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I'm almost finished with TSOSF S02. Again, excellent series. I don't want to finish this too quickly since I don't want the show to end - LOL. Some of the most memorable S02 episodes:

The Runaways: Three homeless siblings (two teens & a smaller child) get the attention of the authorities when the oldest one has to steal medicine for their young sister, who is ill. Their parents have died, and the one uncle they do have is abusive. Really sad look at why some people (especially children with no resources) end up on the street and/or in the system - i.e. jail, foster homes, juvenile facilities, etc. This is one of many episodes in this series that presents the "criminals" in the show compassionately. I.e., though you may disagree with what they're doing - you can also empathize with their plight/situation.

Crossfire: A gunman opens fire on a college campus, seemingly targeting people at random. However, when Stone & Keller investigate - they realize things are not always what they seem.

A String of Puppets: Keller has to go undercover as an ex-con who is down on his luck,
and gets "recruited" by other ex-cons to get involved in criminal activities/jobs. And, their strings are all being pulled by the crooked parole officer many of them report to (hence the title).
Excellent episode, and one of the best in the series. Also enjoyed the jazzy nightclub music featured here. The cover of "Hey Jude" was not nearly as good as the original Beatles version, but sill interesting to hear.

Side-note: When Keller went undercover as an ex-con in this episode & "tried" to pass himself off as a musician, his disguise consisted off a curly-haired wig, shaded glasses, and a mustache. I got the distinct impression he was basing this "look" off of the iconic musician/song-writer Leon Redbone - who he resembled here. Not a huge fan, but I do remember my Dad having some of Redbone's albums (on Vinyl) back in the '70's. And, I know that Redbone was somewhat well-known during that era.

Switching gears, I wanted to bring this comment over from another thread: Re: the early DVD sets of TSOSF, the company producing these really ripped off the consumers/fans of this show with their multi-part sets. The initial DVD releases of all five seasons were released in two parts per season (Volume 1 & Volume 2), when they could easily have been released as one set per season. They just separated the releases so they could make more $. And, they obviously charged more collectively for both same season volumes (1 & 2) then they would have charged if the seasons had been released in one set. Nice way to screw the consumers here.

Thankfully, the show eventually got released as one boxed set, but that was long after the Volume 1/Volume 2 sets were released.
 
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Top list for season 1, volume 1:
  1. THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO (pilot)
  2. THE FIRST DAY OF FOREVER
  3. FORTY-FIVE MINUTES FROM HOME
  4. TOWER BEYOND TRAGEDY
  5. HALL OF MIRRORS
  6. TIMELOCK
  7. IN THE MIDST OF STRANGERS
  8. THE BULLET
  9. BITTER WINE

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
  1. For the theme of the kook B-movies veteran actor-killer and professional karate fighter and the performances of Robert Wagner and Lawrence Dobkin
  2. The character of the puritan psycho-killer businessman and the incredible schizoid performance of James Olson
  3. The cynical description of a hippie couple (a vamp and an impotent) manipulating a lost mature middle class salesman posing as his business rival
  4. For the existential character of romantic art lover psycho Amory Gilliam and the veiled reference to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (a man recreating his lost love) and actress Stefanie Powers’ double part
  5. Despite the far-fetched ethnic premise, the performance of David Soul is sharp and strong
  6. For the first falsely accused convict and the first hitman character and for Peter Strauss’s desperate man performance
  7. For the trio of slick streets robbers disguised as businessmen in fancy suits
  8. For the blackmailed college professor with a junkie past character and the reference to Ezsra Pound
  9. For the second desperate convict character and the performances of the three actors playing the Greek relatives

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I enjoy the semi regular characters a lot. See the list below.

