attraction to Tarzan and his dangerous yet profoundly untainted morality.

Detective Michael Foster (Johnny Messner, Tears of the Sun), Jane is left to choose between reason and instinct,  civilization and pure humanity, her head and her heart.  While the rivalry between Tarzan and Michael quickly becomes explosive, the sudden shift in Jane's world also  affects her partner Sam Sullivan (Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.,  Scooby Doo). Though he appears brash and irreverent,  Sam is a dedicated cop, and he is stunned by Jane's  reckless behavior and her obsession with this mysterious  fugitive.

Now that Tarzan is a part of her life, Jane sees everything  differently, especially her work with the police force.  Crimes of violence, greed and revenge suddenly take on  a deeper and more disturbing meaning, and she is more troubled than ever before by what she sees. Looking at  society from Tarzan's perspective, Jane begins to wonder  what it really means to be "civilized."

Drawn together from different worlds, Tarzan and Jane share passions that are only heightened by the gulf  between them. Tarzan's feelings for Jane now keep him in New York, but his view of the world is unchanged. Confronted with a city that exists in shades of gray, Tarzan still sees everything in black and white. When he comes across an innocent person in trouble, he reacts swiftly and sometimes brutally, guided by the sense of justice that is the core of his being. Driven by his devotion to Jane and his unwavering sense of right and wrong, Tarzan makes his way through New York City, using instinct, his unique physical abilities and  wits sharpened by years in the jungle. Tarzan is a modern day hero - an extraordinary man living in the real and all-too-brutal modern world.

Tarzan is from executive producers Laura Ziskin  (Spider-Man, Pretty Woman), David Gerber (The Lost Battalion), P.K. Simonds (Party of Five, Beauty and The Beast) and co-executive producer Eric Kripke (Battle of the Sexes) and is produced by Laura Ziskin Productions and The Gerber Company for Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. 


1.02 - Secrets and Lies
Production No : #176651 ~ Original US Airdate : Oct-12-2003
Written by : Eric Kripke | Directed by : David Nutter
REGULAR CAST
Travis Fimmel ~ Tarzan
Sarah Wayne Callies ~ Jane Porter
Mitch Pileggi ~ Richard Clayton
Lucy Lawless ~ Kathleen Clayton
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ~ Detective Sam Sullivan
Leighton Meester ~ Nicki Porter
Johnny Messner ~ Detective Michael Foster
RECURRING CAST
Douglas O'Keeffe ~ Patrick Nash
GUEST CAST
Kathleen Munroe ~ Rachel
Unknown ~ Matt Flynn
Joshua Close ~ Kurt
Unknown ~ Reporter
Unknown ~ Doug Keaton
 Tarzan risks exposure when he assists Jane with a police case, helping her find a group of men responsible for attacking a young woman in Central Park. When Jane's fiance Michael discovers that Tarzan is alive, he makes a deal with Richard Clayton, offering to help capture his nephew. Meanwhile, Jane contacts Tarzan's aunt, Kathleen Clayton in hopes that she will offer Tarzan shelter and protection.

1.03 - Wages Of Sin

Production No : #176652 ~ Original US Airdate : Oct-19-2003
Written by : P.K. Simonds | Directed by : David Solomon
REGULAR CAST
Travis Fimmel ~ Tarzan
Sarah Wayne Callies ~ Jane Porter
Mitch Pileggi ~ Richard Clayton
Lucy Lawless ~ Kathleen Clayton
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ~ Detective Sam Sullivan
Leighton Meester ~ Nicki Porter
Johnny Messner ~ Detective Michael Foster
RECURRING CAST
Fulvio Cecere ~ Detective Gene Taylor
Joe Grifasi ~ Lieutenant Scott Connor
GUEST CAST
Joy Tanner ~ Mrs. Liesel Bancroft
Michael Carley ~ Mr. Robert Bancroft
Laura Decarteret ~ Special Agent Woods
Adam Cabral ~ Jason Bancroft
Michael Boisvert ~ Det. Tom Bridgham
Jane and Sam get assigned to a kidnap case when a young boy, Jason Bancroft, goes missing. Ransom notes have been sent to his parents, warning them not to involve the authorities. Jane must enlist the help of Tarzan to track down the boy and return him safely. Death will pursue the Bancroft's however and things aren't all as they seem.

