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Police Story

By Scott Schaeffer

"Police Story" was a change-of-pace cop show that premiered in 1973 amid other mediocre offerings on television. It was an anthology series with no regular cast and only rarely recurring characters.

The series was created by Joseph Wambaugh, the best-selling author of "The New Centurions", "The Blue Knight" (made into an Emmy-winning mini-series in 1973), and "The Onion Field." Wambaugh also served as a Los Angeles police officer/detective sergeant from 1959 to 1973.

In trying to keep the show as realistic as possible, car chases and shoot-outs were almost non-existent. The main thrust was to present police work as the stressful, thankless, difficult but sometimes rewarding job that it is in an urban environment. The officers portrayed dealt with divorce, alcoholism, brutality, corruption and many other topics previously not shown on many police-based series.

Using the anthology premise also allowed the series to present patrol officers, detectives, and undercover personnel in various types of situations. Among the many guest stars were familiar faces from other Super70s TV series: Robert Culp, Robert Forster, Chad Everett, Mike Connors, Martin Milner, Robert Stack, and Don Meredith.

"Police Story" ran for four seasons on NBC from 1973 to 1977. There were also two spin-offs from characters that originated from one-time appearances on the show - "Joe Forrester" starring Lloyd Bridges and the popular "Police Woman" starring Angie Dickinson.

 

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My favorite episode of Police story was the one where Robert Forster played the divorced cop who was busy on a case of a missing little boy, and was also struggling with his relationship with his estranged family.

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: 1973-1977

Cast: (Anthology series; cast varied weekly)

Network: NBC

Genre: Police Drama

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