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87th Precinct is an American crime drama starring Robert Lansing, Gena Rowlands, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott and Norman Fell, which aired on NBC on Monday evenings during the 1961–1962 television season. The characters appeared in a series of novels and short stories written by Ed McBain.

87th Precinct
87th Precinct Complete.jpg
Complete Series DVD cover
GenreCrime drama
Created byEvan Hunter
StarringRobert Lansing
Gena Rowlands
Ron Harper
Gregory Walcott
Norman Fell
Theme music composerMorton Stevens
Composer(s)Pete Rugolo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producer(s)Hubbell Robinson
Producer(s)Winston Miller
CinematographyWilliam Margulies
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48-50 minutes
Production company(s)Hubbell Robinson Productions
DistributorNBC Films
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1961 (1961-09-25) –
April 30, 1962 (1962-04-30)

SynopsisEdit

The program featured Lansing as Detective Steve Carella, who worked in the fictional city of Isola, patterned on Manhattan, New York City.

The 87th Precinct TV series differs from the books in that the series is explicitly set in New York. As well, the character of Roger Havilland in the books is violent, corrupt, and thoroughly disliked by the other members of the squad; for the TV series, he was transformed into an honest and respected veteran officer.

87th Precinct premiered on September 25, 1961.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Floater"Herschel DaughertyWinston MillerSeptember 25, 1961 (1961-09-25)
2"Lady in Waiting"Alan Crosland Jr.TBAOctober 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)
3"Lady Killer"Dick ModerJohn HawkinsOctober 9, 1961 (1961-10-09)
4"The Modus Man"James Wong HoweFinlay McDermidOctober 16, 1961 (1961-10-16)
5"Line of Duty"Don WeisEd McBainOctober 23, 1961 (1961-10-23)
6"Occupation, Citizen"Alan Crosland Jr.Winston MillerOctober 30, 1961 (1961-10-30)
7"Killer's Payoff"John BrahmNorman KatkovNovember 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)
8"The Guilt"William D. FarallaDavid LangNovember 13, 1961 (1961-11-13)
9"Empty Hours"Sidney LanfieldRichard CollinsNovember 20, 1961 (1961-11-20)
10"My Friend, My Enemy"Don WeisAnne Howard BaileyNovember 27, 1961 (1961-11-27)
11"The Very Hard Sell"Paul StewartHelen NielsenDecember 4, 1961 (1961-12-04)
12"Til Death"Alan Crosland Jr.Norman KatkovDecember 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)
13"The Heckler"Dick ModerRichard CollinsDecember 18, 1961 (1961-12-18)
14"Run, Rabbit, Run"Tay GarnettDonn MullallyDecember 25, 1961 (1961-12-25)
15"Main Event"Herman HoffmanWilliam FayJanuary 1, 1962 (1962-01-01)
16"Man in a Jam"James SheldonDonn MullallyJanuary 8, 1962 (1962-01-08)
17"Give the Boys a Great Big Hand"Don WeisShimon WincelbergJanuary 15, 1962 (1962-01-15)
18"Out of Order"Dick ModerJonathan LatimerJanuary 22, 1962 (1962-01-22)
19"The Pigeon"Don WeisRaphael Hayes,
Hendrik Vollaerts
January 29, 1962 (1962-01-29)
20"A Bullet for Katie"Herman HoffmanJames Bloodworth,
Richard Collins
February 12, 1962 (1962-02-12)
21"King's Ransom"James SheldonEd McBainFebruary 19, 1962 (1962-02-19)
22"Feel of the Trigger"Maurice GeraghtyJohn Hawkins,
Donald E. Westlake
February 26, 1962 (1962-02-26)
23"Killer's Choice"Don WeisRichard Collins,
Luther Davis
March 5, 1962 (1962-03-05)
24"Square Cop"James SheldonRobert Hardy AndrewsMarch 12, 1962 (1962-03-12)
25"Step Forward"James SheldonNorman KatkovMarch 26, 1962 (1962-03-26)
26"Idol in the Dust"Don TaylorDonn MullallyApril 2, 1962 (1962-04-02)
27"Ramon"Maurice GeraghtyDavid LangApril 9, 1962 (1962-04-09)
28"New Man in the Precinct"Don TaylorJames Gunn,
Robert O'Brien
April 16, 1962 (1962-04-16)
29"The Last Stop"Maurice GeraghtyDonn MullallyApril 23, 1962 (1962-04-23)
30"Girl in the Case"Herschel DaughertyRichard CollinsApril 30, 1962 (1962-04-30)

DVD releaseEdit

Timeless Media Group released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 in August 2012.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "87th Precinct - 'The Complete Series' with Norman Fell (Before He Was 'Mr. Roper'!)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.

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