Griff (TV series)
Ben Murphy, Patricia Stich and Lorne Greene
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Bochco
Peter S. Fischer
Robert F. O'Neill
|Running time||48 mins.|
|Original run||September 29, 1973– January 4, 1974|
Lorne Greene portrayed Wade "Griff" Griffin, a former police officer who becomes a private detective. Ben Murphy plays Greene's 31-year-old partner, S. Michael "Mike" Murdock. Vic Tayback portrays Captain Barney Marcus of the Los Angeles Police Department, Griff's continuing contact with the police. Patricia Stich appeared as Gracie Newcombe, the secretary for the two detectives.
The two-hour pilot movie, titled "Man on the Outside," didn't air until June 25, 1975, almost a year and a half after the cancellation of the series. Ben Murphy does not appear in the pilot, which has a plot that is identical to the plot of the pilot for "Barnaby Jones." Wade Griffin's son is murdered, and Griff goes after the man who killed him.
"The Case of the Baltimore Girls" is a TV-movie compiled from two episodes, "The Last Ballad" (11/10/73) and "All The Lonely People" (10/13/73), and features Kim Hunter, Patricia Crowley, Lawrence Pressman, Dabney Coleman, William Windom, and Herbert Rudley.
"Death Follows A Psycho" is another TV-movie compiled from two episodes, "Countdown To Terror" (11/17/73) & "Elephant In A Cage" (11/24/73).
- Christopher Connelly
- Barbara Feldon
- Norman Fell
- Susan Howard
- Warren Stevens
- Sal Mineo
- Ricardo Montalbán
- Nick Nolte
- Ben Piazza
- Inga Swenson
Griff was filmed by Groverton Productions at Universal City Studios in Los Angeles. The series followed the ABC Suspense Movie at the 10 p.m. Eastern timeslot on Saturdays opposite CBS's The Carol Burnett Show and the NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.
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- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Book, 1996, 4th ed., p. 344
- Wertheimer, Ron. "Griff (Overview)". The New York Times on-line. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- McNeil, Total Television, appendix