Former "Charlie's Angel" Kate Jackson starred with Bruce Bruce Boxleitner in this romantic spy series about a divorced mother increasingly involved--in both personal and professional ways--with an "Agency" operative. The show ran on CBS-TV from 1983 to 1987. Yes, it could be silly at times, and the premise demanded a significant suspension of belief from viewers, but Jackson and Boxleitner made a pretty good pair. Learn more about this show here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarecrow_and_Mrs._King
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This was a Western series, rather than a crime drama, but it certainly offered one of the best combinations of powerful musical theme with magnificent scenery. "How the West Was Won" was a 1977-1979 ABC-TV series starring James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, and Bruce Boxleitner. Jerrold Earle Immel composed the theme. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_West_Was_Won_%28TV_series%29
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This is the Season 1 opening title sequence from "Silk Stalkings," a 1991-1999 TV series that originated on CBS, but eventually moved to the USA Network. It was creator Stephen J. Cannell's longest-running series. Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Stalkings
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This is the main title sequence from the 1974-1975 ABC-TV series, starring Darren McGavin as Chicago crime reporter Carl Kolchak. The clip also includes the start of the November 1, 1974, episode "The Werewolf." The "Kolchak" theme music is by Gil Mellé. A newer version of this opening can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ei1wTLLsxc
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"NBC Mystery Movie" was the title of an "umbrella series" broadcast from 1971 to 1977. Three shows debuted under that umbrella in '71: "Columbo," "McCloud," and "McMillan & Wife." In the fall of 1972, those were joined in Sunday rotation by "Hec Ramsey," and a second "Mystery Movie" rotation was created on Wednesdays, featuring "Banacek," "Cool Million," and "Madigan." For more about the "NBC Mystery Movie," click here: http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/search/label/Mystery%20Movie%20at%2040
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For my friend Ali, I offer here the opening and closing sequences from the short-lived, 1974 CBS-TV series "Planet of the Apes," starring Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, and James Naughton. This science-fiction drama was, of course, based on the 1968 film "Planet of the Apes" and its lesser sequels.
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Boy, does this brings back memories. "L.A. Law," an NBC-TV legal drama that ran from 1986 to 1994, was once a terrific spur for water-cooler conversations. Created by Steven Bochco, it made good use of a great ensemble cast (Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Michelle Greene, Michael Tucker, and Richard Dysart being my favorite regulars) and boasted parallel story lines as well as some terrific off-the-wall humor.
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Back when actor Steve Forrest died, in May 2013, I posted the introduction to his 1966-1967 TV series, "The Baron." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV-J3z...) However, I neglected to also post this opening sequence from "S.W.A.T.," Forrest's 1975-1976 ABC-TV series, in which he played Lieutenant "Hondo" Harrelson, the head of a Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team.
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One of the few new programs I think worth watching this season is "Pan Am,"an early 1960s-set drama about airline stewardesses--and spying--that's directed by "West Wing" alumnus Thomas Schlamme. Stylish and sexy, with delightful performances by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie, and French-Canadian actress Karine Vanasse, the show is still finding its audience in ABC's 10-11 p.m. slot on Sundays.
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This is the main title sequence from the 1971-1972 TV series starring James Franciscus as a blind private investigator in New Orleans. The theme music here is by Billy Goldenberg, an American composer who also created the themes for shows such as "Alias Smith and Jones," "Harry O," "Delvecchio," and "Kojak."
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This is the opening from "L.A. Heat," a very short-lived, 1999 TNT-TV crime drama starring Wolf Larson and Steven Williams as Los Angeles police detectives, "in the tradition of films like Lethal Weapon." Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.A._Heat_%28TV_series%29
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This video contains the opening sequence and episode teasers from the 1959-1963 ABC-TV series "The Untouchables," starring Robert Stack as real-life Chicago-based Prohibition agent Eliot Ness. The series was based on the 1957 Ness memoir "The Untouchables," ghostwritten by Oscar Fraley. What I had forgotten was that newspaper columnist Walter Winchell served as the show's narrator.
