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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., typically referred to as just Brisco or Brisco County, is an American Western/science fiction television series created by Jeffrey Boam and Carlton Cuse. It ran for 27 episodes on the Fox network starting in the 1993 - 1994 season. Set in the American West of 1893, the series follows its title character, a Harvard-educated lawyer-turned-bounty hunter hired by a group of wealthy industrialists to track and capture outlaw John Bly and his gang. Bruce Campbell plays Brisco, who is joined by a colorful group of supporting characters, including Julius Carry as fellow bounty hunter Lord Bowler and Christian Clemenson as stick-in-the-mud lawyer Socrates Poole.

While ostensibly a Western, the series routinely includes elements of the science fiction and steampunk genres. Humor is also a large part of the show; the writers attempted to keep the jokes and situations "just under over-the-top". A large number of episodes involve the Orb, a powerful device from the future. John Astin plays Professor Albert Wickwire, an inventor who assists Brisco with anachronistic technology including diving suits, motorcycles, rockets, and airships. The search for new technology and progressive ideas, what the writers of the show called "The Coming Thing", is a central theme throughout the series.

Brisco was developed by Boam and Cuse at the request of Fox executive Bob Greenblatt. Impressed by the duo's work on the script for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Greenblatt suggested they develop a series that bore the tone and style of vintage movie serials. The initial ideas and proposals from the show's writers were more often suited for film than television and had to be scaled down. Brisco was one of the last television shows to be filmed on the Warner Bros. Western backlot. Randy Edelman composed the distinctive theme music, which has been reused by the National Broadcasting Company during its coverage of the Olympic Games.

During its original broadcast, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. gained a small but dedicated following and was well received by critics. The series earned high ratings at the beginning of its season, but later episodes failed to attract a substantial number of viewers. Fox canceled the show at the end of its first and only season. In 2006, Warner Home Video released a DVD set with all 27 episodes and bonus material. The series has been praised by critics for its humor and unique blend of genres.

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Season 1, 27 episodes:

Title Episode Airdate Prod. #
Pilot 1x01 27 August 1993 101
The Orb Scholar 1x02 3 September 1993 102
No Man's Land 1x03 10 September 1993 103
Brisco in Jalisco 1x04 17 September 1993 104
Socrates' Sister 1x05 24 September 1993 105
Riverboat 1x06 1 October 1993 106
Pirates! 1x07 8 October 1993 107
Senior Spirit 1x08 15 October 1993 108
Brisco for the Defense 1x09 22 October 1993 109
Showdown 1x10 29 October 1993 110
Deep in the Heart of Dixie 1x11 5 November 1993 111
Crystal Hawks 1x12 12 November 1993 112
Steel Horses 1x13 19 November 1993 113
Mail Order Brides 1x14 10 December 1993 114
A.K.A. Kansas 1x15 17 December 1993 115
Bounty Hunters' Convention 1x16 7 January 1994 116
Fountain of Youth 1x17 14 January 1994 117
Hard Rock 1x18 4 February 1994 118
The Brooklyn Dodgers 1x19 11 February 1994 119
Bye Bly 1x20 18 February 1994 120
Ned Zed 1x21 11 March 1994 121
Stagecoach 1x22 1 April 1994 122
Wild Card 1x23 8 April 1994 123
And Baby Makes Three 1x24 22 April 1994 124
Bad Luck Betty 1x25 29 April 1994 125
High Treason - Part I 1x26 13 May 1994 126
High Treason - Part II 1x27 20 May 1994 127

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