It featured Sergeant Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, King. The two worked as a team to bring law and order to the wild, lawless Gold Rush country of the 1890’s Yukon Territory.
Yukon King had been abandoned as a puppy and raised by a wolf mother until she was killed by a lynx. Sergeant Preston rescued King who then became his partner in fighting crime. King formed a strong bond with his human while still retaining the primal instincts of the wolf.
The plots of the shows were somewhat similar as Sgt. Preston and King protected the innocent and searched for clues to capture the bad guys, bringing order to the Yukon Territory. At the end of each show when they had established justice, Sgt. Preston would say, “Well, King, this case is closed.”
In warmer weather Sgt. Preston rode his horse, but the dog sled was the main means of transportation. His signature call was, “On, King, on you Huskies.” But for some reason, maybe depending on the writer, sometimes it would be, “On, King, on you Malamutes.”
In 1955 the show moved to television where it was renamed Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. Perhaps because of the larger size, the decision was made to use a Malamute.
Many people considered King to be the star of the show. King got a lot of screen time, but mostly he just looked cute and friendly, while obviously understanding everything Sgt. Preston said. At times when Sgt. Preston was beating an evil-doer into submission, King could be seen wagging his tail.
Although color TV was almost nonexistent in 1955, the producers had the foresight to film the shows in color which are now available on DVD.