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Walker: Texas Ranger
Grant Walker, Texas Ranger
The Walker: Texas Ranger title card (from 2000) features star Chuck Norris.
FormatCrime drama/Action/Mystery
Created byChristopher Canaan
Albert S. Ruddy
Leslie Greif
Paul Haggis
StarringChuck Norris
Clarence Gilyard
Sheree J. Wilson
Noble Willingham
Nia Peeples
Judson Mills
Floyd Westerman
Jimmy Wlcek
Marco Sanchez
Theme music composerTirk Wilder
(Seasons 1, 2-8)
Jerrold Immel (Season 2, last used on "Tiger's Eye")
Opening theme"Eyes of the Ranger"
Performed by Chuck Norris (Mid season 2-8)
Composer(s)Jeff Sturges
John E. Davis
Christopher Franke
Velton Ray Bunch
Jerrold Immel
Craig Huxley (with Immel; uncredited)
Peter Bernstein ("The Big Bingo Bamboozle")
Christopher L. Stone
Ron Ramin
Kevin Kiner
Gary S. Scott
Larry Brown
Richard Band
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes203 (including TV movie).[1][2] (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Super 16mm
Running time42–46 minutes
Production company(s)Cannon Television
(1993)
Top Kick Productions
(1993-1998)
Norris Brothers Entertainment
(1998-2001)
The Ruddy Greif Company
(1993-2001)
CBS Productions (1993-2001)
Columbia Pictures Television (1993-1996)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996-2001)
DistributorColumbia TriStar Television (1997-2002)
Sony Pictures Television Distribution (2002-present)
CBS Television Distribution (DVD's and non-us, 2008-present)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS[3]
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runApril 21, 1993 (1993-04-21) – May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
 
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Walker: Texas Ranger
Grant Walker, Texas Ranger
The Walker: Texas Ranger title card (from 2000) features star Chuck Norris.
FormatCrime drama/Action/Mystery
Created byChristopher Canaan
Albert S. Ruddy
Leslie Greif
Paul Haggis
StarringChuck Norris
Clarence Gilyard
Sheree J. Wilson
Noble Willingham
Nia Peeples
Judson Mills
Floyd Westerman
Jimmy Wlcek
Marco Sanchez
Theme music composerTirk Wilder
(Seasons 1, 2-8)
Jerrold Immel (Season 2, last used on "Tiger's Eye")
Opening theme"Eyes of the Ranger"
Performed by Chuck Norris (Mid season 2-8)
Composer(s)Jeff Sturges
John E. Davis
Christopher Franke
Velton Ray Bunch
Jerrold Immel
Craig Huxley (with Immel; uncredited)
Peter Bernstein ("The Big Bingo Bamboozle")
Christopher L. Stone
Ron Ramin
Kevin Kiner
Gary S. Scott
Larry Brown
Richard Band
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes203 (including TV movie).[1][2] (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Super 16mm
Running time42–46 minutes
Production company(s)Cannon Television
(1993)
Top Kick Productions
(1993-1998)
Norris Brothers Entertainment
(1998-2001)
The Ruddy Greif Company
(1993-2001)
CBS Productions (1993-2001)
Columbia Pictures Television (1993-1996)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996-2001)
DistributorColumbia TriStar Television (1997-2002)
Sony Pictures Television Distribution (2002-present)
CBS Television Distribution (DVD's and non-us, 2008-present)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS[3]
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runApril 21, 1993 (1993-04-21) – May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television action crime drama series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis, (inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade) both starring Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division.[4] The show aired on CBS in the spring of 1993, with the first season consisting of three pilot episodes. Eight full seasons followed with new episodes airing from September 25, 1993 to May 19, 2001 and reruns continuing on CBS until July 28, 2001.[5] It was broadcast in over 100 countries, and has since spawned a made-for-television movie, entitled Trial By Fire. The movie ended on a cliffhanger, which, as of 2013, has not yet been resolved. DVD sets of all seasons have been released (with the three pilots packaged with the first regular season). At various times since 1997, reruns of the show have aired, in syndication, on the USA Network and Action in Canada. As of September 13, 2010, the series is shown on WGN America.