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Thirty-four years after the debut of Robert Stack's ABC-TV series "The Untouchables," and six years after the release of director Brian de Palma's big-screen picture of that same name (starring Kevin Costner), this second small-screen version debuted in syndication. It featured Tom Amandes as Eliot Ness and William Forsythe as Al Capone.
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Following his appearances in "The Name of the Game," "Search," and "Matt Helm," actor Tony Franciosa signed on to star in this 1984-1985 Aaron Spelling production about a private eye who specializes in reuniting clients with their former loved ones. The show's theme song was performed by Dionne Warwick and Glenn Jones.
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Main title sequence for the 1982-1985 TV series starring Lee Horsley "as a wealthy mustachioed Texas oilman named Matlock 'Matt' Houston who worked as a private investigator in Los Angeles in his abundant free time." The show also featured Pamela Hensley and George Wyner, and later Buddy Ebsen.
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As I understand it, this was the opening title sequence from Season 1 of "Crazy Like a Fox," the 1984-1986 CBS-TV series starring Jack Warden and John Rubinstein. Warden played Harry Fox, a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants private eye in San Francisco, with Rubinstein appearing as his son, Harrison, a buttoned-up attorney who didn't like being dragged into his father's cases ... but often was. The Season 2 introduction is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODbyBMOXUis
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“The ABC Mystery Movie” debuted in the fall of 1989. It was a “wheel series” boasting three components: “B.L. Stryker,” “Columbo” (bringing back the classic Peter Falk mystery drama), and “Gideon Oliver.” That wheel was subsequently reconfigured as “The ABC Saturday Mystery”. “B.L. Stryker” and “Columbo” stayed in the line-up, but they were joined by Jaclyn Smith’s “Christine Cromwell” and a revival of Telly Salvalas’ “Kojak.” You can see the original “ABC Mystery” opening here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUGzTXSsqhQ The separate opening for “Christine Cromwell” is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G6a3LOMTsI
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The main title sequence and closing credits from "Death Is a Seven-Point Favorite," the fourth regular episode of "McMillan & Wife" (originally broadcast on December 8, 1971). This show's theme music was composed by Jerry Fielding, who later also created themes for two other "NBC Mystery Movie" series, "The Snoop Sisters" and "Faraday and Company." Much more information about "McMillan & Wife" can be found here: http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2011/11/nbcs-mystery-movie-turns-40-mcmillan.html
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Following his extremely short run as a professional boxer turned private eye in "The Duke" (two episodes in 1979), Robert Conrad was recruited to this only slightly longer series (12 episodes in 1979). He played as Thomas R. Sloane III, "a freelance spy who takes on occasional assignments for UNIT, a secret American intelligence operation ... Aiding Sloane's missions was Torque, his deadly right-hand man played by Ji-Tu Cumbuka. Torque had a mechanical hand with interchangeable parts (drill, saw blade, etc.) that often helped during their assignments." Learn more here" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_Called_Sloane And the blog Atomic Pulp and Other Meltdowns is currently posting episode-by-episode reviews of "A Man Called Sloane": http://atomic-pulp.blogspot.com/search/label/A%20Man%20Called%20Sloane By the way, the clip above includes a preview of Episode 2, "The Seduction Squad," guest-starring Robert Culp.
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Created by Glen A. Larson, this 1984-1985 CBS-TV action-adventure series focused on Dani Reynolds (played by model Jennifer O'Neill), a fashion photographer who gets into the spying game after the murder of her CIA agent husband. Actor Jon-Erik Hexum originally played her model/partner, but after his apparently unintentional suicide in the fall of '84, he was replaced by Antony Hamilton.
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Based on the long-running American series "Law & Order," this British program debuted in 2009 with the great Bradley Walsh and Jamie Bamber playing London police detectives, and Ben Daniels and Freema Agyeman portraying Crown Prosecutors. Although many of the early episodes were based on scripts from the U.S. series, "Law & Order: UK" eventually matured into a show with its own strengths, particularly in the acting department. Following a number of cast changes, though, in the summer of 2014 the series was put on "indefinite break," with its future appearing uncertain. Andy Price composed the "Law & Order: UK" theme.
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This is the opening sequence from "Reasonable Doubts," a 1991-1993 NBC crime drama starring Marlee Maitlin and Mark Harmon. She played a prosecutor "very sensitive to the rights of the accused," while he portrayed the hard-charging detective who conducted investigations on her behalf.
