Series: Peter Gunn
A half hour Private Eye TV show from 1958 that ran for three years, updating the Hardboiled Detective ideals of the 1930's with 1950's notions of jazz cool. It featured the crime-solving skills of the title character (Craig Stevens), who got equal portions of help and hindrance from Lieutenant Jacoby. He hung out in a nightclub where his girlfriend was the singer; the owner often provided tips and clues to the crime.Well executed, but mostly forgotten... except for the fact that Henry Mancini's theme music is legendary, and still popular today.The series is available on Hulu.
- Action Prologue: The episode's crime to be solved would take place before the opening credits.
- Breakaway Pop Hit: No, really. The theme music hit #1 on the Billboard chart and stayed there for ten weeks, and the show's soundtrack LP received the first Album of the Year award when the Grammy Awards began. (To be fair, it was the late 1950's.)
- A remake of the theme by the Art of Noise reached #2 on Billboard's Dance chart in 1986.
- Channel Hop: The show aired for two seasons on NBC before jumping to ABC for its third and final season.
- The Charmer: Pete himself.
- Chiaroscuro: Unsurprisingly, as it was shot in black and white and rather Noir in style.
- Detective Drama
- Dramatic Half-Hour
- Film Noir
- Friend on the Force: In Lieutenant Jacoby.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Minus the war, but this is Pete's girlfriend, Edie Hart.
- Good Guy Bar: Nightclub, really. But same difference.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: With piano by John Williams.
- Leitmotif: The Instrumental Theme Tune becomes this for Bally's Spy Hunter video game.
- The Movie: Gunn (1967). There was also a made-for-TV movie made in 1989 as a pilot for a prospective revival series that didn't get picked up.
- Music of Note: The series was notable for its music. (Unusually for the time, every episode had original music written for it.)
- No Export for You: It didn't get sold to British television due to concerns over its violence. (That wouldn't be a problem today.)
- Private Detective: The titular Peter Gunn.