Sheriff Lobo's the corrupt sheriff from Orly County who appeared in several episodes during the first season of _"B.J. and the Bear" (1979)_, as B.J.'s occasional nemesis. He now stars in his own series. He is not as corrupt as he was on B.J.'s show, but he is still trying to make a buck by cooking up schemes or hoping to be given the reward money for property he recovers or criminals he apprehends. He is foiled either by the bumbling antics of his deputy, Perkins, or the integrity of his other deputy, Birdie Hawkins. During the show's second season, the naive Governor, who was visiting Orly, was impressed by Lobo's unorthodox methods, appoints him to his crime fighting task force and sends Lobo, Perkins, and Birdie to Atlanta. Now the chief of detectives, whom Lobo reports to, is incredulous as how Lobo can help him, especially after meeting Perkins, so he doesn't aassign them to anything important. So Lobo has to steal or grab a case on his own and hopes that the Chief will be ... Written firstname.lastname@example.org
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I admit it -- I like "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo." And I don't
consider myself a fan of lowbrow TV. I hate stuff like "The Dukes of
Hazzard" and "Baywatch," and I don't watch wrestling. "Lobo" was the
show critics loved to hate when it was on the air. And since then, the
word "Lobo" itself has become synonymous with bad TV.
But it's not a bad show. First, the cast had a genuine chemistry.
Claude Akins and Mills Watson had a terrific rapport. If they had been
on any other show, critics would have praised them as a terrific comic
team. They really clicked. (On any other show, Watson would have become
a superstar.) The rest of the cast was solid, and the show had good
guest stars, including Pat Paulsen, Sid Caesar, and Larry Storch.
And while it wasn't Shakespeare, the writing was much better than the
critics would have you believe. Unlike "The Dukes of Hazzard," the show
did have different story lines. It wasn't the same show every week,
like the Dukes. (And it didn't have anywhere near as many chases as the
I believe that the "Dukes" connection is the main reason critics hated
the show. "Lobo" came along at the same time as the Dukes, it was also
set in the South, it also had car chases, and it also had scantily-clad
women. It was easy to dismiss "Lobo" as a Dukes clone because of some
similarities on the surface.
But look closer, and you'll see the two shows were very different.
"Lobo" had better scripts, better performances, better production
Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying "Lobo" is a great show;
I'm not suggesting it didn't have problems. There were too many car
crashes. The show's writing could have been sharper. It should have
made more of an attempt to SATIRIZE police shows. And the move to
Atlanta in the second season was a mistake. It was much better in Orly
But it's not junk, as some critics would have you believe. It's better
than most of the stuff on TV today. And I'll say it again: Akins and
Watson were a terrific team.
And the first season theme song -- sung by Frankie Laine -- was
fantastic. I'd love to hear it on a TV theme song CD.
All I know is that my family watched Sheriff Lobo and enjoyed it quite a
bit. It's been so long since I've seen an episode that I can't bring any
real specifics to mind, but I know I always looked forward to Perkins'
antics, week by week.
Of course, my taste in television wasn't critically-acclaimed, by any means.
I watched the Dukes of Hazzard, religiously, but I never had much feeling
for B.J. and the Bear. It was only recently I found out this show was a B.J.
It would be nice to have this on TVLand (since there's no longer a TNN to
show reruns of hick shows) so I could see if it really WAS any
i was probably around 6 when this show came out but my family watched
it every week and i have very fond memories of it. i knew even back
then that it was a spin off of bj and the bear. the weird thing is that
in bj and the bear, sheriff lobo was a badguy in the boss hog vein.
when he got his own show, suddenly hes a good guy.
my main memories of the show are it being similar to dukes of hazard.
small, out of the way hick town constantly being bombarded by various
city slicker bad guys. sheriff lobo would clean up the town with his
bumbling deputy perkins(who i thought was way funnier than rosco p.
coltraine). i remember there being two hot chick sidekicks with cool
cars. i think one may have been a corvette.
for whatever reason, pieces of the theme song are still clear in my
head, even though i haven't seen this show since about 1981. being a
huge simpsons fan, i delight in all of their pop culture references and
this show was referenced close to a half dozen times. its worth
checking out for that reason alone, i think.