1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 1 (USA)
48 x 60 minute episodes
Billie Joe (BJ) McKay was a good-looking young 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 (Claude Akins) who was later given his own series; Sergeant Beauregard Wiley of Winslow County (Slim Pickens) and his two fellow lawmen, Sheriffs Cain (Ed Lauter) and Masters (Richard Deacon).
The only honest cop BJ found was ‘The Fox’ (Conchata Ferrell), who spent much of her time trying to trap the crooked local cops.
Tommy (Janet Louise Johnson) was a female trucker friend and Bullets (Joshua Shelley) ran the local hangout, the Country Comfort Truck Stop.
In 1981, BJ opened a new trucking business in Los Angeles called Bear Enterprises. His new adversary was Rutherford T. Grant (Murray Hamilton), 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 Teri and Geri – a pair of identical twins played by identical twins Candi and Randi (ahem) Brough – and Grant’s daughter, Cindy (Sherilyn Wolter).
BJ (Billie Joe) McKay
Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo
Sgt. Beauregard Wiley
Wilhelmina “The Fox” Johnson
Janet Louise Johnson
Rutherford T. Grant
Lieutenant Jim Steiger