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Huge Columbo fan -- the multiple Jack Cassidy and Patrick McGoohan episodes are top favorites and I never miss Leonard Nimoy's sinister turn as an evil heart surgeon in 'A Stitch In Crime' (S2 E6).  Above all I'm probably one of the last remaining Dragnet 1968-1970 fans -- just can't get enough of the rapid-fire dialogue, Friday's angry 'Jesus speeches' (Webb's term, not mine), stiff acting by Webb's mostly same troupe of actors, overly-familiar Universal sets, the constant head-shaking-in-disgust at things by Joe and Bill ... its just too much fun.  Presently I'm hooked on Perry Mason -- lots of good actors from the 50s/60s in those episodes.

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On 8/11/2021 at 1:43 PM, belalonboris said:

Huge Columbo fan -- the multiple Jack Cassidy and Patrick McGoohan episodes are top favorites and I never miss Leonard Nimoy's sinister turn as an evil heart surgeon in 'A Stitch In Crime' (S2 E6).  Above all I'm probably one of the last remaining Dragnet 1968-1970 fans -- just can't get enough of the rapid-fire dialogue, Friday's angry 'Jesus speeches' (Webb's term, not mine), stiff acting by Webb's mostly same troupe of actors, overly-familiar Universal sets, the constant head-shaking-in-disgust at things by Joe and Bill ... its just too much fun.  Presently I'm hooked on Perry Mason -- lots of good actors from the 50s/60s in those episodes.

I'm a fan of the late 60s Dragnet. Though some of the dialogue in those episodes is simply quite atrocious. It's still a hoot to watch and I like how well Webb and Morgan get along.

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In my original post I described Hunter as

A remarkable depiction of urban decay in Los Angeles during the 80s and early 90s. Some of the stories were quite daring for that time, and still are when viewed today. Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer had a special chemistry. Charles Hallahan was perfect as the gruff but still likable captain. 

Today I found a list that I had created a few years ago, consisting of my favorite episodes.

1. CITY OF PASSION (4.06-4.08)
2. FATAL OBSESSION (7.12-7.13)
3. HEIR OF NEGLECT (5.01)
4. SHILLELAGH (6.02)
5. THE LEGION (6.05-6.06)
6. THE FIFTH VICTIM (6.09)
7. FROM SAN FRANCISCO WITH LOVE (3.06)
8. CITY UNDER SEIGE (5.11-5.13)
9. NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN (4.05)
10. STREETWISE (6.21-6.22)

1. CITY OF PASSION (4.06-4.08) a three part-episode that was based on a book, I think. Very dark themes, very good scenes of police work.

2. FATAL OBSESSION (7.12-7.13) an unusual story about a psychotic woman who murders cops. At the end of part one, the writers killed off Darlanne Fluegel's character. She had replaced Stepfanie Kramer and apparently Dryer didn't think she was cutting it, so they got rid of her. Part two, which features the funeral for our slain female officer, is very touching.

3. HEIR OF NEGLECT (5.01) an excellent episode in which a pre-teen boy supposedly witnesses the murders of his parents by a home intruder. Only we find out at the end, that the boy killed his parents because they were too focused on their careers and had no time for him. The confession scene is heartbreaking to watch.

4. SHILLELAGH (6.02) features a story about Irish terrorists and an unlikely murder weapon. There's a chase scene at the end with good stunt work. 

5. THE LEGION (6.05-6.06) McCall (Stepfanie Kramer) deals with the suicide of her old training mentor, played by Claude Akins. Nice combination of police work and melodrama. 

6. THE FIFTH VICTIM (6.09) a serial killer is targeting homosexuals. And one of the officers on the force comes out of the closet.

7. FROM SAN FRANCISCO WITH LOVE (3.06) Hunter (Fred Dryer) gets romantically involved with a femme fatale. There are some interesting twists in this one, and it feels like what a 40s noir might have been without the production code. 

8. CITY UNDER SIEGE (5.11-5.13) another strong three-part story. Excellent guest performances.

9. NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN (4.05) in some aspects, a routine offering, but steeped in atmosphere.

10. STREETWISE (6.21-6.22) this two-part season finale details McCall's last big case and her impending marriage, which leads to her leaving the show. She will appear again later, for the reunion movies.

