Show Type: Courtroom Drama

First Telecast: September 17, 1971

Last Telecast: January 7, 1972

Broadcast History:

September 1971 - January 1972, Friday 8:00-8:30 on NBC


Deputy D.A. Paul Ryan..... Robert Conrad

Chief Deputy D.A. "Staff" Stafford..... Harry Morgan

D.A. Investigator Bob Ramirez..... Ned Romero

Public Defender Katherine Benson..... Julie Cobb


Collecting the evidence necessary to bring criminals to trial and following the course of the trial provided the thrust for this short-lived series. The show had two segments: first, Deputy D.A. Ryan and his team would investigate the crime, then Ryan would function as prosecuting attorney. His courtroom adversary in most cases was Public Defender Katherine Benson, representing the accused. The courtroom portion of the show was done in quasi-documentary style with Ryan doing voice-over narration to explain legal terminology and procedure to the audience. The series was replaced after a few months by the highly successful Sanford and Son.