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Pioneers Of Television: Crime Dramas

Pioneering television crime dramas established new rules for viewers, amping up the violence and the flash-quick dialogue; and delivering reluctant, but likeable, heroes who solve complex crimes in an hour of delicious television. PIONEERS OF TELEVISION "Crime Dramas" highlights the careers of Jack Webb ("Dragnet"), Desi Arnaz ("The Untouchables"), Bruce Geller ("Mannix" and "Mission: Impossible"), Bill Cosby, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau and James Garner.

Jack Lord on the set of "Hawaii Five-0"

Jack Lord on the set of "Hawaii Five-0"

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Groundbreaking actor Bill Cosby (“I Spy”) reveals the methods behind his success as the first African-American lead character in a television series.

Groundbreaking actor Bill Cosby (“I Spy”) reveals the methods behind his success as the first African-American lead character in a television series.

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Martin Landau and Barbara Bain between takes on "Mission Impossible."

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain between takes on "Mission Impossible."

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Martin Landau and Barbara Bain on the "Mission Impossible" set.

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain on the "Mission Impossible" set.

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Stefanie Powers in "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."

Stefanie Powers in "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."

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Angie Dickinson as Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson in the award-winning series "Police Woman."

Angie Dickinson as Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson in the award-winning series "Police Woman."

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Angie Dickinson on set

Angie Dickinson on set

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Before his 8-year run as Mannix, Mike Connors played the lead in another innovate crime drama "Tightrope."

Before his 8-year run as Mannix, Mike Connors played the lead in another innovate crime drama "Tightrope."

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Mike Connors played the lead in the innovate crime drama "Mannix" for an 8-year run. Pictured here with his co-star Gail Fisher.

Mike Connors played the lead in the innovate crime drama "Mannix" for an 8-year run. Pictured here with his co-star Gail Fisher.

Credit: Courtesy PBS "Pioneers of Television."

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