Semi-regular characters
Sgt. Norm Haseejian (actor Vic Tayback) (1)
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff) (2)
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr) (3)
Ballistics expert Charlie Johnson (actor Hari Rhodes) (4)
Sgt. Dan Healy (actor Norman Alden) (5)
Captain Rudy Olsen (actor Robert F. Simon) (6)
 

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Top list for season 1, volume 2:
  1. ACT OF DUTY
  2. THE SET-UP
  3. A COLLECTION OF EAGLES
  4. A ROOM WITH A VIEW
  5. TRAIL OF THE SERPENT
  6. BEYOND VENGEANCE
  7. THE ALBATROSS

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
  1. For the character of maniac Oren Prentiss, the female cops and the general dramatic tone
  2. A good character’s study on a retired hitman returning to America to corner his two-faced former associate
  3. For the ruthless coins specialists and the people he manipulates (the diabetic hood and his girlfriend Karen) and Joseph Cotten’s performance
  4. For the character of hitman Art Styles intruding the apartment of a sensitive female school teacher in order to shoot a bookie-eyewitness
  5. For the focus on a multi-ethnic street gang foreshadowing John Carpenter’s “Assault” and Walter Hill’s “The Warriors” in which Mike Stone is held hostage and undergone a nasty bullet wound
  6. For the wild performance of Joe Don Baker and the reference to “Cape Fear” through the ex-con Max Caddy-like revengist character performing harmonica in an obsessive way
  7. For the theme of the avenging father therefore the vendetta topic that is depicted in a realistic way (the avenger is clumsy and can’t do it properly), the veiled reference to Thomas Hobbes’ The Rat Race ideology in “Leviathan” through the gut reaction of the father named Robert Hobbes and the performances of Kaz Garaz as the deaf child killer robber biker

