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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
13 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of proud Polish-American detective Thomas Banacek. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Cast

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George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
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Series Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Richard T. Heffron (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jack Smight (2 episodes, 1972)
Andrew V. McLaglen (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Theodore J. Flicker (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Sangster (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Wilson (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Van Scoyk (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stanley Ralph Ross (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Harold Livingston (2 episodes, 1974)

William Link (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
George Eckstein .... executive producer / producer (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Howie Horwitz .... producer (16 episodes, 1972-1974)

Paul Playdon .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Jack Elliott (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Allyn Ferguson (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Billy Goldenberg (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Dick DeBenedictis (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Watts (9 episodes, 1972-1974)
Albert J.J. Zúñiga (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Brame (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Art Direction by
George C. Webb (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sydney Z. Litwack (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams (14 episodes, 1972-1974)
Frank Rafferty (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Costume Design by
Grady Hunt (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Production Management
Jim Hogan .... unit manager (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Bishop .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reuben L. Watt .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1972-1974)
George Peppard .... second unit director (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Don Sharpless .... sound (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
John R. Carter .... sound (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Vic Carpenter .... sound (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Ralph Manza (9 episodes, 1972-1974)

Denny Arnold .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Herron .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Quincy Jones .... composer: "Wednesday Mystery Movie" theme (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Van Scoyk .... executive story consultant (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Playdon .... executive story consultant (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
 

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90 min (16 episodes)
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When "Banacek" debuted as one-third of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in September 1972, it rotated with "Madigan" (Richard Widmark) and "Cool Million" (James Farentino). During its second and final season, it shared its time-slot with three new shows: "Faraday and Company," "The Snoop Sisters," and "Tenafly." At mid-season 1974, only "Banacek" and "The Snoop Sisters" remained when the show moved to Tuesday.See more »
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Thomas Banacek:Read the whole library, my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days.See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The adventures of the coolest Polish detective ever conceived, 24 July 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Banacek" was one of the four rotating show that came on during NBC's Mystery Movie Series that was produced in the 1970's. The show lasted from 1972-1975(three years),and it was rotated among the other mystery shows that came on before this including "Columbo","McMillian and Wife", "McCloud". I got the chance to see this seldom seen series recently and to me it was throughly enjoyable watching the late George Peppard ten years before he would go into his most entertaining roles as Hannibal in "The A-Team". Peppard's character wasn't your average run of the mill P.I. or police detective by the way,but he was an insurance investigator for a huge Boston firm who tracks down stolen merchandise for a generous commission. But the interesting part of the show is how the items were stolen and towards the end it was how the items were recovered,giving all the clues and necessary to solve the case and Banacek always had a knack of figuring out step by step how the items were taken,how the culprits planned their heist and how the left the clues behind to where the stolen items were located which Banacek systematically broke it down the premise into solving the case,and Peppard's character was a master of this that really provided the bulk of the entertainment,and also the brilliant strategy to every episode,even though the show ran for 90 minutes which was the best part of the show. By the way,every episode had a "Old Polish Proverb' that Banacek would recite to give the show some great humor.

The show had great plots,wonderful locations,even though the show's setting is in Boston,but in provided Banacek to travel to distant locations to solve baffling mysteries. Several episodes are very good including one intitled "Ten Thousand Dollars A Page",directed by Richard T. Heffron,and had special guest stars David Doyle,and George Lindsey (yes,Goober)as a police detective,and Ted Cassidy. Another one is titled "To Steal A King",directed by Lou Antonio. There is also fast work from other directors who contributed to this series as well including Jack Smight,Andrew McLaglen,Virgil Vogel,and Oscar Rudolph.

Banacek had it all,sense of style,extremely wealthy,always around a array of females which some were equal,and had the ability to solve the most impossible crimes for the reward money....it other words Banacek was the coolest!!!!

The show didn't last very long,because George Peppard walked away from this successful series because of the grind of the show and also contract disputes. It would have been nice enough if Peppard came back to the role but Peppard made the role,and made the show as well. Great series from the golden age of the early 1970's. Catch the episodes on the Hallmark Channel.

The theme song was written by Quincy Jones.

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