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19 September 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Full summary »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine (241 episodes, 1965-1974)
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward (219 episodes, 1965-1974)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator / ... (168 episodes, 1966-1974)
William Reynolds ... Special Agent Tom Colby / ... (156 episodes, 1966-1974)
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Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (37 episodes, 1969-1974)
Don Medford (32 episodes, 1965-1974)
Jesse Hibbs (28 episodes, 1966-1970)
William Hale (17 episodes, 1967-1971)
Ralph Senensky (16 episodes, 1966-1972)
Christian Nyby (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Douglas (13 episodes, 1967-1974)
Robert Day (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Philip Abbott (8 episodes, 1970-1974)
Gene Nelson (7 episodes, 1967-1970)
William A. Graham (6 episodes, 1965)
Seymour Robbie (6 episodes, 1971-1974)
Paul Wendkos (5 episodes, 1966)
Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Wiard (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lewis Allen (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Michael O'Herlihy (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Carl Barth (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Walter Grauman (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1968)
Nicholas Webster (2 episodes, 1971)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Marc Daniels (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Writing credits
Mark Rodgers (31 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly (30 episodes, 1968-1973)
Mark Weingart (15 episodes, 1967-1973)
Gerald Sanford (13 episodes, 1966-1972)
Norman Jolley (12 episodes, 1965-1971)
Don Brinkley (11 episodes, 1965-1971)
Charles Larson (11 episodes, 1965-1969)
Ed Waters (11 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert M. Young (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Calvin Clements Sr. (7 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Leslie Bellem (6 episodes, 1965-1967)
Anthony Spinner (6 episodes, 1966-1970)
Andy Lewis (6 episodes, 1966-1969)
Norman Lessing (5 episodes, 1965-1973)
David W. Rintels (5 episodes, 1965-1970)
E. Arthur Kean (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Warren Duff (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Jack Turley (4 episodes, 1969-1973)
Dick Nelson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert C. Dennis (3 episodes, 1967-1973)
Robert I. Holt (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
John D.F. Black (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Schneider (3 episodes, 1968)
Robert W. Lenski (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ron Bishop (2 episodes, 1966-1971)
Robert J. Shaw (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Leonard Kantor (2 episodes, 1966)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1966)
John W. Bloch (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Oringer (2 episodes, 1968-1973)
Peter Allan Fields (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Albert Aley (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Heinemann (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Soderberg (2 episodes, 1968)
Benjamin Masselink (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Irv Pearlberg (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1974)
S.S. Schweitzer (2 episodes, 1974)

Series Produced by
Quinn Martin .... executive producer (221 episodes, 1965-1974)
Adrian Samish .... supervising producer (131 episodes, 1968-1974)
Charles Larson .... producer (114 episodes, 1965-1969)
Mark Weingart .... associate producer (103 episodes, 1968-1972)
Philip Saltzman .... producer (103 episodes, 1969-1973)
Norman Jolley .... associate producer (68 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert Heverly .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mark Rodgers .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
Anthony Spinner .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (23 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard Markowitz (15 episodes, 1965-1972)
Sidney Cutner (14 episodes, 1966-1970)
Duane Tatro (10 episodes, 1968-1972)
John Elizalde (5 episodes, 1968-1971)
Willard Jones (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Leo Arnaud (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Cinematography by
William W. Spencer (146 episodes, 1965-1973)
Robert C. Moreno (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jack Swain (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Andrew J. McIntyre (5 episodes, 1966)
Fred Mandl (4 episodes, 1970)
Robert J. Bronner (3 episodes, 1966)
William T. Cline (3 episodes, 1967)
Robert Hoffman (2 episodes, 1965-1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marston Fay (63 episodes, 1966-1972)
Jodie Copelan (39 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jerry Young (27 episodes, 1965-1970)
Thomas Neff (23 episodes, 1965-1970)
Donald Hoskinson (14 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ray Daniels (3 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Casting by
Bert Remsen (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Y. Haman (206 episodes, 1965-1974)
Dale Hennesy (11 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Hoyle Barrett (196 episodes, 1965-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dan Greenway .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1965-1967)
William Turner .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Arthur Fellows .... in charge of production / executive in charge of production (186 episodes, 1966-1974)
Dick Gallegly .... production manager / unit production manager (142 episodes, 1966-1973)
Howard P. Alston .... production manager / executive production manager (121 episodes, 1965-1974)
Adrian Samish .... executive in charge of production / in charge of production (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
Wilbur Mosier .... unit production manager (38 episodes, 1967-1968)
Glenn Cook .... unit production manager / post-production supervisor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Walter Coblenz .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1969-1970)
John Elizalde .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1965-1967)
Paul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1968-1973)
Ben Chapman .... production manager (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (72 episodes, 1965-1973)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (60 episodes, 1966-1973)
Carl Barth .... second unit director / assistant director (29 episodes, 1967-1972)
David Whorf .... assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1971-1972)
David Hawks .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Daley .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1967)
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
William McGarry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1968)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1973)

Craig Huston .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Wilbur Mosier .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Robert Rubin .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
William L. Stevenson .... sound effects editor (9 episodes, 1965-1967)
Francis E. Stahl .... production mixer / production sound mixer (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
William A. Phillips .... sound effects editor (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Robert B. Lee .... production sound mixer / production mixer (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts / stunt double / ... (10 episodes, 1965-1974)
Larry Holt .... stunts (8 episodes, 1968-1974)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (4 episodes, 1973)

