N.Y.P.D. (TV series)

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This article is about the 1960s TV show. For the law enforcement agency, see New York City Police Department.
Not to be confused with NYPD Blue.
The cast from left: Frank Converse, Jack Warden and Robert Hooks, 1969.
Genre Crime drama
Created by Arnold Perl
David Susskind
Written by Lonne Elder III
Arnold Perl
Albert Ruben
David Susskind
Directed by Robert Butler
Alex March
Daniel Petrie
David Pressman
Starring Jack Warden
Robert Hooks
Frank Converse
Theme music composer Charles Gross
Composer(s) Charles Gross
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 49
Executive producer(s) Daniel Melnick
Producer(s) Bob Markell
Editor(s) Lyman Hallowell
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Talent Associates, in association with the ABC Television Network
Original network ABC
Original release September 5, 1967 – March 25, 1969

N.Y.P.D. is the title of a half-hour American television crime drama of the 1960s set in the context of the New York City Police Department. The program appeared on the ABC network during the 1967-68 and 1968-69 television seasons. In both seasons, the program appeared in the evening, 9:30 p.m. time slot. During the second season, N.Y.P.D was joined by The Mod Squad and It Takes a Thief to form a 2½ hour block of crime dramas.


The cast included Jack Warden as Lt. Mike Haines, Robert Hooks as Detective Jeff Ward, and Frank Converse as Detective Johnny Corso. Among the acting personalities who appeared in the series were Al Pacino, Jill Clayburgh, Jane Elliot, Ralph Waite, Harvey Keitel, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Gretchen Corbett, and Roy Scheider.

The show was a production of Talent Associates, Ltd., a company founded by Alfred Levy and David Susskind. Talent Associates had produced 14 years of the anthology program Armstrong Circle Theatre and The Kaiser Aluminum Hour, both highly respected shows. Television producer, movie producer, and talk show host Susskind created N.Y.P.D. with screenwriter Arnold Perl (Cotton Comes to Harlem). At the time of his death in 1971, Arnold Perl was working on a screenplay about assassinated black activist Malcolm X, which would later become the basis for Spike Lee's 1992 film, Malcolm X. Daniel Melnick, the show’s executive producer, was a partner with Susskind in Talent Associates and had brought Mel Brooks and Buck Henry together to create the TV comedy Get Smart in 1965. Producer Susskind and actor Harvey Keitel would work together again on Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974). Scripted by writers like Lonne Elder, who would later be the first African-American nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar (for 1972's Sounder), the stories came with such titles as "Cruise to Oblivion," "Which Side Are You On?," "The Screaming Woman," and "Deadly Circle of Violence." In N.Y.P.D. scripts, there were white cops and black cops, white suspects and black suspects, white witnesses and black witnesses, an unselfconscious racial blend that would not be seen for years to come on network television.

In 1967, N.Y.P.D. was the first television series in America to air an episode with a gay theme ("Shakedown"). The police track down a man blackmailing gay men, prompting several suicides.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Shakedown" (pilot) September 5, 1967
1-2 "Fingerman" September 12, 1967
1-3 "The Screaming Woman" September 19, 1967
1-4 "Fast Gun" September 26, 1967
1-5 "Walking Target" October 3, 1967
1-6 "Money Man" October 10, 1967
1-7 "Old Gangsters Never Die" October 17, 1967
1-8 "To Catch A Hero" October 31, 1967
1-9 "Murder For Infinity" November 7, 1967
1-10 "The Pink Gumdrop" November 14, 1967
1-11 "The Witness" November 21, 1967
1-12 "The Boy Witness" November 28, 1967
1-13 "Joshua Fit the Battle Of Fulton Street" December 5, 1967
1-14 "The Bomber" December 12, 1967
1-15 "Wire Finish" December 19, 1967
1-16 "Cruise To Oblivion" December 26, 1967
1-17 "The Patriots" January 2, 1968
1-18 "Red Headed Pigeon" January 23, 1968
1-19 "Which Side Are You On?" January 30, 1968
1-20 "Cry Brute" February 6, 1968
1-21 "Last Port of Call" February 13, 1968
1-22 "Macho" February 20, 1968
1-23 "Stones" February 27, 1968
1-24 "The Private Eye Puzzle" March 5, 1968
1-25 "Nothing Is Real But the Dead" (Part 1) March 12, 1968
1-26 "Nothing Is Real But the Dead" (Part 2) March 19, 1968

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "Naked in the Streets" October 1, 1968
2-2 "Encounter On A Rooftop" October 8, 1968
2-3 "Day Tripper" October 15, 1968
2-4 "What's A Nice Girl Like You..." October 29, 1968
2-5 "Deadly Circle Of Violence" November 12, 1968
2-6 "Case of the Shady Lady" November 19, 1968
2-7 "The Golden Fleece" November 26, 1968
2-8 "The Peep Freak" December 3, 1968
2-9 "Walk the Long Pier" December 10, 1968
2-10 "The Witch of 116th Street" December 17, 1968
2-11 "'L' Is For Love and Larceny" December 24, 1968
2-12 "The Love Hustle" December 31, 1968
2-13 "The Body In the Trunk" January 7, 1969
2-14 "The Night Watch" January 21, 1969
2-15 "Three-Fifty-Two" January 28, 1969
2-16 "The Attacker" February 4, 1969
2-17 "Candy Man" (Part 1) February 11, 1969
2-18 "Candy Man" (Part 2) February 18, 1969
2-19 "Who's Got the Bundle?" February 25, 1969
2-20 "The Face of the Dart Board" March 4, 1969
2-21 "Boys Night Out" March 11, 1969
2-22 "Everybody Loved Him" March 18, 1969
2-23 "No Day Trippers Need Apply" March 25, 1969

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