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The Trials of O'Brien 

A flamboyant, Shakespeare-quoting, New York City defense attorney always seems to get into trouble.

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Gene Wang
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1966   1965  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Peter Falk ...  Daniel O'Brien 22 episodes, 1965-1966
Joanna Barnes ...  Katie / ... 13 episodes, 1965-1966
Elaine Stritch ...  Miss G 13 episodes, 1965-1966
David Burns ...  The Great McGonigle / ... 13 episodes, 1965-1966
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A flamboyant, Shakespeare-quoting, New York City defense attorney always seems to get into trouble.

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USA

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English

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18 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Trials of O'Brien See more »

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(22 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Ahead of its time and a glimpse of things to come
8 February 2006 | by marilynreeceSee all my reviews

This series was way ahead of its time, with a main character who was a divorced, cynical, slightly seedy lawyer, and was very rumpled -- a Columbo prototype. Peter Falk's charm was evident, and David Burns added a vaudeville touch. The plots were clever, although not memorable after forty years. But I thought it was terribly sophisticated at the time, and, yes, I can still hum the theme music. Even the cast was ahead of its time. In its one year, the guest cast featured the up-and-coming Frank Langella, Cloris Leachman, Faye Dunaway, Estelle Parsons, Britt Ekland, David Carradine, Gene Hackman, Martin Sheen, Alan Alda, Charles Grodin, Tony Roberts, and Brock Peters; and it was a veritable who's who of familiar faces like Vincent Gardenia, Murray Hamilton, Will Geer, Tammy Grimes, Norman Fell, Jack Albertson, Philip Bosco, Barnard Hughes, Angela Lansbury, Tony Musante, and Al Freeman Jr., among many others. Even the playwright Marc Connelly! I've never caught any reruns, but I would love to see some episodes again to see if it was as good as I thought it was. Doesn't anyone else remember The Trials of O'Brien?


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