 

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Columbo - even the lesser episodes were good. Falk was so watchable. Spencer For Hire was on par with Hunter, I thought. Streets or SF was a favorite of mine. Malden was also great in everything he did. Rockford Files is another one driven by a can't-miss actor. Garner oozed charisma in whatever role he had.

Of the later (now) oldies:

Law & Order (the original only) - I like the nuts & bolts, believability of it. The spinoffs I find sappy/corny with the background songs, melodrama and subpar writing. Similarly, CSI, Criminal Minds, etc irritate me.

NYPD Blue

Blue Bloods

Monk - More of a very light crime, half comedy, guilty pleasure, but love Monk and supporting characters, and the writing for what it is.

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10 hours ago, David Proulx said:

Columbo - even the lesser episodes were good. Falk was so watchable. Spencer For Hire was on par with Hunter, I thought. Streets or SF was a favorite of mine. Malden was also great in everything he did. Rockford Files is another one driven by a can't-miss actor. Garner oozed charisma in whatever role he had.

Of the later (now) oldies:

Law & Order (the original only) - I like the nuts & bolts, believability of it. The spinoffs I find sappy/corny with the background songs, melodrama and subpar writing. Similarly, CSI, Criminal Minds, etc irritate me.

NYPD Blue

Blue Bloods

Monk - More of a very light crime, half comedy, guilty pleasure, but love Monk and supporting characters, and the writing for what it is.

I'm glad you mentioned Spenser: For Hire. I haven't seen it since it was first-run in the mid-80s. Robert Urich was a charismatic actor. One thing I remember about this show was they fired the leading lady (Barbara Stock) after the first season, but then rehired her for the third season, when the interim replacement didn't work out.

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8 hours ago, TopBilled said:

I'm glad you mentioned Spenser: For Hire. I haven't seen it since it was first-run in the mid-80s. Robert Urich was a charismatic actor. One thing I remember about this show was they fired the leading lady (Barbara Stock) after the first season, but then rehired her for the third season, when the interim replacement didn't work out.

I didn't even remember Spencer had a love interest until you mentioned her, it's been so long. Another show Urich had that I liked alot, which was short-lived, was Lazarus, a western in which he was an elite lawmen who'd been buried alive and had no memory of his past. He'd drift from town to town taking care of whatever menace the town had and/or solve their crime/mystery.

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2 hours ago, David Proulx said:

I didn't even remember Spencer had a love interest until you mentioned her, it's been so long. Another show Urich had that I liked alot, which was short-lived, was Lazarus, a western in which he was an elite lawmen who'd been buried alive and had no memory of his past. He'd drift from town to town taking care of whatever menace the town had and/or solve their crime/mystery.

I've never heard of The Lazarus Man. Seems like it combined western ideas with noir.

I guess I missed it because it aired on TNT. Good news: it's been released on DVD.

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After Robert Parker died, others took over both his Spencer books and his Jesse Stone books.

If you like Parker and Tom Selleck, maybe you would them - Jesse Stone is the antithesis of Frank Regan.  Tom Selleck has expressed interest in doing this.

For a while, one of my stations was running Police Story - one of the most realistic crime shows on TV

Monk and Murder She Wrote are in the same category as Colombo - they remind me of some of the Agatha Christie novels (that were turned into TV movies and real movies)

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CANNON

William Conrad went solo as the star of this Quinn Martin Production. There is no doubt that he creates a very memorable loner type detective character. In the middle of the second season, an episode was conceived that depicted Frank Cannon working on a case with a retired detective played by Buddy Ebsen. As everyone knows, this led to the more successful spinoff Barnaby Jones. The episode aired in Cannon's regular time slot but is shown in syndication as the first episode of Barnaby Jones with William Conrad given special billing.

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In the fall of 1975 a two-part episode was crafted that allowed Frank and Barnaby to crossover on to each other's shows. Part 1 aired on Cannon and Part 2 aired on Barnaby Jones the same week. Part 1 is included in the syndication package of Cannon with a reshot ending (to conclude the story a different way.) While Part 1 & Part 2 are included in the syndication package of Barnaby Jones with the original ending for Part 1 intact, so that the story would continue as it was meant to continue for Part 2.