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Created by Stephen J. Cannell, "Sonny Spoon" starred Mario Van Peebles as "a hip, black private investigator who uses his street smarts and 'cool' persona to solve crimes." Spoon operated out of a non-operational phone booth, and he was a master of disguise. But when things turned bad, he could rely on help from Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Gilder (Terry Donahoe). "Sonny Spoon" ran only from February through December 1988. Learn more here: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/spoon.html
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Some wonderful soul put together this collection of clips from Blake Edwards' 1967 film "Gunn," a big-screen adaptation of his 1958-1961 TV series, "Peter Gunn." Both starred Craig Stevens as a jazz-loving private eye. The theme music was composed, of course, by Henry Mancini.
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This, of course, is the introduction to "McCloud," the 1970-1977 NBC-TV series starring Dennis Weaver as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud of Taos, New Mexico, assigned on a semi-permanent basis to the New York Police Department to study big-city law-enforcement practices. "McCloud" started out as one element of NBC's "Four-in-One" series, but spent most of its eight seasons as part of "The NBC Mystery Movie." Learn more here: http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2011/10/nbcs-mystery-movie-turns-40-mccloud.html
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This is the introduction to "Washington Behind Closed Doors," a six-part TV miniseries for ABC based on a political fiction roman à clef, "The Company," by former Nixon aide and Watergate scandal figure John Ehrlichman. The miniseries starred Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, and Robert Vaughn, among other big-name small-screen stars of the time.
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It was 50 years ago this month -- on September 17, 1965, to be precise -- that the TV drama "The Wild Wild West" premiered on CBS. The show starred Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as a pair of extraordinarily capable U.S. Secret Service agents operating during the late 1860s or early 1870s. Explains Wikipedia: "Developed at a time when the television western was losing ground to the spy genre, this show was conceived by its creator, Michael Garrison, as 'James Bond on horseback.'" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wil... In honor of this month's anniversary, I am posting above a new and better version of that 1965-1969 TV series' opener, replacing one I put up on this page back in 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUSsGauIsLs The theme music here is by Richard Markowitz (https://hmssweblog.wordpress.com/2016...).
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Produced originally for Canadian television (1985-1991), "Night Heat" was subsequently shown in the States on CBS-TV (1987-1993). It starred Allan Royal as a journalist chronicling the after-dark adventures of police detectives played by Scott Hylands and Jeff Wincott. The series supposedly took place in the Mid South Precinct of a generic North American city much like New York, but it was actually filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
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This is a higher-quality version of the original "Get Christie Love!" opening than the one I posted on this page in 2011 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5dukFjgxws). The ABC-TV series was more or less Inspired by Dorothy Uhnak’s 1970 novel, "The Ledger." It starred Teresa Graves as a kick-ass female undercover cop on the Los Angeles police force, working to bring down drug dealers and other high-risk malcontents. As this program suffered in the ratings, cast changes were made (with ex-"Maverick" star Jack Kelly being brought on to replace Ms. Love's original supervisor, played by Charles Cioffi), and the main title sequence was changed twice (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94MspfdM6JM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-rHGhaz1_M). But none of it helped. After 23 episodes, "Get Christie Love" was finally cancelled. (Special thanks to Lee Goldberg.)
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One of my all-time-favorite TV openers is this one from "It Takes a Thief" (1968-1970), which starred Robert Wagner as a thief who works undercover for the U.S. government in exchange for his release from prison. The theme music is by Dave Grusin. Yes, THAT Dave Grusin.
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This is the introduction to "Murder in Movieland," the third (Oct. 2, 1973) 90-minute episode of "Hawkins," a 1973-1974 CBS-TV series in which Jimmy Stewart played a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney from West Virginia, Billy Jim Hawkins. "Hawkins" rotated with the TV version of "Shaft," starring Richard Roundtree.
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Here's the opening sequence from "Madigan," a 1968 crime drama starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Harry Guardino. Theme by Don Costa. This movie was based on the 1962 novel "The Commissioner," by Richard Dougherty (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/richard-doughertys-commissioner/)
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