A Private Eye TV show created by Blake Edwards that ran from 195861, updating the Hardboiled Detective ideals of the 1930s with 1950s 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.
- Action Prologue: The episode's crime to be solved would take place before the opening credits.
- Always Murder: Episodes usually start with someone being killed, which Peter Gunn will be hired to investigate.
- Chiaroscuro: Unsurprisingly, as it was shot in black and white and rather Noir in style.
- City with No Name: It's never stated what city the series is set in, only that it has a waterfront.
- 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:
- 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.)
- Starving Artist: In "Let's Kill Timothy," Peter visits Vladmir to ask some questions. Vladmir is an artist who is behind on his rent and recently embraced the medium of "sound paintings," decidedly non-musical recordings that Peter Gunn does not understand (Vladmir accuses Peter of "listening" when he ought to be "see, with your ears"). He humors Vladmir for a little while before cutting to the chase.