Bill Catching .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Loren Janes .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Paul McWilliams .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Regina Parton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Sawaya .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
David Sharpe .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dean Smith .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Bird .... chief electrician (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
John F. Baron .... chief electrician (3 episodes, 1967)
George Bennett .... chief electrician (2 episodes, 1966)

Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1966)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward McDermott .... wardrobe supervisor (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carl Barth .... editorial coordinator (29 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard K. Brockway .... editorial supervisor (6 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ray Daniels .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Loeffler .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bob Piercy .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Donald Hoskinson .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1966-1967)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: theme music / composer: series theme / ... (198 episodes, 1965-1974)
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor / music supervisor (77 episodes, 1970-1974)
John Elizalde .... music supervisor / composer: stock music (76 episodes, 1968-1973)
Dominic Frontiere .... conductor / music conductor (61 episodes, 1965-1967)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (12 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard Markowitz .... composer: stock music (6 episodes, 1967-1971)
Joe Tuley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation dispatcher (26 episodes, 1971-1972)
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Other crew
John Conwell .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer / ... (218 episodes, 1965-1974)
Robert Heverly .... story consultant (76 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mark Rodgers .... story consultant (38 episodes, 1966-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John D. Craig .... technical advisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gerald Sanford .... story consultant (26 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert Leslie Bellem .... story consultant (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Fried .... story editor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Maharis .... location manager (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arthur Weingarten .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Thanks
J. Edgar Hoover .... appreciation to (4 episodes, 1970)
 

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60 min (239 episodes)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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In the closing credits, Inspector Erskine (Efram Zimbalist, JR) could always be seen driving off in the current years Ford Mustang.See more »
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F.B.I. ThemeSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Sunday Night Institution, 1 February 2005
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

"The FBI",appearing on ABC-TV from 1965 to 1974,was the longest running series from the prolific offices of QM Productions,the production company guided by the powerful television producer,Quinn Martin. Long time Martin associate and former writer Philip Saltzman produced this series for QM with the endorsement and cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For the nine years that it ran on the ABC-TV network this show ran opposite,"The Wonderful World Of Disney","Lassie", "Bonanza", and "The Ed Sullivan Show". This was in fact an Sunday night institution of entertainment that even after some 30 years off the air,it was one of the most realistic cop shows of all time,second to another successful crime drama show,"Dragnet".

"The FBI",marked the first time that Quinn Martin productions chronicled the exploits of an actual federal law enforcement body and each episode was subject not only to general Bureau approval,but to the personnel approval of director J. Edgar Hoover. And in each episode came with the proper procedure for bringing down and indicting some of the most dangerous criminals that were on the Bureau's most wanted list and bringing them to justice. This was a show that was acted in the utmost accuracy and exclusive detail with a genuine sincerity,and it reflected on the decency and majority of the FBI agents in the field,since most of the acting and the action sequences kept viewers tuned in each week. The show featured the brilliant talents of Efrem Zimbalist,Jr. as FBI Inspector Lewis Erskine. During the show's first two seasons(1965-1967), Agent Jim Rhodes(Stephen Brooks),was Erskine's associate and boyfriend to Erskine's daughter(Lynn Loring). But it was during the show's third season,that Brooks left the show,and he was replaced by Agent Tom Colby (William Reynolds),who was Erskine's sidekick for the remainder of the series. All the principals answered to Agent Arthur Ward(Philip Abbott) who was the head of the division of the FBI Offices along with the head of security for the FBI(Lex Barker). During the series run,these individuals were the infantry in an endless battle of crime,and received its assurance from those in the Bureau. Several more FBI agents joined the cause including,during the show's final season,a female agent,Chris Daniels(Shelly Novack),and a African-American agent appeared on the last season of the series.

The series drew critical scorn but it was very successful for ABC,slipping in and out of the Top Twenty shows for the nine years of its run,and quickly rising to the tenth position of the Nielsens during the 1970-1971 season. This was one of Quinn Martin's most successful show and it was second only to his other venture,the drama,"The Fugitive",which was on the same network for four seasons(1963-1967). One thing that was interesting about this show. Toward the end of each episode,Efrem Zimbalist,Jr. would step out of his character and would present the audience pictures of some of the most wanted criminals in America and request assistance in capturing them(the same format that is used today by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted). One of the most prominent names from this segment was James Earl Ray,the man who assassinated the civil rights leader,Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr. Another interesting concept was that in almost every episode,you get to see these FBI agents or criminals always driving around in a new Ford product,since the show's sponsor was The Ford Motor Company,and even at the ending credits you always saw Inspector Erskine driving towards his Washington,DC brownstone in a shiny brand new Ford product.

Shortly after the series left the air in 1974,Quinn Martin produced two made-for-television films,"The FBI versus Alvin Karpis"(1974),and the Emmy nominated "The FBI versus the Ku Klux Klan"(1975). What really canceled this successful show? For one,the loss in faith with the government,the scandal at Watergate,and trauma leading to the resignation of President Nixon,and the distrust of the Vietnam War,led ABC's decision to pull the plug on this brilliant show,which was still in the Top Ten of the Nielsens when it was cancelled.

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