Dean Hargrove

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Dean Hargrove (born July 27, 1938 in Iola, Kansas) is an American television producer, writer, and director. His background includes graduating the St. John's Military School[1] and attending the UCLA Film School as a graduate student.[2] He specializes in creating mystery series. He frequently works with television producer Fred Silverman and television writer Joel Steiger.

Early career[edit]

Hargrove received an Emmy nomination in his early 20s as a writer for a short-lived NBC series with Bob Newhart,[3] The Bob Newhart Show, not to be confused with the 1972 CBS series of the same name.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.[edit]

He became a writer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. late in the show's first season (1964). His biggest involvement with U.N.C.L.E. was in the second season when he wrote episodes that included a two-parter, "The Alexander the Greater Affair", later repackaged as the film One Spy Too Many. He did not work on the third season of U.N.C.L.E. and wrote just one two-parter for the short-lived fourth season.[3]

Columbo and Matlock[edit]

After U.N.C.L.E., he worked at Universal Studios' television section on shows like It Takes a Thief, The Name of the Game and Columbo.[3] He scripted the second Columbo pilot, "Ransom for a Dead Man", and was producer for the second, third and fourth seasons. More recently, he has worked for Viacom Productions and Paramount Network Television, producing the shows Matlock on NBC and ABC from 1986 to 1995, Jake and the Fatman on CBS from 1987 to 1992, and Diagnosis: Murder on CBS from 1993 to 2002.[3]


Hargrove won a Primetime Emmy Award for Columbo in 1974 and was nominated on four other occasions.[4]

Filmography (selected television)[edit]

Year Title Creator Producer Writer Network
1960-1972 My Three Sons no no yes ABC / CBS
1964-1968 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. no no yes NBC
1968-1971 The Name of the Game no yes no NBC
1970 Columbo no yes yes NBC
1970-1977 McCloud no yes yes NBC
1979 Dear Detective no yes yes
1985–1995 Perry Mason television films no yes yes NBC
1986-1995 Matlock yes yes yes NBC / ABC
1987-1992 Jake and the Fatman no yes yes CBS
1989-1991 Father Dowling Mysteries yes yes yes NBC / ABC
1993-2001 Diagnosis: Murder no yes no CBS
2002 Diagnosis: Murder no yes no CBS
2005 McBride yes yes no Hallmark Channel
2005 Jane Doe (television film series) yes yes yes Hallmark Channel
2006–2008 Murder 101 yes yes no Hallmark Channel


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  2. ^ Buck, Jerry (January 4, 1990). "TV writer's key to success is a blend of character, star, humor". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. p. 46. Retrieved May 29, 2017 – via open access
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