McCoy (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Written by Dean Hargrove
Roland Kibbee
Directed by Nicholas Colasanto
Richard Quine
Starring Tony Curtis
Roscoe Lee Browne
Lucille Meredith
Composer(s) Dick DeBenedictis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (including a pilot film)
Producer(s) Roland Kibbee
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 90 mins.
Production company(s) Universal TV
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 5, 1975 (1975-10-05) – January 25, 1976 (1976-01-25)
Related shows NBC Sunday Mystery Movie

McCoy is an American comedy/drama series that starred Tony Curtis and aired on NBC-TV during the 1975-1976 season.


The series stars Tony Curtis as a con man who, along with a team of friends, "out-cons" bad guys in order to steal back their ill-gotten gains and return the loot to its rightful owners. The schemes were elaborate and laced with satirical humor. The series bears resemblances to the then-recent film The Sting, as well as to the contemporary series Switch and the British literary character Simon Templar.[original research?] Co-starring with Curtis was Roscoe Lee Browne as a nightclub comedian.


Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "The Big Ripoff" Richard Quine Dean Hargrove,
Roland Kibbee
March 11, 1975 (1975-03-11)
Series pilot: McCoy schemes to retrieve the ransom money that was paid for an oil tycoon's wife.
2 "Bless the Big Fish" Nicholas Colasanto Philip Chapin October 5, 1975 (1975-10-05)
A crafty financial adviser cheats Papa Leone out of $450,000, and Leone tries to commit suicide as a result; McCoy intervenes with a plan to recover the money.
3 "Double Take" Richard Quine Dean Hargrove,
Roland Kibbee,
Howard Leeds
November 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)
4 "In Again Out Again" Stan Dragoti * January 4, 1976 (1976-01-04)
J. Carter Sloan takes advantage of dying Bob Mayfield by forcing him to make a $200,000 life insurance contract, which affects Bob's sister's interests.
5 "New Dollar Day" Nicholas Colasanto * January 25, 1976 (1976-01-25)

* Unknown

Production and reception[edit]

The series was produced in the format of two-hour telefilms, that were broadcast as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie as one of several rotating series that would air once a month. Other series involved in the Universal Television franchise package were Columbo, McCloud, and McMillan & Wife. However, McCoy failed to garner the same ratings as its fellow programs and was cancelled after an initial 90-minute pilot TV movie ("The Big Ripoff") and four two-hour episodes were broadcast. At least one novel based upon the series was published in the United Kingdom.

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