B.J. and the Bear | 1978
An action-adventure featuring a guitar-plucking independent trucker who travels with a fun-loving chimp, hauls anything, and finds himself caught up with a bunch of girls trying to flee a white slaver who happens to be the local sheriff. The series based on this film began in January 1979, with Evigan the only holdover (along, of course, with the chimp known as "The Bear"). Subsequently, in the fall of 1979, "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" spun off from this with Claude Akins and Mills Watson returning to play Lobo and his thick-headed deputy.