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Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast Title Card.jpg
Genre Western/Spy-fi
Created by Douglas Heyes
Written by Howard Beck
Michael Philip Butler
Cy Chermak
James Doherty
William D. Gordon
Douglas Heyes
Harold Livingston
Stephen Lord
Directed by Hal De Windt
Alexander Grasshoff
Don McDougall
Herb Wallerstein
Don Weis
Starring William Shatner
Doug McClure
Composer(s) John Andrew Tartaglia
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (+1 TV movie)
Executive producer(s) Cy Chermak
Producer(s) Douglas Heyes
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Running time 60 mins.
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original run May 4, 1975 – January 9, 1976

Barbary Coast is a short-lived American television series that aired on ABC. The series began with a television movie that first aired on May 4, 1975. The series itself premiered September 8, 1975; the last episode aired January 9, 1976. Barbary Coast was inspired by a similar 19th-century spy series, The Wild Wild West, and like the earlier program, Barbary Coast mixed the genres of Western and secret agent drama.


Barbary Coast featured the adventures of 19th century government agent Jeff Cable (played by William Shatner), and his pal, conman and gambler Cash Conover (Doug McClure). This was Shatner's first attempt at a live-action series since Star Trek (also produced by Paramount Television). While on the college lecture circuit in the late 1970s, he said the show "lasted about five minutes."

In their battle against various criminals and foreign spies, Cable and Conover operated out of the latter's saloon and casino located on San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast. Cable frequently donned outré disguises in the course of his investigations, à la Wild Wild West's Artemus Gordon, and the writers worked hard trying to create a James West/Artemus Gordon-type friendship/partnership in the Cable/Conover pairing, but there simply wasn't the same chemistry. The producers also undisguisedly modeled the show's Byzantine plotlines/conspiracies on the Mission: Impossible paradigm (in fact, they hired a number of Mission: Impossible's writers), but again failed to coax lightning into striking twice. Other regulars on the series included recurring Wild Wild West villain actor Richard Kiel as Moose Moran and Dave Turner as Thumbs.


Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Barbary Coast" May 4, 1975
2 "Funny Money" September 8, 1975
3 "Crazy Cats" September 15, 1975
4 "Jesse Who?" September 22, 1975
5 "The Ballad of Redwing Jail" September 29, 1975
6 "Guns for a Queen" October 6, 1975
7 "Irish Luck" October 13, 1975
8 "Sauce for the Goose" October 20, 1975
9 "An Iron-Clad Plan" October 31, 1975
10 "Arson and Old Lace" November 14, 1975
11 "Sharks Eat Sharks" November 21, 1975
12 "The Day Cable was Hanged" December 26, 1975
13 "Mary Had More Than a Little" January 2, 1976
14 "The Dawson Marker" January 9, 1976

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