Acapulco (TV series)

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Ralph Taeger Leslie Parrish Acapulco 1961.jpg
Ralph Taeger and guest star Leslie Parrish in a scene from the series
Genre Adventure
Written by B.C. Schoenfeld
Cy Chermak
Gene L. Coon
Starring Ralph Taeger
James Coburn
Telly Savalas
Theme music composer Billy May
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Producer(s) John Robinson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ziv Television Programs
Distributor United Artists Television
MGM Television (current)
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Original release February 27 – April 24, 1961

Acapulco is an American half-hour adventure series that aired on NBC in 1961. It is notable for providing Telly Savalas with his first regularly recurring role in a television series.


Ralph Taeger and James Coburn starred as Korean War veterans who, tired of life in the States, take up residence in southern Mexico as beachcombers. Each episode relates their experiences helping people in distress. They often worked for Mr. Carver (Savalas), protecting him from enemies he made during his career as a criminal lawyer.[1]


Taeger and Coburn were starring in Klondike, another Ziv Television/NBC series, when it was cancelled after 17 episodes. In order to fulfill Ziv's contract with the network, they were recast in Acapulco, which premiered two weeks later in the same time slot as Klondike (Mondays at 9:00 PM). The new show lasted for only eight episodes.

Cast and characters[edit]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-01 "Bell's Half Acre" February 27, 1961
1-02 "Killer in a Rose Colored Mask" March 6, 1961
1-03 "The Gentleman From Brazil" March 13, 1961
1-04 "Carbon Copy Cat" March 20, 1961
1-06* "Fisher's Daughter" April 3, 1961
1-05* "Death is a Smiling Man" April 10, 1961
1-07 "Blood Money" April 17, 1961
1-08 "Murder With Love" April 24, 1961

* Broadcast out of sequence.[2]

DVD rights to Acapulco are owned by MGM Home Video, but no DVD has been released.


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  2. ^ "Acapulco (1961) - Episode list" IMDb. Retrieved 2011-04-09.

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