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The cases of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1974   1973   1972   1971   1970   1969   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ...  Inspector Lewis Erskine 241 episodes, 1965-1974
Philip Abbott ...  Arthur Ward 241 episodes, 1965-1974
William Reynolds ...  Special Agent Tom Colby / ... 161 episodes, 1966-1974
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Storyline

Cases, based on real FBI files, were handled by Inspector Lewis Erskine and several coworkers over the years. Erskine reported to Arthur Ward, assistant to the director of the FBI. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

In June of 2009, real-life F.B.I. Director Robert S. Mueller III honored Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. with a plaque and badge, making Zimbalist an honorary F.B.I. Agent for his work on the series. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dark Shadows: Episode #1.95 (1966) See more »

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F.B.I. Theme
by Bronislau Kaper
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A series worthy of DVD
29 January 2005 | by gcappSee all my reviews

Indeed, yes, I remember this series... and I don't believe I've seen it in reruns myself, although I'm aware of it being rerun on stations I could not receive. I think I tuned into this two to four years before it came to an end in 1974. I am old enough to remember that the show was produced with the cooperation of the director of the FBI, whats-his-name, um, J. Edgar Hoover. The last season or so had different names since Hoover had died.

I really liked the way they set up the episodes, showed the crimes being initiated, the charges being shown on the screen. The oft-repeated scene of showing Erskine listening on the phone at the same time as a crime victim or victim's family. Erskine going under cover, like masquerading as a blind man. The high school boys trapping a friend in an old mine shaft or whatever and discovering, just after they were arrested, that the field had been leveled and buried with fill.

This would be good to see on DVD, but I'd be happy if it was rerun on one of the cable specialty channels.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The F.B.I. See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(239 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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