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The Trials of O'Brien is a 1965 television series starring Peter Falk as a sordid Shakespeare-quoting lawyer and featuring Elaine Stritch as his secretary and Joanna Barnes as his ex-wife.

The series ran for only 22 episodes.

Among its guest stars: Milton Berle, Robert Blake, David Carradine, Faye Dunaway, Britt Ekland, Tammy Grimes, Buddy Hackett, Gene Hackman, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, Cloris Leachman, Roger Moore, Rita Moreno, Estelle Parsons, Joanna Pettet, Brock Peters, Tony Roberts and Martin Sheen.

Falk often said that he actually liked this financially unsuccessful series much better than his later smash-hit Columbo.

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Series Cast

  1. Peter Falk as Daniel O'Brien

    Peter Falk

    Daniel O'Brien

    22 Episodes

  2. Elaine Stritch as Miss G

    Elaine Stritch

    Miss G

    22 Episodes

  3. Joanna Barnes as Katie O'Brien

    Joanna Barnes

    Katie O'Brien

    22 Episodes

  4. David Burns as The Great McGonigle

    David Burns

    The Great McGonigle

    22 Episodes

  5. Dolph Sweet as Sgt. Garrison

    Dolph Sweet

    Sgt. Garrison

    8 Episodes

  6. Ilka Chase as Margaret

    Ilka Chase


    4 Episodes

  7. Edgar Stehli as Judge Altman, Judge, and Judge Prescott

    Edgar Stehli

    Judge Altman, Judge, Judge Prescott

    3 Episodes

  8. George Coulouris as

    George Coulouris

    2 Episodes

  9. Barnard Hughes as

    Barnard Hughes

    2 Episodes

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Season 1 - The Trials of O'Brien

Season 1

1965 | 22 Episodes

Season 1 of The Trials of O'Brien premiered on September 18, 1965.

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The Trials of O'Brien
The Trials of O'Brien


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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