This French-produced (but English language) series about William Tell was the perfect antidote for fans of derring-do who were bored with the umpteen versions of the Robin Hood legend.
The series starred Will Lyman, who would go on to be the voice of the narrator in those old “World’s Most Interesting Man” commercials, as the crossbow- wielding Tell.
Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy fame) co-starred as Gessler, the tyrant Tell opposed during the Swiss Uprising against the Austrians in the 14th Century. Each episode featured William Tell and his son (the famous one with the apple on his head) defiantly foiling Gessler’s sinister machinations with the aid of fellow rebels.
Adding to the show’s appeal is the fact that each episode ran just a half-hour. This prevents boredom by eliminating the problem many hour-long formulaic shows suffer from: the fact that they often have just a half-hour’s worth of actual story dilluted with monotonous filler.
For added fun, look for a young Sarah Michelle Gellar and Steve Buscemi in a few episodes. And Crossbow was good at incorporating unexpected touches of humor here and there. For my fellow Crossbow fans, allow me to riff on the hilarious “Sounds like an allegory to me!” bit of business.
The first two seasons of twenty-four episodes each ran on The Family Channel in the U.S. and on FR3 in France, but the twenty-four episodes of the third and final season were never shown in the U.S., creating a built-in Holy Grail of “Lost Episodes” even for hardcore American fans of this pleasantly diverting show.
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