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Under Suspicion (TV series)

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Under Suspicion
GenrePolice drama
Created byJacqueline Zambrano
ComposerJoseph Vitarelli
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive producers
  • Robert Lieberman
  • Jacqueline Zambrano
ProducerMarjorie David
Production locationPortland, Oregon
  • Michael B. Hoggan
  • James Galloway
  • Alan L. Shefland
Running time60 minutes (with commercials)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) –
March 10, 1995 (1995-03-10)

Under Suspicion is an American police drama television series set in Portland, Oregon. It was created by Jacqueline Zambrano. Its episodes were broadcast on the CBS network from September 16, 1994, to March 10, 1995. Though short-lived, the show premiered to fairly strong reviews, which praised lead Karen Sillas's performance and observed that the show functioned as a kind of Americanized Prime Suspect.[1][2]

Filming occurred in Portland, with views of the South Park Blocks and Willamette River.[3]

The show is rated M in New Zealand for violence, sexual references and offensive language.


The show stars Karen Sillas as Detective Rose "Phil" Phillips, the only female detective in a male-dominated police squad.

The supporting cast includes Philip Casnoff as Internal Affairs Sergeant Jimmy Vitelli, veteran character actor Seymour Cassel (star of Faces and Minnie and Moskowitz) as Captain Mickey Schwartz, Ray Baker (Hard Rain) as Chief DeSort, Paul McCrane as Detective Clarke, Michael Beach as Detective Desmond Beck, Doug Baldwin as coroner Leon Hart, and Arabella Field as Patsi Moosekian.


The harsh realities of discrimination are always apparent to Detective Rose "Phil" Phillips. In addition to coping with the daily pressures of being a detective, she must break down the barrier of crude sexist comments made by her fellow cops and force them to see her as an equal.

Sexy, tough and a good cop, Phil confronts her own feelings about being a woman in a man's world when she finds herself attracted to Sergeant Jimmy Vitelli of Internal Affairs, a handsome, arrogant cop on the rise.

Phil's determination, crime-solving skills and feminine perspective make her a compassionate, outstanding detective, but she'll always be Under Suspicion as she struggles to prove that she's just "one of the boys."


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1"Pilot"UnknownUnknownSeptember 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)TBA
2"Serial Killer: Part 1"UnknownUnknownSeptember 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)TBA
3"Serial Killer: Part 2"UnknownUnknownSeptember 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)TBA
4"Child Molester: Part 1"UnknownUnknownOctober 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)TBA
5"Child Molester: Part 2"UnknownUnknownOctober 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)TBA
6"Wife Abuse/Murder: Part 1"UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 1994 (1994-10-28)TBA
7"Wife Abuse/Murder: Part 2"James QuinnDon Carlos DunawayNovember 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)TBA
8"Arson/Murder Story"James QuinnDon Carlos DunawayNovember 11, 1994 (1994-11-11)291057
9"The Retarded Witness"Michael WatkinsGerry ConwayNovember 18, 1994 (1994-11-18)TBA
10"Father/Daughter Murder"UnknownUnknownDecember 1, 1994 (1994-12-01)TBA
11"Sex Harassment/Corruption Case"Michael WatkinsAnne KenneyJanuary 6, 1995 (1995-01-06)291065
12"Koreatown Murder"James QuinnRose Schacht & Ann PowellJanuary 13, 1995 (1995-01-13)291062
13"Holy Suspect"Kenneth FinkGerry ConwayJanuary 20, 1995 (1995-01-20)291063
14"A Haunting Case"UnknownUnknownJanuary 27, 1995 (1995-01-27)TBA
15"Hostage Standoff"UnknownUnknownFebruary 3, 1995 (1995-02-03)TBA
16"Kinky Murder"Dean ParisotDavid LattFebruary 24, 1995 (1995-02-24)291066
17"Cop Killing"James QuinnJacqueline Zambrano & Anne KenneyMarch 3, 1995 (1995-03-03)291067
18"Wrongful Shooting"James QuinnJacqueline ZambranoMarch 10, 1995 (1995-03-10)291068


  1. ^ Jicha, Tom (1994-09-16). "'Under Suspicion' Is A Prime Concept". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (1994-09-23). "TV Review: Under Suspicion". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  3. ^ Christ, Janet (1995-01-16). "COUNTING THE TAKE". The Oregonian. pp. B01.

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