- Police Story
show_name = Police Story
runtime = 60 min.
country = USA
September 25, 1973
May 28, 1978
num_episodes = 96
num_seasons = 5
tv_com_id = 102
imdb_id = 0069620
:"This article is about the American TV series 'Police Story', for the
Jackie Chanfilm see Police Story (film), for the Roddenberry pilot, see Police Story (1967)"
"Police Story" is an anthology television crime drama that aired on
NBCfrom 1973 through 1978. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaughand represented a major step forward in the realistic depiction of police work and violence on network TV.
Although it was an anthology, there were certain things that all episodes had in common; for instance, the main character in each episode was a police officer. The setting was always
Los Angelesand the characters always worked for some branch of the LAPD. Also, notwithstanding the anthology format, there were recurring characters. Scott Bradyappeared in more than a dozen episodes as "Vinnie," a former cop who, upon retirement, had opened a bar catering to police officers, and who acted as a sort of Greek chorusduring the run of the series, commenting on the characters and plots. Tony Lo Biancoand Don Meredithmade several appearances as Robbery- HomicideDivision partners Tony Calabrese and Bert Jameson. Other recurring characters included surveillance specialist Joe LaFrieda, played by Vic Morrow, and vice officer turned homicide detective Charlie Czonka, played by James Farentino.
The anthology format made the show an excellent venue to try out characters and settings for series development, and, during its broadcast run, "Police Story" generated three spin-offs. A first-season episode, "The Gamble," starring
Angie Dickinson, became the pilot for "Police Woman". "The Return of Joe Forrester," a second-season episode starring Lloyd Bridges, was developed into the weekly series "Joe Forrester". "A Chance to Live," an episode from the fifth season, with David Cassidy, became "".
In later seasons, perhaps because of the expense of maintaining the anthology format on a weekly basis, "Police Story" became a series of irregularly scheduled
"Police Story" was a precursor to later shows such as "
Hill Street Blues", " NYPD Blue" and "".
Numerous actors who were familiar to audiences from various 1960s and '70s-era dramatic television shows made appearances on the series, including
Ed Asner, David Janssen, Robert Stack, Mike Connors, Martin Milner, Vince Edwards, Robert Forster, Jan-Michael Vincent, George Maharis, Howard Duff, and Chad Everett.
Awards and nominations
Two episodes received an
Edgar Awardfrom the Mystery Writers of Americafor Best Episode in a Television Series: "Requiem for an Informer," written by Sy Salkowitz (from the first season), and "Requiem for C.Z. Smith," by Robert E. Collins (second season). In 1976, the show won the Emmyfor best drama series.
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