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The Outsider 

David Ross is a orphaned, ex-con, loner living in a world that loaths and makes a living as a private investgator in Los Angeles to tackle his financial problems and other people's problems as well.

Creator:

Roy Huggins
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Darren McGavin ...  David Ross 26 episodes, 1968-1969
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David Ross is a orphaned, ex-con, loner living in a world that loaths and makes a living as a private investgator in Los Angeles to tackle his financial problems and other people's problems as well.

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Meet Dave Ross, a go-it alone private eye who always finds himself where the action is. Darren McGavin stars. Premiere.

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Crime | Drama

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"The Outsider" follows the exploits of David Ross, an orphaned ex-con, framed for a murder he did not commit. Ross is a loner, living in a world that loathes him, as he plies his trade as a Los Angles private investigator, trying to ease his financial woes while solving other people's problems.

This scenario is strikingly similar to both the 1970s drama-comedy series "The Rockford Files" and the 1957-1962 Western series "Maverick", and the protagonists of all three share the same basic heroic archetype - the misunderstood knight-errant who is wrongly perceived as dishonest. Across the trilogy, the Mavericks, Ross and Rockford all typically find themselves weighing a financial windfall against a moral dilemma, with their consciences (almost) always trumping their wallets.

Not surprisingly, all three were created by producer-writer Roy Huggins. See more »

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Followed by Anatomy of a Crime (1969) See more »

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Precurser to "The Rockford Files"
19 August 2017 | by ronzomSee all my reviews

Roy Huggins, creator of "77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, and The Fugitive" made this series in 1968 but had no takers. It totals one pilot movie and 26 episodes. It was a very different detective show for the time. Huggins later recycled aspects of this series in creating "The Rockford Files". Matt Ross, like Jim Rockford, was a private detective who had spent time in prison. Neither used a gun when they could help it. Neither was trusted by the police. Rockford kept hid gun in a cereal box. Ross kept his gun in the refrigerator. Rockford's office was in a trailer. Ross's was in a run down building. Both men had the persona of a wistful loser. Darren McGavin, the lead was excellent in the role. Probably the difference in success for the two series was that Matt Ross was a loner with no family or close friends. Rockford's family and friends added a layer of warmth to the series.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Außenseiter See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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