Crime drama series Baretta was a semi spin off from Toma but mainly only because when Tony Musante quit Toma Robert Blake was going to take over but the execs decided it would be better to start afresh.
Tony Baretta was an Italian immigrant and streetwise cop, with a none too conventional lifestyle. Tony had a pet cockatoo called Fred and lived in a shabby hotel rather than a proper home, Tony often went undercover on his cases and always worked alone.
He usually had a “uniform” of Jeans, T-Shirt and a cap pulled down on his head. Other regulars included Tony’s informant friend Rooster, Tony’s boss Inspector Shiller (later replaced by Lt Brubaker) and retired cop Billy Truman (who managed the hotel Tony lived at).
USA / ABC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast Friday 17 January 1975 – Thursday 1 June August 1978
Theme Music: Keep Your Eyes on Me performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
ROBERT BLAKE as Detective Tony Baretta
DANA ELCAR as Inspector Shiller (1975)
EDWARD GROVER as Lt Hal Brubaker
TOM EWELL as Billy Truman
MICHAEL D. ROBERTS as Rooster
CHINO WILLIAMS as Fats