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B. J. and the Bear
Genre Comedy
Created by Christopher Crowe
Glen A. Larson
Directed by Gil Bettman
Bruce Bilson
Daniel Haller
Bruce Kessler
Christian I. Nyby II
Michael Preece
Charles R. Rondeau
Starring Greg Evigan
Claude Akins
Theme music composer Glen A. Larson
Composer(s) William Broughton
Stu Phillips
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 48
Executive producer(s) Glen A. Larson
Michael Sloan
Producer(s) Lester Wm. Berke
Joe Boston
Richard Lindheim
Robert F. O'Neill
Cinematography Frank Beascoechea
Charles Mills
Frank Thackery
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Universal TV
Distributor Studios USA Television
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run February 10, 1979 (1979-02-10) – August 11, 1981 (1981-08-11)
Status Ended
Related shows The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

B.J. and the Bear is an American comedy series which aired on NBC from 1979 to 1981. Created by Christopher Crowe and Glen A. Larson, the series stars Greg Evigan and Claude Akins.


Greg Evigan stars as B.J. (Billie Joe) McKay, a professional freelance itinerant trucker who traveled the country's highways in a red and white Kenworth K-100 cab over semi truck with his pet chimpanzee, Bear (named for Bear Bryant, the famed football coach for Alabama; this explains the chimp's choice of headwear). He was constantly harassed by Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo (Claude Akins, who eventually spun off onto his own show, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo). Ben Cooper appeared in an episode of B.J. and the Bear and continued his "Waverly" character in The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

In 1981, when the show returned from hiatus, B.J. had settled down to run Bear Enterprises, a trucking company based in Los Angeles. His nemesis was Rutherford T. Grant (Murray Hamilton), the corrupt head of the state's Special Crimes Action Team, who was a silent partner in a competing trucking company. Because of Grant's harassment, B.J. was unable to hire experienced truckers, and he was forced to hire several beautiful young female truckers, including Grant's daughter Cindy (Sherilyn Wolter), and another busty blonde nicknamed "Stacks" (Judy Landers).

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