THE POLICE SERIES
[Voice of Shaaron Claridge, a real police radio-operator at the Los
Angeles police station in Van Nuys] "...One-Adam Twelve, a 415 man with a
gun...One Adam-12, no warrant Lincoln, X-Ray, Ida 483...One Adam Twelve...415,
fight group with chains and knives..."
DEA: SPECIAL TASK FORCE/FOX/1990-91
The conspiracy begins in
the jungles of South America, but the battles are fought on the streets of
our cities. Welcome to the front line on the war on drugs.
Is everybody in
position...Ready...Here and waiting.
You are about to enter the
world of an elite group of agents who risk their lives everyday in a
struggle few think then can win.
OK, cars coming...Here we
They're out gunned and out
financed but they can't be bought...at any price.
Where's the heroin?!
These are the men and
women of the DEA Special Task Force and once you've experience their
story, you'll know what it's really like to be one of them.
OK, here we go, let's do
it. DEA! Drop your weapons to the ground!
He killed my best friend,
we're gonna take him down.
Freeze! DEA! Put your
hands on your head!
I've been waiting a long
time for this.
[Four toots of a car horn, blast from a river ferry horn, shrill sound of
Announcer: "Dial 9-9-9"
Voice of Robert Beatty: "When in London that's what you do to call the
police, I know I'm a policemen from Canada attached to Scotland Yard. My name is
[The series memorable theme song which began with the "Dum-de-dum-dum" was
written by Walter Schumann.]
[George Fenneman as Narrator] "Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are
about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."
(Voice of Jack Webb) "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here...
I'm a cop."
[Revised opening] "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work
here. I carry a badge. My name's Friday..."
Following this opening, Joe gave details of the episode. ("It was Thursday,
February 9. It was rainy in Los Angeles. We were working homicide... (etc.)" At
the conclusion of the show announcer George Fenneman closed the show saying "The
story you have just seen is true. The names have been changed to protect the
[Closing] A muscular arm holding a hammer slammed down to chisel the
Webb's MARK VII production logo into stone. TRIVIA NOTE: The phrase "I carry a
badge" replaced the original "I'm a cop" intro phrase because some police
officers voiced their displeasure at the show using the term "cop." The
Children's Television Network production of SQUARE ONE/PBS/1987 featured a
segment called "Mathnet." This parody of DRAGNET starred a droll female
investigator who remarked "My name is Monday...I'm a Mathematician." A classic
Stan Freberg parody entitled "St. George and the Dragonet" began "The legend you
are about to hear is true--only the needle should be changed to protect the
FABIAN OF THE YARD/SYN/1954
[Narrator] "In the nation's war on crime, Scotland Yard
is the brain of Great Britain's man-hunting
machine. Routine, detailed science and tenacity;
these are the weapons used by squads of highly
trained men. Men like former Inspector
Robert Fabian, hailed by the press as one of
England's greatest detectives!"
[Narrator on first episode] "Name: Richard Kimble. Profession: Doctor of
Medicine. Destination: Death Row, State Prison. Richard Kimble has been tried
and convicted for the murder of his wife. But laws are made by men, carried out
by men. And men are imperfect. Richard Kimble is innocent. Proved guilty, what
Richard Kimble could not prove was that moments before discovering his wife's
body, he encountered a man running from the vicinity of his home. A man with one
arm. A man he had never seen before. A man who has not yet been found. Richard
Kimble ponders his fate as he looks at the world for the last time. And sees
only darkness. But in that darkness, fate moves its huge hand."
[Voice of William Conrad on regular opening] "The Fugitive...a QM
Production...starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of
blind justice, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife, reprieved by fate
when a train wreck freed him on route to the death house, freed him to hide in
lonely desperation, to change his identity, to toil at many jobs, freed him to
search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime, freed him to run
before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his
[The following is the text of a commercial advertising the
series while on ABC.]
On the map, America has as
many colors as a patchwork quilt. To the Fugitive, it has only one
color...the gray overcast of everlasting fear.
Stop that man!
Sure he can run, but he
can't escape those accusing voices.
He's a murderer!.
Three years and no one's
caught up with him yet.
Where is he? Looking for
a place to hide. Looking for a way out of this living nightmare maze.
Looking for the only answer...The man who holds the key to his freedom
in a single hand...THE FUGITIVE.
THE HAT SQUAD/CBS/1992
[Voice of James Tolkan as Mike Ragland] "You boys shouldn't fight. You
gotta be different like these four cops. They were known as the Hat Squad and
they wore hats and dusters as a symbol of that difference and no criminals would
mess with them. As orphans, you boys know what it is to be victims and they
protected people like you. So maybe someday you can be like them."
[Voice of William Conrad] "There is a world just beyond now, where
reality rides a razor-thin seam between fact and possibility. Where the laws of
the present collide with the crimes of tomorrow. Patrolling these vast outlands
is a new breed of lawman, guarding the fringes of society's frontier. They are
known simply as Highwaymen...and this is their story."
