The Fall Guy is an action adventure TV show starring Lee Majors, more commonly known for his 70’s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man. And the beautiful Heather Thomas. The last shows I reviewed, The A-Team and Sledge Hammer!, are shows which I watched in my youth. The Fall Guy is a show I never watched.
When a friend of mine heard I was watching 80’s TV shows he told me about this show he
loved watching. It was the whole reason his first vehicle was a lifted truck. The only show at the time to have a big truck instead of a speedy car. And they had a lot of cameo appearances of famous people from back in the day.
My attraction was the fact that Lee Majors played a stuntman. Something I used to dabble in and I still to this day woud love to do more of. So of course I had to find this show, which ended up being available on Hulu Plus.
Anytime you watch an 80’s show you have to be ready for a few things.
Long drawn out scenes, shows were not edited and cut the way they are now.
Foley work in the sound effects department wasn’t what it is now.
And of course good ol’ SD, no HD around here in 1980.
But all that aside I was entertained. Lee Majors plays Colt Seavers, a movie stuntman who does bounty hunting on the side when the stuntwork doesn’t pay the bills. His cousin and stuntman in training along with his fellow stuntwoman, played by Heather Thomas, usually tag along. Colt uses his knowledge of stunt work and physical skills to capture the bounties. Which for a person like me was really fun to watch. Every episode has great stunts in it.
But just like all TV shows from the 80’s, as I’m sadly learning, you can only consume so many of these episodes in a row before you get bored. It’s all very formulaic with the opening stunt or movie work, the bounty and the use of movie style stunts to solve the problem. Don’t get me wrong I love stunt work so that part was fun. But once you’ve seen one episode you’ve seen most all of them.
A surprise to me was that I can say this is mother in law approved! I was watching the season premiere episode of this in my living room while my mother in law was over talking to my wife. She came into the living room and and asked, “It that Lee Major’s?”. Then proceeded to watch. So if you need to bond with a mother in law or future mother in law I would suggest The Fall Guy or Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors seems to be the crush of those decades.
And for the guys if you need a further reason to watch the show how about this Heather Thomas montage.
While my delving into 80’s TV shows has been fun on the nostalgic side. I still have yet to find a show which has the hook that makes me want to watch the full season. No characters I’ve been in love with. No end of the episode cliff hanger to make me want to watch the next episode. But it is good clean fun. I’m not afraid to have an episode on with my son in the living room. No blood, no foul language, and except for the random bikini’s no sexual content. What a different a few decades makes.