Can you crush the big Cannon trivia quiz?

Karate chop and belly-bump through these questions


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Cannon featured one of the least likely and most lovable private detectives of Seventies television. As Cannon, William Conrad cruised around in a land yacht solving crimes. Cannon had an appetite for the finer things in life — and justice. Besting bad guys with a bump of his belly or a well-placed karate chop, this tough guy delivered action with a little levity.

Premiering in the spring of 1971, Cannon pulled in big ratings. It was such a hit that Filmation even considered a Young Cannon cartoon. Alas, that never came to fruition. But we did get five stunt-filled seasons of Cannon.

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  1. What is Cannon's first name?
  2. Why did Cannon quit the police force?
  3. Did Cannon have a son or a daughter?
  4. What was his wife's name?
  5. The episodes "Requiem for a Son" and "The Deadly Conspiracy" were crossovers with what popular Seventies detective series?
  6. Cannon was a veteran of which war?
  7. What kind of car did Cannon drive?
  8. What color was the car?
  9. What piece of technology did Cannon have in his car in 1971?
  10. Which member of the Monkees guest-starred as Cappy in "Bitter Legion"?
  11. In what state did Cannon live?
  12. In what building did Cannon live?
  13. Which famed television producer, also responsible for 'The Fugitive' and 'The Invaders,' produced 'Cannon'?
  14. Years before he played Cannon, William Conrad voiced which iconic cowboy on the radio?
  15. Conrad was also the voice of the narrator on which beloved cartoon series?
  16. Four days after he guest-starred in the 'Cannon' episode "Bad Cats and Sudden Death," Larry Linville appeared in the first episode of which classic series?
  17. In its first season, 'Cannon' aired on Tuesday evenings immediately after which hit series on CBS?
  18. 'Cannon' earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama in 1973 and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama TV Show in 1974. In both cases, it lost to which show?
  19. What was the name of the 1980 made-for-TV 'Cannon' reunion movie?
  20. Which award-winning actor appeared twice in the first season as ex-cop Jerry Warton?

Can you crush the big Cannon trivia quiz?

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Moverfan 14 months ago
I was nine when Cannon premiered and fourteen when it ended, so I'd say 17 out of 20 is pretty damn good. And now I'm wondering if Bruno Heller, who created The Mentalist, was a Cannon fan. Patrick Jane lost his wife and daughter (to a serial killer), Frank Cannon lost his wife and son (I'm thinking car accident, but I wouldn't swear to it)...I mean, it's a possibility here...
Mark Moverfan 10 months ago
It wasn't a car accident that killed Cannon's wife and son, but an explosion in their apartment that was meant for a previous tenant, a hooker who was in the company of a Senator when they were involved in a fatal hit-and-run that killed an innocent old lady.

This was all covered in the fifth season premiere of Cannon entitled "Nightmare", where the hit man who blew up Cannon's apartment confessed it to Cannon on his death bed. Now, Cannon is determined as hell to find the guy who hired him, who happens to be a powerful Senator, and Cannon eventually travels to Washington for a brutal confrontation with said Senator. Definitely one of Conrad's best performances.
Moverfan Mark 9 months ago
I'll have to look for that if Cannon shows up on an app like Freevee or Crackle (with my luck, you'll have to pay for each season, though). The only episode I really remember anything about involved a Vietnam vet who was in a wheelchair and unable to speak--some idiot in his unit rolled a live grenade into his tent one night. At the end of the episode, Cannon takes his client to a ranch/farm that's like a halfway house for disabled vets and the last shot is of the vet petting a puppy that they've placed in his lap.
Susan00100 23 months ago
This is a tough quiz!
Most of my answers were just guesses.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 27 months ago
Please Have ME-TV Air Cannon At 10 AM After Perry Mason.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 29 months ago
William Conrad Was At Warner Bros At The Time,Replacing Jack Webb.
country46 34 months ago
15/20 I wish they would allow us to have a say in the old shows like kojak, baretta or let us vote on some shows
Snickers 34 months ago
Didn't crush the quiz the quiz crushed me only 14 out of 20.
gc42261 38 months ago
I wished mannix,cannon and barneby Jones would air earlier
jaelinsmith40652 42 months ago
12/20 aw shucks just got it right on the first track.
MaliGesmundo 42 months ago
Why are Cannon and Barnaby Jones on earlier on local tv?
I suggested Mannix is the best show that I ever want to watch and it was great show.
DethBiz 47 months ago
I really wish MeTV would move Cannon and Barnaby Jones to an earlier time slot.
Greg 47 months ago
His car phone was in reality a radio phone same as Mannix had. A company called LA Mobile would link the call to the phone network. The hand set had a press to send button.
JewelsChuck 47 months ago
11/20 and I thought I’m lucky if I get one right.
Minnie212 47 months ago
I love this show.Cant believe i got 5 answers wrong.
MarkSpeck 47 months ago
20 out of 20. This is one of the shows I live for, so I knew all of these!
TheDavBow3 47 months ago
16/20. Missed his wife's name, missed the "war" question, missed Matt Dillon and missed Hawaii Five-0. Mannix always said he was in Korea (even though Mike Connors was in WWII) I would guess that Cannon would be a little older than Mannix so I guessed WWII for Cannon.
Mark TheDavBow3 18 months ago
The last season episode "Revenge" reveals that Cannon was in the Korean War. In this episode, he's framed for murder by the son of a Korean dictator who committed suicide after being 'broken' by Cannon's interrogation.
UTZAAKE 47 months ago
17/20. 4, 6 and 14.
15. His narration of MLB's 1978 World Series highlight film was terrible.
CouchPotato19 UTZAAKE 45 months ago
I gotta hear this! Can I find it?
CouchPotato19 UTZAAKE 45 months ago
His narration of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" is priceless!!
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