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12 September 1966 (USA) See more »
Twenty year veteran Stone is paired with rookie Briggs in a large Western metropolis. The tough as nails... See more »
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Howard Duff ... Det. Sgt. Sam Stone (73 episodes, 1966-1969)

Ben Alexander ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)

Dennis Cole ... Det. Jim Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)

Series Directed by
George McCowan (20 episodes, 1967-1969)
Allen Reisner (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lawrence Dobkin (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Butler (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Walter Grauman (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Seymour Robbie (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Richard Donner (3 episodes, 1966)
Michael Ritchie (3 episodes, 1966)
Gerd Oswald (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Nicholas Colasanto (3 episodes, 1968)
Herbert Hirschman (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Gene Nelson (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lee H. Katzin (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Writing credits
Richard Murphy (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Franklin Barton (8 episodes, 1966-1968)
Tony Barrett (8 episodes, 1967)
Donald S. Sanford (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Heverly (6 episodes, 1967-1969)
Don Brinkley (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harold Gast (4 episodes, 1966-1969)
Philip Saltzman (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Mark Rodgers (3 episodes, 1968)
Jack Turley (3 episodes, 1968)
Hank Searls (2 episodes, 1966-1969)
George Eckstein (2 episodes, 1966)
Adrian Spies (2 episodes, 1966)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1967)
Norman Klenman (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
Walter Grauman .... executive producer (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
William Kayden .... associate producer (43 episodes, 1967-1969)
Philip Saltzman .... producer (43 episodes, 1967-1969)
Richard Newton .... producer (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Original Music by
Pete Rugolo (28 episodes, 1966-1969)
Robert Drasnin (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Harry Geller (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Cinematography by
Richard A. Kelley (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Series Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo (39 episodes, 1966-1968)
J. Frank O'Neill (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Michael Economou (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Casting by
Bill Kinney (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Jim Roth (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Jack Martin Smith (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Series Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Warren Welch (63 episodes, 1966-1969)
Raymond Paul (10 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair styling supervisor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Production Management
Mike Salamunovich .... unit production manager (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
William Self .... executive in charge of production (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Samuel E. Beetley .... post-production supervisor (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Whorf .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1966-1969)
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
Richard Glassman .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
Miles Middough .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1966)
Dale Coleman .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert G. Stone .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Sound Department
Ralph Hickey .... supervising sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Marvin I. Kosberg .... sound effects editor (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Edward Rossi .... sound effects editor (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Stunts
Dick Dial .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Robert Sonntag .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Robert Mintz .... post-production coordinator (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
William Mace .... supervising film editor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Pete Rugolo .... composer: theme music (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
Al Friede .... music editor (56 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (9 episodes, 1966-1968)
Series Other crew
Philip Saltzman .... executive story consultant (30 episodes, 1966-1967)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Felony Squad" - USA (short title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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The show's sponsor was Lark cigarettes.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Excellent crime drama series....Remembering The Felony Squad television series on its 50th anniversary, 2 September 2016
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

Premiered on September 12, 1966 the television series "Felony Squad" was the created brainchild of two producers that were associated with Quinn Martin even though the series was not associated with Quinn Martin Productions but through a different company. Two of the producers of this series consisted of Walter Grauman(who was a producer and director of several Quinn Martin produced shows like "The New Breed", "The Fugitive", "Twelve O'Clock High", "The FBI",and "The Invaders" to name a few),and producer Phillip Saltzman(who was one of the writers for several Quinn Martin produced shows),along with creator Richard Murphy who also served as executive producer of this series along with Walter Grauman and Richard Newton, the police crime drama series "Felony Squad" was a half-hour television cop show that premiered on ABC's Prime-Time schedule that lasted three seasons and produced 73 episodes in color until January 31,1969. For the first two seasons of the show's run it aired in Prime-Time on Monday nights with 30 episodes each for both Seasons 1 and 2. For its first season, the series aired at the 9:00 eastern/8:00 central time slot where it preceded "The Rat Patrol" and before "Peyton Place" and went opposite against "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall". The second season also went opposite "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Danny Thomas Comedy Hour" where it preceded "The Rat Patrol",and "Peyton Place". In the fall of 1968, ABC moved the series from Monday nights to Friday nights, a move that proved disastrous where it scheduled to the 8:30 eastern/7:30 central time slot where it preceded "Operation:Entertainment",and before the short-lived "The Don Rickles Show" and it was opposite "The Name of the Game",and "Gomer Pyle, USMC" that killed it in the ratings that produced 13 episodes in its final season until January 31, 1969.

