"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
aired on ABC television (in USA) from 1992 - 1993; and the THE FAMILY CHANNEL from 1994 to 1995.
To say this was my faovrite television series puts it in high regard. That means I liked it more than THE PRISONER, MASH, COLUMBO, THE SAINT, and ULTRAMAN (and all it's various sequels)!!!!
The format of the show was fairly simplistic and none too original, with Old Indy alive and well, presently bumping into everday characters so jaded or cynical he feels they deserve to hear a story culled from his youthful experiences. But thanks to the skills of the many great writers employed on the show, they usually came across pretty well. George Hall played Old Indy, but was not used for the few final episodes and not at all in any of the Family Channel movies.
Corey Carrier played young Indiana in any story set between 1908 to 1910, and he was effective, though writers had difficulty adding anything to his character in episodes that used him. As a result, some of his episodes are rather dull.
Sean Patrick Flanery was the series real star - and often it's greatest asset (along with the show's gorgeous photography and costumes). He played Indiana Jones in episodes set between 1916 and 1920. Initially it didn't seem he was coming across right for the role but by the time one watches The Congo episodes, Princeton 1916, or the Mystery of the Blues, the light is shed: Flanery is THE successor to Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones! He's perfect: lightly charming and just-so-smug, physical but able to wisthand a good thrashing, and plenty adventurous. Thanks to the show's historically realistic vision, the focus of many episodes were slice of life experiences as opposed to the fast paced supercharged heroics of the movies. This enabled Flanery to display many elements of the character that Ford could not have: a naivete that comes with being young, which could be employed in mnay ways, from near fatal (not trusting Schweitzer in the Congo) to hysterical (all of Princeton).
Enough can't be said of the show's consistent quality writing, as many episodes featured film-writers and novelists. As mentioned earlier, the productions were always colorful and the computer effects were never obtrusive to scenes even when they were obvious.
Next week: YOUNG INDIANA JONES AND THE CURSE OF THE JACKAL, the premier episode reviewed!