- Paradise (TV series)
show_name = Paradise
caption = Ethan Cord with the Carroll kids
show_name_2 = Guns of Paradise
genre = Western
creator = David Jacobs
Matthew Newmark Brian Lando Michael Patrick Carter Sigrid Thornton Dehl Berti
country = USA
language = English
network = CBS
27 October 1988
10 May 1991
num_episodes = 56
imdb_id = 0094473
tv_com_id = 1726
"Paradise" ("Guns of Paradise"), was an American western family
television series, broadcast by CBSfrom 1988to 1991. It was also broadcast in syndication by The Family Channel for a couple years following its cancellation.
The series presents the adventures of fictitious gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord, whose sister left her four children in his custody when she died.
Lee Horsleyas Cord, a professional gunfighter who was forced to take custody of the four children of his sister, a Saint Louis singerwho was dying and unable to make any other arrangements for their care. Cord realized that his profession was unsuitable to child rearing and decided to change, renting a farmfrom Amelia Lawson ( Sigrid Thornton), who also owned the local bank in the small town of Paradise, California (the origin of the title). Ethan tried to live a peaceful life, but was constantly haunted by his violent past and frequently called upon by the townspeople to defend them from lawlessness. Cord was close friends with John Taylor ( Dehl Berti), a Native American medicine man, who often provided him with wise counsel and insights into human nature.
In the third and final season some changes were made. A new opening sequence introduced the series' new name, "Guns of Paradise", an apparent attempt to remind viewers that the program, despite its title, was in fact a Western. Cord and Amelia were now engaged and in the process of building a new house, and Cord was in the process of achieving an official appointment to be the town's marshal, the role he had essentially been fulfilling unofficially.
Despite a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, the series was canceled in 1991 amid low viewer numbers. "Paradise" was eventually replaced by the much more successful and highly acclaimed, "
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".
Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, "
The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows"
* [http://www.epguides.com/GunsofParadise/ EpGuides]
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