More bears with bears? Okay!
My favorite part of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was always when he risked his life to save Ben; it just seemed such a romantic notion. Also, the idea of having a bear as a best friend seemed delightful to the 7 year old me. The amazing theme song, Maybe, was sung by Thom Pace and went all the way to number 1 in Europe (that may or may not be true, there's no citation to support it. But even without the citation, it should be true - at least if we live in a just world.) Listen to the test marketing they did for this.
In a 1978 interview with TV Guide, Sellier said that the company used extensive market testing to produce the series, which was based on tests showing that audiences liked stories about men and animals in the wilderness; that bears were favorite wilderness animals; and that grizzlies were the favorite type of bear. via
I wonder if they also test-marketed the underlying thread of gay love. In one of the movies, a little boy asks Adams about his relationship with his "bloodbrother" Nakoma and Adams explains by saying, "We're two living things that feel as one." Even then, I remember thinking, I knew it - they love each other!
Look at his face - that's pure falcon joy he's experiencing! How can you not love this show?!