Before he became synonymous with outlandish internet facts, Chuck Norris was known under a different name – Walker, Texas Ranger. Between 1993 and 2001, the Stetson-clad peacekeeper could be seen laying down the law in the Lone Star State and his actions brought millions of viewers to CBS each week. Though it’s been a while since Walker made it to our screens – since 2005’s Trial by Fire movie, in fact – this legendary Ranger’s legacy still stands strong. What’s more, these intriguing facts will leave you longing to watch the show once again.
20. The series has its roots in another of Norris’s works
Although ostensibly the brainchild of creators Paul Haggis – whose 2004 film Crash would later win the Oscar for Best Picture – and Leslie Greif, Walker, Texas Ranger wasn’t entirely original. In fact, the series was actually based on Norris’s 1983 film Lone Wolf McQuade. Like Walker, the movie focused on a Texas Ranger and featured plenty of scenes of Norris kicking ass.
19. Viewers could spot the bad guys from a mile off
In classic Westerns, conventional wisdom dictates that bad guys wear black while good guys dress in lighter colors. Well, Walker, Texas Ranger had its own take on this trope. Instead of dressing differently, heroes and villains could be differentiated by their cars. Predominantly, bad guys drove Fords while good guys drove a Chevrolet, whose parent company General Motors endorsed the show.