The Trials of O'Brien (1965–1966)

TV Series  -   -  Drama
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 50 users  
Reviews: 14 user

A flamboyant Shakespeare quoting New York Defense Attorney always seems to get into trouble.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 17 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 152 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 
a list of 741 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 58 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Trials of O'Brien (1965–1966)

The Trials of O'Brien (1965–1966) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Trials of O'Brien.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1966   1965  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak
Prescription: Murder (TV Movie 1968)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Director: Richard Irving
Stars: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan
Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander
5 to 7 (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An aspiring novelist has an extramarital with a French diplomat's wife.

Director: Victor Levin
Stars: Glenn Close, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby
Kojak (1973–1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A bald police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When some priceless Macedonian treasures are swiped, lawyer Falk arrives to get to the bottom of things. He spends a good deal of time dodging more bad guys than in the average film, but ... See full summary »

Director: Abner Biberman
Stars: Peter Falk, Britt Ekland, Joanna Barnes
The Happening (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A few hippies "go with the flow" and end up kidnapping a retired Mafia kingpin.

Director: Elliot Silverstein
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, George Maharis
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Daniel O'Brien (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
Edit

Storyline

A flamboyant Shakespeare quoting New York Defense Attorney always seems to get into trouble.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trials of O'Brien  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Peter Falk gives one of the 1960's great series performances
28 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Peter Falk won an Emmy for "The Price of Tomatoes", an episode of "The Dick Powell Show" written by Richard Alan Simmons. Inger Stevens, Falk's co-star, was also nominated for an Emmy. In reference to Simmons, Falk said "the man is a mountain." Falk and Simmons continued their partnership with "Trials of O'Brien", and Simmons proved Falk was right.

Falk was superb in the role of Daniel J. O'Brien, a disheveled, odd-ball, humorous attorney, who happened to be very effective. The hour-long series was a comedy/drama/murder mystery. There was no trenchant analysis of social issues as in "The Defenders". Indeed, minimal time was spent in court. The series attempted to capture the sparkle of old movies like "The Thin Man". At the end of most episodes, Falk would gather all the suspects and determine the killer. The consistently high quality of the writing was amazing.

This show was all Falk, but the supporting regulars were also extraordinary. Joanna Barnes was his ex-wife, Ilka Chase was his ex-mother-in-law, David Burns was his investigator, and Elaine Stritch was his secretary. Sexy, sophisticated, smart Joanna Barnes was at her very best here, but she wasn't used anywhere near enough. She could have been a break-out star if she had been given more screen time.

The show was set in and filmed in New York, which almost seemed to be a requirement for quality drama series in the 60's. Many of the guest stars had stunning work ahead of them: Alan Alda, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Roger Moore, Robert Blake, Angela Lansbury, David Carradine, Martin Sheen, Frank Langella and Jessica Walter, to name a few.

"O'Brien" was on Saturday nights after Perry Mason, another detective-lawyer. The line producer was Jon Epstein ("Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law", "Rich Man, Poor Man").

Richard Alan Simmons later produced a season of the 1970's Columbo, and Jon Epstein produced some Columbo episodes in the early 1990's shortly before his death. A Columbo episode is dedicated to Epstein's memory.

TV Guide critic Cleveland Amory said the best series performance of 1965-66 was given by Patrick McGoohan ("Secret Agent"), but Amory gave honorable mention to Ben Gazzara ("Run For Your Life") and Peter Falk ("Trials of O'Brien"). None of those three actors was nominated for an Emmy that season. Amory said some of the later episodes of "O'Brien" were truly magnificent.

"Trials of O'Brien" may have been a business failure, but Peter Falk and executive producer Richard Alan Simmons achieved greatness with this show.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVDs? fnj2002
Discuss The Trials of O'Brien (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page