Pilot (TV movie)...9

Season 1
The Salinas Jackpot...8
Death Chain...10
Call Unicorn...10

Country Blues...9
Scream of Silence...9
Fool's Gold...9
Girl in the Electric Coffin...9
Dead Pigeon...10
A Lonely Place to Die...9
No Pockets in a Shroud...9
Stone Cold Dead...9
Death Is a Double-Cross...10
The Nowhere Man...8
Flight Plan...10
Devil's Playground...10

Treasure of San Ignacio...10
Blood on the Vine...8
To Kill a Guinea Pig...9
The Island Caper...10
A Deadly Quiet Town...9
A Flight of Hawks...9
The Torch...8
Cain's Mark...9
Murder by Moonlight...9

Season 2
Bad Cats and Sudden Death...8
Sky Above Death Below...9
Bitter Legion...8
That Was No Lady...10
Stakeout...8
The Predators...9
A Long Way Down...7
The Rip Off...10
Child of Fear...9
The Shadow Man...9
Hear No Evil...9
The Endangered Species...10
Nobody Beats the House...9
Hard Rock Roller Coaster...9
The Dead Samaritan...9
Death of a Stone Seahorse...9
Moving Target...10
Murder for Murder...9
To Ride a Tiger...8
Prisoners...9
The Seventh Grave...8
Catch Me If You Can...9
Press Pass to the Slammer...8
Deadly Heritage...8

Season 3
He Who Digs a Grave Part 1...9
He Who Digs a Grave Part 2...9
Memo from a Dead Man...10
Hounds of Hell...9
Target in the Mirror...9
Murder by Proxy...10
Night Flight to Murder...10

Come Watch Me Die...9
The Perfect Alibi...9
Dead Lady's Tears...9
The Limping Man...9
Trial by Terror...9
Murder by the Numbers...9
Valley of the Damned...8
A Well-Remembered Terror...9
Arena of Fear...8
Photo Finish...10
Duel in the Desert...10

Where's Jennifer?...9
Blood Money...9
Death of a Hunter...9
The Cure That Kills...8
Bobby Loved Me...8
Triangle of Terror...9
The Stalker...8

Season 4
Kelly's Song...9
The Hit Man...10
Voice from the Grave...10

Lady in Red...9
The Deadly Trail...9
The Exchange...10
The Avenger...10
A Killing in the Family...10

Flashpoint...9
The Man Who Couldn't Forget...8
The Sounds of Silence...9
The Prisoner...9
Daddy's Little Girl...10
The Conspirators...9
Coffin Corner...9
Perfect Fit for a Frame...10
Killer on the Hill...9
Missing at FL307...9
The Set Up...9
The Investigator...8
Lady on the Run...9
Vengeance...8
Tomorrow Ends at Noon...8
Search and Destroy...9

Season 5
Nightmare...10 (My favorite episode.)
The Deadly Conspiracy Part 1 (Part 2 aired on Barnaby Jones)...9
The Wrong Medicine...9
The Iceman...9
The Victim...9
The Man Who Died Twice...8
A Touch of Venom...9
Man in the Middle...7
Fall Guy...8
The Melted Man...9
The Wedding March...9
The Hero...8
To Still the Voice...10
The Star Part 1...8
The Star Part 2...8
The Games Children Play...9
The Reformer...9
The House of Cards...8
Revenge...10
Cry Wolf...10

The Quasar Kill...9
Snapshot...10
Point After Death...10

Bloodlines...9
Madman...10

The Return of Frank Cannon (TV movie)*

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BARNABY JONES

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A lot of die-hard fans do not like the addition of Mark Shera as Barnaby's young cousin J.R. in season 5, since it means decreased screen time for Buddy Ebsen. But I feel the writing is stronger at this point and the Jones family-- which includes Barnaby's daughter-in-law Betty (Lee Meriwether)-- becomes a solid family unit. Family is absent on Cannon and is only peripheral on The Streets of San Francisco which may explain why Barnaby Jones lasted longer.