[CONCLUSION]
The pilot is very fancy and lasts 98 minutes and doesn’t feature the opening and end titles from the series. It plays like a mini film with good character’s study and cinematographer Spencer uses a lot of crane shots. The character of Steve Keller is very rough and unsteady and keeps on antagonizing the first suspect. Actor Lawrence Dobkin directs two episodes: “A Trout in the Milk” and “Act of Duty”.​
The first regular episode is unusual because, as the pilot, it is not shot by the recurring Jacques R. Marquette and it is focused on Mike Stone’s friendship to a veteran cop and turns into a personal investigation; cinematographer Jackson enjoys low angle shots and the final chase scene in the subway is one of a kind and the shots of Malden and Douglas are used in the opening credits. A new semi-regular is introduced by the name of Lt. Roy Devitt who mentions Chiefs of Inspector Malone from the pilot which will be replaced by Captain Rudy Olsen.​
The second episode is the real opener because of the tandem Grauman and Marquette and deals with a madman which is the series leitmotiv coming from the pilot; beyond that maniac character, it is about the platonic friendship between Steve Keller and a prostitute and Billy Byers’ music score is weird and dark and far away from the urban leaning of Pat Williams. The third episode features stock music from the pilot despite the fact it has an original score. The classical music and its piano and strings encapsulate the romantic character very well in “Tower Beyond Tragedy” —which sees the first appearance of two semi-regulars: Sgt. Norm Haseejian and Dr. Lenny Murchison. The character of Sgt. Norm Haseejian is mentioned in many episodes: “Forty Five Minutes from Home”, “Hall of Mirrors”, “Timelock”, “The Set-Up”, “A Room with a View”, “Deadline”, “Beyond Vengeance”.​
The leading characters are highlit in many episodes: Mike Stone who calls his partner “buddy boy” (“The Thirty-Year Pin” in which he avenges his cop friend, “Timelock” in which he salvages a parolee, “The Year of the Locusts” in which he meets an old con man-friend, “The Bullet” posing as college professor Jeff Williams, “Trail of the Serpent” in which he is held hostage and with a gun wound by a street gang, “Beyond Vengeance” in which he protects his daughter Jeannie from an ex-con rapist, “Shattered Image” in which he meets his former flame involved in her husband’s murder and “Legion of the Lost” undercover as a tramp) and Steve Keller (“The First Day Of Forever”, “Act of Duty”, “Beyond Vengeance” in which he drives a dark green Porsche to tail a rapist?, “Shattered Image” posing as a sailor). Two episodes (“Beyond Vengeance” and “Legion of the Lost”) shows Mike Stone’s two-storey apartment that will be changed the next season for a modest home.​
Season 1 sees a series of obsessive maniacs “searching for an absolute by all means” (“The First Day of Forever” with Loren Graham and his urge for purity, “Tower Beyond Tragedy” with Amory Gilliam looking for his perfect love, “Hall of Mirrors” with blonde Chicano James Martin displaying his fanatical will to become more WASP than the Americans, “Act of Duty” with ex-military and female cops rapist Oren Prentiss and “Beyond Vengeance” with revengist knife murderer-rapist Leonard Collier Cord), miserable trapped salesmen (“Forty Five Minutes from Home” with pharmaceutical representative Russell L. Rankin and “The Takers” with jewels provider Arthur Lavery), aging art collectors (“Tower Beyond Tragedy” with Amory Gilliam and “A Collection of Eagles” with disabled John James), hitmen (“Timelock” with Darryl Le Beau, “The Bullet” with Victor Coyle, “The Set-Up” with retired Nick Carl and “A Room with a View” with Art Styles), fatalistic convicts (“Timelock” with desperate parolee Bob Jepsen and “Bitter Wine” with self-convicted Jason Kampacalas), street robbers (“In the Midst of Strangers” with three hustlers in fancy suits, “The Year of the Locusts” with a family of gypsies named the Fergusons and “Trail of the Serpent” with the Cobras gang), literate men with a bad conscience (“The Bullet” with college professor Jeff Williams and “Deadline” with columnist Chris Bane), corrupted experts (“A Collection of Eagles” with numismatist Vincent Hagopian Jr. and “The Unicorn” with drug researcher Dr. Robert Jayson), lost kids (“Whose Little Boy are you?” with a Vietnam vet father kidnapping his own son and “The House on Hyde Street” with three kids failing to rob the vintage dark house of two old reclusive brothers) and seamen-smugglers (“Deathwatch” with two illegal workers smugglers and “The Unicorn” with a heroin ring initiated by a flawed doctor with gambling debts).​
Director Walter Grauman dominates the season with ten episodes from the pilot to the series as well as composer Pat Williams. Director Virgil W. Vogel only directs two episodes: “Beyond Vengeance” and “The Unicorn”. Feature film director John Badham leaves just one episode: “Trail of the Serpent”. Executive story consultant John Wilder writes and co-writes a lot of scripts as well as producer Cliff Gould. Actors play in two episodes: Brad Davis (“Pilot” and “Trail of the Serpent”) and Stephen Bradley (“The Year of the Locusts”, “Trail of the Serpent” and “The Unicorn”) who will turn into semi-regular medical examiner Bernie from season 2. A first medical examiner (actor Richard Bull) pops up twice. A rare semi-regular cop named Lt. Roy Devitt (actor Tim O’Connor) appears a couple of times: “The Thirty-Year Pin” and “Trail of the Serpent”. Semi-regular ballistics expert Charlie Johnson is first played by actor Hari Rhodes and then will be played by Vince Howard who appears as cop Stan in “Trail of the Serpent”. During this season, a semi-regular black cop named Detective Lee Lessing (actor Lee Harris) appear and will be replaced the next season by Inspector Bill Tanner (actor Reuben Collins) until season 5.​
 
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Good to know. I really like the music in TSOSF; very "hip" & funky, and really reflected the time period/era.

The opening theme song especially is probably my favorite theme from a purely '70's TV show (i.e., a show that started & ended in the '70's). My only complaint is that, due to the minimal time they spend on the opener - it's too short. Here's an extended/alternate version of the theme:

 
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Am I Correct that the Series has been released twice In 2019, I purchased a Complete Series Set in that crazy Paramount Disc over Disc Packaging. Is that the most recent Release? Or, was there one in Less Cumbersome Packaging ?
 
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Am I Correct that the Series has been released twice In 2019, I purchased a Complete Series Set in that crazy Paramount Disc over Disc Packaging. Is that the most recent Release? Or, was there one in Less Cumbersome Packaging ?
Does your copy have two of these giant 20-24 discs cases?

