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This pitch-perfect pilot kicks off an incredible TV series

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TV Movies, Crimes, Dramas, Mystery | 1h 38min | TV Movie, Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1971

The 1970s were a good decade for American television shows, particularly crime dramas that featured private detectives or cops. That decade represented a time of great creative freedom and, when it comes to film and television, brought a certain edginess, or grittiness, to the small screen that hadn’t been seen before.

TV crime dramas, like “Columbo” (1971–2003), “Kojak” (1973–1978), “The Streets of San Francisco”(1972–1977), and “The Rockford Files” (1974–1980), are still popular with both TV aficionados and families who used to gather around the TV for their regular evening shows. A relative referred me to a show, and I was completely taken aback by it. Produced as a TV movie that also served as a series pilot was 1971’s “Cannon” (1971–1976).

While most TV series’ featured characters who were within relatively normal ranges in terms of physique, William Conrad, the actor who portrayed the main character of the show, was rotund with a double chin and receding hairline, not the type that you’d expect to be a leading man. This observation is not meant to be a criticism. Rather, it makes for a fresh approach to building a character that stands out in the crowded field of ’70s private…



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