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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
11 March 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the Los Angeles Police Department... See more »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Now Available on DVD. Great series cut off in its prime. See more (14 total) »

Cast

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David Janssen ... Harry Orwell (45 episodes, 1973-1976)

Anthony Zerbe ... Lt. Trench / ... (30 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Tulley ... Sgt. Roberts / ... (29 episodes, 1975-1976)
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Series Directed by
Richard Lang (18 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jerry Thorpe (7 episodes, 1973-1976)
John Newland (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Russ Mayberry (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Wendkos (3 episodes, 1974)
Daryl Duke (2 episodes, 1974)
Jerry London (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Harry Falk (2 episodes, 1975)

Richard Benedict (unknown episodes)
Joseph Manduke (unknown episodes)
Don Weis (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Howard Rodman (45 episodes, 1973-1976)
Michael Sloan (7 episodes, 1975-1976)
Stephen Kandel (6 episodes, 1974-1976)
Herman Groves (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Robert C. Dennis (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
John Meredyth Lucas (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gene Thompson (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Robert Dozier (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
Larry Forrester (2 episodes, 1975)
Norman Strum (2 episodes, 1975)

Joanna Klasson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jerry Thorpe .... executive producer / producer (45 episodes, 1973-1976)
Robert Dozier .... producer (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
Alex Beaton .... producer / associate producer (14 episodes, 1973-1976)
Robert E. Thompson .... producer (13 episodes, 1974)
Buck Houghton .... producer (9 episodes, 1975)
Rita Dillon .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Kim Richmond (unknown episodes)
John Rubinstein (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert Hoffman (22 episodes, 1974-1975)
Chuck Arnold (21 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
Neil Travis (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Casting by
Ruth Conforte (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Art Direction by
Serge Krizman (20 episodes, 1974-1975)

Frederick P. Hope (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman (2 episodes, 1975)

Gregory Garrison (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1974-1975)

Jean Austin .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Donald Roberts .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1975)

Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig R. Baxley .... second unit director (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1974-1975)

Mitchell L. Gamson .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Dwight Mobley .... sound (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator / stunt driver (12 episodes, 1974-1976)
Bob Orrison .... stunt driver (11 episodes, 1974-1975)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Richard E. Butler .... stunt driver (3 episodes, 1975)

Fred Carson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean Coulter .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Roger Creed .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
John Moio .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Salley .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1974-1975)

Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Bruce Walkup .... wardrobe (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Billy Goldenberg .... composer: theme music / conductor (44 episodes, 1974-1976)
 
Series Other crew
Robert Dozier .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1974-1975)
Howard Rodman .... executive consultant (2 episodes, 1975)
 

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60 min (44 episodes)
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Harry O:A procedure? You go by the book this time, you'll have a dead star on your hands!See more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Now Available on DVD. Great series cut off in its prime., 5 November 2005
Author: Alan Trevennor from UK

This series was that rare thing in the 1970s - an original and intelligently constructed mainstream US TV series.

This was due to two factors, the personality and performance of David Janssen (the word unique is grossly over-used, but it truly applied to him), and the way that the character of Harry Orwell was constructed around Janssen's screen persona. The idea of an ex cop taking up private detection was not new, even then, but the details were what made this one special. For example, Harry often travelled by bus, being unable to drive because his car was always hosed. Imagine, Kojak or Jim Rockford doing that? No, neither can I. Harry also had a family history (ex-partner, money problems etc)that we actually saw him dealing with. Very little gloss on Harry's life.

So, an intelligently constructed premise, a great central performer, superb performances from the recurring characters - notably Anthony Zerbe as the acerbic Lt. Trench (replacing Lt. Manny Quinlan half-way through series 1, when the series' location moved from San Diego to LA at the behest of the studio suits). And then, we had some interesting and well written scripts - but yes, there were some clunkers too. Harry O was well directed, very well cut in the styles of the time and oh! - those Foley sounds, loud footsteps in longshots - I love it! The sound on just one of the series one episodes is appalling, but for all the rest, they look and sound great.

Perhaps because it came in at the middle or latter end of the US boom in detective series, Harry O ran for only two seasons. A great shame, it had a lot more potential to realise - and without Janssen it can never be recreated.

2013 UPDATE: The first series is available now as a box set from the Warners online shop!

2014 UPDATE: No longer a rare series! Warners have put out box set of both series now. You can buy on Amazon or direct from WBshop.

Excellent! Just ordered mine!

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