Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This Day in TV History: Longstreet premieres with a pilot movie

On this night 50 years ago, ABC broadcast Longstreet, the pilot movie for the series starring James Franciscus as an insurance investigator blinded by a bomb attack.

The program debuted on the regular schedule in Fall 1971 and lasted only 23 episodes but has a cult following in part due to the occasional presence of Bruce Lee. The icon appeared in 4 episodes as Longstreet's martial arts instructor.

The series, owned by CBS, doesn't get a ton of play in syndication (possibly due to its short-lived nature), but it did receive a full DVD release from VEI and is still available.

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