Walker, Texas Ranger
Format Crime drama/Action
Created by Christopher CanaanAlbert S. RuddyLeslie GreifPaul Haggis
Starring Chuck NorrisClarence GilyardSheree J. WilsonNoble WillinghamNia PeeplesJudson Mills
Theme music composer Tirk Wilder (Seasons 1, 2-8)Jerrold Immel (Seasons 2)
Opening theme "Eyes Of The Ranger" Performed by Chuck Norris (Mid season 2-8)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 203 (including TV movie).[1][2] (List of episodes)
Camera setup Single-cameraSuper 16mm
Running time 42–46 minutes
Production company(s) Cannon Television (1993) Top Kick Productions (1993-1998) Norris Brothers Entertainment (1998-2001) The Ruddy Greif Company (1993-2001) CBS Productions (now CBS Television Studios) (1993-2001)
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television (now Sony Pictures Television) (1993-1996)Columbia TriStar Television (now Sony Pictures Television) (1996-2001)
Original channel CBS[3]
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original run April 21, 1993 (1993-04-21) – May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
Status Ended

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The Walker, Texas Ranger title card (from 2000) features star Chuck Norris.

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television action crime drama series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis, and starring Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division. The show aired on CBS, with the first season consisting of three pilot episodes. Nine full seasons followed from April 21, 1993 to May 19, 2001. It was broadcast in over 100 countries, and has since spawned a made-for-television movie, entitled Trial By Fire. The movie ended on a cliffhanger, which, as of 2011, has not yet been resolved. The series was originally conceived on August 6, 1987. DVD sets of all seasons have been released (with the three pilots packaged with the first regular season). At various times since 1997, reruns of the show have aired, in syndication, on the USA Network and Action in Canada. As of September 13, 2010, the series is shown on WGN America.The show was known for its moral values. For example, the characters refrained from the use of drugs, and they participated in community service. Martial arts were shown prominently as the primary tool of law enforcement and occasionally as a tool for Walker and company to reach out to the community.The show has gained a following for its camp appeal, due to its improbable combination of martial arts and modern Western genres, its wildly unrealistic depiction of police work, and the resurgent popularity of star Norris.

Structure

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Background
The show was initially developed by executive producer Allison Moore and supervising producer J. Michael Straczynski when the series was still being produced by Cannon Television. While Straczynski had to depart to get his new series Babylon 5 on the air, executive producer David Moessinger remained to finish developing the series. The show is centered on Cordell Walker (played by Chuck Norris), a Dallas Fort Worth-based member of the Texas Rangers, a state-level bureau of investigation. Walker was raised by his paternal uncle, a Native American named Ray Firewalker (Floyd Red Crow Westerman). Cordell prior to joining the Rangers served in the Marines' elite Recon unit during the Vietnam War. Both Cordell and Uncle Ray share the values characteristic of Wild West sheriffs.

His partner and best friend is James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), a former Dallas Cowboys player "Go Long T" who takes a more modern approach. Walker's young partner grew up in Baltimore and used football as his ticket to college education. He was dropped from the team after he tore up his shoulder in a major game, which led to his career in the Rangers (often making references to watching the "Lone Ranger" and how CD Parker mentored him as a Rookie Officer). Trivette also works inside the office using computers and cellular phones to collate information of the people who've been taken into custody. Walker also works closely (and shares a mutual attraction) with Alexandra "Alex" Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney, who on occasion puts up a frown if Walker doesn't obtain results in time. He also gets advice on cases from C.D. Parker (Gailard Sartain (pilot season), Noble Willingham (seasons 1-7)), a veteran Ranger (later inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame) who worked with Walker until retiring to operate a small restaurant and bar called "CD's Bar and Grill", a restaurant widely known for its chili in the series. In Season 7 two rookie Texas Rangers Sydney Cooke (Nia Peeples) and Francis Gage (Judson Mills) are assigned under Walker's command.

