Banacek

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  • TV-PG
  • 1972
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (2,193)

Banacek is a American detective television series that originally aired from 1972 to 1974 on NBC. It starred George Peppard as Thomas Banacek, a Polish-American private investigator from Boston, Massachusetts. The show was produced by Universal Television and created by Anthony Wilson and Ivan Goff.

The series focuses on Banacek as he solves complex and difficult cases that other detectives cannot unravel. He is known for his intellect and his ability to think outside of the box, famously saying “There is no such thing as a perfect crime, I can always find the flaw.”

The character of Thomas Banacek is unique in that he is known for his love of fine living, including his passion for expensive cars and stylish clothing. He also has a smart and sophisticated demeanor that is offset by his aggressive and tough exterior.

Banacek is assisted in his cases by his butler, Felix Mulholland, played by Murray Matheson, who often provides comic relief to the show. Banacek also frequently collaborates with his friend and insurance executive, Carlie Kirkland, played by Christine Belford.

Each episode begins with the theft of a valuable item, such as a rare stamp, a priceless painting or a piece of jewelry. Banacek is then hired by the victim’s insurance company to find the missing items and determine how they were stolen. Banacek’s expertise in this area enables him to reveal the details of the crime that led to the theft and retrieve the stolen items.

One of the most memorable elements of the show is Banacek’s signature style of solving cases. He often adapts his methods to match the personality and motivations of the criminal he is pursuing. Throughout the series, Banacek uses an array of tactics, including psychology, bluffing, and even magic tricks to solve his cases.

The show was notable for featuring a strong, independent female character in Carlie Kirkland, who frequently works alongside Banacek to solve cases. Despite being from different backgrounds and professions, Banacek and Kirkland share an easy camaraderie and often engage in witty banter.

Banacek was a popular show during its run, achieving over 22 million viewers per week. It was well-received by audiences for its intrigue, clever writing, and characters. The show was also notable for its unique opening sequence that features an animated Banacek driving his car through various obstacles, culminating in his arrival at the scene of the crime.

In conclusion, Banacek is an iconic detective show that captured the imagination of viewers during its tenure on NBC. Featuring a memorable protagonist, complex cases, and a talented supporting cast, it remains a favorite of fans of detective dramas.

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Seasons
Now You See Me, Now You Don't
8. Now You See Me, Now You Don't
March 12, 1974
Banacek puts his skills to use when a tricky banker pulls a vanishing act after stealing $1.75 million in securities.
Fly Me -- If you Can Find Me
7. Fly Me -- If you Can Find Me
February 19, 1974
Banacek investigates the disappearance of an airliner after an emergency landing on a desert airfield. Guest star: Sterling Hayden.
Rocket to Oblivion
6. Rocket to Oblivion
February 12, 1974
Banacek is called in after a revolutionary rocket engine disappears from an exposition center. Guest stars: Andrew Prine, Linda Evans.
Horse of a Slightly Different Color
5. Horse of a Slightly Different Color
January 22, 1974
While in the backstretch, a champion racehorse is stolen and replaced by a look-alike -- and everyone bets on Banacek to solve the case.
The Vanishing Chalice
4. The Vanishing Chalice
January 15, 1974
Banacek's latest assignment is to figure out how a rare Greek chalice could be missing from a closely guarded museum in Boston.
The Three Million Dollar Piracy
3. The Three Million Dollar Piracy
November 21, 1973
Banacek is faced with a puzzling case after a jewel-encrusted coach weighing 2,000 pounds is taken from a locked steel container.
If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?
2. If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?
November 7, 1973
A hypochondriac (Anne Baxter) requests Banacek's help after her $2.5 million computer loaded with medical information disappears.
No Stone Unturned
1. No Stone Unturned
October 3, 1973
An insurance company hands Banacek an attractive incentive to find a stolen $3 million statue: 10 percent of the statue's value if it is recovered in two days.
Description
  • Premiere Date
    September 13, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (2,193)