Most Wanted (1976 TV series)

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Most Wanted
GenreCrime drama
Written byRobert Janes
Larry Heath
Directed byWalter Grauman
Richard Lang
Leslie H. Martinson
Virgil W. Vogel
StarringRobert Stack
Composer(s)Lalo Schifrin (pilot)
Richard Markowitz (1.2)
Patrick Williams
Duane Tatro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes21
Producer(s)Quinn Martin
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)QM Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 16, 1976 –
August 20, 1977

Most Wanted is an American crime drama series shown on ABC from October 16, 1976 until August 20, 1977. It stars Robert Stack, Jo Ann Harris, Shelly Novack, and Hari Rhodes. This program marks the reunion of series star Stack with producer Quinn Martin, as the two had worked together previously on the ABC crime series The Untouchables.


The series focused on an elite task force of the LAPD named "Most Wanted". The Mayor of Los Angeles, Dan Stoddard (Hari Rhodes), created the force to concentrate exclusively on criminals on the mayor's most-wanted list. In bringing them together, Mayor Stoddard specified "As few people as possible", and that their motto would be "Brainpower instead of manpower- focus instead of force". Captain Linc Evers (Stack) headed the force accompanied by his two assistants (Harris and Novack) who used undercover tactics to bring down the city's most wanted and dangerous criminals. The series' original pilot featured a fourth member, played by Tom Selleck, but he was not used for the series. Actress Leslie Charleson was in the pilot as the female member of the unit, but was replaced in the series by Harris.

According to Robert Stack, in his autobiography, Straight Shooting,[1] Most Wanted had become a Top 10 Nielsen ratings hit, (#7) but was cancelled by ABC due to network politics after only one season.

The theme song was composed by Lalo Schifrin and later used by the Sunburst Band for the house song "New York City Woman."


Actor Role
Robert Stack Captain Linc Evers
Hari Rhodes Mayor Dan Stoddard
Shelly Novack Sergeant Charlie Benson
Jo Ann Harris Officer Kate Manners


Title Original air date
1"The Sky Killer"October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
2"The Slaver"October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)
3"The Corrupter"October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)
4"The Two Dollar Kidnappers"November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06)
5"The Wolf Pack Killer"November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20)
6"The Heisman Killer"November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27)
7"The Torch"December 18, 1976 (1976-12-18)
8"The Ten-Percenter"December 25, 1976 (1976-12-25)
9"The White Collar Killer"January 1, 1977 (1977-01-01)
10"Ms. Murder"January 8, 1977 (1977-01-08)
11"The Pirate"January 15, 1977 (1977-01-15)
12"The Hit Men"February 5, 1977 (1977-02-05)
13"The Ritual Killer"February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12)
14"The Tunnel Killer"February 19, 1977 (1977-02-19)
15"The Parasite"February 26, 1977 (1977-02-26)
16"The Spellbinder"March 7, 1977 (1977-03-07)
17"The Driver"March 14, 1977 (1977-03-14)
18"The Insider"March 21, 1977 (1977-03-21)
19"The People Mover"April 25, 1977 (1977-04-25)
20"The Death Dealer"August 13, 1977 (1977-08-13)
21"The Dutchman"August 20, 1977 (1977-08-20)

Home media[edit]

On March 20, 2018, CBS Home Entertainment released the Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[1]This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available from through their CreateSpace MOD program.


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