Harry O (TV Series 1973–1976) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lived on the beach, and, when not working on a current case, spent much of his time fixing up his boat, which was called The Answer. Harry O was unusual in that he didn't own a flashy car in which to conduct high-speed chases, preferring to ride the bus instead.

  • Harry Orwell was a San Diego police officer shot in the line of duty and forced to retire on disability. After the first season, the locale was changed to Malibu/Santa Monica due to budgetary restraints. Manny Quinlan (Henry Darrow) was killed off in a late season one episode, and Lt. Trench (Anthony Zerbe) became Orwell's foil on the Los Angeles Police Department. Farrah Fawcett joined the cast as Harry's neighbor, an airline stewardess.

  • On January 4th, 1969, a gang of punks broke into a liquor store in San Diego; Officer Harry Orwell and his partner arrived to stop them, but Harry was shot and his partner killed. Forced to retire from the department, Orwell now ekes out a modest living on his police pension and as a private investigator - $100 a day plus expenses plus mileage. In such capacity he was hired several years later by one of the young punks who shot him and eventually succeeded in arresting the entire gang, before moving from San Diego to LA. Now his services are available to anyone who asks, even though he often proves a bane to by-the-book Lieutenant K.C. Trench of the LAPD.


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