Over the years there have been many great TV Western comedies and I think today's pick is one of my favorite. I have always loved Bruce Campbell's work but The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. has always ben at the top of the list.
This show was produced my Warner Brothers Television and only ran for 27 episodes between 1993 and 1994. Warners brothers had hoped to create a series that had the same style and appeal of the old classic serial westerns.
During it's short run on television, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. did acquire a small but dedicated fan following. The show was also well reviewed by critics. The show was commended for doing a great job blending various genres with a sense of humor that was well delivered by the entire cast.
The storyline line began with famous Sheriff, Brisco Country, Sr. bringing a gang of criminals to trial when he is killed and the gang escapes. About this same time, a group of captive Chinese slave laborers unearth a mysterious gold orb with numerous rods sticking out from it. The orb gives many of the Chinese workers super human strength which they use to escape their slavers.
When the senior Brisco, played by Ronald Lee Ermey (of Full Metal Jacket fame), is killed, the company who hired him brings in his son, Brisco County, Jr. played by Bruce Campbell, to finish the job. Brisco County, Jr. has to find the outlaws, solve his father's murder, retrieve the mysterious orb, battling rival bounty hunters, all the while trying to stay out of mischief.
Which you can probably guess, Brisco was not good at doing. Below is a clip from the pilot episode.
If sou get a chance you should check out the entire 27 episodes. They are well worth it!
A three-legged dog walks into the saloon and announces,
"I'm alookin' fer the man who shot my paw."
A cowboy walks into a bar and orders three beers.
He drinking a sip out of each glass in turn.
the man becomes a regular at the bar and every time he comes in, it is the same thing: three beers, he drinks one sip from each in turn until they are gone.
After a few weeks, curiosity get the better of the bartender and he speaks up.
" You know beer goes flat after pouring it. Why don't you just order one beer at a time?"
The cowboy smiles and explains, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One lives in Kansas, the other is in Montana. When they moved, we all promised that when we went out, we'd drink this way to remember the days when we all drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."
The bartender thought that was a pretty nice custom and never said another word about it.
Months went by adn one day the man came in and only ordered two beers.
All the regulars noticed and fell silent out of respect for his loss.
When the cowboy asks for a second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I just want to offer you my condolences on your loss."
The cowboy looks confused for a moment, then it dawns on him what the barkeep meant and he laughs.
"Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just my wife made me quit drinking. Thank God it hasn't affected my brothers any