Official Detective


Official Detective is an American anthology television series which aired in syndication from 1957 to March 19, 1958. The series was hosted by veteran film actor Everett Sloane.[1]

Official Detective
Written byMort Briskin
Don Martin
Directed byPaul Guilfoyle
Lee Sholem
Presented byEverett Sloane
Theme music composerJack Shaindlin
ComposerE.C. Norton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes40
ProducerMort Briskin
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
Production companiesDesilu Productions
National Telefilm Associates
DistributorNational Telefilm Associates
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original release1957 (1957) –
March 19, 1958 (1958-03-19)


The production of the first pilot was announced in December 1956.[2] The story dealt with the slaying of a woman where the main challenge is to identify the body.[3]

The series was written and produced by Mort Briskin for Desilu Productions and National Telefilm Associates in cooperation with Official Detective magazine. Around 40 episodes were produced, and these aired on the NTA Film Network between July 1957 and April 1958. Producer Mort Briskin would go on to produce other series for NTA and Desilu.[citation needed] The episodes of Official Detective are archived at the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles.[4]

Desilu employed professional detectives as technical advisers to ensure that procedures depicted in the program accurately represented real-life police work. Scripts were adapted from articles published in Official Detective magazine, and officials at the magazine reviewed the scripts' content for accuracy.[5]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  2. ^ "Desilu sets pilot for NTA". The Billboard. 1 December 1956. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Official Detective (Synd.)". The Billboard. 30 September 1957. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ UCLA Library Catalog. UCLA Library. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  5. ^ "Caught Flatfooted". TV Guide. 6 (13): 10–11. March 19, 1958. Retrieved October 31, 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Official Detective at IMDb
  • Official Detective at CVTA with episode link