David Cassidy: Man Undercover

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David Cassidy: Man Undercover
Genre Police drama
Created by Richard Fielder
Written by Sean Baine
Stephen Downing
Richard Fielder
Rick Kelbaugh
Chester Krumholz
Mark Rodgers
Directed by Edward M. Abroms
Virgil Vogel
Starring David Cassidy
Simon Oakland
Wendy Rastatter
Composer(s) Harry Betts
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) David Gerber
Producer(s) Mark Rodgers
Mel Swope
Cinematography Al Francis
John V. LaBarbera
Jack Whitman
Running time 45–48 min
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release November 2, 1978 (1978-11-02) – July 12, 1979 (1979-07-12)

David Cassidy: Man Undercover (the word "undercover" in the series title appeared at various times written as one word or two) was an American police drama starring David Cassidy, four years after his run starring in The Partridge Family, his first starring role since that series was cancelled. The series was spun off after Cassidy starred in a special two-hour episode of Police Story, titled "A Chance to Live," which aired in May 1978; this episode served as the pilot for Man Undercover.

In A Chance to Live, Cassidy portrayed undercover police officer Dan Shay, a cop who successfully infiltrates a high-school drug ring as a fellow student. Cassidy earned an Emmy Award nomination for Best Dramatic Actor for the role. He reprised the role of Officer Shay for the Man Undercover series, which aired on NBC from November 2, 1978 to July 12, 1979. Only ten episodes of the show aired prior to its cancellation.

The role of Shay's wife, portrayed in "A Chance to Live" by Dee Wallace, was recast with actress Wendy Rastatter for the actual series.

This show is the last new filmed series from Columbia Pictures Television to display a copyright notice at the beginning under the show's logo.


Set in Los Angeles, the series stars Cassidy as undercover police officer Dan Shay. Each episode featured Shay going undercover in a different case. Simon Oakland starred as the head of Shay's undercover team.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Running the Hill" November 2, 1978
1-2 "Baby Makes Three" November 9, 1978
1-3 "Cage of Steel" November 16, 1978
1-4 "Deadly Convoy" November 23, 1978
1-5 "Flashpoint" December 7, 1978
1-6 "RX For Dying" December 21, 1978
1-7 "Firestorm" December 28, 1978
1-8 "Teammates" January 4, 1979
1-9 "Nightwork" July 5, 1979
1-10 "Death Is a Close Friend, Too" July 12, 1979

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