My copy of Streets of San Francisco, came in one case. The discs were stacked as three discs per spindle.
 

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Does your copy have two of these giant 20-24 discs cases?

My copy of Streets of San Francisco, came in one case. The discs were stacked as three discs per spindle.

Yes The Spindle addition is what I have. Is that the ,most recent release?
 
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Yes The Spindle addition is what I have. Is that the ,most recent release?
It appears so. It was re-released in August 2019.

IIRC, the older version was released in 2017. Recently this older 2017 version was being dumped at some wallyworlds for around $20 a pop, but I purchased the newer version before this "mass dumping" started.
 

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Does your copy have two of these giant 20-24 discs cases?

My copy of Streets of San Francisco, came in one case. The discs were stacked as three discs per spindle.
Yes, until near the bottom of the series, when there were only 2 discs to a spindle; that started at season 4, vol. 2, disc 2 (finishing the back half of the fourth go with the second and third discs), and the remaining three spindles had the two volumes of the fifth and final go (the Hatch one).
 

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Only other multi-season set I have seen, was one with seasons 1 to 3 in a giant 20-24 discs case.
 

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Only other multi-season set I have seen, was one with seasons 1 to 3 in a giant 20-24 discs case.
Which is much preferable to the current packaging. Disks stacked three deep on the same spindle -- UGH!!!! (BTW the complete set of Numb3ers is done that three-stack way, too.)
 
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WhenI Bought Pacific Blue Complete Series (Mill Creek) I Purchased 100 CD/DVD Jewel Cases and re packaged the discs. Also Re Packaged Miami Vice and Silk Stalkings Season 6-8. because Mill Creek had packaged them in Cheap Paper and Cardboard. I am going to do the same for anything I have on these Spindles. Last week, I watched the Perry Mason Movies and the Spindles on that packaging nearly drove me insane
 
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I watched the Perry Mason Movies and the Spindles on that packaging nearly drove me insane
This must be a re-released version of the Perry Mason movies.

My copy was the older version, where the case didn't have those 2/3 discs spindles.
 
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Which is much preferable to the current packaging. Disks stacked three deep on the same spindle -- UGH!!!! (BTW the complete set of Numb3ers is done that three-stack way, too.)
I'm somewhat conflicted about this anecdotally.

With the old style giant 20-24+ discs cases, I have encountered a lot more scratched discs.

With these giant cases with stacked three-disc spindles, I have encountered a lot less (or zero) scratched discs.
 
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Alright, bubby boy, let's continue our journey into Frisco.

First, the supporting cast:

Semi-regular characters
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff) (1)
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr) (2)
Ballistics/lab expert Charlie Johnson (actor Vince Howard) (3)
Captain Rudy Olsen (actor Robert F. Simon) (4)
Narc Sgt. Milt Dedini (actor William Watson) (5)
Medical Examiner Bernie (actor Stephen Bradley) (6)

Top list for season 2, volume 1:
  1. A WRONGFUL DEATH
  2. BETRAYED
  3. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
  4. BEFORE I DIE
  5. GOING HOME
  6. THE STAMP OF DEATH
  7. THE TWENTY-FOUR KARAT PLAGUE
  8. SHIELD OF HONOR

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
  1. A variation on the season 1 “Bitter Wine” with two brothers combined with Steve Keller gunning down a teenager and accused of murder
  2. For the character of the greedy finance trader living a double life and using his older wife to rob a bank and kill her later
  3. For the second appearance of Peter Strauss playing a Scorpio-like schizoid priest killer who carries a shotgun and avenges recluse Father Shea by eliminating the priests that used to ban him
  4. For the second appearance of Leslie Nielsen playing a terminal ill cop acting like a kamikaze and a vigilante planning to execute a gangster on a racetrack
  5. For the desperate character of ex-con Eddie Coughlin stealing by accident the mob money in a cheap store and the Alcatraz setting for the lethal outcome
  6. A variation of the season 1 "A Collection of Eagles" with the opposite gender roles and a valuable stamp instead of coins
  7. For the performance of Vic Morrow playing ruthless and cynical mastermind gold hijacker Vic Tolliman who uses to produce coins and lets die one of his friend by pure greed and the quick and blunt twist ending
  8. For the tormented and trapped female cop performance of Mariette Hartley who is used by two men (her stepbrother and her colleague Keller)
 
