BJ and the Bear
1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 1 (USA)
48 x 60 minute episodes
Billie Joe (BJ) McKay was an independent trucker who travelled around America in his big red and white rig, with a single companion - his pet chimp, called (naturally enough?) Bear.
BJ hailed from rural Georgia and was constantly confronted by a succession of corrupt local sheriffs - Elroy P. Lobo (who was later given his own series); Sergeant Wiley of Winslow County and his two fellow lawmen, Sheriffs Cain and Masters.
The only honest cop BJ found was 'The Fox', who spent much of her time trying to trap the crooked local cops.
Tommy was a female trucker friend and Bullets ran the local hangout, the Country Comfort Truck Stop.
In 1981, BJ opened a trucking business in Los Angeles called Bear Enterprises.
His new adversary was Rutherford T. Grant, a corrupt politician who headed the state Special Crimes Action Team (SCAT? Really?!).
Grant was also a silent partner in TransCal - the largest trucking firm in California - and stopped at nothing to stomp out potential competition.
Because of Grant's intervention, BJ found it impossible to get regular truck drivers to work for him and had to "make do" with a crew of seven young, beautiful lady truckers (like you do!), including Candi and Randi (ahem) - a pair of identical twins, and Grant's daughter, Cindy.
BJ (Billie Joe) McKay
Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo
Sgt. Beauregard Wiley
Wilhelmina "The Fox" Johnson
Janet Louise Johnson
Rutherford T. Grant
Lieutenant Jim Steiger