Shannon (1961 TV series)

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GenreCrime drama
Written byTodhunter Ballard
Gene Roddenberry
Directed byFred Jackman, Jr.
StarringGeorge Nader
Regis Toomey
Jan Arvan
Composer(s)Emil Cadkin
Arthur Morton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes36
Producer(s)Jerry Briskin
Robert Sparks
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Screen Gems
DistributorScreen Gems
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1961 (1961-09-26) –
June 12, 1962 (1962-06-12)

Shannon is an American crime drama series that aired in syndication from September 26, 1961 to June 12, 1962. The series stars George Nader as the title Joe Shannon, an insurance investigator for the Transport Bonding and Surety Company. Regis Toomey portrays Shannon's boss Bill Cochran. Shannon drove a modern 1961 Buick Special, equipped with cameras, a dictating machine, tape recorders, weapons, and notably, a mobile phone, when private car phones were rare.

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Jerry Briskin produced the series for Screen Gems. Gene Roddenberry wrote two of the teleplays.[2]


  1. ^ "Episode List of Shannon (1961)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 747

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