Cast & Characters

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  • Chuck Norris as Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, a modern-day Ranger who believes in the Code of the Old West and is a martial arts expert. He is the show's main protagonist. He is half Native American, half White.
  • Clarence Gilyard as Texas Ranger James "Jimmy" Trivette, an African-American Ranger and Walker's partner and best friend.
  • Sheree J. Wilson as Tarrant County D.A. Alexandra "Alex" Cahill-Walker, whom Walker dates for a while and ends up marrying.
  • Noble Willingham as retired Texas Ranger C.D. Parker, Walker's buddy and ex-partner who owns a bar/restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Nia Peeples and Judson Mills as Texas Rangers Sydney "Syd" Cooke and Francis Gage, two rookie Rangers (of mixed, predominately Filipino and White heritage, respectively) who join Walker in seasons 8 and 9 (the final season). They constantly argue with each other about silly things. It's often questioned whether Sydney and Gage had a crush on each other. Often, Sydney looks at him as if she's jealous when he kisses other women. She once happily kissed him when she found out Walker and Alex were safe. Their reactions to this kiss implies that the both felt something. In one episode where Gage goes temporarily deaf, she says there are so many things she wishes he could hear her say. In White Buffalo, after Sydney gets shot and she is in the hospital,Gage stays behind "just in case you (Sydney) need anything" In "Desperate Measures", Gage hitch-hikes with 2 criminals (which is beknownest to him), and when tells Sydney he is hitch-hiking with some female friends; he playful grins, while talking to her on the phone. Sydney then says "you got it Romeo" and Gage then walks away grinning. From this interaction, people can see that Gage was almost wanting Sydney to become jealous. Sydney showed curiosity, but not neccesarily jealously. In the series' finale she and Gage make plans for a dinner date, but the series ended leaving its fans with the same question: "Will Gage and Sydney ever fall in love?"


Nielsen Ratings

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The show was quite successful in the ratings for much of its run.

  • 1993-94: 11.74 million #39
  • 1994-95: 11.20 million #41
  • 1995-96: 12.30 million #18
  • 1996-97: 11.00 million #24
  • 1997-98: 14.40 million #21
  • 1998-99: 14.40 million #15
  • 1999-00: 12.20 million #34
  • 2000-01: 10.30 million #62


DVD releases

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CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all seasons on DVD in Region 1, the last set being released on March 9, 2010. The final season was released first, followed seasons 1 through 7 in order. The Complete 1st Season contains the three pilot episodes and the first full season being labeled as just the first season. This has confused some fans, as the seasons are wrongly numbered. Seasons 1–6 have been released in regions 2 and 4.

DVD Name
Eps
Release dates
Region 1
Region 2
Region 4
The Complete 1 Season 26June 13, 2006October 2, 2006October 12, 2006
The Complete 2 Season21January 23, 2007March 8, 2007April 12, 2007
The Complete 3 Season26June 12, 2007December 4, 2007January 10, 2008
The Complete 4 Season26February 19. 2008May 28, 2008July 31, 2008
The Complete 5 Season25July 1, 2008October 21, 2008October 2, 2008
The Complete 6 Season23January 13, 2009February 19, 2009March 5, 2009
The Complete 7 Season25March 9, 2010N/AMarch 3, 2011
The Complete Final Season24June 14, 2005N/AMarch 3, 2011
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire1N/AN/AN/A


Spin-offs and merchandise

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Television movies
CBS broadcast the television movie Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, produced by Paramount Network Television (now CBS Television Studios), on October 16, 2005. Chuck Norris, Sheree J. Wilson and Judson Mills reprised their roles, and Clarence Gilyard shot a cameo for the movie but was not featured due to the filming's conflict with a long-planned family vacation. To fill the void, Judson Mills, who was not in the original script, returned to reprise the role of Francis Gage. Nia Peeples, who played the role of Sydney Cooke for Seasons 8 and 9, was also not featured in Walker's return to prime-time television. The explanation given was that producers decided not to follow much of the original Walker Texas Ranger series, as to give the movie a fresh look. (However this could have contributed to lower ratings.) Even the show's original opening credits with the theme "Eyes of a Ranger" performed by Chuck Norris, was absent from the TV movie.

Although the return of Walker Texas Ranger did not garner the ratings CBS had hoped for (due in part to a football game running late/long pushing back the start time an hour), indications were that CBS was green-lighting future Walker Texas Ranger "movie of the week" projects. But as of spring 2006, both CBS and the Norris camp have been silent as to the future of the franchise, leaving many to wonder if it will return. Trial by Fire ended with Sheree J. Wilson's character the victim of a courthouse shooting, leaving many viewers to believe that there would be a follow-up movie.

