The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Brisco County Jr-Logo.jpg
Premiere August 27, 1993
Finale May 20, 1994
Creator Jeffrey Boam
Carlton Cuse
Network FOX
Style 60-minute science fiction western
Company Boam/Cuse Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 27
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. is a science fiction western that aired on FOX.

While ostensibly a Western, the series routinely includes elements of the science fiction and steampunk genres. Humor is a large part of the show; the writers attempted to keep the jokes and situations "just under over-the-top". A large number of episodes involve the Orb, a powerful device from the future. John Astin plays Professor Wickwire, an inventor who assists Brisco with anachronistic technology including diving suits, motorcycles, rockets, and airships. The search for new technology and progressive ideas, what the writers of the show called "The Coming Thing",[4] is a central theme throughout the series.

Brisco was developed by Boam and Cuse at the request of Fox executive Bob Greenblatt. Impressed by the duo's work on the script for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Greenblatt suggested they develop a series that bore the tone and style of vintage movie serials. The initial ideas and proposals from the show's writers were more often suited for film than television and had to be scaled down. Brisco was one of the last television shows to be filmed on the Warner Bros. Western backlot. Randy Edelman composed the distinctive theme music, which has been reused by the National Broadcasting Company during its coverage of the Olympic Games.

During its broadcast run, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., garnered a small but dedicated following and was well received by critics. The series earned high ratings at the beginning of its season, but later episodes failed to attract a substantial number of viewers. Fox canceled the show at the end of its first and only season. In 2006, Warner Home Video released a DVD set containing all 27 episodes. The series has been remembered fondly by critics, who praise its humor and unique blend of genres.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Bruce Campbell Brisco County, Jr. 1
Julius Carry Lord Bowler 1
Christian Clemenson Socrates Poole 1
various horses Comet 1
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Billy Drago John Bly 1
John Astin Professor Albert Wickwire 1
Kelly Rutherford Dixie Cousins 1
Jeff Phillips Whip Morgan 1
John Pyper-Ferguson Pete Hutter 1
Ashby Adams U.S. Attorney Ginger Breakstone 1


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One August 27, 1993 May 20, 1994 27


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series July 18, 2006 8


External Sites