The show was known for its moral values. For example, the characters refrained from the use of drugs, and they participated in community service. Martial arts were displayed prominently as the primary tool of law enforcement and occasionally as a tool for Walker and company to reach out to the community.[6][7] The show has since become one of the most popular action shows in television history and has gained a cult following for its camp appeal.

Background[edit]

The show was initially developed by executive producer Allison Moore and supervising producer J. Michael Straczynski when the series was still being produced by Cannon Television. While Straczynski had to depart to get his new series Babylon 5 on the air, executive producer David Moessinger remained to finish developing the series. The show is centered on Cordell Walker (Norris), a Dallas-Fort Worth–based member of the Texas Rangers, a state-level bureau of investigation.[8] Walker was raised by his paternal uncle, a Native American named Ray Firewalker (Floyd Red Crow Westerman). The surname being, possibly, a nod to the 1986 Norris film, Firewalker. Cordell, prior to joining the Rangers, served in the Marines' elite recon unit during the Vietnam War. Both Cordell and Uncle Ray share the values characteristic of Wild West sheriffs.[9]

His partner and best friend is James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), a former Dallas Cowboys player, "Go Long T", who takes a more modern approach.[10] Walker's young partner grew up in Baltimore and used football as his ticket to college education. He was dropped from the team after he tore up his shoulder in a major game, which led to his career in the Rangers (often making references to watching the "Lone Ranger" and how C.D. Parker mentored him as a Rookie Officer). Trivette also works inside the office using computers and cellular phones to collate information of the people who have been taken into custody. Walker also works closely (and shares a mutual attraction) with Alexandra "Alex" Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney, who on occasion puts up a frown if Walker does not obtain results in time. He also gets advice on cases from C.D. Parker (Gailard Sartain (pilot season), Noble Willingham (seasons 1–7)), a veteran Ranger (later inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame) who worked with Walker (and is the only character on the show to address Walker by his first name Cordell) until retiring to operate a small restaurant and bar called "CD's Bar and Grill", a restaurant widely known in the series for its chili. In Season 7 two rookie Texas Rangers, Sydney Cooke (Nia Peeples) and Francis Gage (Judson Mills), are assigned under Walker and Trivette's command. “Most of the heroes in mystery dramas are veterans. They are brave, tough, independent, and good shots.”[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

NamePortrayed byOccupationSeasons
12345678
Cordell WalkerChuck NorrisTexas Ranger
Main
James TrivetteClarence GilyardTexas RangerMain
Alexandra CahillSheree J. WilsonAssistant District AttorneyMain
CD ParkerNoble Willingham, Gailard SartainFormer Texas Ranger, Bar OwnerMain
Francis GageJudson MillsTexas RangerMain
Sydney CookeNia PeeplesTexas RangerMain
Raymond FirewalkerFloyd WestermanWalker's uncleMain
Trent MalloyJimmy WlcekKarate teacher and Private DetectiveMain
Carlos SandovalMarco SanchezPolice DetectiveMain

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

The show was successful in the ratings for the series run, ranking among the top 30 programs for four seasons in a row, and ranking in the top 20 in the 1995–96 and 1998–99 seasons.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

In October 1993, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a C+.[12]

Factual Inaccuracies[edit]

Walker, Texas Ranger contains a number of factual inaccuracies between various facets of the show and their real-life counterparts. While many differences are minor and exist solely for the sake of creativity or drama, others are more prevalent. For example:

Other inaccuracies, while frequent, are less noticeable or severe.

DVD releases[edit]

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all seasons on DVD in Region 1, the last set being released on March 9, 2010.[13] The final season was released first, followed seasons 1 through 7 in order. The Complete 1st Season contains the three pilot episodes and the first full season being labeled as just the first season. This has confused some fans, as the seasons are wrongly numbered. Seasons 1–6 have been released in regions 2 and 4.

