The NBC Mystery Movie

Television Anthology Series (1971-77, NBC) The NBC Mystery Movie was a "wheel show", airing several programs within the same period throughout the season. In its first season, 1971–72, it featured McCloud, McMillan and Wife and, most famously, Columbo, by far its more successful of the series, although each of the initial three lasted the entire run. After that … Continue reading The NBC Mystery Movie

The ABC Mystery Movie

Television Anthology Series (1989-90, ABC) The ABC Mystery Movie (aka "The ABC Monday Mystery Movie") was a short-lived attempt to revive the mystery wheel format pioneered by NBC from 1971-77 on The NBC  Mystery Movie. It even revived the show's most successful series, Columbo, with Peter Falk returning in the title role. They also added two … Continue reading The ABC Mystery Movie

The NBC Friday Night Mystery

Television Anthology Series (1993-95, NBC) In the fall of 1993, NBC made a valiant attempt to revive the mystery wheel format it had first introduced way back in 1971 with The NBC Mystery Movie, which had given the world such memorable series as McMillan and Wife, Banacek, and Columbo, among others. But this version was much … Continue reading The NBC Friday Night Mystery


Television Anthology Series PURSUIT was a short-lived American television anthology series from CBS, focussing on crime and suspense stories about people being  pursued by others. The airwaves at the time were crowded with similar shows, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Suspicion or Kraft Mystery Theatre, and Pursuit didn't stay around for too long, only airing twelve episodes. … Continue reading Pursuit


Television Anthology Series Suspicion was a short-lived American television anthology series from NBC that only lasted one season, and focussed mostly (but not exclusively) on murder and mystery stories, with many of the episodes filmed live. The executive producer of ten of the filmed episodes was film director Alfred Hitchcock, and he even directed the … Continue reading Suspicion

The George Sanders Mystery Theater

(1957, NBC) (aka "Mystery Writers Theater" in syndication) THE GEORGE SANDERS MYSTERY THEATER was a thirty-minute mystery drama series, aired as a summer replacement series. It was hosted by Sanders (The Falcon!), who would introduce stories adapted from the works of members of the Mystery Writers of America--while wandering around the MWA's "club." Or at … Continue reading The George Sanders Mystery Theater

Mystery! (aka “Masterpiece Mystery”)

(1980--) Mystery! is a long-running American television anthology series, produced by WGBH Boston for PBS, featuring predominately British mystery stories, usually literary adaptations. When the show, intended as a spin-off of the popular PBS show Masterpiece Theatre, made its debut in 1980, however, nobody suspected it would have such an influence on crime and mystery fiction. Helped along … Continue reading Mystery! (aka “Masterpiece Mystery”)

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (Television Series)

Television Series This fondly remembered British television anthology series featured adaptations of short mystery stories featuring some of the literary contemporaries of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, inspired by the popular series of Rivals of Sherlock Holmes anthologies by Hugh Greene. The show was produced by Thames Television and originally aired on ITV in Britain. The first … Continue reading The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (Television Series)

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Television Anthology Series WESTINGHOUSE DESILU PLAYHOUSE was an American television anthology series produced by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions. It ran on the Columbia Broadcasting System between 1958 and 1960, and was hosted byy Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, but there … Continue reading Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse


Television Anthology Series (1954-58, CBS) An American television anthology series specializing in thriller and suspense stories that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. TELEVISION CLIMAX! (1954-58, CBS) Among the shows of most interest to visitors to this site are... "The Long … Continue reading Climax!