Griff (TV series)

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Ben Murphy Patricia Stich Lorne Greene Griff 1973.JPG
Genre Crime drama
Starring Lorne Greene
Ben Murphy
Vic Tayback
Patricia Stich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Steven Bochco
David Victor
Peter S. Fischer
Robert F. O'Neill
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Groverton Productions
Universal Television
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29) – January 4, 1974 (1974-01-04)

Griff is an American crime drama starring Lorne Greene and Ben Murphy, which aired on ABC from September 29, 1973, to January 4, 1974.[1]


Lorne Greene portrayed Wade "Griff" Griffin, a former police officer who becomes a private detective.[1] Ben Murphy plays Greene's 31-year-old partner, S. Michael "Mike" Murdock. Vic Tayback portrays Captain Barney Marcus of the Los Angeles Police Department, Griff's continuing contact with the police. Patricia Stich appeared as Gracie Newcombe, the secretary for the two detectives.[2]

The two-hour pilot movie, titled "Man on the Outside," didn't air until June 25, 1975, almost a year and a half after the cancellation of the series. Ben Murphy does not appear in the pilot, which has a plot that is identical to the plot of the pilot for "Barnaby Jones." Wade Griffin's son is murdered, and Griff goes after the man who killed him.

"The Case of the Baltimore Girls" is a TV-movie compiled from two episodes, "The Last Ballad" (11/10/73) and "All The Lonely People" (10/13/73), and features Kim Hunter, Patricia Crowley, Lawrence Pressman, Dabney Coleman, William Windom, and Herbert Rudley.

"Death Follows A Psycho" is another TV-movie compiled from two episodes, "Countdown To Terror" (11/17/73) & "Elephant In A Cage" (11/24/73).

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Production notes[edit]

The series was executive produced by Steven Bochco, David Victor, Peter S. Fischer and Robert F. O'Neill.[3]

Griff was filmed by Groverton Productions at Universal City Studios in Los Angeles. The series followed the ABC Suspense Movie at the 10 p.m. Eastern timeslot on Saturdays opposite CBS's The Carol Burnett Show and the NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.[4]


  1. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1980). Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs (1947-1979). South Brunswick and New York. p. 269. ISBN 0-498-02488-1. 
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Book, 1996, 4th ed., p. 344
  3. ^ Wertheimer, Ron. "Griff (Overview)". The New York Times on-line. Retrieved February 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix

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