The F.B.I. (1965–1974)

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The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Inspector Lewis Erskine (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
Philip Abbott ...
 Arthur Ward (195 episodes, 1965-1974)
William Reynolds ...
 Special Agent Tom Colby / ... (131 episodes, 1966-1974)


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 <>

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Drama | Crime





Release Date:

19 September 1965 (USA)  »

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The F.B.I.  »

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(239 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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W. Mark Felt, the F.B.I. associate director later unmasked as the infamous Watergate informant "Deep Throat," served as a technical advisor for the series. See more »


Referenced in The Doris Day Show: Kidnapped (1970) See more »


F.B.I. Theme
by Bronislaw Kaper
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The Best Crime-Drama Show on Television
30 May 2000 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

One day I was changing channels on the remote and could you believe that the seldom seen Quinn Martin series was part of an History of Television and Radio special? Indeed,it was ahead of its time and when I was a kid growing up it was a Sunday night staple in the house opposite whatever came on that night either 60 minutes or some James Bond movie afterwards. Efrem Zimbalist,Jr. was the John Walsh of his day,taking down all types of criminals,rapists,terrorists,and serial killers who were breaking the law,and brought to justice with the help of special agents who worked under him in the FBI. An interesting part about the show is at the end,Efrem would stepped out of his character and give you a report of criminals and fugitives who were wanted by the FBI and would tell you that these people were extremely armed and dangerous. Could you believe that Lex Barker (who played in the Tarzan movies of the 1950's) was the head of security for the FBI as a special agent? Yes,he was for the entire shows' nine year run which was on ABC from 1965-1974,and was of the longest running crime shows ever on television. I had a friend who was asking me if they have any of these episodes on videocassettes,and if they do,you do not want to miss one single episode of The FBI. A Quinn Martin Production.

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