Police Story (1973–1987)
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A day in the life of the chief of police finds him in the middle of a political power play between the mayor and one of his subordinates, and a possible threat on his life.


Virgil W. Vogel


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Robert L. Collins (as Robert Collins) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Forsythe ... Sam McCullough
Barbara Rush ... Kay McCullough
Gary Conway ... Bill Roche
Ralph Meeker ... Sergeant Emit Howard
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Sergeant Brucker
Pernell Roberts ... Charlie Rivas
Michael Ansara ... Dr. Alvarez
Lloyd Bochner ... Mayor Langdon
Michael Margotta ... Cateman
Pepper Martin ... Manny Urias
Phillip Pine ... Brower (as Philip Pine)
Ted Gehring ... The Sergeant
Lou Krugman Lou Krugman ... The Motel Manager
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Powell (as Sam Chew)
Tom Hayden ... Frederickson


A day in the life of the chief of police finds him in the middle of a political power play between the mayor and one of his subordinates, and a possible threat on his life.

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19 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just a year earlier, Ralph Meeker played the Chief of Police in Police Story: Slow Boy (1973). Here, he's a police sergeant. See more »


References Meet the Press (1947) See more »

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It's lonely there at the top....especially today!
3 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Police Story" was a great show. It featured mostly stand alone movies (a few characters were repeated here and there) depicting a wide variety of police jobs and situations...much wider than you'd ever see on other police shows. In this installment, it focuses on the police Chief, Sam McCullough (John Forsythe) and a particularly tough day at the office. It begins with a cop, a long-time friend of the Chief, getting into a predicament--his mistress shoots herself with his gun! Talk about a public relations nightmare!! But it gets much worse, as there is credible evidence that a maniac might be stalking him and plans on shooting him or someone else when McCullough is to make a community appearance that evening! Can it get worse? Well, a local politician with aspirations on becoming governor wants McCullough to do him a little favor...an illegal and unethical one. And, if he doesn't do it, there will be hell to pay! Another typical day at the office, huh?!

Normally, cop show never even let you see the Chief...let alone even mention them. This is yet another very original and entertaining installment...made better because it helps humanize the Chief and Forsythe is very good in the role.

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