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Premiere October 27, 1988
Finale May 10, 1991
Creator David Jacobs &
Robert Porter
Network/Provider CBS
Style 60-minute western drama
Company Roundelay Productions,
Lorimar Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 56
Origin USA

Paradise is a western drama that aired on CBS.

Ethan Allen Cord, a professional gunfighter, is forced to take custody of his sister's four children of his sister after she died. Cord realized his profession was unsuitable to child rearing and decided to change, renting a farm from Amelia Lawson, who also owned the local bank in the small town of Paradise, California (the origin of the title). Ethan tried to live a peaceful life, but was constantly haunted by his violent past and frequently called upon by the townspeople to defend them from lawlessness. Cord was close friends with John Taylor, a Native American medicine man, who often provided him with wise counsel and insights into human nature.

In the third and final season some changes were made. A new opening sequence introduced the series' new name, Guns of Paradise, an apparent attempt to remind viewers the program, despite its title, was in fact a Western. Cord and Amelia were now engaged and in the process of building a new house, and Cord was in the process of achieving an official appointment to be the town's marshal, the role he had essentially been fulfilling unofficially.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Lee Horsley Ethan Allen Cord * * *
Jenny Beck Claire Carroll * * *
Matthew Newmark Joseph Carroll * * *
Brian Lando Ben Carroll * * *
M.P. Carter George Carroll * * *
Dehl Berti John Taylor * * *
Sigrid Thornton Amelia Lawson * * *
John Terlesky Dakota *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One October 27, 1988 May 20, 1989 22
Season Two September 9, 1989 April 28, 1990 21
Season Three: Guns of Paradise January 4, 1991 May 10, 1991 13


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