Vega$ (1978–1981)
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Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna probes the murder of Marilyn Ochs, a teenage prostitute who ran away from home because she didn't get along well with her mother Loretta's new husband Merle.


Richard Lang


Michael Mann




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Dan Tanna
Will Sampson ... Harlon Twoleaf
Chick Vennera ... Costigan
Michael Lerner ... Nate Stephanson
Elissa Leeds ... Marilyn
Red Buttons ... Tommy Cirko
June Allyson ... Loretta Ochs
Edd Byrnes ... Johnny Crystal
Scatman Crothers ... Rosie
Jack Kelly ... Merle Ochs
Greg Morris ... Lt. George Nelson
Bart Braverman ... Bobby 'Binzer' Borso
Johnnie Collins III Johnnie Collins III
Phyllis Davis ... Beatrice Travis
Ned Glass ... Charlie


Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna, who parks his red '57 Thunderbird convertible in the living room of his home/office, investigates the murder of a teenage prostitute, while finding plenty of time to prevent a conman from fleecing a casino, bodyguard a nightclub entertainer, and buy a birthday gift for his secretary's daughter. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

25 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auftrag ohne Honorar See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Urich was nine years older than Catherine Hickland in real-life, even though his character, Dan Tanna, was the younger brother to Julie. See more »


Bloody Mary mysteriously materializes on cocktail table midway through Dan's discussion with parents of missing girl. See more »


Follows Vega$ (1978) See more »

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One of the best detective series ever.
29 March 2000 | by dnwalkerSee all my reviews

Robert Urich was perfect as Dan Tanna, and Greg Morris as Lt. Nelson, Will Sampson as Harlin Twoleafs and Bart Braverman as Binzer are also well-cast and play interesting characters. Phyllis Davis, who plays Tanna's secretary, Bea Travis, was probably a beauty in her prime, but she was far past that stage in this series and was a little silly in her part-time role as a showgirl. Judy Landers' character, Angie Turner was too foolish for comment.

The notion of a private detective driving anything as conspicuous as a red '56 T-bird is ridiculous, but it fit Dan Tanna's personality so well that the viewer could easily accept it. The various cars driven by Binzer fit his personality also, as did Twoleaf's dirty pickup.

The plots weren't great, but most were good enough to be interesting, and the Las Vegas scenery, both inside and outside the casinos added to the viewing pleasure. One could drool over the idea of staying in one of the Desert Inn's two story suites.

Anytime reruns of this come on, tape them to view at your leisure.

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