Walker, Texas Ranger

Walker, Texas Ranger

Walker, Texas Ranger
Genre Action
Police procedural
Created by Albert S. Ruddy
Leslie Greif
Paul Haggis
Christopher Canaan
Starring Chuck Norris
Clarence Gilyard
Sheree J. Wilson
Noble Willingham
Nia Peeples
Judson Mills
Floyd Westerman
Jimmy Wlcek
Marco Sanchez
Theme music composer Tirk Wilder
(Seasons 1, 2–8)
Jerrold Immel (Season 2, last used on "Tiger's Eye")
Opening theme "Eyes of the Ranger"
Performed by Chuck Norris (Mid-Seasons 2–8) on DVD (Mid-Seasons 3 (Ep. 12)–8)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 203 (including TV movie).[1][2] (list of episodes)
Camera setup Single-camera
Super 16mm
Running time 42‒46 minutes
Production company(s) Cannon Television
Top Kick Productions
Norris Brothers Entertainment
The Ruddy Greif Company
CBS Productions (1993–2001)
Columbia Pictures Television (1993–2001)
Columbia TriStar Television (2001)
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (1997–2002)
Sony Pictures Television Distribution (2002–present)
CBS Broadcasting International (1993–2008)
CBS Television Distribution (DVD's and non-us, 2008–present)
Original network CBS
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release September 25, 1993 – May 19, 2001

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American action television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division.[3] The show aired on CBS in the spring of 1993, with the first season consisting of three pilot episodes. Eight full seasons followed with new episodes airing from September 25, 1993, to May 19, 2001, and reruns continuing on CBS until July 28, 2001.[4] It has been broadcast in over 100 countries and has since spawned a 2005 made-for-television movie entitled Trial By Fire. The movie ended on a cliffhanger, which was never resolved. DVD sets of all seasons have been released (with the three pilots packaged with the first regular season). At various times since 1997, reruns of the show have aired, in syndication, on the USA Network and Action in Canada. Reruns can currently be seen on CBS Action, WGN America and INSP.

The series was noted for its moralistic style. The characters refrained from the use of drugs, and they participated in community service. Martial arts were displayed prominently as the primary tool of law enforcement and occasionally as a tool for Walker and company to reach out to the community.[5][6]


The show was initially developed by executive producer Allison Moore and supervising producer J. Michael Straczynski when the series was still being produced by Cannon Television. While Straczynski had to depart to get his new series Babylon 5 on the air, executive producer David Moessinger remained to finish developing the series. The show is centered on Sergeant Cordell Walker (Norris), a Dallas–Fort Worth–based member of the Texas Rangers, a state-level bureau of investigation.[7] Walker was raised by his paternal uncle, a Native American named Ray Firewalker (Floyd Red Crow Westerman, pilot episode, Season 1; Apesanahkwat, Season 2). The surname being, possibly, a nod to the 1986 Norris film, Firewalker. Cordell, prior to joining the Rangers, served in the Marines' elite recon unit during the Vietnam War. Both Cordell and Uncle Ray share the values characteristic of Wild West sheriffs.[8]

His partner and best friend is James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), a former Dallas Cowboys player, "Go Long T", who takes a more modern approach.[9] Walker's young partner grew up in Baltimore and used football as his ticket to college education. He was dropped from the team after he tore up his shoulder in a major game, which led to his career in the Rangers (often making references to watching the Lone Ranger and how C.D. Parker mentored him as a Rookie Officer). Trivette also works inside the office using computers and cellular phones to collate information of the people who have been taken into custody.

Walker also works closely (and shares a mutual attraction) with Alexandra "Alex" Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney, who on occasion puts up a frown if Walker does not obtain results in time. He also gets advice on cases from C.D. Parker (Gailard Sartain, pilot season; Noble Willingham, Seasons 1–7), a veteran Ranger (later inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame) who worked with Walker (and is the only character on the show to address Walker by his first name Cordell on a regular basis) until retiring to operate a small restaurant and bar called "CD's Bar and Grill", a restaurant widely known in the series for its chili. In Season 7, two rookie Texas Rangers, Sydney Cooke (Nia Peeples), and Francis Gage (Judson Mills), are assigned under Walker and Trivette's command.

