Vega$ (1978–1981)
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Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna probes the murder of Marilyn Ochs, a teenage prostitute who ran away from home because she didn't get along well with her mother Loretta's new husband Merle.


Richard Lang


Michael Mann




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Dan Tanna
Will Sampson ... Harlon Twoleaf
Chick Vennera ... Costigan
Michael Lerner ... Nate Stephanson
Elissa Leeds ... Marilyn
Red Buttons ... Tommy Cirko
June Allyson ... Loretta Ochs
Edd Byrnes ... Johnny Crystal
Scatman Crothers ... Rosie
Jack Kelly ... Merle Ochs
Greg Morris ... Lt. George Nelson
Bart Braverman ... Bobby 'Binzer' Borso
Johnnie Collins III Johnnie Collins III
Phyllis Davis ... Beatrice Travis
Ned Glass ... Charlie


Las Vegas private eye Dan Tanna, who parks his red '57 Thunderbird convertible in the living room of his home/office, investigates the murder of a teenage prostitute, while finding plenty of time to prevent a conman from fleecing a casino, bodyguard a nightclub entertainer, and buy a birthday gift for his secretary's daughter. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

25 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auftrag ohne Honorar See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Urich was nine years older than Catherine Hickland in real-life, even though his character, Dan Tanna, was the younger brother to Julie. See more »


Bloody Mary mysteriously materializes on cocktail table midway through Dan's discussion with parents of missing girl. See more »


Follows Vega$ (1978) See more »

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Best Episodes were Excellent
19 July 2005 | by FotoaceSee all my reviews

A few of the earlier comments have a couple facts confused... I was kind of a Vega$ junkie from way back.... Suffice it to say Vega$ was produced by Aaron Spelling for 3 seasons, (not 4)and though never a ratings blockbuster, Vega$ was ushered out of prime time when protest grew against the "t&a" look of some ABC network shows. The best episodes of Vega$ were outstanding,some were really corny, but from reading about the show, Vega$ was based on the life of real Las Vegas detective Eddie Larue. The exteriors for Dan Tanna's home were taken at a building just north of the Circus Circus Hotel Casino, with a sign saying Tanna's drive in home was the "Wardrobe Dept." for the Desert Inn. (Notice in every long "stock" shot of Tanna's house the same white Volkswagen Bus is waiting at the drive in teller at the bank, which was located about 100' in front of Tanna's house)... The Desert Inn (now also long gone) was endlessly plugged during each episode...The show's shooting during the days when Las Vegas was changing from a smallish quirky city to today's huge metropolis is indeed neat to see... When you watch the Vega$ pilot, notice the scenes shot at the under construction Barbary Coast Casino Hotel, which must have been taken in the summer of 1976? The Barbary Coast is still there, and looks about the same as it did back then, but so much of Vega$ has changed....... Urich as Tanna was cool, and his character was named after Dan Tana's restaurant in Los Angeles...Bart Braverman was solid as sidekick Binzer, Phyllis Davis steamy as Urich's gorgeous assistant, The Landers sisters fun, Tony Curtis credible as a casino owner, "Slick Roth", Greg Morris as the police detective,and the never ending parade of guest stars good to watch... Heck, we could pick apart the details of some episodes, but overall Vega$ was certainly not the worst detective show we have seen on prime time. Urich later in a 1986 TV Guide interview expressed regret at the fame Vega$ brought him,(he did not like people on the street still called him "Dan Tanna" as he was pretty unhappy with the show's final season, but there is no doubt Vega$ put Urich on the map. I was saddened about his passing a few years ago...

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