Season 1
Requiem for a Son...8 (Started as an episode of Cannon but used as the first episode of Barnaby Jones)
To Catch a Dead Man...8
Sunday: Doomsday...9
The Murdering Class...9
Perchance to Kill...9
The Loose Connection...10
Murder in the Doll's House...9
Sing a Song of Murder...10
See Some Evil Do Some Evil...9
Murder-Go-Round...8
To Denise with Love and Murder...9
A Little Glory a Little Death...8
Twenty Million Alibis...8

Season 2
Blind Terror...8
Death Leap...9
Echo of a Murder...9
Day of the Viper...7
Trial Run for Death...8
Catch Me If You Can...9
Divorce Murderer's Style...9
The Deadly Prize...8
Stand-in for Death...9
The Black Art of Dying...8
The Killing Defense...9
Fatal Flight...8
Secret of the Dunes...8
Venus as in Flytrap...9
The Deadly Jinx...9
The Platinum Connection...10
Programmed for Killing...9
A Gold Record for Murder...10
Friends Till Death...10
Rendezvous with Terror...10

Dark Legacy...9
Woman in the Shadows...10
Image in a Cracked Mirror...9
Foul Play...8

Season 3
A Gathering of Thieves...10
Dead Man's Run...9
The Challenge...8
Conspiracy of Terror...10
Odd Man Loses...9
Forfeit by Death...10
Blueprint for a Caper...9
Mystery Cycle...9
Dark Homecoming...8
Time to Kill...9
Death on Deposit...9
Web of Deceit...9
The Last Contract...10
Trap Play...8
Murder Once Removed...10
Counterfall...9
Dangerous Summer...9
Image of Evil...8
Fantasy of Fear...9
Doomed Alibi...9
The Deadlier Species...9
Poisoned Pigeon...9
Jeopardy for Two...10
Bond of Fear...9

Season 4
The Deadly Conspiracy Part 2 (Part 1 aired on Cannon)...9
Theater of Fear...10
The Orchid Killer...8
The Price of Terror...10
Honeymoon with Death..10

The Alpha-Bravo War...9
Flight to Danger...10
Double Vengeance...10

Fatal Witness...9
Beware the Dog...10
Blood Relations...10
A Taste for Murder...10

Final Burial...10
Portrait of Evil...8
Dead Heat....10 (My favorite episode before J.R. was added.)
The Lonely Victims...9
Hostage...10
Silent Vendetta...10

Shadow of Guilt...9
Deadly Reunion...10
Dangerous Gambit...10
Wipeout...9
The Eyes of Terror...10
The Stalking Horse...10

Season 5
Blood Vengeance...8
Deadline for Dying...8
Sins of Thy Father...9
The Fatal Dive...8
Final Ransom...10
Band of Evil...8
Voice in the Night...9
The Bounty Hunter...10
Renegade's Child...8
Fraternity of Thieves...8
Sister of Death...8
The Deadly Charade...10
Testament of Power...9
Copy-Cat Killing...10
A Simple Case of Terror...8
The Marathon Murders...9
Duet for Dying...9
Circle of Treachery...10
Anatomy of Fear...10

The Killer on Campus...9
The Deadly Valentine...10
Duet for Danger...8 (A sequel, features the same criminal characters from Duet for Dying.)
The Inside Man...10
Run Away to Terror...8

Season 6
Death Beat...8
The Mercenaries...9
The Wife Beater...9
Yesterday's Terror...10
The Damocles Gun...10

Gang War...7
Daughter of Evil...8
The Captives...9
The Reincarnation...10
Shadow of Fear...10
The Devil's Handmaiden...10 (My favorite episode with J.R.)

Prisoner of Deceit...9
Deadly Homecoming...8
Child of Danger...9
The Scapegoat...9
A Ransom in Diamonds...8
Prime Target...10
Final Judgment Part 1...10
Final Judgment Part 2...10
Uninvited Peril...10

Terror on a Quiet Afternoon...8
The Coronado Triangle...8

Season 7
Blind Jeopardy...8
A Dangerous Affair...9
Deadly Sanctuary...10
Hitch-Hike to Terror...9
Nest of Scorpions...8
Death of a Friendship...10
A Frame for Murder...10

Stages of Fear...9
Victim of Love...10
Memory of a Nightmare...10
The Picture Pirates...10

Academy of Evil...9
The Medium...10
Echo of a Distant Battle Part 1...9
Echo of a Distant Battle Part 2...9
The Enslaved...9
Dance with Death...9
The Protectors...8
Fatal Overture...9
Master of Deception...10
A Short Happy Life...9
Child of Love Child of Vengeance Part 1...9
Child of Love Child of Vengeance Part 1...9
Target for a Wedding...10
Temptation...10

Season 8
Man on Fire...8
Nightmare in Hawaii Part 1...9
Nightmare in Hawaii Part 2...9
A Desperate Pursuit...9
Design for Madness...9
Girl on the Road...8
Indoctrination in Evil...10
Homecoming for a Dead Man...8
False Witness...8
School of Terror...7
Cry for Vengeance...8
Run to Death...9
The Price of Anger...9
The Killing Point...10
Focus on Fear...8
Murder in the Key of C...7
Killer without a Name...9
Death Is the Punchline...7
The Final Victim...8
The Silent Accuser...8
Deadline for Murder...9
The Killin' Cousin...9

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THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

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This Quinn Martin series began after Cannon and before Barnaby Jones. It does not reference the other two series, though it has similar production values. Many writers, directors and guest stars worked on all three shows.

