David Cassidy: Man Under Cover
|David Cassidy: Man Undercover|
|Created by||Richard Fielder|
|Written by||Sean Baine
|Directed by||Edward M. Abroms
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||David Gerber|
John V. LaBarbera
|Running time||45–48 min|
|Production company(s)||Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
|Original run||November 2, 1978– July 12, 1979|
David Cassidy: Man Undercover was an American police drama starring David Cassidy, four years after his run starring in the The Partridge Family. The series was spun off after Cassidy guest starred in a special two-hour episode of another show, Police Story, titled A Chance to Live, which aired in May 1978; this episode is therefore sometimes confusingly referred to as the pilot for Man Undercover.
In A Chance to Live, Cassidy portrayed undercover police officer Dan Shay, a cop who successfully infiltrates a high-school drug ring as a fellow student. Cassidy earned an Emmy Award nomination for Best Dramatic Actor for the role. He reprised the role of Officer Shay for the Man Undercover series, which aired on NBC from November 2, 1978 to July 12, 1979. Only ten episodes of the show aired prior to its cancellation.
Set in Los Angeles, the series stars Cassidy as undercover police officer Dan Shay. Each episode featured Shay going undercover in a different case. Simon Oakland starred as the head of Shay's undercover team.
The word "undercover" in the series title appeared at various times written as one word or two.
A Chance to Live was shown in a special screening at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on June 18, 2010.
The series pilot was the first performance for David Cassidy following his role on The Partridge Family.
The role of Shay's wife, portrayed in A Chance to Live by Dee Wallace, was recast with actress Wendy Rastatter.
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate|
|1-1||"Running the Hill"||November 2, 1978|
|1-2||"Baby Makes Three"||November 9, 1978|
|1-3||"Cage of Steel"||November 16, 1978|
|1-4||"Deadly Convoy"||November 23, 1978|
|1-5||"Flashpoint"||December 7, 1978|
|1-6||"RX For Dying"||December 21, 1978|
|1-7||"Firestorm"||December 28, 1978|
|1-8||"Teammates"||January 4, 1979|
|1-9||"Nightwork"||July 5, 1979|
|1-10||"Death Is a Close Friend, Too"||July 12, 1979|
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