Adventures of Champion

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired 1955-56

DAD: Uncle Sandy North (Jim Bannon) / Single (?)

DAD’S JOB: Rancher

KIDS: Ricky (Barry Curtis) (12)

WHERE’S MOM?: Don’t know. Where’s Dad, too?

STAND-IN “MOM”: Champion (?)

Hey who’s ripping whom off here? This show, produced by Gene Autry as a “vehicle” for his Wonder Horse, Champion, sounds pretty much like the plot of Fury (above). Get this: out west, Ricky North lives on his uncle’s ranch, and is the only person able to ride this black stallion named Champion. They have a bunch of adventures defeating bad guys and getting into all kinds of dangerous situations. Sound familiar? I wonder who came up with the idea first.

Tidbit: this show was the first ‘spin-off’ in the history of television (from The Gene Autry Show of 1950-56). Just consider: Laverne & Shirley owes its pedigree to Gene’s horse.