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Tarzan (1966 TV series)

Tarzan TV show.jpg
Opening title
Starring Ron Ely
Manuel Padilla, Jr.
Alan Caillou
Rockne Tarkington
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 57
Executive producer(s) Sy Weintraub
Producer(s) Leon Benson
Jon Epstein
Steve Shagan
Maurice Unger
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) Banner Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 8, 1966 – April 5, 1968
Andrew Prine with Ron Ely as Tarzan (1966)

Tarzan is a series that aired on NBC from 19661968. The series portrayed Tarzan (played by Ron Ely) as a well-educated character who had grown tired of civilization, and returned to the jungle where he had been raised.[1] It was filmed in Brazil. The production later relocated to Mexico. This series was set in the newly-independent Africa of the time.

This series retained many of the trappings of the film series, included the "Tarzan yell" and Cheeta, but excluded Jane as part of the "new look" for the fabled apeman that executive producer Sy Weintraub had introduced in previous motion pictures starring Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, and Mike Henry. CBS aired repeat episodes of the program during the summer of 1969.


Recurring Appearances

Maurice Evans had a recurring guest-starring role as retired Brigadier Sir Basil Bertram, hero of the Battle of the Bulge. Julie Harris had a recurring guest-starring role as missionary Charity Jones. Chips Rafferty had a recurring guest-starring role as Dutch Jensen.[citation needed]