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Top list for season 2, volume 2:
  1. WINTERKILL
  2. MOST FEARED IN THE JUNGLE
  3. COMMITMENT
  4. THE CHAPEL OF THE DAMNED
  5. CROSSFIRE
  6. A STRING OF PUPPETS
  7. RAMPAGE
[POINTS OF INTEREST]
  1. For the diehard character of the old retired man blackmailing a former friend turned multi-millionaire to blow up a bomb in each of his buildings so that he pays an eye operation
  2. For the good performance by Kitty Winn as a psycho mother ready to gun down anybody and a frightening story about child abduction run by two shady persons (a private eye and an old retired doctor)
  3. A fine setup story about two-faced Narc policeman Dedini on the take for gangster Lyman that manages to frame Mike Stone for killing undercover cop Carlino and using Jeannie Stone thanks to henchman Mickey Sims plus the film-making of Richard Donner featuring a car chase
  4. A slick con artist/kidnapping/ransom story with a phony female psychic disguises as a man to get back a cash briefcase in an airport and the theme of the endoctrination by a guru
  5. Another story involving a female plotter but for a different motive: hiring her adultary husband’s mentally-ill patient to kill him and his young female protégé
  6. The second interesting insider case focuses on two-faced cop Bob Mason with a good record that recruits parolees to do heist jobs that is again directed by Richard Donner
  7. For the theme of the vigilantes through four middle-class men whose families suffer the side effects of a corrupted neighborhood and the performance of Steven Keats as vicious drug dealer Floyd Stahlbecker

