is a detective series broadcast in the United States by NBC
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as part of its 1972-73 television schedule
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, though a standalone two-hour television movie was broadcast first in March 1971. The series was a Quinn Martin
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Production (in association with Warner Bros. Television
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), the first-ever show Martin made for the NBC network.
was a period drama set in the late 1930s in Los Angeles. It concerned the life of private investigator
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Miles C. Banyon (Robert Forster
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), a tough-but-honest detective who would accept essentially any case for US$20/day. Located in the same complex (the famed Bradbury Building
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) as Banyon's office was the secretarial
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school operated by Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell
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). By an agreement between Banyon and Revere, part of the training provided to these young women was a period serving as Banyon's secretary; this gave him the advantage of not having to provide a salary for a secretary but meant that he never had the same one long enough for her to become a truly knowledgeable or reliable assistant. Besides Revere, the other ongoing female character was Banyon's girlfriend, Abby Graham (Julie Gregg
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), a nightclub singer who was constantly trying to encourage him to "settle down" and marry her, but to no avail during the brief run of this series. Banyon's police acquaintance with the Los Angeles Police Department
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was the cynical Lieutenant Pete McNeil (Richard Jaeckel
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was unable to find an adequate audience and lost in the Nielsen ratings
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to American Broadcasting Company
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's Love, American Style
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and was canceled midseason.
It is one of the few Quinn Martin shows not owned currently by CBS/Republic Pictures
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; the series rights remain with Time Warner
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. It is also one of only two QM shows to bill a cast member above the title (the other is A Man Called Sloane
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, featuring Robert Conrad
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|| Original Airdate
|| "The Decent Thing to Do"
|| September 15, 1972
|| "The Old College Try"
|| September 22, 1972
|| "The Graveyard Vote"
|| September 29, 1972
|| "Completely Out of Print"
|| October 6, 1972
|| "Meal Ticket"
|| October 13, 1972
|| "The Clay Clarinet"
|| October 27, 1972
|| "Dead End"
|| November 3, 1972
|| "Time to Kill"
|| November 10, 1972
|| "Think of Me Kindly"
|| November 17, 1972
|| "A Date with Death"
|| November 24, 1972
|| "Sally Overman Is Missing"
|| December 1, 1972
|| "The Lady Killer"
|| December 8, 1972
|| "The Murder Game"
|| December 15, 1972
|| "Just Once"
|| December 22, 1972
|| "Time Lapse"
|| January 12, 1973