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Banyon Opening Screen.jpg
Banyon title card
Genre Detective fiction
Starring Robert Forster
Joan Blondell
Richard Jaeckel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15 (+ 1 TV movie)
Producer(s) Quinn Martin
Running time 60 minutes
Original network NBC
Original release September 15, 1972 –
January 12, 1973

Banyon is a detective series broadcast in the United States by NBC as part of its 1972-73 television schedule, though a standalone two-hour television movie was broadcast first in March 1971. The series was a Quinn Martin Production (in association with Warner Bros. Television), the first-ever show Martin made for the NBC network.

Forster as Banyon.

Banyon was a period drama set in the late 1930s in Los Angeles. It concerned the life of private investigator Miles C. Banyon (Robert Forster), a tough-but-honest detective who would accept essentially any case for US$20/day. Located in the same complex (the famed Bradbury Building) as Banyon's office was the secretarial school operated by Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell). By an agreement between Banyon and Revere, part of the training provided to these young women was a period serving as Banyon's secretary; this gave him the advantage of not having to provide a salary for a secretary but meant that he never had the same one long enough for her to become a truly knowledgeable or reliable assistant. Besides Revere, the other ongoing female character was Banyon's girlfriend, Abby Graham (Julie Gregg), a nightclub singer who was constantly trying to encourage him to "settle down" and marry her, but to no avail during the brief run of this series. Banyon's police acquaintance with the Los Angeles Police Department was the cynical Lieutenant Pete McNeil (Richard Jaeckel).

Banyon was unable to find an adequate audience and lost in the Nielsen ratings to American Broadcasting Company's Love, American Style and movies on CBS and was canceled midseason. Despite the show's short life, Quentin Tarantino liked Forster's performance as the title character so much that he hired him for the feature film Jackie Brown many years later.[1][2]

It is one of the few Quinn Martin shows not owned currently by CBS/Republic Pictures; the series rights remain with Time Warner. It is also one of only two QM shows to bill a cast member above the title (the other is A Man Called Sloane, featuring Robert Conrad).

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "The Decent Thing to Do" September 15, 1972
2 "The Old College Try" September 22, 1972
3 "The Graveyard Vote" September 29, 1972
4 "Completely Out of Print" October 6, 1972
5 "Meal Ticket" October 13, 1972
6 "The Clay Clarinet" October 27, 1972
7 "Dead End" November 3, 1972
8 "Time to Kill" November 10, 1972
9 "Think of Me Kindly" November 17, 1972
10 "A Date with Death" November 24, 1972
11 "Sally Overman Is Missing" December 1, 1972
12 "The Lady Killer" December 8, 1972
13 "The Murder Game" December 15, 1972
14 "Just Once" December 22, 1972
15 "Time Lapse" January 12, 1973


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Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows

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