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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE ACTION/ADVENTURE SERIES (Contemporary)

ADVENTURE, INC/SYN/2002-03
[Voice of Michael Biehn] "My name is Judson Cross. I've been called everything from a treasure hunter to a thrill seeker. But personally, I like to think of myself as a professional explorer. My company is Adventure Inc. and we're in the business of finding things. Things that are priceless, dangerous, sometimes even unexplainable. My crew will go anywhere and risk everything. Adventure really is our business."

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/CBS/1954-56
[Narrator] “On a mountaintop high above a large city stands the headquarters of a man devoted to the cause of freedom and justice, a war hero who has never stopped fighting against his country’s enemies, a private citizen who is dedicating his life to the struggle against evil men everywhere – Captain Midnight!”

THE FALL GUY/ABC/1981-86
[Voice of Lee Majors] "This is the story of one of America's great unsung heroes. I mean you've seen him but you never knew who he was. You've cheered for him and cried for him and women have wanted to die for him. But did he ever get any credit or the girl? No! He's what we call the "Stuntman" and the reason I'm talking so fondly about him is, well because it's me, Colt Seaver. Anyway, picture work isn't wall-to-wall employment so maybe you wonder how a guy keeps his head together? Well, one way is to wait by the phone and wait and wait. The other is to take an occasional job with the court system of the United States of America where a man is considered innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately sometimes a lot of these people get out of jail on what we call bail and they'd run like hell!...and that's where I come in. I sometimes pick up rent money trying to find them and bring them back to justice...and that reminds me of a very interesting case." [The program began with the theme song "The Unknown Stuntman" written by David Somerville, Gail Jensen & Glen Larson and sung by Lee Majors]

THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON/DIS/1998-2001
[Voice of Lee Thompson Jones as Jett Jackson] "That's me, Jett Jackson. On my TV show I play the ultimate action hero-Silverstone. Being a superstar is cool, but to tell you the truth, I miss being a regular kid. So, I convinced the network to move the show back to my hometown in North Carolina. Now, I can hang with my friends. I spend a lot more time with my family and still get to see my Momma. Hey, I'm just trying to live my life as a regular kid, but people still think of me as THE FAMOUS JETT JACKSON."

THE GREEN HORNET/ABC/1966-67
[Voice of William Dozier as Narrator] "Another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aid Kato and their rolling arsenal the Black Beauty. On police record a wanted criminal, the Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner publisher of the Daily Sentinel. His dual identity known only to his secretary and to the district attorney. And now to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens rides the Green Hornet."

KNIGHT RIDER/NBC/1982-86
[Narrator] "Knight Rider...a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law."

[The first season featured this closing epilogue] " 'One man can make a difference, Michael.' Michael Knight, a lone crusader in the dangerous world... the world of the Knight Rider."

[Regular Closing lines] "Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world...the world of the Knight Rider."

KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES/SYN/1993-96
[Voice of Richard Anderson as Narrator] "The grandson of Kwai Chang Caine walks out of the past. [Great grandson of Kwai Chang Caine speaks ] "But I want to fight. [Grandson responds] "Yes, so did your great grandfather when he was your age" (Narrator continues) "He teaches his son wisdom at a Shaolin Temple. An evil force destroyed that temple; father and son each believed that the other had perished. Fifteen years later they were reunited. Now Caine faced new challenges and his son grew up. [Caine's son speaks] "Look, I'm not my father. I don't do Kung Fu. I'm a cop, that's who I am, that's what I do." [Voice of Caine] "I am Caine. I will help you."

THE PRETENDER/NBC/TNT/1996-2000
[Narrator] "There are pretenders among us. Geniuses with the ability to be become anyone they want to be. In 1963 a corporation known as the Centre isolated a young pretender named Jarod and exploited his genius for their research. Then one day their pretender ran away..."

 [Revised opening]

Narrator: There are pretenders among us.
Jarod I was taken from my family. 
Felix: 36 hours and he's demonstrating more talent that any of our others. 
Jarod: How many people died because of what I thought up...Since I broke out I've spent every moment searching for my past.
Female voice: He's a pretender, a genius who can become anyone he wants to be.
Felix: The Centre wants him alive.
Miss Parker: Preferably.
Female voice: He defends the weak and abused.
Jarod: Life's a gift.
Old woman: You a doctor?
 Jarod: I am today.

RAVEN/CBS/1992-93
[Narrator] "Jonathan Raven as an American boy being raised in Japan until his parents were killed by assassins. To avenge their death, he joined the Black Dragons, the very organization that murdered his parents. Now in Hawaii, with the help of his old military buddy Ski, he is searching for the son he has never seen."

THE RELIC HUNTER/SYN/1999-2002
[Voice of Tia Carrere as Professor Sydney Fox] "Welcome to Ancient Studies . I am not much of a stickler for attendance. From time to time, I'm called away from the classroom myself."

RIPCORD/SYN/1961-63
[Narrator] "This is the most danger-packed show on television. Every jump, every aerial maneuver is real, photographed just as it happened, without tricks or illusions. All that stands between a jumper and death is his RIPCORD."

SALVAGE 1/ABC/1979
[Narrator] "Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream. So he put together a team; an ex-astronaut and a fuel expert. They built a rocket ship and they went to the moon. Who knows what they'll do next."