The series was well-known during its run for its product placement deal with Chrysler, especially its Dodge division. After Walker used a GMC Sierra during the first season, he switched to the Dodge Ram (which at the start of the second season was completely redesigned for 1994), which would be advertised during commercial breaks. Other members of the cast often used other Chrysler vehicles, while villains would drive vehicles from General Motors or Ford Motor Company. This was not unlike The Andy Griffith Show, which exclusively used Ford vehicles due to a sponsorship deal with Andy Griffith. Coincidentally, the show ended just as Dodge was getting ready to redesign the Ram again for the 2002 model year. However the 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10 was used in the short movie Trial by Fire, driven by Walker.

Cast and characters

Name Portrayed by Occupation Seasons
1 2 3 4 56 7 8
Cordell Walker Chuck Norris Texas Ranger
James Trivette Clarence Gilyard Texas Ranger Main
Alexandra Cahill Sheree J. Wilson Assistant District Attorney Main
CD Parker Noble Willingham, Gailard Sartain former Texas Ranger, bar owner Main
Francis Gage Judson Mills Texas Ranger Main
Sydney Cooke Nia Peeples Texas Ranger Main
Raymond Firewalker Floyd Westerman, Apesanahkwat Walker's uncle Main
Trent Malloy Jimmy Wlcek karate instructor, private detective Recurring Main
Carlos Sandoval Marco Sanchez police detective Recurring Main

Main characters

Supporting characters


Nielsen ratings

The show was quite successful in the ratings throughout its run, ranking among the Top 30 programs from 1995 until 1999, and ranking in the Top 20 in both the 1995–1996 and 1998–1999 seasons.

Critical reception

In October 1993, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a C+.[10]

DVD releases

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all seasons on DVD in Region 1.[11] The Complete 1st Season contains the three pilot episodes and the first full season being labeled as just the first season. This has confused some fans, as the episodes are wrongly numbered. Seasons 1–6 have been released in regions 2–4.

On May 12, 2015, CBS DVD released Walker, Texas Ranger- The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1.[12]

DVD Name
Release dates
Region 1
Region 2
Region 4
The Complete 1st Season[13] 26 June 13, 2006 October 2, 2006 October 12, 2006
The Complete 2nd Season 24 January 23, 2007 March 8, 2007 April 12, 2007
The Complete 3rd Season 26 June 12, 2007 December 4, 2007 January 10, 2008
The Complete 4th Season 26 February 19. 2008 May 28, 2008 July 31, 2008
The Complete 5th Season 25 July 1, 2008 October 21, 2008 October 2, 2008
The Complete 6th Season 23 January 13, 2009 February 19, 2009 March 5, 2009
The Complete 7th Season 25 March 9, 2010 N/A March 3, 2011[14]
The Complete Final Season 24 June 14, 2005 N/A March 3, 2011[15]
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire 1 N/A January 2, 2007 March 5, 2014[16]

Spin-offs and merchandise

Television movies

CBS broadcast the television movie Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, produced by Paramount Network Television (now CBS Television Studios), on October 16, 2005. Chuck Norris, Sheree J. Wilson and Judson Mills reprised their roles, and Clarence Gilyard shot a cameo for the movie but was not featured due to the filming's conflict with a long-planned family vacation. To fill the void, Judson Mills, who was not in the original script, returned to reprise the role of Francis Gage. Nia Peeples, who played the role of Sydney Cooke for Seasons 7 and 8, was also not featured in Walker's return to prime-time television. The explanation given was that producers decided not to follow much of the original Walker Texas Ranger series, as to give the movie a fresh look. Even the show's original opening credits with the theme "Eyes of a Ranger" performed by Chuck Norris, was absent from the TV movie.

Although the return of Walker Texas Ranger did not garner the ratings CBS had hoped for, indications were that CBS was green-lighting future Walker Texas Ranger "movie of the week" projects. But as of spring 2006, both CBS and the Norris camp have been silent as to the future of the franchise, leaving many to wonder if it will return. Trial by Fire ended with Sheree J. Wilson's character the victim of a courthouse shooting, leaving many viewers to believe that there would be a follow-up movie.[17]

When they announced their fall 2006 prime-time schedule, CBS said that they would no longer be producing "Sunday Night Movie of the Week" projects, which severely impaired any hopes of Walker's return to television in the foreseeable future.

