|Created by||E. Jack Neumann|
|Written by||Joseph Calvelli
E. Jack Neuman
|Directed by||Abner Biberman
|Theme music composer||Nelson Riddle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||MGM Television|
|Original run||September 15, 1962– March 30, 1963|
Sam Benedict is based on real-life lawyer Jacob W. "Jake" Erlich, who served as technical consultant for the series.
The series starred Edmond O'Brien as flamboyant San Francisco attorney Sam Benedict. Richard Rust portrayed his 24-year-old associate, Hank Tabor. Joan Tompkins co-starred in all episodes as Trudy Wagner. Most episodes followed two story lines: first Benedict's case and then Tabor's.
The series was modeled on the career of famous defense lawyer and author Jake Ehrlich, who served as a technical consultant to the program.
- Elizabeth Ashley
- Phyllis Avery
- Hazel Court
- Yvonne Craig
- Howard Duff
- Ross Elliott, four episodes as Marty Rhodes
- Diana Hyland
- Nancy Kelly
- Elizabeth MacRae
- Gary Merrill
- Vera Miles
- Michael Parks
- Claude Rains
- Darry Richard
- Ruth Roman
- Inger Stevens
- Barbara Stuart
Reception and cancellation
In the 1963-1964 season, Sam Benedict was replaced at the 7:30 Eastern time slot on Saturdays by another MGM series about a trainee and his mentor: The Lieutenant starring Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn,. Rebroadcasts of the series continued from April to September 7, 1963.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1029. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Joan Tompkins, "Trudy Wagner" on Sam Benedict:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0867000/
- "Awards for Sam Benedict". imdb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- 1962-1963; 1963-1964 American network television schedules