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The Law and Harry McGraw 

Harry MacGraw is a private investigator who appeared three times in the television series, Murder, She Wrote. He now stars in his own series, wherein he is still a private investigator in ... See full summary »

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1988   1987  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jerry Orbach ...  Harry McGraw 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Barbara Babcock ...  Ellie Maginnis 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Earl Boen ...  Howard 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Marty Davis Marty Davis ...  Cookie 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Juliana Donald ...  E.J. Brunson 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Shea Farrell ...  Steve Lacey 16 episodes, 1987-1988
Peter Haskell ...  Tyler Chase 16 episodes, 1987-1988
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Harry MacGraw is a private investigator who appeared three times in the television series, Murder, She Wrote. He now stars in his own series, wherein he is still a private investigator in Boston. Who always seems to lose all of his money betting. Across the hall from him is the office of Ellie Maginnis, an attorney. It seems that Harry did some work for her late husband, and it seems he swore by Harry, so she uses him though he usually goes through the wringer to solve the case. Helping him out is his niece, who is the receptionist in his office, and also lending a hand is Maginnis' nephew, who is an associate in her office. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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USA

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English

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27 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Privatdetektiv Harry McGraw See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A Short-Lived Gem
6 April 2005 | by louiepattiSee all my reviews

In the fine tradition of Jim Rockford, Harry McGraw was a real human being doing the work of a private investigator. When he got hit or otherwise attacked, he got hurt. He was a flawed but good-hearted guy with a strong streak of self-interest who nonetheless couldn't resist helping someone in a jam. Lovable Harry was introduced on "Murder, She Wrote", at first as a tough P. I. investigating his partner's homicide in the episode Tough Guys Don't Die. He reappeared in From The Horses' Mouth, Death Takes A Dive, One Good Bid Deserves A Murder, Double Exposure, and The Skinny According To Nick Culhane. The character was so appealing, the network tried to spin him off into his own series. Unfortunately, without the interplay between calm spinster Jessica Fletcher and the rougher-edged Harry McGraw, the character lost some of his appeal. The supporting cast for his show was competent but not as good as Jessica. Jerry Orbach was as usual brilliant as Harry; with his soulful large eyes, wide grin and lanky loose-jointed body, he breathed life into the flawed yet charming character and made him real. Alas, Harry died a premature death in the ratings and the show was yanked after too short a time. Curse network greed!


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