Most fans agree the first four seasons with Michael Douglas are the best. Though there are many decent episodes (a few superior ones in fact) from the last season with Richard Hatch.

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Season 1
Pilot...9
The Thirty-Year Pin...8
The First Day of Forever...9
45 Minutes from Home...9
Whose Little Boy Are You?...7
Tower Beyond Tragedy...10
Hall of Mirrors...8
Timelock...8
In the Midst of Strangers...9
The Takers...8
The Year of the Locusts...10
The Bullet...9
Bitter Wine...9
A Trout in the Milk...8
Deathwatch*
Act of Duty...9
The Set-Up...8
A Collection of Eagles...9
A Room with a View...9
Deadline...10
Trail of the Serpent...8
The House on Hyde Street...10
Beyond Vengeance...9
The Albatross...10
Shattered Image...8
The Unicorn...9
Legion of the Lost...9

Season 2
A Wrongful Death...9
Betrayed...10
For the Love of God...10
Before I Die...10

Going Home...9
The Stamp of Death...9
Harem...10
No Badge for Benjy...9
The Twenty-Four Karat Plague...8
Shield of Honor...9
The Victims...8
The Runaways...10
Winterkill...10
Most Feared in the Jungle...10

Commitment...9
Chapel of the Damned...10
Blockade...9
Crossfire...10
A String of Puppets...10

Inferno...9
The Hard Breed...10
Rampage...10

Death and the Favored Few...9

Season 3
One Last Shot...9
The Most Deadly Species...10
Target Red...8
Mask of Death...10 
I Ain't Marchin' Anymore...8
One Chance to Live...10
Jacob's Boy...10

Flags of Terror...8
Cry Help!*
For Good or Evil...9
Bird of Prey...8
License to Kill...9
The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague...10
Mister Nobody...10
False Witness...10
Letters from the Grave...10
Endgame...10
Ten Dollar Murder...10
The Programming of Charlie Blake...10 (My favorite episode with Michael Douglas.)

River of Fear...9
Asylum...9
Labyrinth...9
Solitaire...8

Season 4
Poisoned Snow...10
The Glass Dart Board...10
No Place to Hide...10
Men Will Die...10
School of Fear..10

Deadly Silence...9
Murder by Proxy...8
Trail of Terror...10
Web of Lies...8
Dead Air...10
Merchants of Death...8
The Cat's Paw...10
Spooks for Sale...10

Most Likely to Succeed...8
Police Buff...10
The Honorable Profession...9
Requiem for Murder*
Underground...8
Judgment Day...10
Clown of Death...8
Superstar*
Alien Country...9
Runaway...9

Season 5
The Thrill Killers Part 1...9
The Thrill Killers Part 2...8
Dead or Alive...8
The Drop...9
No Minor Vices...8
In Case of Madness...8
Till Death Do Us Part...10
Child of Anger....8
Hot Dog...9
Castle of Fear*
One Last Trick...8
Monkey Is Back...9
The Cannibals*
Who Killed Helen French?...10
A Good Cop But...10 (My favorite episode with Richard Hatch.)
Hang Tough...10
Innocent No More...10

Once a Con...9
Interlude...9
Dead Lift...8
Breakup...10
Let's Pretend We're Strangers...10
Time Out...9
The Canine Collar...8

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15 hours ago, uncle charlie said:

Not much love on here for Mannix. The guy was like a superhero. In eight years, he was knocked unconscious 55 times and shot 17 times!

That's dedication!

Reminds me of a user review I read on the IMDb about Frank Cannon. In the episode that was reviewed, Cannon opened his car door and found a rattlesnake on the front seat. The reviewer complained that in other episodes Cannon dealt with people hiding in the backseat, people trying to steal his car and someone even trying to start his car on fire. All because he never locked the doors when he parked and walked off. Yet he managed to survive all those incidents, along with people attempting to run him off the road.

