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Kate McShane

Kate McShane is an American legal drama television series that aired from September 10 until November 12, 1975. Kate McShane was the first series to feature a female lawyer in the lead role.[1]

Kate McShane
Genre Legal drama
Created by Robert C. Peters
Howard Rayfiel
Composer(s) John Cacavas
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) E. Jack Neuman
Producer(s) Howard Rayfiel
Robert Foster
Robert Stambler
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 10 – November 12, 1975



Kate McShane is an Irish American lawyer who gets help from her dad, an ex-cop, and her brother, a priest and a law professor.[2]


  • Anne Meara as Kate McShane
  • Charles Haid as Ed McShane
  • Sean McClory as Pat McShane
  • In episode 11, unaired, Benjamin Stiller, then almost 10, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller's son, is listed on an 8/14/1975 Call Sheet in the role of Nickie in "Little Bit of Knowledge" episode


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "The Best Possible Defense (a.k.a. A Roar of Silence)" Robert Scheerer Milt Rosen September 10, 1975 (1975-09-10)
Kate and her crew defends a former anti-war militant.
2 "Terror on Sycamore Street" Robert Scheerer Michael Butler September 17, 1975 (1975-09-17)
A homeowner is charged with killing a narcotics agent, but he claims it was self-defense.
3 "World vs. Ackerman" Jack Shea David Karp September 24, 1975 (1975-09-24)
An old man is accused of killing a robber in his own house.
4 "Murder Comes in Little Pills (a.k.a. First and Ten)" Robert Scheerer Milt Rosen and Robert Foster October 1, 1975 (1975-10-01)
A professional football player might have killed his girlfriend while on drugs.
5 "Accounts Receivable" David Friedkin Michael Butler October 8, 1975 (1975-10-08)
A federal agent wants Kate to drop an investigation of a murder.
6 "Publish or Perish" Corey Allen Paul Lichtman and Leon Tokatyan October 22, 1975 (1975-10-22)
A scientist admits to killing a Nobel Prize winner.
7 "Conspiracy of Silence" John Peyser Peter Lefcourt October 29, 1975 (1975-10-29)
8 "Midnight Lady, Pretty Lady" Bill Bixby David Friedkin, Milt Rosen and Robert Foster November 5, 1975 (1975-11-05)
A former rock star is accused of contributing to his girlfriend's drug overdose.
9 "God at $15,732 a Year" TBA TBA November 12, 1975 (1975-11-12)
Kate defends a detective who shot a suspect.
10 "The Not So Small Claims Court Case" TBA TBA UNAIRED
A con man disappears before he gets taken in to the small claims court.
11 "A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing" TBA TBA UNAIRED


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 631. ISBN 0345455428. 
  2. ^ TV Guide. "Kate McShane Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 

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