Episode list


Season 1: 1966–67

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "Eyes of the Lion" Charles S. Dubin George F. Slavin September 8, 1966 (1966-09-08)
When a blind girl's seeing eye lion is mistaken for a rogue, Tarzan must prove the beast's innocence.
2 2 "The Ultimate Weapon" Paul Stanley Don Brinkley,
John Hawkins,
Ward Hawkins
September 16, 1966 (1966-09-16)
The vengeful son of an ivory poacher swears revenge on Tarzan.
3 3 "Leopard on the Loose" Paul Stanley Oliver Crawford September 23, 1966 (1966-09-23)
A post worker desperate for money kidnaps Jai's pet leopard.
4 4 "A Life for a Life" Robert Day Don Brinkley September 30, 1966 (1966-09-30)
The Lord of Jungle must race against time when Jai is bitten by a poisonous spider.
5 5 "The Prisoner" George Marshall Don Brinkley October 7, 1966 (1966-10-07)
After a police officer is injured by a diamond thief, Tarzan must prevent the officer's tribe from exacting vigilante justice.
6 6 "The Three Faces of Death" Earl Bellamy S.J. Loy October 14, 1966 (1966-10-14)
Tarzan helps out a woman seeking to retain leadership of her tribe.
7 7 "The Prodigal Puma" Paul Stanley Robert Sabaroff October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
A big game hunter targets a puma Tarzan has captured.
8 8 "The Deadly Silence: Part 1" Robert L. Friend Lee Erwin,
Jack H. Robinson
October 28, 1966 (1966-10-28)
The jungle lord tries to stop a bloodthirsty Colonel from taking over an African village with his soldiers of fortune. However, Tarzan has been rendered temporarily deaf by an exploding hand grenade, effectively limiting one of his keen senses, so he must rely on his near-telepathic ability to communicate with a lion.
9 9 "The Deadly Silence: Part 2" Lawrence Dobkin John Considine,
Tim Considine
November 4, 1966 (1966-11-04)
Rendered deaf by an explosion, the jungle lord still tries to stop a colonel from taking over a village. National General Pictures released this two-parter theatrically in 1970 as Tarzan's Deadly Silence.
10 10 "The Figurehead" Alan Crosland Jr. Samuel Roeca,
George F. Slavin
November 11, 1966 (1966-11-11)
Tarzan and Jai protect a young prince.
11 11 "Village of Fire" Hollingsworth Morse Jack Gross,
James Leighton,
Michael Stein
November 18, 1966 (1966-11-18)
After Jai is bitten by a leopard, Tarzan must recover a special serum that can save the boy.
12 12 "The Day of the Golden Lion" Anton Leader Robert Goodwin December 2, 1966 (1966-12-02)
Tarzan joins an athletic championship, but an attempt to steal the prize happens.
13 13 "Pearls of Tanga" R. G. Springsteen Sid Saltzman December 9, 1966 (1966-12-09)
A criminal known as the Admiral and his crew poison the waters so they can be the only ones to take pearl oysters.
14 14 "End of the River" Anton Leader G. Joshua David December 16, 1966 (1966-12-16)
Tarzan must save a young girl and battle a criminal. One of the criminal's two minions (Robert J. Wilke) ends up being fatally devoured by a crocodile.
15 15 "The Ultimate Duel" Robert L. Friend Cornelius Ballard December 23, 1966 (1966-12-23)
A scientist (Henry Silva) pits Tarzan against his computer, which can predict Tarzan's every move.
16 16 "The Fire People" Earl Bellamy Wells Root December 30, 1966 (1966-12-30)
Tarzan and Jai must help a chief rescue his superstitious tribe from a volcano that's about to erupt.
17 17 "Track of the Dinosaur" Lawrence Dobkin Norman Lessing,
Samuel Newman
January 6, 1967 (1967-01-06)
A corrupt government official uses a local legend to his advantage to get people away from a mineral deposit.
18 18 "The Day the Earth Trembled" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber January 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
Tarzan reluctantly recruits three escaped convicts to help him get a group of children and their caregiver to safety.
19 19 "Captain Jai" Anton Leader James Bonnet,
James Leighton
January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Jai is held hostage by criminals seeking stolen diamonds.
20 20 "A Pride of Assassins" Harmon Jones Samuel Newman,
Barry Trivers
January 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
A smuggler sends assassins after Tarzan and a young woman because they threaten to expose a smuggling scheme.
21 21 "The Golden Runaway" Lawrence Dobkin Carey Wilber February 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
Tarzan leads a young woman to a red-headed Irishman who may have a clue to her brother's disappearance.
22 22 "Basil of the Bulge" Alex Nicol Samuel Newman February 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
A native chief and a corrupt government official capture Sir Basil Bertram before he can arrange tribal treaty.
23 23 "Mask of Rona" James Komack S.S. Schweitzer February 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
Tarzan leads a group on the search for missing artist Rona Swann; a group member uses the safari as a cover for a gun-running operation.
24 24 "To Steal the Rising Sun" William Witney Jackson Gillis February 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
An exiled chief plots to steal his tribe's priceless ruby. A con man's minion (Henry Beckman) ends up being fatally devoured by a crocodile.
25 25 "Jungle Dragnet" William Wiard Arnold Belgard March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
A native revolutionary and a foreign soldier try to prevent a little girl from revealing the location of an oil-rich field.
26 26 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
An American midwestern missionary enlists Jai's aid to fulfill her father's final wish and deliver an organ to a primitive tribe, but their boat is disabled.
27 27 "The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
Tarzan rescues Charity and Jai from hostile natives, but then the trio are pursued by another tribe who are after the guns that Jai hid from them.
28 28 "The Circus" Harmon Jones Lawrence Dobkin March 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
Jai and Dutch encounter a fugitive who makes an attempt to evade a manhunt by joining the circus.
29 29 "The Ultimatum" Robert L. Friend James Menzies March 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
A female criminal and her goons threaten to destroy a native village unless Tarzan submits to being their prisoner.
30 30 "Algie B for Brave" Alex Nicol Samuel Newman April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Sir Basil Bertram recruits Tarzan and Jai to assist him in order to discover the location of a Communist country's nuclear detection equipment.
31 31 "Man Killer" James Komack Carey Wilber April 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)
Tarzan's search for a murderer is complicated by a village whose natives employ drugs in their ceremonial rituals.