When they announced their fall 2006 prime-time schedule, CBS said that they would no longer be producing "Sunday Night Movie of the Week" projects, which severely impaired any hopes of Walker's return to television in the foreseeable future, although there is hope for a direct-to-DVD movie.[citation needed]

On May 15, 2007, CBS announced its fall line-up, but this did not include the return of the "Sunday Night Movie of the Week."

Sons of Thunder


Most episoders were based on true stories. A short-lived series, Sons of Thunder, featured recurring character Carlos Sandoval, who resigns from his post with the Dallas police and teams up with childhood friend Trent Malloy (a protégé of Walker's) to start a private investigation firm.

Novels
Three Walker, Texas Ranger books, written by James Reasoner, were published by Berkley Publishing Group in 1999. The books are now out of print.

Notable guest stars

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Year/sActorCharacter/s playedEpisode titleYear of appearance
1993Luis GuzmánGomez"Storm Warning"1993
1993Judith HoagLainie Flanders"Family Matters"1993
Brian ThompsonLeo Cale
1993M.C. GaineyTingley"She'll Do to Ride the River With"1993
2000Craig"The Bachelor Party"2000
1994Giovanni RibisiTony Kingston"Something in the Shadows: Part 1",
"Something in the Shadows: Part 2"
1994
Tom VirtuePeter Needham
1994Tobey MaguireDuane Parsons"The Prodigal Son"1994
1994Brandon T. WebbMahanme T Beifcok"Silk Dreams"1994
1994Carli ColemanGeorgia Douglas"Silk Dreams"1994
1994Bryan CranstonHank"Deadly Vision"1994
1994James MorrisonNed Travis"Mustangs"1994
1994Danica McKellarLaurie Maston"Stolen Lullaby"1994
Ray WiseGarrett Carlson
1995Doris RobertsElaine Portugal"The Big Bingo Bamboozle"1995
1995Dirk BenedictBlair"Case Closed"1995
1996Carlos MachadoHimself"Rodeo"1996
1997Officer #1"Sons of Thunder"1997
Orderly"Forgotten People"
1999Rodgers"Fight or Die"1999
1996Clifton Collins Jr.Fito"El Coyote: Part 1",
"El Coyote: Part 2"
1996
1996Robert EnglundLyle Eckert"Deadline"1996
1996Burt YoungJack Belmont"Lucky"1996
1997"Small Blessings"1997
1996–1997Rod TaylorGordon Cahill"Redemption"1996
"Texas vs. Cahill"1997
2000"Wedding Bells", Parts 1 and 22000
1997Terry KiserCharlie Brooks"Mayday"
"Last Hope"
"Iceman"
1997
1997The Iceman"Iceman"1997
1997–1999Marco SanchezDetective Carlos Sandoval
1997–1999James WlcekTrent Malloy
1997Mila KunisPepper"Last Hope"1997
1997John AmosPastor Roscoe Jones"Sons of Thunder"1997
1997Haley Joel OsmentLucas Simms"Lucas: Part 1",
"Lucas: Part 2"
1997
Mackenzie PhillipsEllen Simms
1997Gwen VerdonMaisie Whitman"Forgotten People"1997
1999"Mind Games"1999
1997David GallagherChad Morgan"Brainchild"1997
Paul GleasonDr. Harold Payton
1997Randolph MantoothJames Lee Crown"Rainbow's End"1997
1997Dan LauriaSalvatore Matacio"A Father's Image"1997
1997Kyla PrattKyla Jarvis"The Neighborhood"1997
1998"Rowdy" Roddy PiperCody "The Crusader" Conway"The Crusader"1998
Randy Tallman
1998Paul WinfieldPastor Roscoe Jones"The Soul of Winter"1998
Collin RayeHimself
1998Danny TrejoJoe Lopez"Circle of Life"1998
1999Jose Rodriguez"Rise to the Occasion"1999
1998Lila McCannKelly Wyman"Eyes of a Ranger"1998
Michael PetersonHimself
1998Tobin BellKarl Storm"The Wedding: Part 1 & 2"1998
1998RuPaulBob"Royal Heist"1998
1998Camilla BelleCindy Morgan"Code of the West"1998
1998Lee MajorsSheriff Bell"On the Border"1998
1999Deion SandersHimself"Rise to the Occasion"1999
Special Witness
Gary BuseyDonovan Riggs"Special Witness"