SEA HUNT/SYN/1957-61
[Voice of Lloyd Bridges who played scuba diver Mike Nelson] Bridges concluded each program with a monologue often standing at the wheel of his boat the Argonaut or just finishing some activity like releasing the tie lines to the boat. A sample list of closing monologues follow:

  • "Hello there. I'm Lloyd Bridges. Skin diving is fun and adventure for young and old, but it can be dangerous, so know the sport well and don't take any chances. Be with you next week for another exciting Sea Hunt."
  • "Hi, there. I'm Lloyd Bridges. Skin diving is certainly a lot of fun, and it's full of adventure. See some more of it again next week, huh, when there'll be another excursion into that fabulous underwater world of Sea Hunt."
  • "I'm Lloyd Bridges, inviting you to join us for another action-packed story of underwater adventure one week from today" [Descends steps into water wearing a wearing scuba tanks]
  • "I'll be back next week at this same time with another Sea Hunt story. Plan to be with us again, huh?
  • "You know, three-fifths of the world is covered by the sea, and how little most of us know about that underwater world. Go below with us again next week, huh, for another thrilling adventure in Sea Hunt."

SHEENA/SYN/2000-2002
[Opening Narration] "She is the protector of the jungle, a force of nature and one with the animals. A child of Africa. A legend of the people. A modern day hero... she is Sheena."

"Orphaned by tragedy at a young age Sheena was raised by Kali, the last living member of the Kaya tribe. The tribe held the mystical and secret power of shape shifting, and now it is a gift shared by Sheena. It is her destiny to use her extraordinary power and her understanding of a past civilization to the modern world."

SWORD OF JUSTICE/NBC/1978-79

Judge: This court finds Jack Martin Cole guilty of 25 counts of embezzlement.
Jack Cole: That is an absolute lie! Those criminals framed me for something I didn't do. I'll pay them back for every single day of those three long years.... They say this place (Prison) is like a college, well I want to go to school.
Convict 1: So you want to know about burglar alarms hmmm?
Convict 2: You never know when precision acrobatics well come in handy.
Convict 3: Any lock can be picked, if you have the right tools and the right touch.
Hector Ramirez: You mean we're gonna bug the federal building?
Jack Cole: There's a whole level of crime operating above the law, we're going to help put an end to it.

TARZAN/NBC/CBS/1966-69
[Narrator] "The dark land of the jungle is the country of the unknown with savagery, terror and peril beyond the imagination of men. Here in the forbidden tangle of the jungle, a child was found and raised by the great apes. The boy took the name Tarzan and later was educated in civilization But then, Tarzan returned to the deadly land he knew so well and every where in the jungle from the great falls, to the huge mountains, to the land of ghost men and the limitless rainforest, the cheetah has grown to know one who is swifter, the lion knows one who is braver. Deep in the jungle Tarzan continues to enforce his law...the law of right. The elephant comes to his friend...TARZAN OF THE APES."

TEAM KNIGHT RIDER/SYN/1997-98
[Narrator] "Ten years ago, all it took was one man, and one car, to get the job done. Now, the Foundation for Law and Government has assembled five highly skilled operatives, and paired them with the most advanced state-of-the-art vehicles, to take on a new breed of outlaw. They are...TEAM KNIGHT RIDER.

T.H.E. CAT/NBC/1966-67
[Narrator] "Out of the night comes a man who saves lives at the risk of his own. Once a circus performer, an aerialist who refused the net. Once a cat burglar, a master among jewel thieves. And now, a professional bodyguard...primitive, savage, in love with danger...THE CAT"

THEN CAME BRONSON/NBC/1969-70
[Opening scene: Michael Parks as Jim Bronson stops at a red light on his motorcycle. A man in an automobile next to him starts a conversation.]

Man in Car: Taking a trip?
Jim Bronson  [Yelling over sound of traffic] What's that?
Man in car: [Talking louder] Taking a trip?
Jim Bronson Yeah!
Man in car: Where to?
Jim Bronson Oh, I don't know. Wherever I end up, I guess.
Man in car:  Man, I wish I was you.
Jim Bronson Really?
 Man in car: Yeah!
Jim Bronson Well, hang in there

 [The traffic light turns green and both men drive off]. 


VANISHING SON/SYN/1995-96
[Narrator] "Running from oppression, yearning for freedom, he came to America. But when he is falsely accused of murder, he must run again searching for the truth... the hunter and the hunted."

VENGEANCE UNLIMITED/ABC/1998
[Voice of Michael Madsen as Mr. Chapel] "I'm glad you called [555-0132] ...People will think that innocent and not guilty are the same thing. People who treat justice like some sort of business. Well, I've got my own business. It's called VENGEANCE UNLIMITED." [from premiere episode]

VIPER/NBC/1994/SYN/1996-99
[Narrator in 1994 opening] "The day after tomorrow. A time when criminals rule the city. The only weapon that can stop them, needs a driver. [Voice] The man without a memory can be supplied with one. [Voice] After a little cosmetic fine tuning he'll be our driver. [Voice]: Initiate change over. 3,2,1 activate. The most wanted man on wheels is about to change sides. Now against a corrupt system a lone fight for justice. Viper is taking back the streets."

[Revised opening for syndicated series] "It prowls the streets in pursuit of justice. Its origins are secret. Its technology 21st century. Its existence officially disavowed. But its presence undeniable. The perfect weapon for an imperfect future...VIPER."

WATERFRONT/SYN/1954-56
[Voice of Preston Foster] "Hello, I'm Preston Foster coming your way with another exciting episode of WATERFRONT."

YOU ASKED FOR IT/DUM/ABC/1950-59/SYN/1972
[Announcer] "Whatever it is, where ever it is, at home or around the world, you see it here, YOU ASKED FOR IT. And here's you host, Jack Smith."


 

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