The Thin Man (TV series)

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The Thin Man
Thin Man television program 1957.JPG
Kirk and Lawford as Nick and Nora with Asta, 1957.
Genre Comedy
Starring Peter Lawford
Phyllis Kirk
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 72
Running time 1/2 hour (25:33 minutes)
Production company(s) Clarington Productions
Distributor MGM Television
MGM/UA Television
Turner Entertainment Company
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
Original channel NBC
Original run September 20, 1957 – August 28, 1959

The Thin Man is a half-hour weekly television series based on the mystery novel The Thin Man (1933) by Dashiell Hammett and the 1934 movie of the same name. The 72 episodes were produced by MGM Television and shown on NBC for two seasons from 1957–1959 on Friday evening.


The series starred Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as Nick and Nora Charles. The dog Asta was one of a number of Wire Fox Terriers given that name for TV and movie. Jack Albertson, Patricia Donahue, and Nita Talbot had recurring roles during the show's second season. Albertson played Lieutenant Harry Evans of the New York Police Department. Donahue played Hazel, Nick and Nora's neighbor. Talbot played Beatrice Dane, alias Blondie Collins, a criminal who dragged Nick and Nora into her schemes. Both Hazel and Beatrice made attempts to seduce Nick. Nora's jealousy fueled her sarcasm on these occasions.

Among the series guest stars was Billy Gray, who appeared at the same time he was cast as James "Bud" Anderson, Jr., in Father Knows Best. Ann McCrea was cast as Billie in the 1958 episode, "The Lost Last Chapter". Of note is the "guest star" in the episode "Robot Client", none other than the original Robby the Robot from the 1956 film "Forbidden Planet".

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