1999James RemarKeith Bolt"The Principal"1999
1999Judy HerreraRachel Falcon"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999Michael GreyeyesBrian Falcon"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999Robert MirabalTall Bear"Team Cherokee: Part 1",
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
1999
1999John SchneiderJacob Crossland"Jacob's Ladder"1999
1999Rex LinnLeland Stahl/Lester Stahl"Way of the Warrior"1999
1999Randy SavageWhitelaw Lundren"Fight or Die"1999
Frank ShamrockThe Hammer
1999Lane SmithReverend Thornton Powers"Power Angels"1999
1999Scott WeingerBradley Roberts"Full Recovery"1999
1999Frank StalloneB.J. Ronson,
Frank Bishop
"Tall Cotton"1999
2001"Saturday Night"2001
2000David KeithCliff Eagleton"The Day of Cleansing"2000
Sammo HungSammo Law
2000Deron McBeeLuke Warley"Black Dragons"2000
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaMaster Ko
MakoEdward Song
2000Tzi MaGeneral Nimh"The General's Return"2000
2000Christopher B. DuncanDefense Attorney Lime"The Bachelor Party"2000
2000Mark CubanGroomsmen"Wedding Bells: Part 1",
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
2000
2000Tom BosleyMinister"Wedding Bells: Part 1",
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
2000
2000Ernest BorgnineEddie Ryan"The Avenging Angel"2000
2000Michael IronsideThe Chairman"Winds of Change",
"Lazarus",
"Turning Point",
"Retribution"
2000
T.J. ThyneWallace 'The Wizard' Slausen
2000Dionne WarwickDionne Berry"Faith"2000
2000Barbara MandrellNicole Foley"Showdown at Casa Diablo, Pt. 1"2000
2000–2001Robert FullerRanger Wade Harper"Matter of Principle"2000
"The Final Show/Down"2001
2001Hulk HoganBoomer Knight"Division Street"2001
Francis CapraAce
2001Ryan BittleHarley"Reel Rangers"2001
2001Laura BaileyRoberta"Saturday Night"2001
2001Mercedes McNabHeather Preston"6 Hours"2001
2001Josh HollowayBen Wiley"Medieval Crimes"2001
2001StingGrangus"Unsafe Speed"2001
2001Carlos BernardRaoul 'Skull' Hidalgo"Without a Sound"2001
2005Mitchel MussoJosh Whitley"Trial by Fire"2005
2005Selena GomezJulie"Trial by Fire"2005


Companies

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The series began with Cannon Television, but after the folding of Cannon, CBS assumed production responsibilities, and is the ancillary rights holder for this series. Other companies, as seen below, have also been involved with the series production and/or distribution.

Production Companies
Amadea Film Productions
Cannon Television(1993)
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Columbia Pictures Television(1993–2001)
Columbia TriStar Television(2001)
The Rudy Grief Company
Topkick Productions(1993–1998)
Norris Brothers Entertainment(1998–2005)
CBS Productions(1995–2001)
CBS Entertainment Productions(1993–1995)
CBS Broadcast International
Distributors
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)(1993–2001) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television(2001–2002)
FX(????) (Italy) (TV)
Italia 1(????) (Italy) (TV)
Paramount Home Entertainment(2006–) (Germany) (DVD)
Paramount Home Entertainment(2008) (USA) (DVD) (season 5)
Sony Pictures Television(2002–)
TF1(2004) (France) (TV)
TV2(2000–2006) (Hungary) (TV)
UFA Film- und Fernseh GmbH(1993) (Germany) (all media)
Other Companies
Redman Movies and Storiesgrip and lighting equipment
Rex Postadditional adr recorded at


See also

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  • List of Walker, Texas Ranger episodes
  • The Lone Ranger


Notes

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