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 Banacek - The First Season

 Banacek - The Second Season


Show Type: Detective Drama

First Telecast: September 13, 1972

Last Telecast: September 3, 1974

Broadcast History:

September 1972-December 1973, Wednesday 8:30-10:00 on NBC

January 1974-September 1974, Tuesday 8:30-10:00 on NBC


Thomas Banacek..... George Peppard

Jay Drury..... Ralph Manza

Felix Mulholland..... Murray Matheson

Carlie Kirkland (1973-1974)..... Christine Belford


The gimmick in this private-eye series was ethnic. Banacek was a cool, smooth, shrewd Polish-American. His game was collecting rewards from insurance companies by solving crimes involving stolen property, and he was successful enough to live in the exclusive Beacon Hill section of Boston.

Banacek's buddies were his chauffeur Jay and his good friend Felix, who ran a bookstore. During the show's second season, Carlie, an insurance agent, was added for romantic interest.

Polish proverbs were liberally sprinkled throughout the series, and the positive image of its hero made the show very popular with such groups as the Polish-American Congress, which game the program an award for Polish-Americans in a positive manner.

Banacek originally aired as one of the rotating segments of NBC's Wednesday Mystery Movie.