TV drama of a gypsy trucker still magic for fans

| December 03, 2010

The 1974-75 TV series, “Movin’ On,” starring Claude Akins and Frank Converse, lasted through 46 episodes before it was cut, but, now 35 years later, some fans are still devoted to the adventures of the kind-spirited Sonny Pruitt, portrayed by hunk-handsome 6-foot, 2-inch-tall Akins. Before the series ended, Overdrive published a 17-page story on the filming of the truck-heavy episodes, which you can read about at OverdriveRetro.

The series’ theme song, written and sung by Merle Haggard, bore the series’ title and was a No. 1 single on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart in July 1975.

Even more interesting, to me, is that a slogan based on the TV show drifted into pop culture’s collective usage: “Do it to it like Pruitt used to do it to it.” Bruce W. Smith, Executive Editor of Overdrive’s sister magazine Custom Rigs, says he remembers hearing his father, who worked in mills, say it.

Along with fans who visit the site, you can catch a few scenes from “Movin’ On” and its theme song on YouTube.

  • DIANA CRUMP

    BRING THEM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom Johnston

    Loved that show.They need to put it out on dvd.

  • Richard Heintz

    I just found Movin’ On on RTV. Check your local stations for times. In the Harrisburg area, it’s on channel 246 Monday-Friday at 2:00 p.m. I found it by simply Googling MOVIN’ ON and clicked the link under syndication. This brings back so many memories for me….all of them great :)

  • Jerry Shaw

    I doubt if it will ever be put out on DVD as the building that stored the orginal tapes along with hundreds of other tv and radio shows all the way back to the 1920′s burned to the ground. There were no copies of the films made. That is why a lot of shows look bad on tv. They use VHS copies they got from someone.

  • Beth Zacharias

    I guess I was wondering how they put it on RTV? They were really good looking there..was that a DVD? Why can’t they reproduce off of what they showed on RTV…my favorite show and still is. I didnt know it had been on RTV and was really bummed.. Need to bring them back again in the IA/NE area