Small & Frye

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Small & Frye
Written by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Running time24 min
Production company(s)Walt Disney Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture format35mm film
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMarch 7 (1983-03-07) –
June 15, 1983 (1983-06-15)

Small & Frye is a comedy/detective television series that was produced by The Walt Disney Company and broadcast on CBS in 1983. This series, which starred Darren McGavin and Jack Blessing as the title characters, lasted for only one season of six episodes.


Nick Small (McGavin) and Chip Frye (Blessing) are private investigators. Due to a lab accident, Frye is able to physically shrink to a height of six inches, but he can't control this ability; he could become miniature or normal size at any time. This is sometimes an aid to their investigations, and sometimes an embarrassing hindrance.

US TV Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982–83 6 March 7, 1983 June 15, 1983 76[1] N/A N/A


The pilot episode of this series was broadcast as the fourth in order.

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1"Fiddler on the Hoof"Leslie H. MartinsonNick ArnoldMarch 7, 1983 (1983-03-07)
The detectives look for a stolen Stradivarius owned by a violinist who's a friend of Small's daughter.
2"Endangered Detectives"Edward H. FeldmanLeonard RippsMarch 14, 1983 (1983-03-14)
3"The Case of the Street of Silence"James SheldonNick ArnoldMarch 21, 1983 (1983-03-21)
A former girlfriend sets up Small to kill the man she claims is out to kill her — her husband.
4"Pilot"Charles S. DubinRon Friedman,
George Schenck
June 1, 1983 (1983-06-01)
A wounded old sailor begs the detectives to find his long-lost daughter before the thugs who shot him do.
5"Schlockty Too"John BowabNick ArnoldJune 8, 1983 (1983-06-08)
A boxing manager asks Small to protect his heavyweight contender until he can pay off a loan shark.
6"The Case of the Concerned Husband"Mel FerberNick ArnoldJune 15, 1983 (1983-06-15)
Small's brother-in-law is being blackmailed by a gang that took photos of him and a woman that would make his wife see red.


  1. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982–83 Ratings History – Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved April 1, 2018.