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Naked City was one of American television's most innovative police shows, and one of its most important and influential drama series. More character anthology than police procedural, the series blended the urban policier a la Dragnet with the urban pathos of the Studio One school of television drama, offering a mix of action-adventure and Actors' Studio, car chases and character studies, shoot-outs and sociology, all filmed with arresting starkness on the streets of New York.

The series was inspired by the 1948 "semi-documentary" feature, The Naked City. Naked City's first season on ABC presented 39 taut, noirish half-hours that mixed character drama, suspense, and action. The characters for the series' two regular detectives were carried over from the feature film: Lt. Dan Muldoon, the seasoned veteran, and his idealistic young subordinate, Detective Jim Halloran. When creative differences arose between McIntire and Leonard at mid-season, Muldoon was written out of the series via a fiery car crash, and replaced as the 65th Precinct's father-figure by crusty Lt. Mike Parker. The show's signature was its narrator, who introduced each episode with the assurance that the series was not filmed in a studio, but "in the streets and buildings of New York itself," and returned thirty minutes later to intone the series' famous tag-line: "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them."

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Last Airing Sep 11, 1963
Premiere September 30, 1958
Episodes 137
Network ABC
Format/Time Black & White / 60 Minutes
Country United States
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