Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »
A pair of American agents faces espionage adventures with skill, humor and some serious questions about their work. Robinson's cover is as a former Princeton law student and Davis Cup tennis player; Rhodes scholar Scott is his trainer as well as being a language expert. Written by
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Bill Cosby's character, Alexander Scott, was originally intended to be an older mentor to Robert Culp's trainee agent, Kelly Robinson. Executive producer Sheldon Leonard cast Cosby in the role after seeing one of his routines (Scott was originally intended to be a Caucasian). Due to this casting change, the writers thought an occasional reference to Cosby's race would be a necessity, given the tumult of the times. In an early episode, "Danny Was a Million Laughs", guest star Martin Landau's character makes a racial joke at Scott's expense. Culp and Cosby demanded that no more racial jokes be done, and none were for the run of the series. See more »
During the opening credits sequence of many early episodes, scenes from that episode are shown underneath a closeup of Robert Culp's eyes. If you look closely, Culp's facial expressions (concerned, happy, etc.) almost always match the action happening on the screen. Later in the series, a standard set of action/romance/humor scenes was used. See more »
Producer Sheldon Leonard took a big gamble with this series when it premiered on NBC back in October of 1965. Leonard,who at the time was producing shows like "Andy Griffith",and "Gomer Pyle", as well as "Dick Van Dyke" at the time over at a rival network, was the first to present Bill Cosby (his series debut) as the first African-American to star in a prime-time series which was a milestone back then in a time of civil rights, and at the height of the Vietnam War. "I Spy" centered around two American agents who were sent in exotic places around the world as they face espionage adventures during their travels (which was also the first series to be filmed in very exotic places around the world like Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Greece). Kelly Robinson was the international tennis star (played by Robert Culp) who was a secret agent for the government along with his trainer Alexander Scott (played by Bill Cosby). These agents used their skill, and sometimes offbeat humor to crack cases or to spy on certain individuals.
The show was so quick and witty (and sometimes hilarious) with its cool and campy sort of humor, but it also had a dramatic side of it as well. The show ran on the NBC network from 1965-1968,and it was a great series giving Bill Cosby two Emmys for his work on the show.
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