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One season wonder SEARCH premiered 45 years ago today in 1972. The NBC drama starred Hugh O’Brian, Tony Franciosa and Doug McClure as agents working for World Securities. Specifically, they were agents of the Probe Division, charged with investigating, recovering, protecting, tracking, and more.
The three actors rotated as lead each week and never appeared together on screen. Burgess Meredith co-starred as the director of Probe Control, who oversaw their missions.
An NBC World Premiere movie called Probe, starring Hugh O’Brian, served as the pilot for SEARCH. It originally aired in February 1972.
Despite writing a lengthy article about the series back in 2009, I’ve never seen a complete episode of SEARCH. Back then, it wasn’t available. I had to rely on contemporary reviews and newspaper articles, episode summaries, and e-mails from fans. The series maintained a cult following long after its cancellation. Warner Archive released the pilot telefilm in 2011 but the series itself didn’t come out on DVD until 2014. It’s on my (long) list of TV shows to one day purchase and watch.
Here are the opening credits, courtesy of Warner Archive’s YouTube channel:
Are you a fan of SEARCH? Which of the actors is your favorite Probe agent? Hit the comments with your memories.