Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lived on the beach, and, when not ... See full summary »

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Howard Rodman
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1976   1975   1974   1973  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Janssen ...  Harry Orwell 45 episodes, 1973-1976
Anthony Zerbe ...  Lt. K.C. Trench 30 episodes, 1975-1976
Paul Tulley Paul Tulley ...  Sgt. Roberts / ... 29 episodes, 1975-1976
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Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lived on the beach, and, when not working on a current case, spent much of his time fixing up his boat, which was called The Answer. Harry O was unusual in that he didn't own a flashy car in which to conduct high-speed chases, preferring to ride the bus instead. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Walter Dominguez, who worked on Harry O, said in a 2013 interview about David Janssen: "He was a sweet, sweet man. I was an apprentice. I was an assistant director trainee. When they reassigned me, after being on his show for a while, they reassigned me to another show, he stopped everything, he had a little party, he gave me a gold pen and pencil set with my name inscribed on it. He just couldn't have been a nicer person." See more »

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One of the best - where's the DVD???
21 June 2009 | by Capt_IncredibleSee all my reviews

I first remember seeing this show in the late '70s on BBC - I was (and am) a big fan of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Harry Orwell was as close to a modern-day version as I could imagine.

Taciturn and laconic, David Janssen's portrayal of the world-weary detective was far above the quality of many other shows of the day, and a marked contrast to one of my other favourites, The Rockford Files, where every week Jim got knocked on the head, argued with Dennis and got in a car chase, although, granted, his car was always in good shape.

The stories were intelligently-written, the supporting cast always first-class (Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe providing excellent foils for Janssen), and guest artists either well-established or up-and-coming stars.

'Harry O' is a show that deserves a DVD release - when one considers the availability of more obscure shows it's difficult to understand why it hasn't had its turn.

Like Harry, I'm a patient man, but I'd like to see this show again before I die...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Harry O See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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