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Walker, Texas Ranger, on CBS
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This aired for 8 seasons, but I'm sure I didn't watch all of them. Nor do I remember any specific episodes. Anyway, it starred Chuck Norris as a Texas Ranger named Cordell Walker who, you will not be surprised to learn, was pretty good at martial arts. He had a partner named James Trivette. They worked closely with Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson, who I'd first seen on Dallas). She would become a love interest for Cordell. There was a guy named Ray Firewalker, who had raised Cordell after his parents died. And there was a retired Ranger named C.D. Parker, Cordell's former partner, who now owned a bar & grill.

Anyway... it was pretty decent as an action show. And it was surprisingly family-friendly. And kind of amusing, though the unintentional campy humor tended to be better than the intentional humor. So I could have put my review in the "action/adventure" category or the "campy" category (or given how little I remember in the way of details, the "too something" category). Or, I suppose, the "westerns" category, sort of; except that I prefer to reserve that chiefly for period westerns, whereas this was set in the time it was made, the 1990s. But it is about a law enforcement agency, so "legal dramas" is probably best. And while many fans as well as the media have made fun of the show (and Norris) over the years, there wasn't really anything wrong with it. In fact, I'd say it's one of the best examples ever of a show that's simultaneously wicked cool and unavoidably cheesy, in a "moral badass" kinda way. And I'm not sure what else to say, except that I always kinda liked the theme song, "Eyes of a Ranger," which was sung by Norris (starting sometime in season 2). A lot of people make just as much fun of the song as of the show itself, and that's completely understandable. But I don't care. I genuinely like it.

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