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The F.B.I.
Format Crime Drama
Starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Philip Abbott
William Reynolds
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 240
Executive producer(s) Quinn Martin
Philip Saltzman[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Quinn Martin Productions (1965–1974)
Warner Bros. Television (1965–1967; 1969–1974)
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Television (1967–1969)
Original channel ABC
Original run September 19, 1965 – September 8, 1974

The F.B.I. is an American television series that was broadcast on ABC from 1965 to 1974. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.



Produced by Quinn Martin and based in part on concepts from the 1959 Warner Bros. theatrical film The FBI Story, the series was an authentic telling of or fictionalized accounts of actual F.B.I. cases, with fictitious main characters carrying the stories. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. played Inspector Lewis Erskine, while Philip Abbott played Arthur Ward, assistant director to F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover. Although Hoover served as series consultant until his death in 1972, he was never seen in the series.

Stephen Brooks played Inspector Erskine's assistant, Special Agent Jim Rhodes, for the first two seasons. Lynn Loring played Inspector Erskine's daughter and Rhodes' love interest, Barbara, in the first few episodes of the show. That romantic angle was soon dropped.

In 1967, Brooks was replaced by veteran actor William Reynolds, who played Special Agent Tom Colby until 1973. The series would enjoy its highest ratings during this time, peaking at No. 10 in the 1970–1971 season. For the final season, Shelly Novack played Special Agent Chris Daniels.

Some episodes ended with a "most wanted" segment hosted by Zimbalist, noting the F.B.I.'s most wanted criminals of the day (this was decades before the Fox Network aired America's Most Wanted). The series aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday from 1965 to 1973, when it was moved up to 7:30 p.m. for the final season.

The series was a co-production of Quinn Martin Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. held the television and theatrical rights to any project based on The F.B.I.. As it turned out, it was the longest running of all of Quinn Martin's television series, having aired nine seasons.

Numerous guest stars appeared on the program, including Robert Harland, formerly on ABC's Target: The Corruptors!,and Scott Marlowe (1932–2001), who was cast in ten episodes. Gary Vinson guest starred in the 1969 episode "Moment of Truth". John Vivyan, formerly television's Mr. Lucky, appeared as George Petrarkis in the 1970 episode entitled "The Witness". Wayne Maunder of the Custer and Lancer western series appeared in two episodes in 1970 and 1972. Sherry Boucher appeared as Karen Oliver in the 1971 episode "Unknown Victim". Cal Bellini appeared as Sessions in the 1973 episode "The Night of the Long Knives".

Mark Felt, then an assistant director at the F.B.I. and later to become famous as the "Deep Throat" source in the Watergate scandal, is reported to have served as an unpaid technical adviser to the series, occasionally going onto the set with Zimbalist. Recent disclosures of memos by the F.B.I., under the FOIA, reveal that the real F.B.I. had casting control over the show.

Today's F.B.I.

An updated and revamped version of the series, Today's F.B.I., executive produced by David Gerber, aired on ABC from October of 1981 through April of 1982 in the same Sunday 8 p.m. time slot as its predecessor. A remake of the original series, produced by Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment for Fox, was set for air in Fall 2008; however, that series has yet to air.[citation needed]

References In Popular Culture

In an early episode of The Dukes of Hazzard (season 1, episode 2: Daisy's Song), Bo and Luke Duke are telling Cooter about how the F.B.I. was mistakenly trailing them, and Cooter replies, "You know, I like the F.B.I. They got a good T.V. show," referring to The F.B.I.


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