1.04 - Rules of Engagement

Production No : #176653 ~ Original US Airdate : Oct-26-2003
Written by : Unknown | Directed by : Perry Lang
GUEST CAST
Douglas O'Keeffe ~ Patrick Nash
Tim Guinee ~ Donald Ingram
Unknown ~ Chris Rhinehart
Unknown ~ Denise Rhinehart
Richard Clayton starts to lose his cool when he realises that his sister Kathleen is not only after John's trust fund, but also Greystoke Industries. Meanwhile, Jane attempts to stop an agoraphobic named Donald, who witnessed a death from his window, from testifying and possibly incriminating Tarzan.

1.05 - Emotional Rescue

Production No : #176654 ~ Original US Airdate : Nov-02-2003
Written by : Leonard Dick | Directed by : James Marshall
GUEST CAST
When a University friend of Jane's (Sarah Wayne Callies) sister Nicki (Leighton Meester) goes missing, they suspect a man (guest star Marcus Chait) she met over the Internet may be responsible. Meanwhile, as the search for Michael's killer continues, Jane begs Tarzan (Travis Fimmel) to keep out of sight for his own safety, but when Nicki lands in grave danger, Tarzan finds it impossible not to help.
Music featured in this episode was from Overseer's "Wreckage" album, Paloato's "Heroes and Villians" album. Fefe Dobson's "Fefe Dobson" album. Sleeping at Last's "Ghost" album.

1.06 - Surrender

Production No : #176655 ~ Original US Airdate: Nov 9, 2003
Written by: Mere Smith | Directed by: Harry Winer
The lone witness (guest star Tim Guinee, "Personal Velocity") to Michael's death is coerced by Richard to come forward to name Tarzan as the one responsible for the crime, incriminating Jane as well. While Kathleen contemplates giving Richard her shares of Greystoke Industries in exchange for Tarzan's safety, Tarzan considers returning to the jungle.

1.07 - For Love of Country

Production No : #176656 ~ Original US Airdate : Nov 16, 2003
Written by : Leonard Dick & Mere Smith | Directed by : Tom Wright
When Tarzan and Jane flee into the mountains to escape the vengeful cops seeking to arrest them, a car accident leaves them stranded in the woods where Jane must place her trust in Tarzan and rely on his jungle skills to survive.

1.08 - The End of the Beginning

Production No: #176657 ~ Original US Airdate: Nov 23, 2003
Written by: Unknown | Directed by : Jesus Salvador Treviuo
When the police finally capture Jane, Tarzan agrees to turn himself in to Richard in exchange for Jane's safety and freedom. With Tarzan in his clutches, Richard attempts to have him declared legally insane so that he can claim legal custody of him and his Greystoke shares. Meanwhile, Kathleen fights to free them both
Fans try to save 'Tarzan'
Mansfield News Journal
By Melissa Scott ~ December 9, 2003

Clear! Fans of the WB's "Tarzan" are trying to resuscitate the show. After last week's column announcing the possible cancellation of this freshman drama, I was inundated by e-mails from fans, prompting this special edition of TV Turn-Ons to inform readers about the campaign to save this modern-day retelling of a classic tale.  A group called Team Tarzan is bombarding the WB with messages to save their show. Stuffed animals, plants and fruit baskets have been sent to WB officials, according to e-mails and Web sites. This strategy has been known to work. The WB's "Roswell" was saved from the cutting-room floor after fans sent thousands of Tabasco sauce bottles to the network, showing officials there the show's loyal fan base. Although it was canceled the next year, "Roswell" was picked up by UPN for another season. "Tarzan," which aired at 9 p.m. Sunday, took the title character, played by Travis Fimmel, out of the jungle and placed him in New York City. 

Tarzan found his new environment hostile and confusing, but there was one thing keeping him from returning to the jungle forever -- Jane, a New York detective played by Sarah Wayne Callies, who also finds herself drawn to this innocent yet savage being. "Tarzan" also marked the return of Lucy Lawless and Mitch Pileggi to the small screen. Lawless, who was last seen on TV as the title character in "Xena, Warrior Princess," played Tarzan's aunt, Kathleen Clayton. Pileggi, formerly of "The X-Files," played Richard Clayton, who rescued Tarzan from the jungle only to imprison him in his home in order to civilize the wild beast that was his nephew. 

"Tarzan" fans can find out more about the campaign to save the series at sites such as www.tarzantheseries.com, www.petitiononline.com/tz15637/petition.html, and savetarzan.withtheprettiness.net/wb.htm. 


 

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