Under Suspicion (TV series)

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Under Suspicion
GenrePolice drama
Created byJacqueline Zambrano
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Production locationPortland, Oregon
Running time60 minutes (with commercials)
Production companiesLakeside Productions
Crystal Beach Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatNTSC
Original 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
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)
2"Serial Killer: Part 1"TBATBASeptember 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)
3"Serial Killer: Part 2"TBATBASeptember 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)
4"Child Molester: Part 1"TBATBAOctober 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)
5"Child Molester: Part 2"TBATBAOctober 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)
6"Wife Abuse/Murder: Part 1"TBATBAOctober 28, 1994 (1994-10-28)
7"Wife Abuse/Murder: Part 2"James QuinnDon Carlos DunawayNovember 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)
8"Arson/Murder Story"TBATBANovember 11, 1994 (1994-11-11)
9"The Retarded Witness"TBATBANovember 18, 1994 (1994-11-18)
10"Father/Daughter Murder"TBATBADecember 1, 1994 (1994-12-01)
11"Sex Harassment/Corruption Case"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1995 (1995-01-06)
12"Koreatown Murder"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1995 (1995-01-13)
13"Holy Suspect"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1995 (1995-01-20)
14"A Haunting Case"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1995 (1995-01-27)
15"Hostage Standoff"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1995 (1995-02-03)
16"Kinky Murder"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1995 (1995-02-24)
17"Cop Killing"TBATBAMarch 3, 1995 (1995-03-03)
18"Wrongful Shooting"TBATBAMarch 10, 1995 (1995-03-10)


  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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