Banacek (one of the [[WheelProgram rotating]] elements of ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie'') is a short-lived, light-hearted detective TV series starring George Peppard which aired on NBC from 1972 to 1974. Peppard played Thomas Banacek, a suave, Polish-American freelance investigator based in Boston, who solved seemingly impossible thefts. He then collected from the insurance companies 10% of the insured value of the recovered property.

Also featured were Ralph Manza as Banacek's chauffeur Jay Drury, Murray Matheson as rare-bookstore owner and information source Felix Mulholland and Christine Belford as Carlie Kirkland, Banacek's sometime-lover and always-rival.

''Banacek'' was part of the ''NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie'' lineup, and was the only spoke of this WheelProgram to run in both seasons.


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!!''Banacek'' provides examples of:

* CoolCar: The AMX-400 from the second episode.
* [[BaseballEpisode Football Episode]]: "Lets Hear It For a Living Legend"
* GirlOfTheWeek
* InsuranceFraud: The only type of crime investigated.
* LockedRoomMystery
* MileHighClub: "A Million the Hard Way"
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* NoPronunciationGuide: Banacek has to correct someone's pronunciation of his name in ''every'' episode. Not Banna-seck but Banna-check. (And sometimes he corrects the spelling: "B-A-N-A-C-E-K, just like it sounds.")
* OnceAnEpisode: Jay suggests a solution to the mystery, which Banacek immediately finds a flaw with.
* RunningGag: Banacek's Polish proverbs, Jay suggests his solution to the mystery.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The room sized computer in "If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't HE Tell Us Where He Is?"; Banacek's car phone.
* WheelProgram