Missing Gospel Bill
Posted by Adam Graham on August 28, 2005
I’ve got to tell you something. I’m a fan of a TV show most of you have never heard of. Back in the 1980s, there was a TV show called, “Gospel Bill”, it aired on Saturday Mornings on TBN and starred Willie George as Gospel Bill and Ken
Cloud Blount as Nicodemus, his sidekick.
It was a cute kid’s show that tried to teach kids about Jesus and morals. You sat and you watched the show as kid, I was really impressed. Gospel Bill was a reasonable nice guy who was the Sheriff of the town of Dry Gulch. (One guess whether they had prohibition.) It deal with redemption, faith, mercy, love, and so many issues.
I have to admit that the show was really revolutionary in Christian Children’s television. It introduced the unheard idea of plot. Its true that Circle Square (a show that dates back to the ’70s) tried to introduce plot, but it mostly had sketch comedy designed to teach morals.
More than that, it had a real impact on my decision as a child to follow Christ. Its hard to put that into words. I was raised in a Christian household, but really it made a difference. In a world where media communicates, it showed how a Christian was supposed to be.
My frustration is not so much that I can’t watch the episodes (which are kinda cheesy) but that they’re almost nowhere to be found. TBN has stopped airing the show. ANd the only distributor I found for the videos was in Australia.
I think that its really one of those shows that I’d love to have on DVD for my kids, when I have them one of these days.
I remain amazed that 1 1/2 years later, this post is so popular. A lot of people are looking for Gospel Bill videos. I’d urge everyone who is curious to e-mail Willie George Ministries. Click here to go to their contact page, you can order most episodes, they just aren’t listed online.