(1972 - 1974)
Crime / Drama
Cast: George Peppard as Thomas 'Tom' Banacek
Ralph Manza as Jay Drury
Murray Matheson as Felix Mulholland
Christine Belford as Carlie Kirkland
George Murdock as Cavanaugh
Banacek was a crime drama program airing on NBC for two seasons from 1972 – 1974 as part of their Wednesday Mystery Movie line-up. Banacek alternated with Madigan starring Richard Widmark and Cool Million starring James Farentino during the first season, and with Faraday and Company, The Snoop Sisters and Tenafly for part of the second season. Part way through the second season the line up only included Banacek and The Snoop Sisters.
Suave, cultured, a ladies’ man, and proud to be Polish, Banacek is a very successful investigator, as evidenced by his mansion on Beacon Hill, the Rolls Royce he drove, and the limousine he is chauffeured around in. He takes on seemingly impossible to solve cases, earning ten percent of the value of the stolen goods he manages to recover.
He would often confound his chauffeur, Jay Drury, with his seemingly nonsensical quotations such as, “Though the hippopotamus has no sting, the wise man would prefer to be sat upon by the bee”.
Banacek often worked his cases using information he obtained from Felix Mulholland, the owner of a rare bookstore. One of his one-and-off love interests was the lovely Carlie Kirkland.
Banacek: Detour to Nowhere 3/20/1972 (Pilot)
Let's Hear It For A Living Legend 9/12/1972
Project Phoenix 9/27/1972
No Sign of the Cross 10/11/1972
A Million the Hard Way 11/01/1972
To Steal A King 11/15/1972
Ten Thousand Dollars a Page 1/10/1973
The Greatest Collection of Them All 1/24/1973
The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack 2/7/1973
No Stone Unturned 10/3/1973
If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is? 11/7/1973
The Vanishing Chalice 1/15/1974
Horse of a Slightly Different Color 1/22/1974
Rocket to Oblivion 2/12/1974
Fly Me — If You Can Find Me 2/19/1974
Now You See Me, Now You Don't 3/12/1974