FBI (TV series, 1965)

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Television series
German title FBI
Original title The FBI
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1965-1974
length 45 minutes
Episodes 240 in 9 seasons
genre Thriller
production Quinn Martin,
Philip Saltzman,
Charles Larson,
Anthony Spinner
music Bronislau Kaper ,
Duane Tatro
First broadcast September 16, 1965 (USA) on ABC
first broadcast
May 17, 1968 on ARD

FBI (original title The FBI ) is an American television series , which was co-produced between Quinn Martin Productions and Warner Bros. Television from 1965 to 1974 and partly on Warner Bros. -Feature film Secret Agent of the FBI from 1959 based.


FBI Inspector Lewis Erskine leads investigations into cross-border crimes, including kidnapping, espionage, extortion, drug trafficking, white-collar crime and murder. His assistant is Jim Rhodes in the first two seasons, then Tom Colby and in the ninth and final season Chris Daniels. The manager of the two agents is the FBI's assistant director Arthur Ward.


role actor Season Voice actor
Lewis Erskine Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 1-9 Hartmut Reck (ARD) , Norbert Gescher
Arthur Ward Philip Abbott 1-9 Günther Jerschke (ARD) , Detlef Bierstedt
Jim Rhodes Stephen Brooks 1-2 Charles Brauer (ARD) , Martin Keßler
Barbara Erskine Lynn Loring 1
Tom Colby William Reynolds 3-8 Charles Brauer (ARD) , Knut Reschke, Joachim von Ulmann
Chris Daniels Shelly Novack 9 Matthias Klages
"Teller" Marvin Miller 2-9 Hartmut Reck (ARD) , Ulli Herzog

Guest stars

Several internationally known actors have appeared in guest roles, including Lex Barker , Charles Bronson , Karin Dor , Michael Douglas , Robert Duvall , Harrison Ford , Gene Hackman , Diane Keaton , Jack Klugman , Leslie Nielsen , Burt Reynolds , Telly Savalas , William Shatner and Martin Sheen .


The series is based on actual FBI cases . As has only recently become known, the FBI not only provided producers and writers with information about successful investigations, but also had direct influence on the production of the series. The FBI prevented guest appearances by Bette Davis and Robert Blake because of their political views.

The automobile manufacturer Ford sponsored the series.

Successor works

In 1974 and 1975, the two films FBI sucht Karpis and FBI - Kampf dem Terror were produced for television, but none of the regular cast was represented.

The 1981 19-part series Today's FBI with Mike Connors as Ben Slater was a failed attempt to re-establish the series on television in the 1980s.

Broadcast Notes

In Germany, the ARD showed only 40 episodes of the series from 1968 to 1972. From 1989 to 1991 Pro 7 broadcast another 91 episodes, the remaining episodes followed on Kabel 1 until 1996 .

Web links

Commons : FBI (TV series)  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. In '60s, you were nobody till FBI watched. In: Chicago Sun-Times . September 21, 2005