Sam Benedict

Sam Benedict is an American legal drama that aired on NBC from September 1962 to March 1963. The series was created and executive produced by E. Jack Neuman.

Sam Benedict
Edmond O'Brien Yvonne Craig Sam Benedict 1963.JPG
GenreLegal drama
Created byE. Jack Neuman
Written byJoseph Calvelli
E. Jack Neuman
John Hawkins
Laurence Heath
Ellis Marcus
Sidney Marshall
Paul Mason
Art Wallace
Directed byAbner Biberman
Lawrence Dobkin
Richard Donner
Ida Lupino
Don Medford
Paul Nickell
Boris Sagal
StarringEdmond O'Brien
Richard Rust
Joan Tompkins
Theme music composerNelson Riddle
Composer(s)Jeff Alexander
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes28
Producer(s)William Froug
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)MGM Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15) –
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)

Sam Benedict is based on real-life lawyer Jacob W. "Jake" Ehrlich, who served as technical consultant for the series.[1]


The series starred Edmond O'Brien as flamboyant San Francisco attorney Sam Benedict. Richard Rust portrayed his 24-year-old associate, Henry "Hank" Tabor. Joan Tompkins co-starred in all episodes as Trudy Wagner.[2] Most episodes followed two story lines: first Benedict's case and then Tabor's.

Guest starsEdit

Joseph Schildkraut received a best actor Emmy Award nomination for his guest role.[3]

Reception and cancellationEdit

Sam Benedict faced competition from two variety programs: The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show on ABC (which was axed before Sam Benedict) and the first season of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS.

In the 1962–1963 season, Sam Benedict was replaced at the 7:30 Eastern time slot on Saturdays by another MGM series about a trainee and his mentor: The Lieutenant starring Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn,.[4] Rebroadcasts of the series continued from April to September 7, 1963.

Home mediaEdit

On November 22, 2016, Warner Bros. released Sam Benedict – The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and[5]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1029. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Joan Tompkins, "Trudy Wagner" on Sam Benedict:
  3. ^ "Awards for Sam Benedict". Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  4. ^ 1962–1963; 1963–1964 American network television schedules
  5. ^ 'The Complete Series' of the 1962 NBC Legal Drama Archived 2016-10-28 at the Wayback Machine

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