Harry O (1973–1976)
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APB Harry Orwell 

The victim of an elaborate frame, Harry is arrested for murder. While awaiting trial, Harry escapes and tracks down the real killer as he attempts to clear his name.


Richard Lang


Howard Rodman (creator), William R. Stratton (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe ... Lt. K.C. Trench
Lesley Ann Warren ... Gail Stephens (as Lesley Warren)
Fred Sadoff ... Eldon Bardach
Michael C. Gwynne ... Randall Groves
Bill Henderson ... Spencer Johnson
John Lupton ... Walter Blanke
Joyce Easton Joyce Easton ... Mrs. Blanke
Richard Stahl ... Pathologist
Paul Tulley Paul Tulley ... Sgt. Roberts
Rosanna DeSoto ... Edwina (as Rosanna Soto)
John Lawrence ... Al Buddusky
Don Eitner ... Don Maffry
Skip Riley Skip Riley ... Biegelman
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Simons (as Dan Barrows)


While Harry Orwell meets with a potential client out on the pier near his beach house, a man impersonating Harry is at his house. The impersonator kills a man in Harry's house then using Harry's car dumps the body about a mile from Harry's house. Lt. Trench and Sgt. Roberts know it's a frame but they have to arrest him based on the evidence. Harry is arrested, charged and bound for trial but Trench continues to investigate. Harry ingeniously breaks out of jail so that he can find the woman who met him on the pier and figure out who she was working with to frame him. Trench, Roberts, and girlfriend Sue all try to help Harry in different ways. It all ties back to a case that Harry worked on while he was on the San Diego police force.

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Lesley Ann Warren re-teams with Anthony Zerbe. They had previously costarred on Mission: Impossible: The Amateur (1970). See more »


[first lines]
Harry Orwell: I was waiting for a potential client out on the pier. Piers are good places for pondering the eternal enigmas of the universe. Like why are women usually late. Particularly after specifying a precise time as in 10:00 sharp. My conclusion was... they have smaller wristwatches.
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Solid performances and a quasi-"Fugitive" like plot elevates this episode
20 March 2007 | by blockerloverSee all my reviews

David Janssen, who ran for his life for years on "The Fugitive", must have been relieved to see this episode of "Harry O" get wrapped up so quickly! Janssen is framed for murder by a blackmailer posing as Harry Orwell, and the evidence against him is pretty damning. Even perky neighbor Farrah Fawcett-Majors can't vouch for Harry. Lesley Ann Warren (billed as simply Lesley Warren) doesn't have a very juicy role as a pawn in the crime--she's just there to be duped--but she looks great in her short pixie hairdo and bell-bottom jeans. Anthony Zerbe, as always, is amiably tough as the police lieutenant, and Farrah...well, she's got more hair than all the other actors combined (and then some). It's too much hair even for 1975, although Fawcett has a good acting scene with Zerbe and gives her one-dimensional character some real guts. Janssen never overdoes a scene, and in fact his laid-back nature probably cost him in terms of a superstar TV career, but he's just right for this type of dry, straightforward writing. The series is too dark, with rooms going half-lit and the colors mostly brown & beige. Visually it isn't an eyesore, though it is awfully drab.

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6 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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