On May 15, 2007, CBS announced its fall line-up, but this did not include the return of the "Sunday Night Movie of the Week."

Sons of Thunder

Most episodes were based on true stories. A short-lived series, Sons of Thunder, featured recurring character Carlos Sandoval, who resigns from his post with the Dallas police and teams up with childhood friend Trent Malloy (a protégé of Walker's), to start a private investigation firm.[18]


Three Walker, Texas Ranger books, written by James Reasoner, were published by Berkley Publishing Group in 1999. The books are now out of print.

  1. Walker, Texas Ranger (1998, ISBN 0-425-16815-8)
  2. Hell's Half Acre (1999, ISBN 0-425-16972-3)
  3. Siege on the Belle (1999, ISBN 0-425-17112-4)

In other media

The show has garnered a particular cult appreciation among Conan O'Brien fans, from one of his most popular segments called the "Walker Texas Ranger Lever". He explained since NBC had recently purchased Universal, he could now show clips from Walker Texas Ranger without having to pay any money. The joke was that he would pull a giant red lever, causing a random and comically awkward scene to play. Random scenes included Walker jumping out of a plane and punching a woman in the face, or being shot in the back while proposing, or Haley Joel Osment playing a boy who is first meeting the rest of Walker's friends, and suddenly interjects "Walker told me I have AIDS". Conan would go on to riff at the bizarre nature of the scene out of context. He did this primarily on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, which prompted the show's star, Chuck Norris in character as Walker, to make a surprise guest appearance by acting out a skit in parody of the action scenes from Walker, Texas Ranger

