The Yellow Rose

The Yellow Rose is an American soap opera television series that was broadcast on NBC from October 2, 1983 until May 12, 1984. It was produced by Paul Freeman. The series was at least partly inspired by the more coltish elements of the soap opera Dallas, and dealt with the intrigues of the Texas-based Champion family who owned a 200,000-acre cattle and oil ranch called "The Yellow Rose."

The Yellow Rose
GenreSoap opera
Created byJohn Wilder
Michael Zinberg
StarringSam Elliott
David Soul
Edward Albert
Cybill Shepherd
Opening theme"The Yellow Rose of Texas"
performed by Johnny Lee and Lane Brody
Composer(s)Jerrold Immel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)John Wilder-Michael Zinberg Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 2, 1983 (1983-10-02) 
May 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)

The show's cast included Sam Elliott, David Soul, Edward Albert, Cybill Shepherd, Chuck Connors, Noah Beery, Jr., Ken Curtis, Robin Wright and Jane Russell. The Yellow Rose was canceled after one season of twenty-two episodes.

In the summer of 1990, the series was rerun again on NBC along with Bret Maverick starring James Garner.


Actor Character
Cybill Shepherd Colleen Champion
David Soul Roy Champion
Edward Albert Quisto Champion
Noah Beery, Jr. Luther Dillard
Ken Curtis Hoyt Coryell
Tom Schanley Whit Champion
Michelle Bennett L.C. Champion
Chuck Connors Jeb Hollister
Steve Sandor Lenny Hollister
Deborah Shelton Juliette Hollister
Will Sampson John Stronghart
Sam Elliott Chance McKenzie
Susan Anspach Grace McKenzie
Kerrie Keane Caryn Cabrera
Jane Russell Rose Hollister


Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1"The Yellow Rose"Harvey HartJohn WilderOctober 2, 1983 (1983-10-02)
2"Divided We Fall"Lee H. KatzinPaul F. Edwards,
John Wilder,
Michael Zinberg
October 15, 1983 (1983-10-15)
3"When Honor Dies"Lee H. KatzinJeb Rosebrook,
John Wilder,
Michael Zinberg
October 22, 1983 (1983-10-22)
4"Walls of Fear"Burt KennedyJohn WilderOctober 29, 1983 (1983-10-29)
5"Sins of the Father"Burt KennedyPaul Savage,
Kathleen A. Shelley,
John Wilder,
Michael Zinberg
November 5, 1983 (1983-11-05)
6"Breaking Trail"Lee H. KatzinPaul F. Edwards,
John Wilder
November 12, 1983 (1983-11-12)
7"Moving Targets"Lee H. KatzinJeb Rosebrook,
John Wilder
November 19, 1983 (1983-11-19)
8"Trail's End"Lee H. KatzinPaul F. Edwards,
John Wilder
November 26, 1983 (1983-11-26)
9"A Question of Love"Lee H. KatzinJohn WilderDecember 10, 1983 (1983-12-10)
10"Only the Proud"Harry FalkJohn WilderDecember 17, 1983 (1983-12-17)
11"Divide and Conquer"Lee H. KatzinPaul F. Edwards,
Lew Hunter,
John Wilder
January 7, 1984 (1984-01-07)
12"Hell Hath No Fury"Jack WhitmanColley Cibber,
Paul Savage
January 14, 1984 (1984-01-14)
13"Deadline"Lee H. KatzinColley Cibber,
Paul Savage
January 21, 1984 (1984-01-21)
14"Land of the Free"Lee H. KatzinPaul SavageFebruary 11, 1984 (1984-02-11)
15"Sport of Kings"Harry FalkJerry ZiegmanFebruary 18, 1984 (1984-02-18)
16"Running Free"Lee H. KatzinJosef AndersonFebruary 25, 1984 (1984-02-25)
17"Sacred Ground"Harry FalkGerald Di Pego,
Janet Kapsin
March 10, 1984 (1984-03-10)
18"Debt of Honor"William WiardJeb RosebrookMarch 17, 1984 (1984-03-17)
19"Chains of Fear"Paul KrasnyPaul F. EdwardsMarch 24, 1984 (1984-03-24)
20"Beyond Vengeance"Bernard McEveetyPaul SavageApril 28, 1984 (1984-04-28)
21"Villa's Gold"Paul KrasnyGarner SimmonsMay 5, 1984 (1984-05-05)
22"The Far Side of Fear"Gary GriffinCliff GouldMay 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)

US Television Ratings

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[1] Tied With
1983–84 22 October 2, 1983 May 12, 1984 90 10.1 Manimal

Theme song

The series' theme song "The Yellow Rose" — set to the tune of the traditional "The Yellow Rose of Texas" but with new lyrics referencing the setting of the show — was recorded by country singers Johnny Lee and Lane Brody. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on April 21, 1984.[2]

Home media

Warner Bros. released the complete series to DVD on May 3, 2011, consisting of all 22 episodes on a five-disc set. The set was released as part of the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive Collection.[3]


  1. "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".
  2. Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. p. 54.
  3. TV Shows on DVD series release announcement Archived 2011-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
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