A photographer begins an affair with an attorney for a powerful family, but their secret is in jeopardy when her ambitious husband becomes the prosecutor in a high-profile murder case in which her paramour is defending the prime suspect.
The most successful of network television's many WWII dramatic series of the '60s, Combat!, ran for five seasons on ABC -- or roughly one year longer than the war lasted! Set in the months following D-Day, the weekly, hour-long series focused on King Company, a platoon of American GIs battling their way through Southern Europe, encountering action, adventure, humor, heartbreak and dozens of guest stars along the way. Throughout the series' run, King Company was headed by gritty, taciturn Sgt. Chip Saunders (Vic Morrow) and his superior officer, cool and courageous Lt. Gil Hanley (Rick Jason). Though several soldiers were attached to the platoon from one season to the next, the most enduring of the supporting players were Pierre Jalbert as Paul "Caje" Lemay, Jack Hogan as "Wild Man" Kirby, and Dick Peabody as PFC Littlejohn. Some of the better episodes were directed by such Hollywood heavyweights as Robert Altman and Burt Kennedy. Filmed in glorious black-and-white during its first four seasons -- the better to accommodate newsreel footage of actual wartime battles -- Combat! switched to color for its fifth and final season on the air.
Although he is most fondly remembered as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, William Shatner actually enjoyed a longer and more successful run as the title character in the formula cop drama T. J. Hooker. Debuting May 13, 1982 on ABC a mid-season replacement, the weekly, 60-minute series cast Shatner as former police detective T. J. Hooker, who during a major crime outbreak returned to active duty, voluntarily taking the lower rank of sergeant and pounding a beat for the LCPD. Assigned to the Academy Precinct to help trainees survive on the mean streets -- and to instill in them the traditional values that were then being battered and bruised by a changing society, Hooker took his orders from hard-nosed, by-the-book Captain Dennis Sheridan (Richard Herd). While he did his best to keep his emotions from affecting his job performance, Hooker had more than his share of "baggage": Not only had his last partner been killed in the line of duty, but Hooker had also just gone through a difficult divorce. Even so, he maintained a good relationship with his ex-wife Fran (Lee Bryant), his daughters Cathy (Susan McClung) and Chrissie (played first by Nicole Eggert, then by Jennifer Beck), and his son Tommy (Andre Gower). During the series' five-episode trial run, Hooker was trainer and surrogate father to rookie cops Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) and Vicki Taylor (April Clough). When the series began its first full season in the fall of 1982, Romano was still in the cast, but Vicki had been replaced by another trainee, Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) -- who happened to be Captain Sheridan's daughter. By the time Stacy had graduated to street patrol, she had been partnered with veteran officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren). Canceled by ABC after 72 episodes on September 7, 1985, T.J. Hooker was promptly picked up by CBS for that network's late-night lineup, beginning September 25. William Shatner, Heather Locklear, and James Darren remained in the cast for the 19 new CBS episodes, but Adrian Zmed had left the series during a salary dispute. Though no new episodes were produced after 1986, T.J. Hooker continued to be rebroadcast on CBS until September 17, 1987.
Remade as a feature film in 1993, this immensely popular series, with its episodic format, told the story of Richard Kimble, a doctor wrongly accused of murdering his wife, and his relentless pursuit of the real culprit, a one-armed man.
Aaron Spelling's jiggly classic about gorgeous gumshoes working for an unseen boss garnered as much derision as it did male viewers. Launched in September 1976, the show took flight in the ratings, turned the three leads into major stars and inspired countless imitators (and, two decades later, a couple of hit theatrical movies). Numerous cast changes occurred during the show's run, most notably the replacement of Farrah Fawcett-Majors with Cheryl Ladd in 1977.
A hit prime-time soap, the first of its kind, that was based on the steamy bestseller by Grace Metalious (later adapted into two movies), about the scandalous goings-on in a New England town. Quite the sensation in its time, the series boasted a cast that included star-making turns by Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal, and was shown twice a week for most of its run (even three times a week for a brief period). In 1972, the daytime soap 'Return to Peyton Place' picked up where this story left off.