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The  crime  shows  The  Fugitive  and  The  FBI  are  a big  part  of the  Quinn  Martin  legacy.  Did  you  know  in  the  Mid -Fifties ,  Quinn  Martin  was  an  executive  producer  at  Desilu  Studios  (  Desi  Arnaz  Lucille  Ball).  William  Conrad  did  all  the  narration  of  The  Fugitive  episodes .  I  enjoyed  all  the  Quinn  Martin   crime  shows  (  The  Fugitive,  The FBI,  Cannon,  Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco)

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10 hours ago, cinemaman said:

The  crime  shows  The  Fugitive  and  The  FBI  are  a big  part  of the  Quinn  Martin  legacy.  Did  you  know  in  the  Mid -Fifties ,  Quinn  Martin  was  an  executive  producer  at  Desilu  Studios  (  Desi  Arnaz  Lucille  Ball).  William  Conrad  did  all  the  narration  of  The  Fugitive  episodes .  I  enjoyed  all  the  Quinn  Martin   crime  shows  (  The  Fugitive,  The FBI,  Cannon,  Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco)

Nice. I like how you used the word "legacy" because Quinn Martin's legacy is certainly unique. 

You didn't mention The Untouchables which was his first crime show during his days at Desilu. It is excessively violent which makes it sometimes harder to stomach.

I feel that The Fugitive is overrated and in my opinion the show goes off track in episodes where Barry Morse does not appear. Plus I have a problem with the last season being in color which changes the look and feel of it.

I have never seen any episodes of The FBI. But from what I read, those episodes seem to feature more government-related crimes. Is that true? So it is probably a bit different than CannonBarnaby Jones and The Streets of San Francisco.

Another 70s detective show that has a similar vibe to the QM productions from this period is Kojak which I also love.

As for William Conrad, he narrated another QM series, Tales of the Unexpected.

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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Nice. I like how you used the word "legacy" because Quinn Martin's legacy is certainly unique. 

You didn't mention The Untouchables which was his first crime show during his days at Desilu. It is excessively violent which makes it sometimes harder to stomach.

I feel that The Fugitive is overrated and in my opinion the show goes off track in episodes where Barry Morse does not appear. Plus I have a problem with the last season being in color which changes the look and feel of it.

I have never seen any episodes of The FBI. But from what I read, those episodes seem to feature more government-related crimes. Is that true? So it is probably a bit different than CannonBarnaby Jones and The Streets of San Francisco.

Another 70s detective show that has a similar vibe to the QM productions from this period is Kojak which I also love.

As for William Conrad, he narrated another QM series, Tales of the Unexpected.

Thanks  for  refreshing  my  memory  about  The  Untouchables.  Without  the  the  television  show  The  Fugitive , there  would  be no  The  Fugitive  the  movie  (  Harrison  Ford). I  think  they  were  following  the  trend  of  black/white  shows  becoming  color.  I am  sorry  that  you  missed  out  on  seeing  The  FBI, as  the  show  dealt  with  organized  crime,  extortion,  kidnapping  and  bank  robbery.  In  fact , one  of  episodes had  Kojak  stars  Telly   Savalas  and  Dan  Fraser  in  it.  Do  you  think  the  shows  Cannon, Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco  will  be  brought  to  the  silver  screen ?  We  are  in  agreement  about  the  television  shows  Cannon,  Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco,  but  have  an  split  decision   on  The  Fugitive.

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2 hours ago, cinemaman said:

Thanks  for  refreshing  my  memory  about  The  Untouchables.  Without  the  the  television  show  The  Fugitive , there  would  be no  The  Fugitive  the  movie  (  Harrison  Ford). I  think  they  were  following  the  trend  of  black/white  shows  becoming  color.  I am  sorry  that  you  missed  out  on  seeing  The  FBI, as  the  show  dealt  with  organized  crime,  extortion,  kidnapping  and  bank  robbery.  In  fact , one  of  episodes had  Kojak  stars  Telly   Savalas  and  Dan  Fraser  in  it.  Do  you  think  the  shows  Cannon, Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco  will  be  brought  to  the  silver  screen ?  We  are  in  agreement  about  the  television  shows  Cannon,  Barnaby  Jones  and  Streets  of  San  Francisco,  but  have  an  split  decision   on  The  Fugitive.