This crime drama series starred Howard Duff(as Sergeant Sam Stone),and Dennis Cole(as Detective Jim Briggs)as investigators in a major crimes unit based on modern-day mid-1960's Los Angeles that were associated with the Los Angeles Police Department. Howard Duff's character was the veteran who was teaching his younger partner the facets of police work while teaching him the life lessons of detective work within the police department. Another main character was the desk sergeant Dan Briggs(portrayed by former "Dragnet" actor Ben Alexander)who was the father of Dennis Cole's character. The cases the squad handles deals with the regular procedures that they encounter while on the beat which gave way to some great episodes this series had even though it lasted a half-hour. Big name directors like George McCowan, Allen Reisner, Lawrence Dobkin, Robert Butler, Lee H. Katzin, Gene Nelson, Tom Gries, to Richard Donner, Gerd Oswald, Laslo Benedek, Vincent McEveety, Jud Taylor, Walter Grauman, William Hale and even Howard Duff contribute to some of the excellent episodes.

Big name writers from Richard Murphy, Don Brinkley, Franklin Barton, Harold Gast, Robert Heverly, Phillip Saltzman, Mark Rodgers, Jack Turley, Lee Erwin, Howard Gast, Ellis Kadison, John Kneubuhl, to Don Tait. Big name guest stars ranging from Barney Phillips, Kevin McCarthy, James Daly, Harold J. Stone, Lynda Day George, Vic Tayback, Joe Don Baker, Roddy McDowell, Ricardo Montalban, James Best, Lloyd Haynes, Darren McGavin, Kevin Hagen, Patricia Barry, Beau Bridges, Ed Asner, to Marj Dusay, Fritz Weaver, Robert Duvall, Cleavon Little, Martin Milner, Simon Oakland, Gerald S. O'Laughlin, Brock Peters, Pat Hingle, Harold Gould, Lana Wood, Scott Brady, Mark Lenard, Jack Hogan, Will Kuluva, to Carl Betz, Diana Muldaur, Joanne Linville, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., Ellen Corby, Beah Richards, Paul Mantee, George Takei, Eric Shea, Susan Flannery, Ivan Dixon, Cicely Tyson, Joanna Moore, Russell Johnson, to Joan Van Ark, Richard Dreyfuss, Andrew Prine, Roy Jenson and Michael Callan.

The best episodes that came from this short-lived police drama series let me started with the show's pilot episode "The Streets Are Paved With Quicksand" to the two-part episodes "The Night of the Shark", "An Arrangement With Death", "The Flip Side of Fear", "The Nowhere Man" to "A Conspiracy of Power". Other great episodes from "Felony Squad" were "Target!", "A Blueprint for Dying", "The Immaculate Killer", "Let Him Die!", "The 30-Gram Kill", "A Date With Terror",and "The Law and Order Blues" When this series was abruptly canceled in early-1969 the series was replaced by two comedies that were placed on ABC's Friday Night schedule that included the short-lived "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" and by the winter of 1970 was replaced by "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."....even though it lasted three seasons and 73 episodes the short-lived "Felony Squad" was a great cop show with excellent episodes and great acting even though it remains one of the "under-rated" of the astounding police dramas of the mid-1960's on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

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