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F.B.I. - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a real-life federal agency, a division of the Department of Justice based at Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 10th Street NW in Washington, D.C. charged with investigating all violations of federal law, including espionage, sabotage, kidnapping, bank robbery, civil rights violations and fraud against the government.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr as Inspector Lewis Erskine - THE FBI

The most popular television adaptation of this agency in the 1960s was the successful ABC series THE F.B.I./1965-74, starring the stylish Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as the dedicated government investigator Inspector Lewis Erskine. 

His support staff included: Philip Abbott as Assistant Director Arthur Ward; Stephen Brooks as Special Agent Jim Rhodes; William Reynolds as Special Agent Tom Colby; and Shelly Novack as Agent Chris Daniels.

Mike Connors as Agent Ben Slater - TODAY'S FBI

A few years later TODAY'S F.B.I./ABC/1981-82 starred Mike Connors starred as agent Ben Slater, a 20 year veteran with the Bureau. His agents included Richard Hill as Al Gordean, a wiretap expert; Joseph Cali as Nick Frazier, an undercover expert; Harold Sylvester as Dwayne Thompson, a former Marine intelligence officer; and Carol Potter as Maggie Clinton, a psychologist and skilled marksman.

In 1991, Pernell Roberts hosted reenactments of real FBI cases on the police anthology F.B.I.: THE UNTOLD STORY/ABC/1991. Actual newsreel and surveillance films were used to lend authenticity. In 2008, the FOX Network debuted a drama series entitled THE F.B.I.  that centered on an Iraq War veteran who is appointed as the new head of the FBI's Critical Incidents Response Group.


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