Amy Prentiss

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Amy Prentiss
Genre Police drama
Created by Francine Carroll
Starring Jessica Walter
Johnny Seven
Helen Hunt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Original network NBC
Original release December 1, 1974 (1974-12-01) – February 2, 1975 (1975-02-02)

Amy Prentiss is an American police drama television series that originally aired on NBC.[1] It was a spinoff of Ironside, and like that series was set in San Francisco. It aired as part of the NBC Mystery Movie in 1974 and 1975, but was canceled after only three 2-hour episodes.

Jessica Walter stars as Amy Prentiss, a relatively young investigator who becomes the first female Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department. Helen Hunt, in an early role, play Prentiss' pre-teen daughter, Jill.

Guest stars in the series' brief run included William Shatner, Cameron Mitchell, Ron Thompson, Don Murray, Joyce Van Patten and Jamie Farr.


The pilot for this series was the two-part Ironside episode "Amy Prentiss," a.k.a. "The Chief" (23 May 1974).

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1"Baptism of Fire"Jeffrey HaydenMichael Butler,
Christopher Trumbo
1 December 1974 (1974-12-01)
Amy assumes her duties as San Francisco's first female police chief. Her first assignment: an old friend is suspected of murder, and a mad bomber is striking the city.
2"The Desperate World of Jane Doe"Andrew V. McLaglenElinor Karpf,
Steven Karpf
22 December 1974 (1974-12-22)
A party host passes out to find a strange, very dead woman in his apartment and himself as the prime suspect. Amy also takes on some phony checks and a cat burglar.
3"Profile in Evil"UnknownUnknown2 February 1975 (1975-02-02)
Amy's quarry is a renegade cop who killed a drug dealer and the fellow officer who witnessed his crime.


  1. ^ "Amy Prentiss". The New York Times.

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