DVD Name
Eps
Release dates
Region 1
Region 2
Region 4
The Complete 1st Season[14]26June 13, 2006October 2, 2006October 12, 2006
The Complete 2nd Season24January 23, 2007March 8, 2007April 12, 2007
The Complete 3rd Season26June 12, 2007December 4, 2007January 10, 2008
The Complete 4th Season26February 19. 2008May 28, 2008July 31, 2008
The Complete 5th Season25July 1, 2008October 21, 2008October 2, 2008
The Complete 6th Season23January 13, 2009February 19, 2009March 5, 2009
The Complete 7th Season25March 9, 2010N/AMarch 3, 2011[15]
The Complete Final Season24June 14, 2005N/AMarch 3, 2011[16]
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire1N/AJanuary 2, 2007N/A

Spin-offs and merchandise[edit]

Television movies[edit]

CBS broadcast the television movie Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, produced by Paramount Network Television (now CBS Television Studios), on October 16, 2005. Chuck Norris, Sheree J. Wilson and Judson Mills reprised their roles, and Clarence Gilyard shot a cameo for the movie but was not featured due to the filming's conflict with a long-planned family vacation. To fill the void, Judson Mills, who was not in the original script, returned to reprise the role of Francis Gage. Nia Peeples, who played the role of Sydney Cooke for Seasons 7 and 8, was also not featured in Walker's return to prime-time television. The explanation given was that producers decided not to follow much of the original Walker Texas Ranger series, as to give the movie a fresh look. Even the show's original opening credits with the theme "Eyes of a Ranger" performed by Chuck Norris, was absent from the TV movie.

Although the return of Walker Texas Ranger did not garner the ratings CBS had hoped for, indications were that CBS was green-lighting future Walker Texas Ranger "movie of the week" projects. But as of spring 2006, both CBS and the Norris camp have been silent as to the future of the franchise, leaving many to wonder if it will return. Trial by Fire ended with Sheree J. Wilson's character the victim of a courthouse shooting, leaving many viewers to believe that there would be a follow-up movie.[17]

When they announced their fall 2006 prime-time schedule, CBS said that they would no longer be producing "Sunday Night Movie of the Week" projects, which severely impaired any hopes of Walker's return to television in the foreseeable future.[citation needed]

On May 15, 2007, CBS announced its fall line-up, but this did not include the return of the "Sunday Night Movie of the Week."

Sons of Thunder[edit]

Most episodes were based on true stories. A short-lived series, Sons of Thunder, featured recurring character Carlos Sandoval, who resigns from his post with the Dallas police and teams up with childhood friend Trent Malloy (a protégé of Walker's), to start a private investigation firm.[18]

Novels[edit]

Three Walker, Texas Ranger books, written by James Reasoner, were published by Berkley Publishing Group in 1999. The books are now out of print.

  1. Walker, Texas Ranger (1998, ISBN 0-425-16815-8)
  2. Hell's Half Acre (1999, ISBN 0-425-16972-3)
  3. Siege on the Belle (1999, ISBN 0-425-17112-4)

Notable guest stars[edit]