[Alternate narration] "Most crimes in our society begin and end on some
stretch of road where laws often terminate at county lines. Combating these
legal blackouts is a new breed of lawman working in secret and alone and known
simply as Highwaymen....They say (of the agent called "Highway") his mother was
born of fire and his father was born of wind...some who say the man is good and
some say he is bad; but all agree who try to play a cheatin' hand, you only get
one chance to draw against...the HIGHWAYMAN."
[Art Gilmore as Narrator] "Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a
duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the state
police, state troopers, militia, the rangers or the HIGHWAY PATROL. These are
the stories of the men whose training, skills and courage have enforced and
preserved our state laws."
[motor car engine, gunshots] "Crime knows no frontiers. [morse
code sounds] To combat the growing menace of the international criminal, the
police forces of the world have opened up their own national boundaries. At
their headquarters in Paris, scientifically equipped to match the speed of the
jet age, 63 nations have linked together to form The International Criminal
Police Organization INTERPOL." - Opening Narration
"Set in a dignified building in Paris, lies the headquarters of the
International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol for Short). Some of the
most extraordinary stories in the annals of crime have happened here. Interpol
Calling tells just some of those stories" - Opening Narration
LAW & ORDER/NBC/1990+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In the criminal justice system, the people
are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who
investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These
are their stories."
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT/NBC/2001+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In New York City's war on crime, the worst
criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These
are their stories."
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT/NBC/1999+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In the criminal justice system, sexually
based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the
dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of a
elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
MAN FROM INTERPOL/SYN/1960
[Narrator] "This is the world of Interpol: the
International Police Organisation, a network uniting 63 countries
against crime… and this is a story of the Man from Interpol. Crime
is international, but so is the law. In constant touch with all
the police forces of the world is the Man from Interpol."
[Voice of producer Herbert B. Leonard] "Ladies and Gentlemen, you are
about to see the Naked City...This story was not photographed in a
studio...quite the contrary. The actors played out their roles in the streets
and buildings of New York itself." [Closing] "There are eight million stories in
the Naked City. This has been one of them."
[Voice of Ally Walker as
Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters ]
I am a profiler for the
FBI. I can see into the criminal mind...He's taking us exactly where he
wants us to go. He's seeing beyond what's real.
Sam's the best profiler
To reason the unexplained.
This is a game to him and
he is not finished yet.
I have a daughter. A
serial killer took her father...You just can't stand by and not try to do
something to stop it...For me failure is not an option...This is the
killer ....Get out of the car!
Tonight on PROFILER.
[Voice of Reed Hadley] "What you are about to see is a real-life story
taken from the files of police racket and bunco squads, business protective
associations, and similar sources all over the country. It is intended to expose
the confidence game, the carefully worked out frauds by which confidence men
take more money each year from the American public than all the bank robbers and
thugs with their violence." [Program Close] " I'm closing this case now, but
there'll be others because that's the way the world is built. Remember, there
are people who can slap you on the back with one hand and pick your pocket with
the other-and it could happen to you."
[Narrator] "He was a cop and good at his job. But he committed the
ultimate sin and testified against other cops gone bad. Cops that tried to kill
him but got the woman he loved instead. Framed for murder, now he prowls the
Badlands, an outlaw hunting outlaws, a bounty hunter...a RENEGADE."
[Narrator] "The one absolute unselfish friend that a man can have in this
selfish world, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."
THE SILENT FORCE/ABC/1970-71
[Narrator] "If you do not, on a national scale, attack organized
criminals with weapons and techniques as effective as their own, they will
destroy us...Robert F. Kennedy. An attack has been mounted from Washington; an
undercover team of federal agents is the spearhead of that attack...THE SILENT
[Narrator] "This is Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line
of duty, now a police troubleshooter. He's been recruited for a top secret
government mission to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle
designed to fight urban crime...capable of inordinate speeds up to 300 mph and
immense fire power. Only one man, federal agent Norman Tuttle knows Jesse Mach's
true identity. The man....The machine...Street Hawk."
[Narrator] (Chicago 1930) "It is the time of Al Capone, king of Chicago's
illegal booze industry. Capone has a stranglehold on America's second largest
city. He owns its police department. Its politicians. Its legal system. No one
has had the courage to challenge Capone's tyrannical rule...until now...[Name of
Show Appears On Screen]."
[Narrator] "Sara Pezzini a New York City detective, drawn into a chance
encounter with a supernatural weapon. Each day, each mystery, each encounter
will ultimately reveal her true destiny."
[Revised Opening] "There is an ancient weapon, mysterious and powerful.
It is called the Witchblade. Only a chosen woman can wield it. At the dawn of
the new Millennium Officer Sara Pezzini became the chosen wielder. Will she be
destroyed by the power she now yields? Or will she be the first to master the
mysterious shape-shifting talisman of power called THE WITCHBLADE?"
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