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The Trials of O'Brien 

A flamboyant, Shakespeare-quoting, New York City defense attorney always seems to get into trouble.

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Gene Wang
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1966   1965  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Falk ...  Daniel O'Brien 22 episodes, 1965-1966
Joanna Barnes ...  Katie / ... 13 episodes, 1965-1966
Elaine Stritch ...  Miss G 13 episodes, 1965-1966
David Burns ...  The Great McGonigle / ... 13 episodes, 1965-1966
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A flamboyant, Shakespeare-quoting, New York City defense attorney always seems to get into trouble.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Great TV series
25 November 2004 | by garylee6bSee all my reviews

I remember liking "The Trials of O'Brien" a lot. It wasn't like any other cop show or lawyer show of that time... an unusual mix of the comically absurd and serious drama. Unlike Perry Mason who always stayed within the law (even when it appeared that he hadn't for most of the episode), O'Brien was known to have "bent the truth a little" to make sure his client got a "fair go".

The 90 min (?) O'Brien TV movie, "Too Many Thieves", sometimes appears on the Showtime channel (in America). This movie is an edited version of the two part story "the Greatest Game"...but it really isn't typical of the rest of the series...eg. the Ex-Mrs O'Brien makes only a very brief appearance in it and I can't remember seeing "the Great MacGonigal" at all. Instead the movie is about a jewel heist and O'Brien trying to stop the baddies killing the heroine (Britt Eklund).

Like other fans, I hope the other episodes in this short-lived series will some day be shown again on TV.


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