Archer (1975 TV series)

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Based onbased on the character Lew Archer by Ross MacDonald
Developed byDavid Karp
Theme music composerJerry Goldsmith
Composer(s)Duane Tatro
Jerry Goldsmith
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)David Karp
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Paramount Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 30 –
March 13, 1975 (1975-03-13)

Archer is an American drama television series that aired on NBC from January 30, 1975 to March 13, 1975. The series was based on character featured in a series of novels by Ross Macdonald.[1]

Due to low ratings, NBC announced it would be cancelling the show after two episodes had aired.[2][3] The show aired from 9pm-10pm Eastern time on Thursday nights.[3]



  • Brian Keith as Lew Archer
  • John P. Ryan as Lt. Barney Brighton


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Turkish Connection"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1975 (1975-01-30)
An underground newspaper editor (Marjoe Gortner) does a favor for Archer by going undercover to break up an extortion ring.
2"The Arsonist"Paul StanleyJim ByrnesFebruary 6, 1975 (1975-02-06)
Archer aids the owner of a delicatessen who accuses the county tax collector of cheating him out his land.
3"The Body Beautiful"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1975 (1975-02-13)
Archer is hired to retrieve pornographic photos of a man's fiancee that are being used to embarrass her ex-husband. At first , he refuses, but a subsequent beating gets him back on the case.
4"Shades of Blue"TBATBAFebruary 20, 1975 (1975-02-20)
While investigating a claim that a building fire was actually arson, Archer becomes the prime suspect in a murder case.
5"The Vanished Man"TBATBAMarch 6, 1975 (1975-03-06)
Archer is hired by a wealthy businessman to find a missing body.
6"Blood Money"Jack ArnoldAnthony Lawrence & Wallace WareMarch 13, 1975 (1975-03-13)
Bitter memories are stirred up for two women when Archer is hired as a courier.


On February 19, 2019, La-La Land Records released a limited edition soundtrack containing the one episode famous film composer Jerry Goldsmith scored (paired with a re-issue of the score to the film Warning Shot, from newly-discovered better elements).


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 64. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ (13 February 1975). Week's new show gets low ratings, Greeley Daily Tribune
  3. ^ a b (12 February 1975). 'Archer' cancelled; two new series set, The New York Times

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