Year/sActorCharacter/s playedEpisode titleYear of appearance
1993Marshall R. TeagueOrson Wade"One Riot, One Ranger"1993
1994Harper Ridland"Payback"1994
1996Randy Shrader"Codename: Dragonfly"1996
1997Rudd Kilgore"Last of a Breed" Parts 1 and 21997
1999Lieutenant Tracton"Fight or Die"1999
2001Emile Lavocat"The Final Showdown"2001
1993Luis GuzmánGomez"Storm Warning"1993
1993Judith HoagLainie Flanders"Family Matters"1993
Brian ThompsonLeo Cale
1993M.C. GaineyTingley"She'll Do to Ride the River With"1993
2000Craig"The Bachelor Party"2000
1994Giovanni RibisiTony Kingston"Something in the Shadows: Part 1",
"Something in the Shadows: Part 2"
1994
Tom VirtuePeter Needham
1994Tobey MaguireDuane Parsons"The Prodigal Son"1994
1994Carli ColemanGeorgia Douglas"Silk Dreams"1994
1994James MorrisonNed Travis"Mustangs"1994
1994Danica McKellarLaurie Maston"Stolen Lullaby"1994
Ray WiseGarrett Carlson
1995Doris RobertsElaine Portugal"The Big Bingo Bamboozle"1995
1995William SmithSilas Quint"Final Justice"1995
1995Dirk BenedictBlair"Case Closed"1995
1995Marshall ColtLt. Lee Corbin (his last acting role)"Whitewater, Part 1"1995
1995Alex CordLarry Curtis"The Guardians"1995
1996Carlos MachadoHimself"Rodeo"1996
1997Officer No. 1"Sons of Thunder"1997
Orderly"Forgotten People"
1999Rodgers"Fight or Die"1999
1996Clifton Collins Jr.Fito"El Coyote: Part 1",
"El Coyote: Part 2"
1996
1996Robert EnglundLyle Eckert"Deadline"1996
1996Burt YoungJack Belmont"Lucky"1996
1997"Small Blessings"1997
1996–1997Rod TaylorGordon Cahill"Redemption"1996
"Texas vs. Cahill"1997
2000"Wedding Bells", Parts 1 and 22000
1997Terry KiserCharlie Brooks"Mayday"
"Last Hope"
"Iceman"
1997
1997The Iceman"Iceman"1997
1997–1999Marco SanchezDetective Carlos Sandoval
1997–1999James WlcekTrent Malloy
1997Mila KunisPepper"Last Hope"1997
1997John AmosPastor Roscoe Jones"Sons of Thunder"1997
1997Haley Joel OsmentLucas Simms"Lucas: Part 1",
"Lucas: Part 2"
1997
Mackenzie PhillipsEllen Simms
1997Gwen VerdonMaisie Whitman"Forgotten People"1997
1999"Mind Games"1999
1997David GallagherChad Morgan"Brainchild"1997
Paul GleasonDr. Harold Payton
1997Randolph MantoothJames Lee Crown"Rainbow's End"1997
1997Dan LauriaSalvatore Matacio"A Father's Image"1997
1997Kyla PrattKyla Jarvis"The Neighborhood"1997
1998"Rowdy" Roddy PiperCody "The Crusader" Conway"The Crusader"1998
Randy Tallman
1998Paul WinfieldPastor Roscoe Jones"The Soul of Winter"1998
Collin RayeHimself
1998Danny TrejoJoe Lopez"Circle of Life"1998
1999Jose Rodriguez"Rise to the Occasion"1999
1998Lila McCannKelly Wyman"Eyes of a Ranger"1998
Michael PetersonHimself
1998Tobin BellKarl Storm"The Wedding: Part 1 & 2"1998
1998RuPaulBob"Royal Heist"1998
1998Dean NorrisPowell"War Cry"1998
1998Camilla BelleCindy Morgan"Code of the West"1998
1998Lee MajorsSheriff Bell"On the Border"1998
1998Mitch PileggiPaul Grady"Money Talks"1998
1999Deion SandersHimself"Rise to the Occasion"1999
Special Witness
Gary BuseyDonovan Riggs"Special Witness"
1999James RemarKeith Bolt"The Principal"1999
1999Judy HerreraRachel Falcon"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999Michael GreyeyesBrian Falcon"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999Robert MirabalTall Bear"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999John SchneiderJacob Crossland"Jacob's Ladder"1999
1999Rex LinnLeland Stahl/Lester Stahl"Way of the Warrior"1999
1999Randy SavageWhitelaw Lundren"Fight or Die"1999
Frank ShamrockThe Hammer
1999Lane SmithReverend Thornton Powers"Power Angels"1999
1999Scott WeingerBradley Roberts"Full Recovery"1999
1999Joe PennySonny Tantero"Suspicious Minds"1999
1999Frank StalloneB.J. Ronson,
Frank Bishop
"Tall Cotton"1999
2001"Saturday Night"2001
2000David KeithCliff Eagleton"The Day of Cleansing"2000
Sammo HungSammo Law
2000Deron McBeeLuke Warley"Black Dragons"2000
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaMaster Ko
MakoEdward Song
Byron MannP.K. Song
2000Tzi MaGeneral Nimh"The General's Return"2000
2000Christopher B. DuncanDefense Attorney Lime"The Bachelor Party"2000
2000Joan JettDierdre Harris"Wedding Bells: Part 1"2000
2000Mark CubanGroomsmen"Wedding Bells: Part 1",
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
2000
2000Tom BosleyMinister"Wedding Bells: Part 1",
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
2000
2000Ernest BorgnineEddie Ryan"The Avenging Angel"2000
2000Michael IronsideThe Chairman"Winds of Change",
"Lazarus",
"Turning Point",
"Retribution"
2000
T.J. ThyneWallace 'The Wizard' Slausen
2000Dionne WarwickDionne Berry"Faith"2000
2000Barbara MandrellNicole Foley"Showdown at Casa Diablo, Pt. 1"2000
2000–2001Robert FullerRanger Wade Harper"Matter of Principle"2000
"The Final Show/Down"2001
2001Hulk HoganBoomer Knight"Division Street"2001
Francis CapraAce
2001Ryan BittleHarley"Reel Rangers"2001
2001Laura BaileyRoberta"Saturday Night"2001
2001Mercedes McNabHeather Preston"6 Hours"2001
2001Josh HollowayBen Wiley"Medieval Crimes"2001
2001StingGrangus"Unsafe Speed"2001
2001Carlos BernardRaoul 'Skull' Hidalgo"Without a Sound"2001
2005Mitchel MussoJosh Whitley"Trial by Fire"2005
2005Selena GomezJulie"Trial by Fire"2005

