Naked City

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  • TV-14
  • 1958
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,416)

Naked City was a crime drama series that first aired on ABC in 1958 and ran for five seasons until 1963. The show was set in New York City and focused on the investigations and cases of the detectives of the 65th Precinct. The show was inspired by the 1948 film of the same name directed by Jules Dassin.

The show's ensemble cast included Paul Burke as Detective Adam Flint, the show's primary protagonist, who was often the lead investigator on most of the show's cases. Horace McMahon played Lieutenant Mike Parker, the head of the detectives at the 65th Precinct. Harry Bellaver played Detective Frank Arcaro, a seasoned police detective who had been with the force for many years. James Franciscus played Detective Jim Halloran, a younger detective who is eager to prove himself to the veteran members of the squad. John McIntire played Lieutenant Dan Muldoon in the show's first season before being replaced by Parker.

The show was unique in its approach to crime dramas of the time in that it focused on the lives of the detectives as much as it did on the crimes they were investigating. The detectives were not just cold and hard-nosed law enforcement officials, but had their own personal lives and struggles that were often explored throughout the show's run.

The show's most notable feature was its use of on-location filming, which was relatively new in television at the time. The show was filmed entirely on location in New York City, which gave it a gritty and realistic feel that set it apart from other crime dramas of its time.

Each episode of the show was a self-contained story that followed the detectives as they investigated a crime, often from multiple perspectives. The show tackled a wide range of crimes, including murder, theft, and organized crime, but it was never gratuitous in its portrayal of violence or sex.

Another unique aspect of the show was its use of narration. Each episode began with a narration that set the scene and provided context for the story that was about to be told. The narration was often poetic and philosophical, and gave the show a literary feel that was rare in television drama.

Naked City was critically acclaimed during its run and won several awards, including two Emmys for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama and one for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The show's popularity also inspired a movie spin-off of the same name in 1960, directed again by Jules Dassin.

The show's legacy can be seen in other crime dramas that have followed in its footsteps, such as Law & Order and NYPD Blue. Its use of on-location filming and exploration of the personal lives of its detectives set a precedent for realism and character depth that has become a staple of modern crime dramas.

Overall, Naked City was a groundbreaking show that set a new standard for crime dramas on television. Its unique blend of realism and literary narration, combined with its exploration of the lives of its detectives, made it a standout show in its time, and its legacy continues to be felt in the crime dramas that have followed in its wake.

Naked City is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (138 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 1958.