[CONCLUSION]
Executive story consultant John Wilder replaces Cliff Gould as producer and even directs a little (“Rampage”): the first eleven episodes are faithful to Cliff Gould’s characters-oriented season 1. Two episodes are not shot by recurring cinematographer Marquette but by Donald Morgan and Gayne Rescher. Three directors make their debuts: Richard Donner (2 episodes: “Commitment” and “A String of Puppets”: both stories underline a two-faced cop with a second-in-command hood, in short, Narc Sgt. Dedini using Mickey Sims and PO Bob Mason using Wilson Tubbs), Don Medford (2 episodes: “A Wrongful Death” and “The Twenty-Four Karat Plague”) and William Hale (3 fine episodes: “Betrayed”, “Before I Die”, “Crossfire”). For the anecdote, “Blockade” recycles a San Quentin footage with Stone and Keller culled from the season 1 “Timelock”. Many directors return: Robert Day, George McCowan, Seymour Robbie, Virgil Vogel (6). Walter Grauman is absent. Many actors return: Andrew Rubin, Peter Strauss, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Foxworth, Jo Ann Harris, Val de Vargas, Lou Frizzell, Dan Ferrone, Geoffrey Deuel, Stephen Oliver, Hari Rhodes, Barry Sullivan, Kaz Garas, Jim Davis, Greg Mullavey, Harold Gould. The character of Jeannie Stone (actress Darleen Carr) comes back twice: “Harem” and “Commitment”. Inspector Bill Tanner (actor Reuben Collins) replaces Detective Lee Lessing (actor Lee Harris) from the opener “A Wrongful Death”. Actor Hari Rhodes ceases to play the ballistic expert and appears as guest character ex-con and safecracker Harry Gates in “A String of Puppets”. A first actor plays the part of medical examiner Bernie in “Harem” and then actor Stephen Bradley takeover from “Most Feared in the Jungle” and from “Blockade”, his name is eventually mentioned; he previously appears as a cop in “For The Love of God”. Street informer characters appear: Cappy (actor Eddie Firestone) in “No Badge for Benjy” and “Commitment”. An average policeman named Art inside the bureau of inspectors will be replaced by one named Sekulavich which is a veiled reference to Karl Malden’s real name.
Some episodes seem to rework the thematics of previous season 1 narratives: the experts couple from “A Collection of Eagles” to “The Stamp of Death”, the devious hippie manipulator from “45 Minutes from Home” to “Harem”, the black man and his troubled daughter from “A Trout in the Milk” to “No Badge for Benjy”.
Two episodes are written like whodunits with a killing at the start: the rodeo “The Hard Breed” with old clown Marty Jensen in love with the young wife of a contender and the high society “Death and the Favored Few” with majordomo Joseph in love with his upper class employer.
The leading characters are highlit in many episodes: Mike Stone (“For the Love of God” in which he poses as Father Driscoll to be the target, “Before I Die” in which he is beaten up by a vigilante cop, “Harem” in which he arrests a hooker and worries for his daughter, “Commitment” in which he is framed for murdering a cop as well as his daughter who is fooled and arrested with a bribe) and Steve Keller (“A Wrongful Death” in which he shoots down a robber teenager and fails to prove self-defense, “No Badge for Benjy” in which he fights for the memory of a late black stoolie, “Shield of Honor” in which he reluctantly must trap his former cop flame, “The Victims” in which he spends a week-end with his girlfriend columnist Connie Moore on a beach house and shows her his shocking cop work, “Commitment” in which he tries to save his partner from the grip of Inspector Glen Decker, “A String of Puppets” in which he goes undercover as ex-safecracker - ex-drug addict and horn player parolee Lew Falton and “Rampage” in which he discovers that his former black college friend is part of a vigilante group). Both Stone and Keller play in a bowling alley at the start of “The Stamp of Death”. In “Winterkill”, Keller carries a bomb in an elevator along with Stone to be blown in the street. In two episodes (“A Wrongful Death” and “A String of Puppets” after returning home from ski vacation at Lake Tahoe), Inspector Keller drives his personal Porsche. In “Death and The Favored Few”, Keller has a car accident after a long chase.
Season 2 sees a series of juvenile delinquents (“A Wrongful Death” with junky robber Jack Davies causing the death of his younger brother Spencer and “The Runaways” with homeless bitter young man George Morgan causing the death of a trigger happy pharmacist to help his sick younger sister, “Blockade” with accessory to murder Russell Jameson), flawed experts (“Betrayed” with finance trader Dean Knox robbing a bank to keep his way of life, “The Stamp of Death” with a couple of insurance crooks named the Conways), evil guru (“Harem” with pimp William T. Jeffers and “Chapel of the Damned” with sect leader Madame Olga Vasiliev), woman kidnappers (“The Runaways” with homeless George Morgan abducting juvenile official Mildred Cox and “Chapel of the Damned” with hunter Carlos Rubiro and a stuttering man abducting Julie Sloane, the daughter of a wealhty family), maniacs (“For the Love of God” with schyzoid priest killer Martin Novak, “Harem” with ex-rock star - hippie guru flutist - pimp and hookers murderer William T. Jeffers, “The Victims” with escaped convict vicious murderer Lee Wilson, “Blockade” with mechanic rapist Chet Barrow, “Crossfire” with psycho car wash worker and M-16 hired gun John Jones), female manipulators (“Chapel of the Damned” with sect leader Madame Olga Vasiliev and “Crossfire” with deceived Mrs. Shaninger), shooters (“For the Love of God” with shotgun avenger Martin Novak, “Before I Die” with hunting rifle vigilante John T. Connor, “Crossfire” with M-16 sniper John Jones), troubled cops (“Before I Die” with ill vigilante John T. Connor, “Shield of Honor” with corrupted Vice Squad officer Drea McCormick, “Commitment” with Narc Sgt. Milt Dedini on the take for a gangster, “A Strings of Puppets” with bitter and corrupted parole officer Bob Mason running a gang of ex-cons working in a car wash and doing robbery jobs), hitmen (“Going Home” with Lugerman Keech and “Shield of Honor” with pimp killer Larwin), arsonist (“Inferno” with Mr. Jason), middle-class thugs (“The Twenty-Four Karat Plague” with radioactive gold robbers and “Rampage” with a band of vigilantes).
 