Notable guest stars

ActorCharacterEpisode titleYear
Marshall R. Teague Orson Wade "One Riot, One Ranger" 1993
Harper Ridland "Payback" 1994
Randy Shrader "Codename: Dragonfly" 1996
Rudd Kilgore "Last of a Breed: Part 1"
"Last of a Breed: Part 2"
Lieutenant Tracton "Fight or Die" 1999
Emile Lavocat/Mills "Moon" Lavocat "The Final Showdown" 2001
Richard Norton
Rollins "Storm Warning" 1993
Mercenary #1 "Standoff" 1995
Simms "Team Cherokee: Part 2" 1999
Tom Munger "Fight or Die" 1999
Thug (uncredited) "Wedding Bells: Part 1" 2000
Frank Scanlon "The Avenging Angel" 2000
Jonas Graves/ 'flashbacks', Long-Haired Desperado "The Final Showdown: Part 1"
"The Final Showdown: Part 2"
Luis GuzmánGomez"Storm Warning"1993
Judith Hoag Lainie Flanders "Family Matters" 1993
Brian ThompsonLeo Cale
M.C. Gainey Tingley "She'll Do to Ride the River With" 1993
Craig "The Bachelor Party" 2000
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Merilee Summers "Right Man Wrong Time" 1994
Giovanni Ribisi Tony Kingston "Something in the Shadows: Part 1"
"Something in the Shadows: Part 2"
Tom Virtue Peter Needham
Tobey Maguire Duane Parsons "The Prodigal Son" 1994
Carli Coleman Georgia Douglas "Silk Dreams" 1994
James Morrison Ned Travis "Mustangs" 1994
Danica McKellar Laurie Maston "Stolen Lullaby" 1994
Ray Wise Garrett Carlson
Doris Roberts Elaine Portugal "The Big Bingo Bamboozle" 1995
William Smith Silas Quint "Final Justice"1995
Dirk Benedict Blair "Case Closed"1995
Marshall Colt Lt. Lee Corbin (his last acting role) "Whitewater: Part 1"1995
Alex Cord Larry Curtis "The Guardians"1995
Carlos Machado Himself "Rodeo" 1996
Officer No. 1 "Sons of Thunder" 1997
Orderly "Forgotten People"
Rodgers "Fight or Die" 1999
Clifton Collins Jr. Fito "El Coyote: Part 1"
"El Coyote: Part 2"
Robert Englund Lyle Eckert "Deadline" 1996
Burt Young Jack Belmont "Lucky" 1996
"Small Blessings" 1997
Max Martini Luke "A Silent Cry" 1996
Rod Taylor Gordon Cahill "Redemption" 1996
"Texas vs. Cahill" 1997
"Wedding Bells: Part 1"
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
Terry Kiser Charlie Brooks "Mayday"
"Last Hope"
The Iceman "Iceman" 1997
Marco Sanchez Detective Carlos Sandoval "Sons of Thunder"-"Team Cherokee: Part 2" 1997–1999
James Wlcek Trent Malloy "Sons of Thunder"-"Team Cherokee: Part 2" 1997–1999
Mila Kunis Pepper "Last Hope" 1997
John Amos Pastor Roscoe Jones "Sons of Thunder" 1997
Haley Joel Osment Lucas Simms "Lucas: Part 1"
"Lucas: Part 2"
Mackenzie Phillips Ellen Simms
Gwen Verdon Maisie Whitman "Forgotten People" 1997
"Mind Games" 1999
David Gallagher Chad Morgan "Brainchild" 1997
Paul Gleason Dr. Harold Payton
Randolph Mantooth James Lee Crown "Rainbow's End" 1997
Dan Lauria Salvatore Matacio "A Father's Image" 1997
Kyla Pratt Kyla Jarvis "The Neighborhood" 1997
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Cody "The Crusader" Conway "The Crusader" 1998
Randy Tallman TBD
Paul Winfield Pastor Roscoe Jones "The Soul of Winter" 1998
Collin Raye Himself
Danny Trejo Joe Lopez "Circle of Life" 1998
Jose Rodriguez "Rise to the Occasion" 1999
Lila McCann Kelly Wyman "Eyes of a Ranger" 1998
Michael Peterson Himself
Tobin Bell Karl Storm "The Wedding: Part 1"
"The Wedding: Part 2"
RuPaul Bob "Royal Heist" 1998
Dean Norris Deke Powell "War Cry" 1998
Camilla Belle Cindy Morgan "Code of the West" 1998
Lee Majors Sheriff Bell "On the Border" 1998
Mitch Pileggi Paul Grady "Money Talks" 1998
Deion Sanders Himself "Rise to the Occasion" 1999
"Special Witness"
Gary Busey Donovan Riggs "Special Witness"
James Remar Keith Bolt "The Principal" 1999
Judy Herrera Rachel Falcon "Team Cherokee: Part 1"
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
Michael Greyeyes Brian Falcon "Team Cherokee: Part 1"
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
Robert Mirabal Tall Bear "Team Cherokee: Part 1"
"Team Cherokee: Part 2"
John Schneider Jacob Crossland "Jacob's Ladder" 1999
Rex Linn Leland Stahl/Lester Stahl "Way of the Warrior" 1999
Randy Savage Whitelaw Lundren "Fight or Die" 1999
Frank Shamrock The Hammer
Lane Smith Reverend Thornton Powers "Power Angels" 1999
Scott Weinger Bradley Roberts "Full Recovery" 1999
Joe Penny Sonny Tantero "Suspicious Minds" 1999
Dwight Schultz Lloyd Allen "Safe House" 1999
Frank Stallone B.J. Ronson,
Frank Bishop
"Tall Cotton" 1999
"Saturday Night" 2001
Tammy Townsend Erika Carter "Justice Delayed" 2000
"The Final Showdown" 2001
David Keith Cliff Eagleton "The Day of Cleansing"[19] 2000
Sammo Hung Sammo Law
Deron McBee Luke Warley "Black Dragons" 2000
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Master Ko
Mako Edward Song
Byron Mann P.K. Song
Tzi Ma General Nimh "The General's Return" 2000
Christopher B. Duncan Defense Attorney Lime "The Bachelor Party" 2000
Joan Jett Dierdre Harris "Wedding Bells: Part 1" 2000
Mark Cuban Groomsmen "Wedding Bells: Part 1"
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
Tom Bosley Minister "Wedding Bells: Part 1"
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
Ernest Borgnine Eddie Ryan "The Avenging Angel" 2000
Michael Ironside Nolan 'The Chairman' Pierce "Winds of Change"
"Turning Point"
T.J. Thyne Wallace 'The Wizard' Slausen
Dionne Warwick Dionne Berry "Faith" 2000
Barbara Mandrell Nicole Foley "Showdown at Casa Diablo: Part 1" 2000
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Jake Horbart "Child of Hope" 2000
Robert Fuller Ranger Wade Harper "Matter of Principle" 2000
"The Final Show/Down" 2001
Hulk Hogan Boomer Knight "Division Street" 2001
Francis Capra Ace
Ryan Bittle Harley "Reel Rangers" 2001
Laura Bailey Roberta "Saturday Night" 2001
Mercedes McNab Heather Preston "6 Hours" 2001
Josh Holloway Ben Wiley "Medieval Crimes" 2001
Sting Grangus "Unsafe Speed" 2001
Carlos Bernard Raoul 'Skull' Hidalgo "Without a Sound" 2001
Mitchel Musso Josh Whitley "Trial by Fire" 2005
Selena Gomez Julie


