The Streets of San Francisco: Season 4, Episode 15

Police Buff (8 Jan. 1976)

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Bill Bixby places a guy who like to follow the police scanner. He wants to be a cop, but cannot hack it, and ends up taking the law into his own hands. And a good cop gets blamed.

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Eric Doyle
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Officer Todd Harris
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Morry
Fred Sadoff ...
Dr. Lenny Murchison
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Frank Batz
Hank Brandt ...
Dink Washington
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Bailiff
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Joey Lucero
Patti Jerome ...
Joanne
Reuben Collins ...
Inspector Bill Tanner
Vince Howard ...
Charley Johnson
Jay Jacobus ...
Judge
Larry St. James ...
Jack Williamson
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Bill Bixby places a guy who like to follow the police scanner. He wants to be a cop, but cannot hack it, and ends up taking the law into his own hands. And a good cop gets blamed.

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Bill Bixby should have won an Emmy for this. Why not?
18 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Streets Of San Francisco was a realistic enough police action series and always painted most of its characters in 3-D. This goes for Police Buff in which the late, great Bill Bixby makes his second appearance in the show as the mentally unhinged Eric Doyle, a loner who works at a department store, decorating mannequins and being verbally abused by his boss. He wants to become somebody, so at nights, he dresses up as a uniformed police officer and begins stalking criminals who are guilty as sin for their crimes, but have been released on legal technicalities.

There is an amazing scene that's both chilling and touching where Doyle talks to a dummy. He pours out all his angst and rage in a moment that's worthy of Shakespeare.

It wouldn't be long before Bixby got the gig as Dr. David Bruce Banner.


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