The New Breed (TV series)

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The New Breed
Jack Oakie Tina Louise The New Breed 1961.JPG
Jack Oakie and Tina Louise in The New Breed episode "I Remember Murder" (1961)
Genre Crime drama
Created by Hank Searls
Written by Don Brinkley
Peter B. Germano
Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.
Pat Lasky
Directed by Walter Grauman
Jerry Hopper
Allen H. Miner
Joseph Pevney
Pat Silver-Lasky
Hank Searls
Sheldon Stark
Starring Leslie Nielsen
John Clarke
John Beradino
Byron Morrow
Greg Roman
Theme music composer Dominic Frontiere
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 36
Executive producer(s) Quinn Martin
Producer(s) Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)
Running time 60 minutes (approx)
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 3, 1961 – June 5, 1962

The New Breed is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from October 3, 1961 to June 5, 1962, with thirty-six episodes. The series was a QM Production in association with Selmur Productions, Inc.


The cast from left: Leslie Nielsen as Price Adams, Greg Roman as Pete Garcia, John Clarke as Joe Huddleston, and John Beradino as Vince Cavelli, in the premiere episode, "No Fat Cops" (1961)
Adams (center) and Huddleson respond to a challenge.

The series starred Leslie Nielsen as the serious Lieutenant Price Adams who worked on "The Hot Shot Detail" of the LAPD's Metro Squad and former Major League Baseball player John Beradino as Sergeant Vince Cavelli. The script for the first episode, "No Fat Cops," was written by Hank Searls, credited as the creator of the series. Searls also wrote an original novel based on the series under the pseudonym "Lee Costigan."

The New Breed was the first independent production of Quinn Martin under his newly established company, QM Productions. Prior to starting his own production company, Martin had produced The Untouchables for Desilu Productions, and Nielsen was cast for the role of Adams because of a guest appearance he had made on that program in the episode entitled "Three Thousand Suspects."

The New Breed faced tough competition from The Red Skelton Show and Ichabod and Me on CBS and The Dick Powell Show on NBC, and was canceled after one season.


  • Leslie Nielsen .... Lieutenant Price Adams
  • John Beradino .... Sergeant Vince Cavelli
  • John Clarke .... Patrolman Joe Huddleston, 2 episodes
  • Byron Morrow .... Captain Keith Gregory, 2 episodes
  • Greg Roman .... Patrolman Pete Garcia, 2 episodes
  • Art Gilmore .... Narrator

Notable guest stars[edit]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "No Fat Cops" October 3, 1961
1-2 "Prime Target" October 10, 1961
1-3 "Death of a Ghost" October 17, 1961
1-4 "To None a Deadly Drug" October 24, 1961
1-5 "The Compulsion to Confess" October 31, 1961
1-6 "'Til Death Do Us Part" November 7, 1961
1-7 "The Butcher" November 14, 1961
1-8 "Wave Goodbye to Grandpa" November 21, 1961
1-9 "Sweet Bloom of Death" November 28, 1961
1-10 "The Valley of the Three Charlies" December 5, 1961
1-11 "Lady Killer" December 12, 1961
1-12 "Blood Money" December 19, 1961
1-13 "I Remember Murder" December 26, 1961
1-14 "The All-American Boy" January 2, 1962
1-15 "Cross the Little Line" January 9, 1962
1-16 "To Sell a Human Being" January 16, 1962
1-17 "Care is No Cure" January 23, 1962
1-18 "Policemen Die Alone (Part 1)" January 30, 1962
1-19 "Policemen Die Alone (Part 2)" February 6, 1962
1-20 "Mr. Weltschmerz" February 13, 1962
1-21 "Wings for a Plush Horse" February 20, 1962
1-22 "How Proud the Guilty" February 27, 1962
1-23 "The Torch" March 6, 1962
1-24 "All the Dead Faces" March 13, 1962
1-25 "The Deadlier Sex" March 20, 1962
1-26 "Edge of Violence" March 27, 1962
1-27 "Echoes of Hate" April 3, 1962
1-28 "The Man With the Other Face" April 10, 1962
1-29 "Thousands and Thousands of Miles" April 17, 1962
1-30 "Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here" April 24, 1962
1-31 "My Brother's Keeper" May 1, 1962
1-32 "A Motive Named Walter" May 8, 1962
1-33 "Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?" May 15, 1962
1-34 "Judgment at San Belito" May 22, 1962
1-35 "So Dark the Night" May 29, 1962
1-36 "Walk This Street Lightly" June 5, 1962

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