Brisco Couthy Jr.
While ostensibly a
Western, Brisco County routinely includes
elements of the science fiction and steampunk genres. Humor
is 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 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 one of
the last television shows to be filmed on the Warner Bros.
Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.,
garnered 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 containing all 27
episodes. The series has been remembered fondly by
critics, who praise its humor and unique blend of genres.