The F.B.I. (TV series)

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The F.B.I.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr The FBI 1965.JPG
From left: Stephen Brooks, Lynn Loring and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., 1965.
Format Crime Drama
Starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Philip Abbott
William Reynolds
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 240 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Quinn Martin
Philip Saltzman[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Quinn Martin Productions (1965–74)
Warner Bros. Television (1965–67; 1969–74)
Warner Bros.- Seven Arts Television (1967–69)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 19, 1965 – September 8, 1974
Chronology
Related shows Today's F.B.I.

The F.B.I. was an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, and the characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series. Alcoa co-sponsored the first season only.

Synopsis[edit]

Produced by Quinn Martin and based in part on concepts from the 1959 Warner Bros. theatrical film The FBI Story, the series was an authentic telling of or fictionalized accounts of actual F.B.I. cases, with fictitious main characters carrying the stories. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. played Inspector Lewis Erskine, while Philip Abbott played Arthur Ward, assistant director to F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover. Although Hoover served as series consultant until his death in 1972, he was never seen in the series.

Stephen Brooks played Inspector Erskine's assistant, Special Agent Jim Rhodes, for the first two seasons. Lynn Loring played Inspector Erskine's daughter and Rhodes' love interest, Barbara, in the first few episodes of the show. That romantic angle was soon dropped.

In 1967, Brooks was replaced by veteran actor William Reynolds, who played Special Agent Tom Colby until 1973. The series would enjoy its highest ratings during this time, peaking at No. 10 in the 1970–1971 season. For the final season, Shelly Novack played Special Agent Chris Daniels.

Some episodes ended with a "most wanted" segment hosted by Zimbalist, noting the F.B.I.'s most wanted criminals of the day (this was decades before the Fox Network aired America's Most Wanted). The series aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday from 1965 to 1973, when it was moved up to 7:30 p.m. for the final season. The series was a co-production of Quinn Martin Productions and Warner Bros. Television, as Warner Bros. held the television and theatrical rights to any project based on The F.B.I.. It was the longest running of all of Quinn Martin's television series, having aired nine seasons.[citation needed]

Episodes[edit]

Today's F.B.I.[edit]

An updated and revamped version of the series, Today's F.B.I., executive produced by David Gerber, aired on ABC from October 1981 through April 1982 in the same Sunday 8 p.m. time slot as its predecessor. A remake of the original series, produced by Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment for Fox, was set for air in Fall 2008; however, that series has yet to air.[citation needed]

DVD releases[edit]

A 1969 "Ten Most Wanted List" segment; these were seen at the close of some episodes.

Warner Bros. has released the first seven seasons of The F.B.I. on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. These are Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases and are available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Season 7 was released on February 25, 2014.[8]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The First Season, Part 1 16 May 24, 2011
The First Season, Part 2 16 August 2, 2011
The Second Season, Part 1 16 February 14, 2012
The Second Season, Part 2 13 February 14, 2012
The Third Season, Part 1 16 September 11, 2012
The Third Season, Part 2 11 September 11, 2012
The Fourth Season, Part 1 13 February 26, 2013
The Fourth Season, Part 2 13 February 26, 2013
The Fifth Season, Part 1 13 June 4, 2013
The Fifth Season, Part 2 13 June 4, 2013
The Sixth Season 26 October 15, 2013
The Seventh Season 26 February 25, 2014

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