The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1960   1959   1958   1957  
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson
Rawhide (1959–1965)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines
The Detectives (1959–1962)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Captain Matt Holbrook leads a squad of brave and tough detectives in a large, unnamed city. Instead of leading personal lives, they spend all of their time tracking murderers, thieves, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Russell Thorson
Mike Hammer (1958–1959)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Bart Burns, Vito Scotti
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Major Reisman is "Volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Ken Wahl
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
Paul Newlan ...
 Police Capt. Grey (103 episodes, 1957-1960)
Edit

Storyline

Captain Grey headed an elite detective squad in the Chicago, Illinois Police Department dedicated to fighting organized crime. Lieutenant Frank Ballinger was one of the police officers who worked alone to arrest the villains. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

police | gunfire | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballinger de Chicago  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(117 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

An episode featuring a Chicago cop taking a bribe led to Mayor Richard J. Daley banning any TV show or film from doing any shooting in Chicago at all. That ban was later broken with the filming of The Blues Brothers (1980). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Frank Ballinger: [spoken in voiceover near beginning of each episode, as he tells audience about a recently committed crime] My name is Frank Ballinger, detective-lieutenant, M Squad, a special detail of the Chicago police.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From M Squad
Composed by Count Basie (from September 1958)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A tough-as-nails police show
27 July 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This show was so hard-bitten Ballinger almost got killed once having been pumped full of lead. When did Joe Friday ever get shot? It's a crime this adult drama has never been rerun.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great show!! Pity DVD quality isn't better! Little Caesar
Please release this on dvd! glenponder
On location shooting in Chicago? chappy0301
Franks car tractorsnmoo
Where did they live? Johnboy1221
M Squad ( Lee Marvin) 1957 -- count-doowop
Discuss M Squad (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?