The Law & Harry McGraw

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The Law & Harry McGraw
Created by Peter S. Fischer
Starring Jerry Orbach
Barbara Babcock
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) Tom Sawyer
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Corymore Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Original release September 27, 1987 – February 10, 1988
Related shows Murder, She Wrote

The Law & Harry McGraw is an American TV series that ran on CBS from September 27, 1987 to February 10, 1988. It is a spin-off from the mystery series Murder, She Wrote.


The series stars Jerry Orbach as a loudmouthed, uncouth private detective who continually finds himself solving mysteries on behalf of the prim and proper attorney (played by Barbara Babcock), who has an office across the hall. The attorney, Ellie Maginnis, finds McGraw's methods somewhat hard to digest, albeit effective, and a romantic attraction between the two is suggested although the series didn't last long enough for such a subplot to fully develop.



No. Title Original air date
1 "Dead Men Don't Make Phone Calls" September 27, 1987
2 "State of the Art" September 29, 1987
3 "Beware the Ides of May" October 6, 1987
4 "Mr. Chapman, I Presume" October 13, 1987
5 "The Fallen Arrow" October 20, 1987
6 "Rappaport Is Back in Town" October 27, 1987
7 "Angela's Secret" November 3, 1987
8 "Old Heroes Never Lie" November 10, 1987
9 "Solve It Again, Harry" November 17, 1987
10 "Yankee Boodle Dandy" December 1, 1987
11 "Murder by a Landslide" December 8, 1987
12 "Gilhooley's Is History" January 13, 1988
13 "She's Not Wild About Harry" January 20, 1988
14 "Waiting Game" January 27, 1988
15 "Harry Does the Hustle" February 3, 1988
16 "Maginnis for the People" February 10, 1988


After the show's fast cancellation (it lasted a little more than a half-season), Orbach reprised the role of Harry McGraw in a few episodes of Murder, She Wrote before a few years later moving on to play Lennie Briscoe on fellow Universal series Law & Order.

Home Video Release[edit]

The complete series was released in Australia by Madman Entertainment in 2012 as a 5-Disc (PAL Format) box set for region 4.

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