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The cases of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Complete series cast summary:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ...  Inspector Lewis Erskine 241 episodes, 1965-1974
Philip Abbott ...  Arthur Ward 241 episodes, 1965-1974
William Reynolds ...  Special Agent Tom Colby / ... 161 episodes, 1966-1974
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Cases, based on real FBI files, were handled by Inspector Lewis Erskine and several coworkers over the years. Erskine reported to Arthur Ward, assistant to the director of the FBI. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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F.B.I. See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(239 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Of the series that Quinn Martin produced, this series was his longest running of all. It aired nine seasons. See more »

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a good series but early episodes are different from later ones
24 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Now that the show is back in syndication, I've watched as many as I can and see some major differences between the early shows (1965 or so) and later ones (in the early 70s). The early ones SHOWED more violence and often the bad guys were "pushing up daisies" by the end of the show. Later, the FBI agents hardly ever shot the bad guys or if they did it was just in the leg or arm--hardly realistic, but an apparent bow to overly sensitive pressure groups that had grown in the early 1970s. Also, the earlier episodes made the characters seem a little more human--often, Erskine was shown with a good looking woman or would complain about having to work too hard, while later he was pretty much a robot. Finally, the earlier episodes were occasionally more histrionic--sometimes too much and some times very juicy and exciting! In general, I prefer the earlier shows--they may have been a little campier, but they seemed more exciting.


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