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Alright, buddy boy, let's continue our journey into Frisco.

First, the supporting cast:

Semi-regular characters
Attorney Gerald O’Brien (actor John Kerr)
Medical Examiner Bernie (actor Stephen Bradley)
Psychiatrist Lenny Murchison (actor Fred Sadoff)
Ballistics/lab expert Charlie Johnson (actor Vince Howard)

season 3, volume 1

[TOP LIST]

1. ONE LAST SHOT
2. THE MOST DEADLY SPECIES
3. TARGET: RED
4. FLAGS OF TERROR
5. BIRD OF PREY
6. LICENSE TO KILL

[POINTS OF INTEREST]
1. For Leslie Nielsen’s third guest appearance and the theme of the drunk cop causing collateral damage
2. The character of the female hitman using Steve Keller
3. For Billy Bixby’s hitman performance, the political pamphlet side and the character’s study on an ex-CIA assassin turned mercenary
4. The characters of the far left and third world terrorists and the avenging father
5. The character of the killer-bartender posing as a military officer
6. The character of Mike Stone’s old partner that is on an avenging mission
 

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season 3, volume 2

[TOP LIST]

  1. THE TWENTY-FIVE CALIBER PLAGUE
  2. LETTERS FROM THE GRAVE
  3. ENDGAME
  4. TEN DOLLAR MURDER
  5. THE PROGRAMMING OF CHARLIE BLAKE
  6. RIVER OF FEAR
  7. ASYLUM
  8. LABYRINTH
  9. SOLITAIRE
[POINTS OF INTEREST]
  1. The theme of the traveling gun combined with the exciting city film-making by Virgil Vogel
  2. For Peter Strauss’ third guest appearance and the theme of the corrupted gangster brothers and the setting of Alcatraz
  3. The theme of pretence and the turncoat cop (Lt. Stone)
  4. The theme of the corrupted son’s cop
  5. A Columbo-styled about a two-faced psychiatrist manipulating a parolee
  6. An updated remake of Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  7. The theme of infiltration through Steve Keller going undercover in a mental hospital
  8. The theme of the cornered gangsters in a fancy hotel
  9. The theme of the untouchable and maverick street smart cop a la Sidney Lumet’s Serpico

[CONCLUSION]
This season sees some changes in the production department: the departure of Adrian Samish that is replaced by Russell Stoneham as supervising producer, two occasional cinematographers and former executive story consultant William Robert Yates is promoted to associate producer and also an occasional producer. The best directors remain: Virgil W. Vogel and William Hale. The character of Steve Keller carries on going undercover: see “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” as a deserter, “Bird Of Prey” as a Air Force officer, “Asylum” as a mentally-ill patient. Many guest actors return: Leslie Nielsen, Barry Sullivan, Brenda Vaccaro, Andrew Duggan, Herb Edelman, Denny Miller, Philip Pine, Don Stroud, Michael Burns, Richard Bull, Joanne Linville, Steven Keats, Edward Mulhare, Mariette Hartley, Clint Howard, Hari Rhodes, William Watson, Kaz Garaz, Christopher Stone, Jonathan Lippe, Todd Martin, George Murdock, Peter Strauss, William Windom, Tim O’Connor, Paul Mantee, Dean Stockwell, James Olson, Belinda J. Montgomery, Felice Orlandi, to name but a few. After one season of absence, the character of Lt. Roy Devitt returns in “End Game” but as a Captain. Actor Hari Rhodes plays again a hood in “For Good or Evil”. As the series progresses, there are less and less original scores: season 3 has only 5 againts 6 for season 2 and 13 for season 1. The season finishes up beautifully.
 

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