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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

    Peter Falk

    Daniel O'Brien

    22 Episodes

  2. Barnard Hughes

    Barnard Hughes

    2 Episodes

  3. George Coulouris

    George Coulouris

    2 Episodes

  4. Tammy Grimes

    Tammy Grimes

    1 Episode

  5. Estelle Parsons

    Estelle Parsons

    1 Episode

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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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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m, 48m



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