The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
In fictitious Orly County, Georgia, Sheriff Lobo - a spin-off character from B.J. and the Bear - is the lead enforcer of the law, as well as one of its leading offenders. The corrupt, but now reformed, sheriff is assisted in his schemes by Deputy Perkins whose buffoonery often upsets and exacerbates the situation. An honest but naïve new deputy, Birdwell "Birdie" Hawkins , is unaware of Lobo's schemes. Other characters in the show were Perkins' wife Rose Lobo Perkins, waitress Margaret Ellen, resort owner Sarah Cumberland, and district attorney Alexander Waverly.
Like many television con artists, Lobo was a small-time wheeler-dealer, always looking to make a quick buck. But when serious crime threatened Orly County and its people, Lobo would do his job capably and uphold the law. Unlike Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes of Hazzard, Lobo was portrayed as an intelligent man and an able police officer.
The series premise was overhauled completely as the second season began in 1980. The governor of Georgia, visiting Orly County, reassigns Lobo and the deputies to his crime fighting task force, Special Crimes Action Team (SCAT) in Atlanta, reporting to Chief J.C. Carson. Lobo is forced to contend with his new coworkers, Detectives Peaches and Brandy. The new format also included Nell Carter as Sgt. Hildy Jones. But the series was less successful with the new format, and it was cancelled after the end of its second season.
The theme song for the show's first season was sung by Frankie Laine. During the second season, the theme song was a version of "Georgia on My Mind".
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo was produced by Glen A. Larson Productions in association with Universal Television, with off-network syndication currently handled by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
|Claude Akins||Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo||1||2|
|Brian Kerwin||Deputy Birdwell "Birdie" Hawkins||1||2|
|Mills Watson||Deputy Perkins||1||2|
|Nell Carter||Sgt. Hildy Jones||2|
|Nicolas Coster||Chief J.C. Carson||2|
|Leann Hunley||Sarah Cumberland||1|
|Cydney Crampton||Rose Lobo Perkins||1|
|Janet Lynn Curtis||Margaret Ellen||1|
|Season One||September 18, 1979||May 6, 1980||22|
|Season Two: Lobo||December 30, 1980||May 5, 1981||15|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series