|Created by||Alan Woods
James A. Bank,
based on "Diagnosis: Homicide" by Lawrence G. Blochman
|Written by||Joel Carpenter
Bill S. Ballinger
|Directed by||Fielder Cook
|Theme music composer||Irwin Kostal
|Opening theme||"Diagnosis: Unknown" (aka "Coffee's Theme")|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Executive producer(s)||Bob Banner|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bob Banner Associates, Inc.
Red Wing Productions, Inc.
|Picture format||Black-and-white videotape|
|Original release||July 5– September 20, 1960|
Diagnosis: Unknown is an American medical drama that aired on CBS from July 5 to September 20, 1960. Produced by Bob Banner, the series aired as a summer replacement for The Garry Moore Show, a variety program.
The series stars Patrick O'Neal as pathologist Dr. Daniel Coffee, who works at a metropolitan hospital and uses forensic medicine to assist the police in solving unconventional murders. The co-stars were Phyllis Newman, as Doris Hudson; Cal Bellini, a native of Singapore, as Dr. Motilal Mookerji; Chester Morris, the former star of Boston Blackie, as detective Lieutenant Max Ritter, and Martin Huston as Link, the young handyman. The characters were originally featured in a series of short stories written by Lawrence Blochman, initially published in Collier's magazine.
Diagnosis: Unknown aired at 10 p.m. Eastern time, and was preempted twice in July by the major party national conventions.
In 1993, thirty-three years after Diagnosis: Unknown ended its brief run, CBS launched the successful Diagnosis Murder series, starring Dick Van Dyke and his son, Barry Van Dyke, as a physician, Dr. Mark Sloan and a police detective, Steve Sloan, respectively, who collaborate in the solving of difficult crimes. The Van Dyke series was similar in title, theme, and plot to Diagnosis: Unknown.
|Episode #||Episode title||Guest stars||Original airdate|
|1-1||"The Case of the Radiant Wine"||Tom Bosley, Larry Hagman, Patricia Barry, Murray Matheson||July 5, 1960|
|1-2||"Main Course -- Murder "||Jack Carter||August 2, 1960|
|1-3||"A Sudden Stillness"||Gretchen Wyler||August 9, 1960|
|1-4||"Final Performance"||Philip Abbott||August 16, 1960|
|1-5||"The Case of the Elder "||Joan Hotchkis and Judith Lowry||August 23, 1960|
|1-6||"The Curse of the Gypsy"||Michael Tolan and Jessica Walter||August 30, 1960|
|1-7||"Gina, Gina"||Tim O'Connor and Telly Savalas||September 6, 1960|
|1-8||"The Parasite"||Jeanne Bal and Biff McGuire||September 13, 1960|
|1-9||"The Red Death"||
||September 20, 1960|
- "Diagnosis: Unknown". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
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