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Surfside 6
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Margarita Sierra, Troy Donohue, Lee Patterson, Diane McBain and Van Williams in Surfside 6
Format Private detective series
Created by William T. Orr and
Hugh Benson
Starring Lee Patterson
Troy Donohue
Van Williams
Diane McBain
Margarita Sierra
Theme music composer Jerry Livingston and
Mack David
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 74 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) Jerry Davis
Charles Hoffman
Ed Jurist
Joel Rogosin
Tom McKnight
Mack David
Location(s) California California
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
Original run October 6, 1960 –
June 25, 1962
Preceded by Bourbon Street Beat
Related shows 77 Sunset Strip
Hawaiian Eye

Surfside 6 is an ABC television series (1960–1962) about a Miami Beach detective agency set on a houseboat, featuring Troy Donahue as Sandy Winfield, II, Van Williams as Kenny Madison (a character recycled from Bourbon Street Beat, a similar series that had appeared in exactly the same time slot the season before), and Lee Patterson as Dave Thorne. Diane McBain co-starred as socialite Daphne Dutton, whose yacht was parked next to their houseboat. Margarita Sierra also had a supporting role as Cha Cha O'Brien, an entertainer who worked at The Boom Boom Room, a popular Miami Beach hangout at the Fontainebleau Hotel, directly across the street from Surfside 6. Surfside 6 was in fact a real address in Miami Beach, where an unrelated houseboat was moored at the time.


Description and theme song

Surfside 6 was one of four detective TV series produced by Warner Brothers around that time, the others being 77 Sunset Strip (set in L.A.), Hawaiian Eye (set in Hawaii), and the aforementioned Bourbon Street Beat (set in New Orleans). Plots, scripts (changing the names and locales), characters, and almost everything else crossed over from one series to another, not a difficult feat since they were all actually shot on the studio's backlots in Los Angeles.

Surfside 6 had a memorable theme song, written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David. The theme has often been parodied in popular culture. The lyrics varied from week to week, but "Surfside 6" and "In Miami Beach!" stayed intact. When the women would be introduced, the melody picked up with back-up singers singing "Cha Cha Cha" when the announcer introduced Margarita Sierra, who vamped exaggeratedly and winked at the camera during this brief weekly sequence.

In its first season, Surfside 6 was paired opposite the CBS sitcoms Bringing Up Buddy and The Danny Thomas Show and NBC's Western Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson. In the second year, Surfide 6 competed against Danny Thomas and The Andy Griffith Show on CBS and NBC's short-lived but highly acclaimed 87th Precinct starring Robert Lansing, a series about a fictitious New York City police precinct.

Episode list

See List of Surfside 6 episodes

Popular culture

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