From your description of The FBI it seems as if it was Quinn Martin's way of updating The Untouchables.

In my previous posts I have not mentioned Dan August a one-season crime drama from QM Productions. It aired from 1970-71 and starred Burt Reynolds before he became a bonafide movie celebrity. I have not seen any Dan August episodes though someone has uploaded a few on YouTube plus all 26 episodes are on DVD.

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Re: your question about big screen adaptations...I think Cannon would be a good one to adapt. Reading comments for these episodes on YouTube, there are a lot of people who like how ordinary (and overweight) he is...and how tough he is. He's a character they can relate to, who seems to translate well to the modern era. Of course, the trick would be to find an actor in the William Conrad mold, a big order for sure.

The thing I like about Barnaby Jones is that we have this guy in his late 60s and early 70s running after bad guys in their 20s and 30s. It is kind of liberating to see an older gent so active and good with a gun I might add! He defies the stereotype of the American retiree. Of course if the series was adapted for movie screens, it would be a matter of finding someone with Buddy Ebsen's dexterity and agility, as well as his deadpan delivery of ironic phrases. Another tall order for a casting department.

As for The Streets of San Francisco my guess is that if it was adapted, they would keep the older-younger cop formula but they'd probably make the younger one a female, possibly even a black female to tick a few demographic boxes. What say you?

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San  Francisco   tv  Police  Department    Commissioner  Stewart  McMillan   Rock  Hudson   Chief  of  Police  Robert  T.  Ironside  Raymond  Burr  Det  Lt.  Mike  Stone  Karl  Malden  LT.  Carl  Reese   Johnny  Seven   Det  Sgt.   Ed  Brown   Don  Galloway   Sgt.  Charles  Enright   John  Schuck  Inspector  Steve  Keller  Michael  Douglas   Inspector  Dan  Robbins  Richard  Hatch   Officer  Eve  Whitfield   Barbara  Anderson   Officer  Fran  Belding   Elizabeth  Baur   Family   Sally  McMillan  Susan  Saint  James  Mildred  Nancy  Walker  Agatha  Martha  Raye   Jeannie  Stone   Darleen  Carr    Mark  Sanger  Don  Michell

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34 minutes ago, cinemaman said:

San  Francisco   tv  Police  Department    Commissioner  Stewart  McMillan   Rock  Hudson   Chief  of  Police  Robert  T.  Ironside  Raymond  Burr  Det  Lt.  Mike  Stone  Karl  Malden  LT.  Carl  Reese   Johnny  Seven   Det  Sgt.   Ed  Brown   Don  Galloway   Sgt.  Charles  Enright   John  Schuck  Inspector  Steve  Keller  Michael  Douglas   Inspector  Dan  Robbins  Richard  Hatch   Officer  Eve  Whitfield   Barbara  Anderson   Officer  Fran  Belding   Elizabeth  Baur   Family   Sally  McMillan  Susan  Saint  James  Mildred  Nancy  Walker  Agatha  Martha  Raye   Jeannie  Stone   Darleen  Carr    Mark  Sanger  Don  Michell

Great list!

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Wow, what a comprehensive survey--  a pleasure to read the posts, and I must go back and savor from the beginning when time permits.

Agree Jeremy Britt's "Holmes" is an utter marvel.   Where did he pull that from.  Fresh, inventive, inscrutably melancholy.   Amazing that the boy-ingenue (of sorts) of "My Fair Lady" had that in him. 

David Janssen is a huge part of what made "The Fugitive" so extraordinary.  The exact right actor at the right time, perfect for a landmark show with its noirish sensibilities.  So well done, on so many levels, with that haunting Pete Rugolo (may have the name wrong) score...

There's "Mannix".    In a different league of course, but so satisfying for what it was.  Again, driven by the lead actor.  He, I love for his simplicity, normalcy, regular-guy-ness.  Mike Connors never put a foot wrong.  The writers did, sometimes, when they took him out of his element, made him impersonate a skid row habitue, or someone countercultural for the time, or someone who didn't use soap every day.  Mike Connors' innate sunniness and common sense infused that character who did dangerous things for a living, and thrived.  Although there was interesting chemistry with talented Joseph Campanella, I loved post-Season 1 Mannix with secretary Peggy, the best.   They just hummed together, working out of that cool Spanish revival office in downtown L.A.....

 

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