1 9 8 9 (USA)
12 x 60 minute episodes
TV’s former Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner played Rebecca Cafferty, the new Managing Director of the Los Angeles County Zoo.
Recently widowed Rebecca was always on call for crisis after crisis, so it was fortunate that she had a house on the zoo ground that she shared with her own menagerie: 16-year-old Dean (Michael Manasseri), 12-year-old Courtney (Melissa Clayton), 6-year-old Sam (Victor DiMattia) and a rambunctious pet seal named Rover.
Back in the real zoo, veterinarian Dr Jed McFadden (Tom Wopat) – who also happened to be Rebecca’s brother – feuded with Dr Bart Langley (David Ackroyd), the zoo’s officious research director.
Meanwhile, the gorillas were depressed, a scorpion escaped from the reptile house, a baby kangaroo was abandoned by its mother, and a billy goat in the petting zoo bit a 3-year-old girl whose father was a lawyer . . .
Rebecca also had to deal with a spate of newspaper headlines and a major legislative investigation into why her zoo was losing animals at a scandalous pace (three had died in the previous week because of overcrowding and inadequate medical facilities – not counting the lion which was run over by a truck while strolling down a local street!)
Shot on location at San Diego Zoo and Los Angeles Zoo, Peaceable Kingdom was a ratings failure, and CBS cancelled the series after airing only seven episodes. The remaining episodes aired some years later in syndication.
Dr Jed McFadden
Dr Bart Langley