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Seasons
Barefoot on a Bed of Coals
34. Barefoot on a Bed of Coals
May 29, 1963
A barber who was rejected for admission into the NYPD Police Academy rents a policeman's uniform from a theatrical wardrobe department and begins impersonating a police officer. All goes well until he has a confrontation with an armed robber who bears a strong resemblance to Dustin Hoffman.
Golden Lads and Girls
33. Golden Lads and Girls
May 22, 1963
A judge orders a laborer and a TV executive into counseling after they're both charged with spousal battery.
One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski
32. One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski
May 15, 1963
A love triangle at a paper factory between the owner and an employee over a woman ends in tragedy for all involved.
The S.S. American Dream
31. The S.S. American Dream
May 8, 1963
A junk dealer kills his partner in a fight over the business when the partner refuses to go along with his latest get rich quick scheme.
Color Schemes Like Never Before
30. Color Schemes Like Never Before
May 1, 1963
A man is told to leave town after witnessing his brother and some other hoods beat a man to death.
Carrier
29. Carrier
April 24, 1963
Even Frank Nitti gets involved in the search for a missing woman who's the carrier of an infectious, often fatal, disease.
No Naked Ladies in Front of Giovanni's House!
28. No Naked Ladies in Front of Giovanni's House!
April 17, 1963
Eccentric procrastinator Ben Giovanni is given an ultimatum by his fiancee--either he marries her within the week or she leaves him for good.
Howard Running Bear is a Turtle
27. Howard Running Bear is a Turtle
April 3, 1963
Two Native American construction workers get into a fight over a woman and one accidentally falls to his death. Tribal custom prevents the survivor from going to the police even though he has a witness to back up his story.
On the Battlefront, Every Minute Is Important
26. On the Battlefront, Every Minute Is Important
March 27, 1963
During the course of a robbery/murder investigation, a dying executive makes Detective Flint an offer--he wants Flint to takeover as CEO of his company after his death.
Stop the Parade, a Baby is Crying!
25. Stop the Parade, a Baby is Crying!
March 20, 1963
A neurotic divorcee claims a Lothario stole her car but he says she loaned it to him after he picked her up in a drinking establishment.
Alive and Still a Second Lieutenant
24. Alive and Still a Second Lieutenant
March 6, 1963
Executive Jason Colwell gets into a brawl with a man over a parking space and accidentally kills him. Not willing to turn himself in, Colwell eventually begins to punish himself for his crime.
The Highest of Prizes
23. The Highest of Prizes
February 27, 1963
Richard Calder and galpal Eunice Vail are on trial for murdering Calder's wealthy wife. One stubborn juror holds out for not guilty and succeeds in convincing the others to vote for an acquittal. Then when Flint uncovers conclusive proof of guilt, the crestfallen juror decides to mete out his own justice by killing Calder.
Bringing Far Places Together
22. Bringing Far Places Together
February 20, 1963
A Puerto Rican man and his pregnant wife have just arrived in New York. Desperate for a job, the man pays a "job seller" to get him one but the seller reneges on the deal.
Prime of Life
21. Prime of Life
February 13, 1963
Lt. Parker sends Detective Flint up the river to Sing Sing prison to witness the execution of a killer whom Flint apprehended.
A Man Without a Skin
20. A Man Without a Skin
February 6, 1963
Detective Jerry Costell has himself transferred to the 65th Precinct so he can get the man who killed his partner.
Beyond This Place There Be Dragons
19. Beyond This Place There Be Dragons
January 30, 1963
Informer Alan Starkie needs to get out of town fast but to get out of town he needs money. So he goes to the police for funds.
The Apple Falls Not Far from the Tree
18. The Apple Falls Not Far from the Tree
January 23, 1963
Three rich boys steal the jewels of their neighbors for kicks. Eventually things lead to blackmail and murder when a janitor discovers what they've been doing.
Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, They Went Out with Bow and Arrow
17. Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, They Went Out with Bow and Arrow
January 9, 1962
In order to become a hero to his sons, a businessman baits a gang of thieves into robbing his newly opened liquor store.
Her Life in Moving Pictures
16. Her Life in Moving Pictures
January 2, 1963
Con man/thief Roger Fallon romances female servants of wealthy families in order to gain access to their employers' homes and valuables.
Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It
15. Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It
December 26, 1962
A 33 year old Las Vegas showgirl and her galpal arrive in New York and proceed to abduct a prominent psychiatrist at gunpoint. It seems as though the showgirl wants the shrink, with whom she had a Vegas fling, to marry her. Only one problem--he already has a wife.
Spectre of the Rose Street Gang
14. Spectre of the Rose Street Gang
December 19, 1962
The body of a boy accidentally killed 25 years before is discovered. Knowing that three of his pals were the ones responsible, a lifelong loser decides to blackmail them.
King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Stable
13. King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Stable
December 12, 1962
Two lifelong friends, now embroiled in a bitter feud, lock themselves in a storage room. An old Polish custom says they will either emerge as friends again or one of them will be dead.
The Virtues of Madame Douvay
12. The Virtues of Madame Douvay
December 5, 1962
A restauranteur gets framed for murder by his unfaithful wife and her suitor.
Dust Devil on a Quiet Street
11. Dust Devil on a Quiet Street
November 28, 1962
Libby becomes convinced that an intense new student in her acting class plans on killing their instructor.
A Horse Has a Big Head -- Let Him Worry!
10. A Horse Has a Big Head -- Let Him Worry!
November 21, 1962
Inspired by his teacher that he can accomplish anything, a nearly blind boy begins a walk from a Manhattan class field trip to his home in Brooklyn.
Make It Fifty Dollars and Add Love to Nona
9. Make It Fifty Dollars and Add Love to Nona
November 14, 1962
After his son places him in a retirement home, a man begins calling in bomb threats to perceived evildoers all over the city. Things get even more complicated when a fellow retirement home resident begins blackmailing him over the calls.
Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long
8. Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long
November 7, 1962
A loan shark insists that bartender Barney Sonners help him rob the lounge where he works. When Barney refuses and informs the police, he and is family are then terrorized by hoods.
Go Fight City Hall
7. Go Fight City Hall
October 31, 1962
In this clunker of an episode, a drunken toll booth collector goes on a bender, abducts a hotel waiter whom he mistakes for a scientist, and takes him aboard the Staten Island Ferry.
Five Cranks for Winter... Ten Cranks for Spring
6. Five Cranks for Winter... Ten Cranks for Spring
October 24, 1962
In order to raise money for his wife's trip to a floral conference, a former boxer decides to get back into the ring unaware that his crooked manager plans to sell him out.
Kill Me While I'm Young So I Can Die Happy
5. Kill Me While I'm Young So I Can Die Happy
October 17, 1962
Arcaro befriends a dying woman who seemingly can't get along with anyone.
And By the Sweat of Thy Brow...
4. And By the Sweat of Thy Brow...
October 10, 1962
A disfigured boy who lives in the shadows is suspected of being a mugger. Once the boy is cleared, Detective Flint and a girl who befriended him try to help the youth face the world.
Daughter, Am I in My Father's House?
3. Daughter, Am I in My Father's House?
October 3, 1962
An eerily overprotective father plots a violent revenge on a group of youths who harassed his sheltered daughter in a movie theater.
Idylls of a Running Back
2. Idylls of a Running Back
September 26, 1962
It's shades of Eddie Waitkus on the gridiron when a star NFL running back is shot by a disturbed young woman who claims they've been having an affair.
Hold for Gloria Christmas
1. Hold for Gloria Christmas
September 19, 1962
A poet who for years has traded his poems for alcohol to a bar owner steals them back when his pleas to return them are rejected. Then the bar owner kills him.
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Naked City is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Naked City on demand at Amazon, The Roku Channel Free and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 30, 1958
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,416)