Most Wanted (1976–1977)
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Pilot 

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | Episode aired 21 March 1976
A rapist/killer who preys on nuns prompts the mayor of Los Angeles to create a special task force headed by Linc Evers. Can they catch the killer before he strikes again?

Director:

Walter Grauman

Writer:

Laurence Heath
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Captain Linc Evers
Leslie Charleson ... Lee Herrick
Shelly Novack ... Charlie Benson
Tom Selleck ... Tom Roybo
Marj Dusay ... Jean Evers
Jack Kehoe ... Phil Benedict
Sheree North ... Melissa Dawson
Roger Perry ... Harkness
Percy Rodrigues ... Mayor Dan Stoddard
Fred Sadoff ... Goldberg
Kitty Winn ... Sister Beth
Don Calfa ... Del Vecio
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Frank Deauville
Richard Lawson ... Carl Webster
Gloria McMillan Gloria McMillan ... Sister Ann
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Storyline

Pilot for the short-lived TV series about a special police unit, among them a dedicated homicide detective, a female psychologist, an undercover cop, and an electronic gadgetry expert, tracking down a merciless serial killer whose victims include Catholic nuns. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mayor Stoddard: What's happening with this case, Linc?
Lincoln Evers: You sound like Harkness.
Mayor Stoddard: It's the same thing that happens every time there's a Zodiac/Zebra/Strangler/Slasher. We overload the zone to stop the criminal the public and the press label most wanted and we drop the ball on a file cabinet of other crimes.
Lincoln Evers: You've been there.
Mayor Stoddard: We don't just pick up the ball and run with it. Some of those fumbles cost us leads that never turn up again. Evidence that we need to make a charge stick gets cold; gets lost.
Lincoln Evers: You got a ...
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Cops-vs-killer done in routine TV style
28 October 2004 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

This made-for-TV effort, (complete with appropriate moments for commercial insertions), is to today's "C.S.I." and "Law and Order" series what "Adam-12" was to "Hill Street Blues." It's not so much bad as just thin, bland, and undistinguished. Since the killer's identity is revealed in the opening scene, there's not much suspense or mystery involved, and the use of nuns as victims of a serial killer seems merely like a distasteful ploy for ratings. The means by which the police catch the killer lack flair and ingenuity.

There is some interest in seeing a young Tom Selleck playing support to Robert Stack but he spends most of the show with a faintly dazed expression on his face as if he's a misplaced "Playgirl" centerfold wondering if now is the moment when he should start taking his clothes off. Alas, he never does.

Still, Selleck almost looks good compared to the miscast actor who plays the tough, street-smart undercover cop. This guy looks like a C.P.A. who got off the elevator on the wrong floor!


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