The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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 Inspector Lewis Erskine (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Arthur Ward (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Special Agent Tom Colby / ... (161 episodes, 1966-1974)
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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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16 September 1965 (USA)  »

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(239 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In June of 2009, real life FBI director Robert Mueller honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. with a plaque and badge making Zimbalist an honorary FBI Agent for his work on the series. See more »

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Referenced in Inherent Vice (2014) See more »

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by Bronislau Kaper
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a good series but early episodes are different from later ones
24 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Now that the show is back in syndication, I've watched as many as I can and see some major differences between the early shows (1965 or so) and later ones (in the early 70s). The early ones SHOWED more violence and often the bad guys were "pushing up daisies" by the end of the show. Later, the FBI agents hardly ever shot the bad guys or if they did it was just in the leg or arm--hardly realistic, but an apparent bow to overly sensitive pressure groups that had grown in the early 1970s. Also, the earlier episodes made the characters seem a little more human--often, Erskine was shown with a good looking woman or would complain about having to work too hard, while later he was pretty much a robot. Finally, the earlier episodes were occasionally more histrionic--sometimes too much and some times very juicy and exciting! In general, I prefer the earlier shows--they may have been a little campier, but they seemed more exciting.


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