US tv series (1972-1973). Warner Brothers Television for NBC-TV. Series created by Leslie Stevens. Produced by Robert H Justman, Anthony Spinner. Directors included Russ Mayberry, Allen Reisner, Philip Leacock. Writers included Robert C Dennis, Brad Radnitz, Michael R Stein. Cast includes Anthony Franciosa, Doug McClure, Burgess Meredith and Hugh O'Brian. One 100-minute pilot film entitled Probe, plus 23 50-minute episodes. Colour.
This sf detective series is an example of "spy-fi" employing Technothriller gadgetry after the manner of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). The private investigation company World Securities employs three top operatives – Hugh Lockwood (O'Brian), C R Grover (McClure) and Nick Bianco (Franciosa) – who each have an audio device implanted within their skull, and use various miniaturized gadgets such as tiny cameras, plus other equipment which could be hidden on their person. These devices were considered quite futuristic at the time, although many of them now exist in the real world in one form or other. Some early fictional Computer-hacking also features. Each episode rotates one of the three lead actors in an assignment, while the director A C Cameron (Meredith) remains at headquarters to direct matters. Despite the involvement of Stevens, co-creator of the 1960s series The Outer Limits (1963-1965), and Robert H Justman of Star Trek fame, Search only survived for one season before being axed. [GSt]
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