Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lived on the beach, and, when not ... See full summary »

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Howard Rodman
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Janssen ...  Harry Orwell 45 episodes, 1973-1976
Anthony Zerbe ...  Lt. K.C. Trench 30 episodes, 1975-1976
Paul Tulley Paul Tulley ...  Sgt. Roberts / ... 29 episodes, 1975-1976
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Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lived on the beach, and, when not working on a current case, spent much of his time fixing up his boat, which was called The Answer. Harry O was unusual in that he didn't own a flashy car in which to conduct high-speed chases, preferring to ride the bus instead. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

11 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Harry-O See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In a 2015 interview, Henry Darrow had great things to say about the show and David Janssen. When asked how he got along with Janssen, he answered: "Wonderfully. He had a marvelous, dry sense of humor. We pulled jokes on each other here and there. When I was being replaced, he waited for me when he finished shooting earlier in the afternoon. We had a few goodbye drinks at the hotel bar. I never saw him again, though." (source: Classic Film and TV Café) See more »

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Orweeell !
23 July 2007 | by winstonfgSee all my reviews

As someone who grew up with Starsky and Hutch, it might seem odd that I'm also a Harry O fan, but in an era of crap formula shows that were usually split into acts and epilogs it was a standout. There were only two shows of that time that both me and my dad could agree on: Kojak and Harry O; and of the two, I think Harry O was slightly more consistent.

David Janssen carries the world-weary lead with considerable panache, paving the way for later shows such as the Rockford Files, and Anthony Zerbe is an excellent foil as the long-suffering cop-who-secretly-likes-him-but-will-never-say (cf. Joe Santos and James Garner). Played out against the backdrop of San Diego in the 70's, the main thing that stretched belief was the number of gorgeous birds that wrinkled old Harry used to pull. But then, I was in my teens and the hormones enjoyed them...


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