whimsical western fantasy, set in 1893, chronicled the adventures of jut-jawed
hero Brisco County, Jr., a Harvard-educated attorney who had become a bounty
hunter because he didn't like practicing law.
For much of the season, Brisco
hunted a creepy, ruthless criminal named John Bly, who had murdered Brisco's Father, a U.S. Marshal, during a train robbery.
Working with Brisco, often against his better judgment was a black bounty
hunter with expensive tastes named Lord Bowler. Socrates Poole, who gave Brisco most of his assignments,
attorney for the San Francisco-based Westerfield Club, which had hired Brisco
to work for its interests in the West. Comet was Brisco's incredibly intelligent
and resourceful horse.
on a recurring basis were Professor Wirewick, an eccentric inventor; Cartwright,
one of the senior members of the Westerfield Club; Pete Hutter, a dumb
thief who sometimes worked with Bly; Whip Morgan, a likable con artist
and Dixie, the sexy adventuress who was Brisco's on-again off-again love
There was a tongue-in-cheek
quality to Brisco, with each episode divided into "chapters" that usually
ended in cliff-hangers. A running theme related to a mystical golden orb that
had strange powers to bring people back to life and heal people who would
otherwise be dead - and everyone wanted it for their own. In a January 1994
episode, it was revealed that Bly was a time traveler from 2506 who had come
back to the 1890's to get the orb and take it to his time to use its power to
rule his future world. In February, Brisco, with the help of Carina, a woman
from the year 5502 whose people had placed the orbs in the past to help mankind
develop, destroyed Bly, thus preventing him from returning to his time and
initialing a 2,000-year-long reign of terror. At the end of that episode, Brisco
and Bowler agreed to become special agents working on cases for President
Cleveland when he needed them.