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Felony Squad is a half-hour television crime drama originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 12, 1966, to January 31, 1969, a span encompassing seventy-three episodes.

Felony Squad
Howard Duff Felony Squad 1967.JPG
Howard Duff working in front of the camera and behind it, 1967.
Genre Crime drama
Created by Richard Murphy
Starring Howard Duff
Dennis Cole
Ben Alexander
Theme music composer Pete Rugolo
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 73
Production
Producer(s) Richard Newton
Philip Saltzman
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 12, 1966 – January 31, 1969

Contents

OverviewEdit

The program starred Howard Duff (as Sergeant Sam Stone) and Dennis Cole (as Detective Jim Briggs) as investigators in a major crimes unit. The setting was an unidentified West Coast city (background scenes obviously show Los Angeles, and L.A. City Hall is shown at dusk in the final scene of the opening credits). Duff's character was the veteran who was teaching his younger partner the nuances of life in this new facet of police work. Another main character was desk sergeant Dan Briggs (portrayed by Ben Alexander), the father of Cole's character.

Originally titled Men Against Evil, the show was set to be a soap opera-type program about a police captain. However, when the concept proved to be unworkable, the project was changed to a standard police drama with three main characters. In addition, following a sponsor's objection about being associated with the word "evil," the show's title was changed.

For the first two years of the show's run it was broadcast on Monday nights, with 30 episodes comprising a season's run. In the fall of 1968 it was switched to Friday evening time slot, a move that proved disastrous. The program was cancelled at midseason after just thirteen aired episodes. The final episode of the series was part of a crossover with the ABC legal drama Judd, for the Defense, starring Carl Betz. The stunt also proved to be no more effective for Judd, which was cancelled at the end of its season after a two-year run.

Alexander's role in the series was not only onscreen but also offscreen as a technical adviser. His earlier work with Jack Webb in Dragnet was the basis for this added position, but ironically resulted in his inability to reprise his role of Officer Frank Smith when Webb revived Dragnet in late 1966. He died of a heart attack less than six months after Felony Squad left the air. The show and its title were later "parodied" in the 1980s by the Leslie Nielsen TV comedy series and following theatrical movies "Police Squad".

Felony Squad was sponsored by L&M Cigarettes, as seen on the 1967 episode "The Day Of The Shark Part 1".

Regular CastEdit

  • Howard Duff as Detective Sgt. Sam Stone (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Dennis Cole as Detective Jim Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Ben Alexander as Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs (73 episodes, 1966-1969)
  • Frank Maxwell as Captain Frank Nye (13 episodes, 1966-1968)

Guest StarsEdit

EpisodesEdit

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1966–67Edit

Ep Title Air date
1 1 "The Streets Are Paved with Quicksand" September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
2 2 "A Walk to Oblivion" September 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
3 3 "The Broken Badge" September 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
4 4 "Strike Out" October 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
5 5 "A Date with Terror" October 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
6 6 "Flame Out" October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
7 7 "The Immaculate Killer" October 24, 1966 (1966-10-24)
8 8 "The Death of a Dream" October 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
9 9 "Prologue to Murder" November 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
10 10 "Killer with a Badge" November 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
11 11 "Between Two Fires" November 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
12 12 "The Terror Trap" November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
13 13 "The Killer Instinct" December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
14 14 "Fear Below" December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
15 15 "A Penny Game, a Two-Bit Murder" December 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
16 16 "Miss Reilly's Revenge" December 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
17 17 "A Death for a Death" January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
18 18 "The Deadly Partner" January 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
19 19 "The Night of the Shark: Part 1" January 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
20 20 "The Night of the Shark: Part 2" January 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
21 21 "The Strangler" January 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
22 22 "Breakout" February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
23 23 "The Desperate Silence" February 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
24 24 "Target!" February 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
25 25 "Echo of a Killing" February 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
26 26 "Live Coward, Dead Hero" March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
27 27 "A Blueprint for Dying" March 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
28 28 "The Fear Merchant" March 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
29 29 "The Savage Streets" April 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)
30 30 "Debt of Fear" April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)

Season 2: 1967–68Edit

Ep Title Air date
31 1 "Let Him Die!" September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
32 2 "The Counterfeit Cop" September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
33 3 "A Most Proper Killing" September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
34 4 "The 30-Gram Kill" October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
35 5 "The Death Bag" October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
36 6 "The Deadly Junkman" October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
37 7 "The Pat Hand of Death" October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
38 8 "Hit and Run, Run, Run" November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
39 9 "Time of Trial" November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
40 10 "Who'll Take Care of Joey" November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
41 11 "My Mommy Got Lost" November 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
42 12 "Ordeal by Terror" December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
43 13 "An Arrangement with Death: Part 1" December 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)
44 14 "An Arrangement with Death: Part 2" December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
45 15 "No Sad Songs for Charlie" December 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
46 16 "Bed of Strangers" January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
47 17 "Killing, Country Style" January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
48 18 "The Flip Side of Fear: Part 1" January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
49 19 "The Flip Side of Fear: Part 2" January 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
50 20 "The Love Victim" February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
51 21 "The Deadly Abductors" February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
52 22 "Nightmare on a Dead-End Street" February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
53 23 "Epitaph for a Cop" February 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
54 24 "Man on Fire" March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
55 25 "Image of Evil" March 11, 1968 (1968-03-11)
56 26 "The Human Target" March 18, 1968 (1968-03-18)

Season 3: 1968–69Edit

Ep Title Air date
57 1 "A Fashion for Dying" September 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)
58 2 "Jury of One" October 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)
59 3 "Underground Nightmare" October 11, 1968 (1968-10-11)
60 4 "The Deadly Innocents" October 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)
61 5 "Kiss Me, Kill You" November 1, 1968 (1968-11-01)
62 6 "The Nowhere Man: Part 1" November 8, 1968 (1968-11-08)
63 7 "The Nowhere Man: Part 2" November 15, 1968 (1968-11-15)
64 8 "Matched for Murder" November 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)
65 9 "The Fatal Hours" November 29, 1968 (1968-11-29)
66 10 "Hostage" December 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)
67 11 "The Distant Shore" December 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)
68 12 "Dark Memory" December 27, 1968 (1968-12-27)
69 13 "The Last Man in the World" January 3, 1969 (1969-01-03)
70 14 "Conspiracy of Power: Part 1" January 10, 1969 (1969-01-10)
71 15 "Conspiracy of Power: Part 2" January 17, 1969 (1969-01-17)
72 16 "Blind Terror" January 24, 1969 (1969-01-24)
73 17 "The Law and Order Blues" January 31, 1969 (1969-01-31)
This episode was a crossover with Judd, for the Defense.

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