The adventures of proud Polish-American detective Thomas Banacek.

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 Thomas Banacek (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ralph Manza ...
 Jay Drury (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
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 Felix Mulholland (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
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Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do insurance investigator living in Boston. He makes good money by solving the most intricate and unusual mysteries, and is very proud of his Polish heritage. His contacts include his street-smart chauffeur Jay and British bookstore owner Felix. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Banacek: Kova kyttä  »

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Part of the NBC Wednesday Night Mystery Movie. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: If you're not sure that it's potato borscht, there could be orphans working in the mines.
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No scrounging for his fees
21 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

George Peppard plays the title role in this series of Thomas Banacek, a street smart detective who works on retainer for insurance companies. He's the furthest thing from Jim Rockford who scrounges for work. No, Banacek is well paid for his cases.

He also has an old time petty crook played by Ralph Manza as a chauffeur and the tweedy and very British Murray Matheson to do his research. I'm sure they're well compensated also.

Peppard's character was interesting and intelligent and favored Agatha Christie like gathering of the suspects when all will be revealed when he solves a case. The show was more of a how it was done rather than a whodunit. With Banacek it was always the 'how'.

Ironically this limited series as it shared the NBC Mystery Movie time slot with three others only had a two season run and 17 episodes. I found it better than the A Team. But that show is what most remember George Peppard for.

Ironic, isn't it.


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