Unsub (TV series)

Unsub is an American television series that aired on NBC from February 3 to April 14, 1989. The series revolves around an elite FBI forensic team that investigates serial murderers and other violent crimes. Unsub is an abbreviation for the unknown subject of an investigation.

Created byDavid J. Burke
Stephen Kronish
Developed byStephen J. Cannell
Written byMichael Berlin
David J. Burke
Stephen J. Cannell
Eric Estrin
Stephen Kronish
Joe Menosky
Gene Miller
Randall Wallace
Directed byBill Corcoran
Corey Allen
James A. Contner
William A. Fraker
Jim Johnston
Jorge Montesi
Gus Trikonis
Reynaldo Villalobos
StarringDavid Soul
M. Emmet Walsh
Kent McCord
Andrea Mann
Jennifer Hetrick
Richard Kind
Joe Maruzzo
ComposerMike Post
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producerDavid J. Burke
ProducersStephen J. Cannell
John Peter Kousakis
Jo Swerling, Jr.
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyFrancis Kenny
Running time44 minutes
Production companiesStephen J. Cannell Productions
Original networkNBC
Original releaseFebruary 3 –
April 14, 1989 (1989-04-14)



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
1"White Bone Demon"Corey AllenStephen J. CannellFebruary 3, 1989 (1989-02-03)18.1[1]
A psychotic serial killer, driven to kill by nightmarish visions of a skull-like face, is running amok in East Harbor, Connecticut.
2"Silent Stalker"William A. FrakerDavid J. BurkeFebruary 10, 1989 (1989-02-10)15.8[2]
The team trains a potential new member while dealing with a child predator in Gastown, British Columbia.
3"Clean Slate"Jim JohnstonJoe MenoskyFebruary 17, 1989 (1989-02-17)15.9[3]
A cleanliness-obsessed bomber is terrorizing Seattle, and one of his victims is Tony's young goddaughter, Gina.
4"Daddy Dearest"Reynaldo VillalobosStephen KronishMarch 4, 1989 (1989-03-04)22.1[4]
Men are being found strangled and castrated in Belford, New Jersey.
5"And They Swam Right Over the Dam"Jorge MontesiMichael Berlin & Eric EstrinMarch 10, 1989 (1989-03-10)14.6[5]
Couples are turning up dead in Columbus, Ohio. The key to solving the homicides may lay with a young boy named Jeffrey.
6"And the Dead Shall Rise to Condemn Thee: Part 1"Gus TrikonisStory by : Anthony J. Schembri
Teleplay by : Randall Wallace
March 31, 1989 (1989-03-31)12.9[6]
A desperate mother asks John to help find her missing daughters, who were last seen in the company of a charismatic preacher named Bishop Grace.
7"And the Dead Shall Rise to Condemn Thee: Part 2"Gus TrikonisStory by : Anthony J. Schembri
Teleplay by : Randall Wallace
April 7, 1989 (1989-04-07)14.4[7]
John becomes recklessly obsessed in his pursuit of Bishop Grace.
8"Burn Out"James A. ContnerGene MillerApril 14, 1989 (1989-04-14)13.4[8]
While John and Tony work to justify the expenses of the CPU at Capitol Hill, Ann and Ned look for an escalating arsonist in Haynesville, North Carolina.

Home mediaEdit

On July 27, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment released Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection on DVD in Region 1. This special collection contains 54 episodes from 13 different shows produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions including all 8 episodes of Unsub.[9]


  1. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. February 8, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306179902.
  2. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. February 15, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306163263.
  3. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. February 22, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306175741.
  4. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. March 8, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306184202.
  5. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. March 15, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306172200.
  6. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. April 5, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306171172.
  7. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. April 12, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306166319.
  8. ^ "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. April 19, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306176608.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2013-11-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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