Friday, March 26, 2021

This Day in TV History: The biggest detective show premiere ever?

50 years ago tonight, the pilot movie for Cannon premiered on CBS. William Conrad's rotund detective may not get the critical or popular love that a character like Columbo does, but give him credit: The series proper premiered Fall 1971 and went on for 5 seasons and 122 episodes, a great run.

The show still doesn't get much respect.  Yes, it had a high-profile run on TV Land when that channel launched...but the promos often mocked Frank Cannon's size:

Yes, the complete series is on DVD, but CBS licensed it out to VEI, which issued a set that, whole complete and lacking major problems, is workmanlike and unrestored. You can judge whether that's actually appropriate for the series.

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