The series began with Cannon Television, but after the folding of Cannon, CBS assumed production responsibilities and is the ancillary rights holder for this series. Other companies as listed below have also been involved with the series production and/or distribution.

Production companies
Amadea Film Productions TBD
Cannon Television (1993)
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) TBD
Columbia Pictures Television (1993–2001)
Columbia TriStar Television (2001)
The Ruddy-Greif Company (1993–2001)
Top Kick Productions (1993–1998)
Norris Brothers Entertainment (1998–2005)
CBS Productions (1995–2001)
CBS Entertainment Productions (1993–1995)
CBS Broadcast International (1993–2008)
CBS Television Distribution (1993–2001), US, TV, original airing
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001–2002)
Mediaset, Canale 5 (1996) - Italy, TV (First TV)
Mediaset, Italia 1 (1997-2003) - Italy, TV (First TV)
Mediaset, Rete 4 (2002-2013) - Italy, TV (Reply)
Duel TV (2003-2006) - Italy, TV (Reply)
FX (2006-2011) - Italy, TV (Reply)
AXN (2009–present) - Italy, TV (Reply)
Mediaset, Iris (2015–present) - Italy, TV (Reply)
Paramount Home Entertainment (2006-TBD), Germany, DVD
Paramount Home Entertainment (2008, US, DVD, Season 5
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
CBS Television Distribution (2008–present), DVDs and international
TF1 2004, France, TV
TV2 (2000–2006), Hungary, TV
UFA Film- und Fernseh GmbH 1993, Germany, all media

See also


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  11. "Walker, Texas Ranger DVD news: Announcement for Walker, Texas Ranger - The Complete 7th Season - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  12. "Walker, Texas Ranger DVD news: Announcement for Walker, Texas Ranger - The Complete Collection - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  13. This season DVD set is made up of the episodes from the pilot season in addition to the episodes of the first regular season, which has also been referred to as Season 2
  14. "Buy Walker, Texas Ranger - The 7th Season (5 Disc Set) on DVD-Video from EzyDVD.com.au". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  15. "Buy Walker, Texas Ranger - The Final Season (6 Disc Set) on DVD-Video from EzyDVD.com.au". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  16. "JB Hi-Fi - Australia's Largest Home Entertainment Retailer". Jbhifionline.com.au. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  17. "Breaking News - Chuck Norris Returns to CBS for "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire," a New Television Movie to Be Broadcast OcT. 16 on the CBS Television Network". Thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  18. Johnson, Steve (March 5, 1999). "STANDING IN PLACE FROM CHUCK NORRIS, ANOTHER MARTIAL ARTS BEAT-'EM-UP". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  19. "The Day of Cleansing" is the conclusion of a crossover with Martial Law where Walker teams with Sammo Law to recapture a hatemongering former military officer who escapes custody after they caught him in the Martial Law episode "Honor Among Strangers".

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