The Great Adventure (TV series)

The Great Adventure

Lee Marvin and Walter Koenig in "Six Wagons to Sea", 1963.
Genre Historical Anthology
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Philip Leacock
Joseph M. Newman
Denis Sanders
Robert Stevens (director)
Presented by Van Heflin
Theme music composer Richard Rodgers
Composer(s) Fred Steiner
Bernard Herrmann
Wilbur Hatch
Leon Klatzkin
Nathan Scott
David Buttolph
Robert Drasnin
Leigh Harline
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Bert Granet
Producer(s) John Houseman
Ethel Winant
Running time 44 mins.
Production company(s) CBS
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 27, 1963 (1963-09-27) – May 1, 1964 (1964-05-01)

The Great Adventure is a historical anthology series that appeared on CBS for the 1963-1964 television season. The series, narrated each week by Van Heflin, and featuring theme music by Richard Rodgers, presented a weekly one-hour dramatization of the lives of famous Americans and important historical events in American History.


The series lasted for only 26 episodes, and showed, among others, stories on the Confederate submarine, the Hunley; the life of Harriet Tubman; the Battles of Lexington and Concord; the trial and hanging of Nathan Hale; the life of "Boss" Tweed; the death of Sitting Bull; the siege of Boonesborough; the capture of Jefferson Davis; the life and death of Wild Bill Hickok; and the Battle of New Orleans.

Notable guest stars

Among those who appeared in the series were:

Episode list

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Hunley" September 27, 1963
1-2 "The Death of Sitting Bull" (part one) October 4, 1963
1-3 "The Massacre at Wounded Knee" (part two) October 11, 1963
1-4 "Six Wagons To Sea" October 18, 1963
1-5 "The Story of Nathan Hale" October 25, 1963
1-6 "Go Down, Moses" November 1, 1963
1-7 "The Great Diamond Mountain" November 8, 1963
1-8 "The Treasure Train of Jefferson Davis" November 15, 1963
1-9 "The Outlaw and the Nun" December 6, 1963
1-10 "The Man Who Stole New York City" December 13, 1963
1-11 "A Boy At War" December 20, 1963
1-12 "Wild Bill Hickok- The Legend and the Man" January 3, 1964
1-13 "The Colonel From Connecticut" January 10, 1964
1-14 "Teeth of the Lion" January 17, 1964
1-15 "Rodger Young" January 24, 1964
1-16 "The Testing of Sam Houston" February 7, 1964
1-17 "The Special Courage of Captain Pratt" February 14, 1964
1-18 "The Night Raiders" February 21, 1964
1-19 "The Plague" February 28, 1964
1-20 "The Pathfinder" March 6, 1964
1-21 "The President Vanishes" March 13, 1964
1-22 "The Henry Berch Story" March 20, 1964
1-23 "Kentucky's Bloody Ground" (part one) April 3, 1964
1-24 "The Siege of Boonesborough" (part two) April 10, 1964
1-25 "Escape" April 17, 1964
1-26 "The Pirate and the Patriot" May 1, 1964

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