Sons of Thunder (TV series)

Sons of Thunder is a television show that ran from March to April 1999 on CBS. It was a spin-off of Walker, Texas Ranger.[2]

Sons of Thunder
Created byAaron Norris
Chuck Norris
StarringJames Wlcek
Marco Sanchez
Dawn Maxey
Alan Autry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Norris Brothers Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television
The Ruddy/Greif Company
CBS Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseMarch 9 
April 17, 1999


The two-hour pilot, Sons of Thunder, was shown as episode 4.24 of Walker. This episode introduced the characters of childhood friends Carlos Sandoval, a Dallas PD Detective, and Trent Malloy, an Army sergeant and a protégé of Walker.

When Rev. Thunder Malloy, a close friend of Walker, dies from a heart attack, his son Trent returns home and, eventually, quits the Army to stay. Walker and his partner Trivette go after a serial cop killer who has Carlos on his list, which Trent ends up getting involved in by accident when he saved Carlos' life and later helped Walker and Carlos take down the criminal.[3]

Seasons 5 and 6 of Walker

During Seasons 5 and 6 of Walker, Carlos appeared on 15 episodes and Trent for 12 episodes (one of these episodes included a Hayes Cooper story in which both actors appeared in a dual role). During these episodes, Trent opens his own martial arts dojo as well as a protection agency to either help people who are too scared to go to the police or who the police can't help. Sometimes he has Carlos assist him in some of his cases and at other times they help Walker on several of his cases, which often involve personal issues, or Trent turns over his current case

The spin-off series

Finally, in 1999, they got their own spin-off series, which only lasted six episodes. Carlos resigns from the PD after his partner is murdered by a serial killer. He teams up with Trent to find the assassin and they later decide to form their own private investigation firm called Thunder Investigation.


Sons of Thunder was not picked up for the fall 1999 CBS line-up. While replacing Walker, Texas Ranger (which was on hiatus) in the 8 o'clock Saturday night time slot, the show beat Walker's ratings of the previous two seasons. Producers Chuck and Aaron Norris assumed that the show would be given a season's full of episodes to try to make it on to the CBS line-up. But CBS passed on the show citing budget concerns.

Episode list

Title Air date
1"Moment of Truth"March 6, 1999 (1999-03-06)
2"Fighting Back"March 13, 1999 (1999-03-13)
3"Daddy's Girl"March 20, 1999 (1999-03-20)
4"Lost and Found"April 3, 1999 (1999-04-03)
5"Underground"April 10, 1999 (1999-04-10)
6"Thunder by Your Side"April 17, 1999 (1999-04-17)



  1. Johnson, Steve (1999-03-05). "STANDING IN PLACE FROM CHUCK NORRIS, ANOTHER MARTIAL ARTS BEAT-'EM-UP". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  2. Braxton, Greg (March 6, 1999). "Sons' Aims to Expand the 'Texas' Franchise". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  3. Rosenberg, Howard (1999-03-06). "TV Review; Some Camp, Lots of Gore in 'Sons of Thunder'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
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