"Lassie" was popular when I was a kid, but everyone I knew much preferred "Fury." What boy wouldn't want to live on a ranch, instead of a farm? Or have a tempestuous black stallion instead of a collie? And while the half-hour show was just as wholesome, there was something cooler about being an orphan who lives with a rancher and his hired hand, instead of parents.
Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio subtly tossed off an allusion to "Fury" in their disaster film parody, "Airplane!" when they had Peter Graves asking a boy who came into his cockpit, "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" or "You ever seen a grown man naked?" Because in "Fury," a wholesome show that aired between October 1955 and September 1966, Graves played a rancher who took in an orphan named Joey (Bobby Diamond). His top hand was a grizzled old-timer named Pete (William Fawcett, and Joey's best friends were Pee Wee (Jimmy Baird) and Packey (Roger Mobley), and the show revolved around their adventures . . . and, of course, Fury, a horse whose name was actually Gypsy.
On January 8, Mill Creek Entertainment will release "Fury: The Lost Episodes" on DVD—23 episodes, including 18 never before seen on home video. And the SRP is just $9.98. You gotta love copyright-free material.