Madigan (TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Starring Richard Widmark
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Dean Hargrove
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 90 mins.
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 20, 1972 (1972-09-20) –
February 28, 1973 (1973-02-28)
Related shows NBC Mystery Movie

Madigan is an American crime drama television series based on the 1968 film of the same name, starring Richard Widmark as Sgt. Dan Madigan. The show aired on NBC in 1972-73 as part of the NBC Mystery Movie umbrella series.


Dan Madigan is a veteran police officer in New York, now dedicated to investigating cases in Europe. He is incorruptible and organized crime is the target. Despite the fact that the character in the 1968 film version died he was resurrected for this 'Mystery Movie' version which depicted the seedier side of New York for the initial home based episode, the short run series duly moved the central character to various overseas locations for episodes such as; 'The Lisbon Beat', 'The London Beat' etc. The show was initially grouped alongside; Banacek (George Peppard) and Cool Million (James Farentino) as part of a rotating wheel of 'Mystery Movies' but never returned for a second season (along with 'Cool Million') while 'Banacek' was later grouped with Faraday & Company, Tenafly, & The Snoop Sisters for its second season. The character was based on a much less admirable policeman in Richard Dougherty's 1962 novel "The Commissioner."


Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "The Manhattan Beat" Alex March Roland Wolpert 20 September 1972 (20 September 1972)
Madigan's new partner has a background in sociology and wants to try to reason with criminals.
2 "The Midtown Beat" Jack Smight William P. McGivern 4 October 1972 (4 October 1972)
Madigan's latest case brings him to Harlem, where he uncovers a case of revenge motivated by bigotry.
3 "The London Beat" Jack Smight William P. McGivern 8 November 1972 (8 November 1972)
To catch a group of American gangsters hiding out across the pond, Madigan teams up with Scotland Yard.
4 "The Lisbon Beat" Boris Sagal Bernard C. Schoenfeld 3 January 1973 (3 January 1973)
Madigan is in pursuit of a prisoner who is freed in a hijacking.
5 "The Naples Beat" Boris Sagal Stephen Lord 31 January 1973 (31 January 1973)
In an effort to shut down a heroin smuggling operation, Madigan offers protection to a deported gangster in exchange for information, but Madigan's informer has been marked for death by a rival gangster.
6 "The Park Avenue Beat" Alex March Peter Allan Fields 28 February 1973 (28 February 1973)
Madigan has his work cut out for him when he pursues an ex-cop who is now working as a hit man.


  • Late Show - Writings on Film, by Brian W. Fairbanks
  • television by Douglas Snauffer

External links

  • Madigan on IMDb
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  • Madigan at The Classic TV Archive

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