Companies[edit]

The series began with Cannon Television, but after the folding of Cannon, CBS assumed production responsibilities, and is the ancillary rights holder for this series. Other companies, as seen below, have also been involved with the series production and/or distribution.

Production Companies
Amadea Film Productions
Cannon Television(1993)
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Columbia Pictures Television(1993–1996)
Columbia TriStar Television(1996-2001)
The Rudy Grief Company
Topkick Productions(1993–1998)
Norris Brothers Entertainment(1998–2005)
CBS Productions(1995–2001)
CBS Entertainment Productions(1993–1995)
CBS Broadcast International
Distributors
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)(1993–2001) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television(2001–2002)
FX(????) (Italy) (TV)
Italia 1(????) (Italy) (TV)
Paramount Home Entertainment(2006–) (Germany) (DVD)
Paramount Home Entertainment(2008) (USA) (DVD) (season 5)
Sony Pictures Television(2002–)
CBS Television Distribution(2008–present, DVD's and International)
TF1(2004) (France) (TV)
TV2(2000–2006) (Hungary) (TV)
UFA Film- und Fernseh GmbH(1993) (Germany) (all media)
Other Companies
Redman Movies and Storiesgrip and lighting equipment
Rex Postadditional adr recorded at

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Elder, Robert K (April 26, 2007). "Pop Cultural Timeline: Chuck Norris 'Facts'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ Farhi, Paul (January 2, 2006). "Tough Love: Norris Fans Board the Chuck Wagon". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Chuck Norris' `Walker' Doing Well For Cbs". Chicago Tribune. January 29, 1994. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ Berkow, Ira (May 12, 1993). "AT DINNER WITH: Chuck Norris; When That 97-Pound Weakling Grows Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.tvtango.com/listings/2001/07/28
  6. ^ Weinstein, Steve (March 17, 1996). "Chuck Norris Proves To Cbs He's A 'Competitive Guy'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  7. ^ Du Brow, Rick (May 14, 1994). "Walker Marks a Year of Fighting Injustice on CBS : Television: Despite controversy over TV violence, Chuck Norris' action series beat the competition in its time slot and helps the network ensure its top spot.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  8. ^ King, Susan (April 18, 1993). "At Home on a New Range : CHUCK NORRIS: KARATE CHAMP TURNED SERIES STAR?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  9. ^ Smith, Steven Cole (April 21, 1993). "Lone Wolf Rides Again". Chicago Tribune. (Original: Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  10. ^ Jicha, Tom (April 21, 1993). "Chuck Norris Plays Dirty In Tv Debut". Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  11. ^ Sumser, John. Morality and Social Order in Television Crime Drama. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company Inc., 1996. Print.
  12. ^ Tucker, Ken (22 October 1993). "TV Show Review: 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Review". Entertainment Weekly (193). Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Walker-Texas-Ranger-Season-7/13114
  14. ^ This season DVD set is made up of the episodes from the pilot season in addition to the episodes of the first regular season, which has also been referred to as Season 2
  15. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/817759
  16. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/817760
  17. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2005/08/22/chuck-norris-returns-to-cbs-for-walker-texas-ranger-trial-by-fire-a-new-television-movie-to-be-broadcast-oct-16-on-the-cbs-television-network-19073/20050822cbs03/
  18. ^ Johnson, Steve (March 5, 1999). "STANDING IN PLACE FROM CHUCK NORRIS, ANOTHER MARTIAL ARTS BEAT-'EM-UP". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

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