TV Series | TV-PG | | Action, Crime, Drama
Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
For the first two seasons, music (including the theme) was composed by David Shire in a strongly country music fashion. During the third season, there was no regular composer, with four different closing themes used in five episodes. The main title theme used in most openings and all closings from season four, episode one, "Butch Cassidy Rides Again", was never given screen credit, but its resemblance to other scores in the fourth season suggests that Frank De Vol (My Three Sons (1960), The Brady Bunch (1969), and Fernwood Tonight (1977)) composed all, or most, of the theme. The theme is somewhat similar in a driving beat to others which Series Producer Glen A. Larson composed for later series, such as Switch (1975) and Sword of Justice (1978).
Peter B. Clifford:
He's got an arrest record that goes back to the crib... he's a psychopathic killer.
Sam McCloud: Well, I'll try and stay on his good side.
Peter B. Clifford: He doesn't have a good side!
McCloud's accent is totally wrong for someone supposedly from Taos New Mexico. Taos is located in northern New Mexico, and Anglos there do not speak in that sort of accent, but rather more or less a general American accent.
Only the first season featured hour long episodes (47 minutes plus commercials). The pilot and subsequent seasons were 90 minutes or longer. For repeats, the six episodes of season one were edited together in pairs of two to form three 90 minutes installments. These were given the new titles 'Man from Taos'; 'Manhattan Manhunt'; and 'Murder Arena'. Some additional voice-overs by the main cast was added to imply connections between the story lines where originally there had been none.
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