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Kaz is an American crime drama series that aired Sundays at 10:00 pm and Wednesdays at 9:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 10, 1978 to April 22, 1979.[1]

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Created byRon Leibman
Don Carlos Dunaway
StarringRon Leibman
Mark Withers
Linda Carlson
George Wyner
Dick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neal
Edith Atwater
Gloria LeRoy
Composer(s)Fred Karlin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 + pilot
Executive producer(s)Lee Rich
Marc Merson
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Lorimar Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1978 –
April 22, 1979



Ron Leibman starred as Martin "Kaz" Kazinsky, a Polish American former convict who became a criminal defense attorney after he was released from prison. Leibman won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama. Nevertheless, the show failed to capture an audience and was cancelled due to low ratings. In all, 22 episodes aired.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
0"Kaz"Russ MayberryDon Carlos Dunaway & Ron Leibman & Sam RolfeApril 14, 1978 (1978-04-14)
Series pilot: Kaz is a convicted felon doing time in prison. While there, he earns his law degree and upon his release, manages to convince a prestigious attorney to give him a chance as a defender in court.
1"A Little Shuck and a Whole Lotta Jive"Harvey S. LaidmanR.W. GoodwinSeptember 10, 1978 (1978-09-10)
New lawyer Martin "Kaz" Kazinski is fresh out of prison, where he got his law degree, and looking for his first case to try he hopes Sam Bennett, the senior partner of a top law firm, will give him that break.
2"Verdict in Department 12"Bob KelljanPreston Wood & William WoodSeptember 24, 1978 (1978-09-24)
A cantankerous judge throws Kaz in jail on a contempt of court charge.
3"A Case of Class"Harvey S. LaidmanStanley RobertsOctober 1, 1978 (1978-10-01)
After an investment counselor is caught embezzling money from one of his clients, he hires Kaz to defend him.
4"The Slow Man"TBAMartin RothOctober 8, 1978 (1978-10-08)
An accused murder's only defense depends on a mentally disabled young man.
5"No Way to Treat a Lady"Harvey S. LaidmanRobert W. LenskiOctober 15, 1978 (1978-10-15)
A mistress is charged with hit-and-run after a traffic accident where she leaves the scene, and asks Kaz to defend her.
6"Who's on First... and Sixth?"TBAOliver CrawfordOctober 29, 1978 (1978-10-29)
After a pitcher is charged with assault and battery, Kaz attempts to arrange a quick and quiet settlement before the situation blows up to uncontrollable proportions.
7"Which Side Are You On?"TBARon LeibmanNovember 5, 1978 (1978-11-05)
In the midst of a riot at the prison Kaz was once incarcerated at, he is asked by his former fellow inmates to represent them in presenting their grievances.
8"In a Safe Place"TBAMichael Berlin & Al NierenbergNovember 26, 1978 (1978-11-26)
The District Attorney's public campaign against the city's gang crime problem centers around the actions of one young person.
9"A Fine Romance"TBACarol RoperDecember 3, 1978 (1978-12-03)
Kaz gets called to duty to defend a shoplifter who at one time was a dancer.
10"Kaz and the Kid"TBAWarren MillerDecember 17, 1978 (1978-12-17)
The daughter of a top level racetrack handicapper becomes the temporary ward of Kaz while her father puts in action a scheme to raise funds for his wife's bail.
11"Episode 11"Harvey S. LaidmanTBAJanuary 14, 1979 (1979-01-14)
Kaz finds himself in the middle of a murder case involving two old jam-session friends: the victim and his confessed killer.
12"A Case of Murder"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1979 (1979-01-21)
Kaz has to battle his own client and a witness that keeps disappearing while trying to defend against a murder charge.
13"Conspiracy in Blue"
"The Blue Mafia"
TBAAl Nierenberg & Barney SlaterJanuary 28, 1979 (1979-01-28)
When two police officers are accused of gunning down an unarmed man, Kaz gets involved in their defense.
14"Kazinski Versus Bennett"TBAEd JuristFebruary 4, 1979 (1979-02-04)
Kaz's investigation into a hospital supplies racket may just end up jeopardizing Bennett's run for attorney general.
15"The Stalking Man"TBADavid JacobsFebruary 11, 1979 (1979-02-11)
16"Trouble on the South Side"
"It's Libel to Be Trouble"
Mel DamskiAlbert Aley & David MalinaFebruary 25, 1979 (1979-02-25)
A priest enlists the aid of Kaz to stand against a ruthless councilman concerning public funding that is badly needed.
17"Count Your Fingers"TBAPreston Wood & William WoodMarch 4, 1979 (1979-03-04)
Kaz goes up against an underhanded attorney in an effort to clear Malloy's nephew of the charge of armed robbery.
18"A Piece of Cake"TBATBAMarch 11, 1979 (1979-03-11)
A prostitute gets Kaz to help her convince a jury that she only stabbed her former pimp in self-defense.
19"They've Taken Our Daughter"TBADavid MalinaMarch 25, 1979 (1979-03-25)
After the parents of a girl who has joined a religious cult try to capture her and have her deprogrammed, cult leaders force the girl to bring kidnapping charges against them.
20"A Fool for a Client"TBARobert DellingerApril 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)
A convict's only hope of appeal is if Kaz can prove that her attorney was incompetent.
21"The Battered Bride"TBATom SawyerApril 15, 1979 (1979-04-15)
A battered wife is pushed past what she can stand by her abusive husband, whom she ends up killing. Kaz agrees to defend her, albeit reluctantly.
22"The Avenging Angel"TBATBAApril 22, 1979 (1979-04-22)
A woman who appears to be extremely shy is accused of committing a brutal assault and is soon seen to be suffering from multiple personality syndrome.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 633. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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