Kate McShane

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Kate McShane
GenreLegal drama
Created byRobert C. Peters
Howard Rayfiel
ComposerJohn Cacavas
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producerE. Jack Neuman
ProducersHoward Rayfiel
Robert Foster
Robert Stambler
Running time60 minutes
Production companyParamount Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 10 (1975-09-10) –
November 12, 1975 (1975-11-12)

Kate McShane is an American legal drama television series that aired from September 10 until November 12, 1975. Kate McShane was the first series to feature a female lawyer in the lead role.[1] A two-hour pilot film aired April 11, 1975.


Kate McShane is an Irish American lawyer who gets help from her dad, an ex-cop, and her brother, a priest and a law professor.[2]


  • Anne Meara as Kate McShane
  • Charles Haid as Ed McShane
  • Sean McClory as Pat McShane
  • Benjamin Stiller, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller's son, then almost 10, is listed on an 8/14/1975 Call Sheet in the role of Nickie in the “Little Bit of Knowledge" episode (episode 11).


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Best Possible Defense (a.k.a. A Roar of Silence)"Robert ScheererMilt RosenSeptember 10, 1975 (1975-09-10)
Kate and her crew defends a former anti-war militant.
2"Terror on Sycamore Street"Robert ScheererMichael ButlerSeptember 17, 1975 (1975-09-17)
A homeowner is charged with killing a narcotics agent, but he claims it was self-defense.
3"World vs. Ackerman"Jack SheaDavid KarpSeptember 24, 1975 (1975-09-24)
An old man is accused of killing a robber in his own house.
4"Murder Comes in Little Pills (a.k.a. First and Ten)"Robert ScheererMilt Rosen and Robert FosterOctober 1, 1975 (1975-10-01)
A professional football player might have killed his girlfriend while on drugs.
5"Accounts Receivable"David FriedkinMichael ButlerOctober 8, 1975 (1975-10-08)
A federal agent wants Kate to drop an investigation of a murder.
6"Publish or Perish"Corey AllenPaul Lichtman and Leon TokatyanOctober 22, 1975 (1975-10-22)
A scientist admits to killing a Nobel Prize winner.
7"Conspiracy of Silence"John PeyserPeter LefcourtOctober 29, 1975 (1975-10-29)
Kate defends a female magazine editor (Susan Strasberg), against a libel suit after she accuses a firm of paying off corrupt politicians to keep unsafe toys on the market.
8"Midnight Lady, Pretty Lady"Bill BixbyDavid Friedkin, Milt Rosen and Robert FosterNovember 5, 1975 (1975-11-05)
A former rock star is accused of contributing to his girlfriend's drug overdose.
9"God at $15,732 a Year"UnknownUnknownNovember 12, 1975 (1975-11-12)
Kate defends a detective who shot a suspect.
10"The Not So Small Claims Court Case"TBDTBDUNAIRED
A con man disappears before he gets taken in to the small claims court.
11"A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing"TBDTBDUNAIRED


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 631. ISBN 0345455428.
  2. ^ TV Guide. "Kate McShane Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-13.

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