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Series: The Untouchables
The heroes of the original series. Left to right: Eliot Ness (Robert Stack), Lee Hobson (Paul Picerni), Jack Rossman (Steve London), William Youngfellow (Abel Fernandez), Rico Rossi (Nicholas Georgiade).

A live action television series aired between 1959 and 1963 based on the exploits of (Real Life) 1920s Chicago Prohibiton agent Eliot Ness and his group of loyal agents, nicknamed "The Untouchables" because of their refusal to be bribed or intimidated by the Mob as many others were at the time. Most notable for pursuing bootleggers and gangster Al Capone (and eventually arresting him—on tax evasion charges!) Later adapted as a movie in 1987. The film itself inspired a second television series in 1993, with Tom Amandes.

The original TV show contains examples of:

The 1990s TV show contains examples of:

  • Guns Akimbo: Subverted when the senior member confronts a villain who framed him. The villain tries to resist with twin tommy guns. However, the idiot doesn't realize that given how heavy the gun type is, he can't even keep them level and so doesn't do much more than shoot up the floor in front of him with a lot of noise. For his part, the Untouchable simply shoots the villain with two carefully aimed pistol shots.
  • Meek Townsman: An episode in which the Untouchables and some of Capone's men go to Kansas, and the mayor is the Meek Townsman. He makes a speech, talking as if he's saying something noble, but he's telling his townspeople not to help Eliot Ness and co. fight the gangsters: "live to farm another day. To father, another day."

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