The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Thomas Banacek 17 episodes, 1972-1974
...  Jay Drury 17 episodes, 1972-1974
...  Felix Mulholland 16 episodes, 1972-1974
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Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do freelance 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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Peppard originally signed to star in a weekly hour series, but NBC instead chose to make "Banacek" a 90-minute show that would alternate with two other series on NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. Peppard's contract was not modified, however, leaving him free to leave the series after two seasons to pursue other projects. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: The chicken that clucks the loudest is the one most likely to go to the Steamfitter's Picnic.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror III (1992) See more »

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Great show, but the one flaw was not sexism
24 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Banacek sexist? More a case of the show seeing men and women as they are before political-correctness forced us to publicly pretend otherwise. Very liberating to go back and watch it. The only real flaw with the show was too much outdoor shooting in obvious Southern California locations (mountains in the background, LA smog, semi-arid landscapes that would be at home on Columbo, industrial and small business areas with Emergency and Adam-12 written all over them, and signs with names like "Pacific Metal Company") and not enough in the Boston area. You get a heavy dose of real Boston footage in the opening credits (and it looks like they did some filming in the city) but a lack of studio money no doubt kept them from going east more than they did, but a great show otherwise! I still enjoy watching Banacek solve those cases while verbally dueling with Jay, Felix, and his competition from the insurance companies.


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