is a short-lived action-adventure American television series which aired Saturday
nights on CBS.
The original series began as a 2-hour pilot movie, and was followed
by eleven one-hour episodes.
The story begins in
Texas in 1899, as Sheriff Jonathan Grail tried to round up the
villainous four-man Pike Gang, of which he had once been a member.
After cornering the gang in a stormy Indian graveyard,
a bolt of lightning
struck all five men - transporting them 87 years forward in time to
1986. With no way to get back to their original time, the five men
agreed to a truce, and started a private investigation/detective
agency to pay their bills.
The five men, now working as the
"Double Eagle Detection Agency," helped right wrongs,
protected the downtrodden, and fought off drug lords and gang
leaders, all while continuing to operate with 19th-century weaponry,
including revolvers and shotguns. Several of the episodes dealt with
problems the men faced in the 1880sthat had to be resolved in the
1980s. No one knew their real identities, and most people assumed
that their old-style clothing and weapons were an affectation.
During their first case they met Lt. Maggie Randall, a Houston
detective, who became romantically involved with Grail and often
helped them in their cases.
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||December 28, 1986
|Sheriff Jonathan Grail corners
the villainous Pike Gang in an Indian graveyard; as all five men braced
for a showdown, a bolt of lightning struck the graveyard - and all five
men - hurtling them 100 years into the future. Several of the Outlaws run
afoul of a drug lord, and it's up to the rest of the Outlaws, working
together in an unfamiliar era, to stop the drug lord. Shannen
Doherty, in an early role, appears in this episode.
||January 3, 1987
|While working security for a
wealthy client, Harland Pike discovers that the client's wife is a mirror
image of his long-lost love from the 19th century. When the woman shows
signs of physical abuse, the Outlaws rescue her and her son, only to
discover her husband has an evil streak in him and wants to take it out on
||January 10, 1987
|While trying to stop a
protection racket that preys on shopkeepers, Billy Pike joins an adult
education class (he never learned to read in the 19th century), where he
comes face to face with the leader of the protection racket, whose
followers are also terrorizing the adult education class.
||January 17, 1987
|Running short on cash, Ice
McAdams leads the Outlaws to a treasure of buried gold coins he once stole
from his slave overseer; it leads him to participate in a duel with his
||January 31, 1987
|The Outlaws travel to New York
City to protect a female televangelist from a murderous stalker. During
the episode, Wolfson Lucas and the televangelist battle over each other's
view of faith and worship.
||February 7, 1987
|Jonathan Grail and the Outlaws
are hired to watch over the ghost town of Madril, which has been purchased
by a man to build a new shopping center. Unbeknownst to the Outlaws, the
owner's wife is plotting to steal the town for her own uses - and
compounding matters is the town's oldest living resident, who remembers
the day Jonathan Grail (in the 19th century, and as a villain) shot down
||February 28, 1987
|A Western historian has
discovered that the Double Eagle Detection Agency's members look
remarkably like his archival photograph of the Pike Gang from 1885.
Meanwhile, the Outlaws have to stop a crime lord - and keep the
inquisitive historian at bay.
||March 7, 1987
|The Outlaws must find the
estranged daughter of a dying mob leader - only to discover that not only
does the daughter not want to see her father, but that there are several
members of the mob who want to find her father - even if it means
kidnapping the daughter.
||March 21, 1987
|The Outlaws work as taxi
drivers to protect an independent cab fleet from the vicious competition.
||March 28, 1987
|After the Outlaws take in a
troubled youth who is on the run from a murderous crime lord, Billy Pike
realizes the teen's rebellious attitude was the same attitude that turned
Pike to a life of crime - and now must be diverted to a path of good.
||April 4, 1987
|After another successful job
completed, the Outlaws are rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas - where they
must protect an accountant who has valuable information that could put a
mob family away for good.
||May 2, 1987
|After the Outlaws take some
time to prepare a birthday party for Detective Maggie Randall, the Double
Eagle Detection Agency ranch comes under siege from sharpshooters. During
the episode, thinking it might be their last moments together, Grail
confides a story about how he and Wolfson Lucas first met - featuring film
footage from a television series, The
Oregon Trail, in which both actors starred.
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