Escape (1973 TV series)

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Genre Anthology
Created by Jack Webb
Directed by Wyllis Cooper
Narrated by Jack Webb
Theme music composer Frank Comstock
Composer(s) Frank Comstock
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Robert A. Cinader
Producer(s) Jerome H. Stanley
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) Mark VII Limited
Universal Television
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release February 11 (1973-02-11) – April 1, 1973 (1973-04-01)

Escape is an American anthology series that aired on the NBC network from February 11 to April 1, 1973. The show was a production of Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited for Universal Television. It aired on Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. Eastern, following the NBC Mystery Movie.


Webb, best known for portraying Joe Friday on the long-running Dragnet, narrated this half-hour anthology series about people who found themselves in dangerous situations and who had to muster enough ingenuity and rely upon luck to save themselves from otherwise certain death. Like several of the other shows Webb packaged through the years, the format was that of a semi-documentary, with the narration punctuating the scenes.

Intended as a trial run for a permanent slot during the 1973-74 season, the show did not do well in the ratings and ended after only four episodes. Reruns were broadcast that summer.


  • Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, Alex McNeil, New York: Penguin, revised ed., 1984.

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