Saturday, 7 May 2016
393 B. J. and the Bear
First viewed : Uncertain
I never watched this one very regularly. It was a light comedy / adventure series about an unencumbered trucker roaming the highways in his massive vehicle in the company of a chimp called Bear who didn't talk but knew how to make himself scarce when B J wanted to unload his rig with a procession of nubile young co-stars. The series unashamedly rode on the coat-tails of the big trucking pictures , most obviously Every Which Way But Loose, but otherwise it followed the usual pattern of a lone wolf outsider sorting out a local bad guy. BJ's most regular adversary was played by Murray Hamilton from Jaws.
BJ was played by likable Greg Evigan . Many of the female characters were truckers themselves giving the series some thin cover from the accusations of rampant sexism.
The only scene I really remember and I can't pinpoint the episode , is a bomb scare at the country club and a young blonde lady in a dripping bikini running round telling everyone to get out. I can't think why that's stayed in my mind.
It lasted for three series.