Then Came Bronson (1969–1970)
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A newspaper reporter quits his job and travels across America by motorcycle.


William A. Graham


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parks ... Jim Bronson
Bonnie Bedelia ... Temple Brooks
Akim Tamiroff ... Papa Bear
Gary Merrill ... Inspector Otis
Sheree North ... Gloria Oresko
Martin Sheen ... Nick Oresko
Bert Freed ... Editor Carson
Bruce Mars Bruce Mars ... Troy
Ted Gehring ... Diner Owner
Lawrence Hauben Lawrence Hauben ... Eddie
Michael Bell ... Petty
Gene Dynarski ... Boots Kowalski
Art Metrano ... Barker
Peter Brocco ... Stationmaster
Stanley Schneider Stanley Schneider ... Deputy


Jim Bronson is a young newspaperman who quits his job following the suicide of his best friend, and sets out on a cross-country trip on his motorcycle in his quest for the meaning of life in which he befriends a runway bride, another searching soul, in this pilot for the TV series of the same name. Written by Matthew Patay

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Adventure | Drama








Release Date:

24 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MGM Television See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The theme song for the pilot was "Wayfaring Stranger", written by Johnny Cash. See more »


During the hill climbing you can see that the bike Jim is on is not a Sportster, the exhaust pipes give that away. See more »


Jim Bronson: What's your name?
Temple Brooks: I don't have one!
Jim Bronson: Well everyone I have ever know had a name, that's really weird. My name is Jim incase your interested.
Temple Brooks: Well I'm not!
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Alternate Versions

The TV pilot did not have nudity. That was included in the version that was released to theaters on April 1, 1970. See more »


Referenced in Morirás con el sol (Motociclistas suicidas) (1973) See more »

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Those Were The Days my Friend, We Thought . . .
18 October 2005 | by tightspotkiloSee all my reviews

In the fall of 1969 I was in the US Navy going to a technical school that had begun several months before, and would go on for a few more months. School was 8 hours a day. At night we huddled in the TV room in our WWII vintage barracks, around an old 21" black and white, 25 guys trying to agree on one station, one show. Football, Star Trek reruns, and the World Series were no-brainers.

Bronson had to grow on us, and it quickly did. It was definitely a product of the era. Route 66 for the Vietnam generation. A precursor to Easy Rider. The great wide open. There was something to the show that grabbed you, if you were of a certain age. And 19, which was my age, was the right age. Everybody I knew who was of that age and who watched this show loved it. Not many others did.

But the creators of this show were a day late and a dollar short. I can't fault them too much though, because in those days many ideas were hatched on TV in an effort to glom onto the supposed youth market, but failing. It was a demographic that was on the move, and not sitting in front of a TV set night in and night out, week in and week out.

Our group finished school in December, 1969, and off we went, most of us to the fleet. Some to Vietnam. Others to other places, anywhere and everywhere around the world. We watched Bronson religiously for the first 2-1/2 months of its run. We never saw it again. At least I know I haven't. But strangely it is nevertheless remembered by those who had the good fortune to catch it while they could.

I don't know why it doesn't pop up in reruns, somewhere on cable once in a while.

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