Detective School

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Detective School
Also known as 'Detective School – One Flight Up'
Genre Situation comedy
Written by Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff
Directed by Bob LaHendro
Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff
Walter C. Miller
Starring James Gregory
Douglas Fowley
Randolph Mantooth
Melinda Naud
Taylor Negron
LaWanda Page
Pat Proft
Composer(s) Peter Matz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff
Caryn Sneider
Producer(s) Hank Bradford
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Kukoff-Harris Partnership
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release July 31 (1979-07-31) – November 24, 1979 (1979-11-24)

Detective School (a.k.a. Detective School – One Flight Up) is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC for four months in 1979, for a total of 13 episodes.

The show was about an assortment of students who went to night school to learn basic detective skills, but who kept getting caught up in real criminal cases and getting themselves and their teacher (an inept private investigator) into trouble.

This show was written, directed, and produced by Jeff Harris and Bernie Kukoff, the creators of Diff'rent Strokes.

Cast and characters[edit]


As of this writing, Detective School has not been released on home video.


Season 1: Summer 1979[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 1 "A Bier on the House" Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
July 31, 1979 (1979-07-31)
Private eye Nick Harrigan teaches eager aspiring gumshoes who become suspicious when they notice ice cream trucks making regular deliveries to a funeral home.
2 2 "Oh, How We Danced" Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
August 7, 1979 (1979-08-07)
Nick's gun turns up missing — right after Charlene goes off to confront her cheating spouse.
3 3 "Lucy in the Sky with Pizza" Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
August 14, 1979 (1979-08-14)
Nick and his students investigate a diamond-stealing racket in a pizza parlor.

Season 2: Autumn 1979[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
4 1 "Hooray for Bulgaria" Ralph Levy Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)
The class poses as caterers at an embassy party to rescue a Bulgarian ballet dancer.
5 2 "Nick Is Smitten" Walter C. Miller Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Nick's eagerness to help an attractive woman lands him in a trap set by a vengeful racketeer.
6 3 "Ice" Walter C. Miller Bernard Dilbert September 28, 1979 (1979-09-28)
Nick and the gang bodyguard a rich woman as she attends a fancy party wearing a priceless diamond.
7 4 "The Runaway" Walter C. Miller Ellen Guylas October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
The class goes undercover as a motorcycle gang to retrieve Nick's runaway niece.
8 5 "The Jewel Heist" Bob LaHendro Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
October 13, 1979 (1979-10-13)
Nick's students break into the wrong hotel room while on an assignment to retrieve stolen jewelry.
9 6 "One Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures" Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
Tucker Wiard,
Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
October 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)
Nick tries to catch a blackmailer while the class searches her apartment for the incriminating photographs.
10 7 "Masseuse in the Cold, Cold Ground" Bob LaHendro Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
October 27, 1979 (1979-10-27)
Nick and the students investigate a massage parlor to catch a killer.
11 8 "The Killer-Diller Lingerie Caper" Bob LaHendro Bernie Kukoff,
Jeff Harris
November 3, 1979 (1979-11-03)
Silvio witnesses a murder — but doesn't recognize the investigating officer as the killer.
12 9 "Farewell, My Miss Glendale" Bob LaHendro Toni Sherohman,
Pat Proft
November 17, 1979 (1979-11-17)
The students search for a bomb while Nick judges a beauty pageant.
13 10 "The Bank Job" Bob LaHendro Hank Bradford November 24, 1979 (1979-11-24)
Bank robbers take Nick and his students hostage.