Season 2: 1967–68

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
32 1 "Tiger, Tiger!" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
An engineer ignores Tarzan's warning about a tiger on the loose.
33 2 "Voice of the Elephant" Harmon Jones Terence Maples,
Al Martin
September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Jai's pet elephant is blamed for the death of a commissioner.
34 3 "Thief Catcher" James Komack Edmund Morris September 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
The jungle lord must track and capture two escaped convicts before more people are put in danger.
35 4 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 1" William Witney Jackson Gillis October 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
The jungle lord leads an archaeological expedition to a burial ground deep in the jungle in defiance of an ancient taboo.
36 5 "The Blue Stone of Heaven: Part 2" William Witney Jackson Gillis October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
A power-mad colonel plans to steal the jeweled idol and dynamite the burial ground.
37 6 "The Maguma Curse" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber October 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
The jungle lord battles to save a young woman from a curse of death implemented by a witch doctor.
38 7 "The Fanatics" William Witney Lee Loeb October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
The jungle lord assists a female journalist expose a rigged tribal election.
39 8 "The Last of the Supermen" Gerald Mayer S.S. Schweitzer November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
A unrepentant Nazi urges Tarzan to assist him in locating a buried fortune left over from the war.
40 9 "Hotel Hurricane" Ron Ely Jackson Gillis November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
A mob makes an attempt to fool Tarzan and Jai into assisting them to recover stolen money after a plane crash.
41 10 "The Pride of the Lioness" Barry Shear Jerry Adelman,
Gerry Day,
William Driskill
November 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
A young doctor gets help from Tarzan when he faces to forces opposed to his clinic: a witch doctor who has threatened the young man with death, and the young man's socialite mother, who wants him to return home.
42 11 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 1" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
A widow leads a cult of religious pilgrims on a dangerous journey into forbidden land beset by saboteurs as well as hostile natives.
43 12 "Mountains of the Moon: Part 2" Harmon Jones Jackson Gillis December 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
Tarzan aids a religious group on their pilgrimage to an area known as the Mountains of the Moon.
44 13 "Jai’s Amnesia" Harmon Jones Jerry Adelman,
William Driskill
December 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
Jai suffers a memory loss, but ends up being involved in stealing a sacred ruby.
45 14 "The Professional" Alex Nicol Jerry Adelman,
William Driskill
January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
A colonel and his heavily armed troops overrun the land of a peace-loving tribe, but he has reckoned without Tarzan.
46 15 "The Convert" Harmon Jones Jo Pagano January 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
Three nuns become unwitting pawns in a struggle between the village chief and a scheming land developer.
47 16 "The Creeping Giant" Alex Nicol Donn Mullally January 19, 1968 (1968-01-19)
Tarzan fights a powerful land owner who has duped an engineer into dynamiting a mountain range, a project that will wipe out several native villages.
48 17 "King of the Dwsari" William Witney Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
January 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)
Tarzan is imprisoned when he tries to release the Dwsari tribe which has been tricked by a smooth-talking American.
49 18 "A Gun for Jai" E. Darrell Hallenbeck Jackson Gillis February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)
Against the Tarzan's wishes, Jai is given a rifle by one of the local hunters. The jungle lord searches for Cheeta.
50 19 "Trek to Terror" Barry Shear Lee Erwin February 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
The jungle lord is tricked into helping a corrupt police inspector who intends to murder a crusading missionary.
51 20 "End of a Challenge" Barry Shear Richard H. Landau February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
The jungle lord and Chief Bangu must search for the chief's son and Jai who have been abducted by a gun-toting thief.
52 21 "Jungle Ransom" Barry Shear Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
As the jungle lord and a bandit engage in a battle of wits, a young woman tries to use both men in an effort to set free her husband, a hostage in the bandit's camp.
53 22 "The Four O’Clock Army: Part 1" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
General Basil Bertram and missionary Charity Jones return in this two-part story, and this time must ally with the jungle lord against a band of slavers who have been taking people and destroying villages.
54 23 "The Four O’Clock Army: Part 2" Alex Nicol Carey Wilber March 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
The jungle lord goes after the slave traders whose prisoners include Jai.
55 24 "Rendezvous for Revenge" William Witney Richard H. Landau March 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)
After a poacher known for his arson escapes from custody, the jungle lord tracks him and his adoring girlfriend to an oceanside cliff, and a fateful encounter. But the poacher's girlfriend and two minions later track Tarzan down and force him to lead them back to the scene.
56 25 "Trina" Harmon Jones Milton S. Gelman March 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
A girl enlists the jungle's help in finding her long-lost uncle who is believed to be doing humanitarian work.
57 26 "Alex the Great" Barry Shear Esther Shapiro,
Richard Alan Shapiro
March 29, 1968 (1968-03-29)
A global judo champion who is also a braggart wants to prove he can best the jungle lord in any physical endeavor; smugglers yearn to steal a huge golden idol.


On March 13, 2012, Warner Bros. released Tarzan: Season 1, Part 1 & Tarzan: Season 1, Part 2 on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection manufacture-on-demand service.[2][3] The second season was released on September 17, 2013.[4]

After being seen intermittently in syndication and on cable in the years after its network run, as of 2016, the series airs on the Heroes & Icons network Saturday mornings.[1]

On June 4–5, 2016 the Decades TV network ran a marathon of the series. On September 9, 2016 Decades celebrated Tarzan's fiftieth anniversary repeating a few choice episodes.


  1. ^ a b c "Tarzan". Heroes and Icons Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  2. ^ By Mike Johnson, Black Yodel No.1 (2013-11-19). "Tarzan - Season One: Part One". Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  3. ^ By Ed the Reviewer. "Tarzan - Season One: Part Two". Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  4. ^ By Ed the Movie Reviewer. "Tarzan: The Complete Second Season (MOD)". Retrieved 2017-03-28. 

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