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Amy Prentiss (NBC 1975, Jessica Walter, Steve Sandor)

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In this NBC Mystery Movie entry when the chief of detectives of the San Francisco Police Department died unexpectedly, the person at the top of the service list was Amy Prentiss, an attractive 35-year-old widow with a young daughter. There had never been a woman chief of detectives before, and many of the male officers who suddenly found themselves reporting to Amy resented it.

A measure of grudging respect gradually emerged, however, when her skill as an investigator became apparent in a series of cases that otherwise constituted standard crime-show fare. Unfortunately, viewers took less readily to the idea of woman as boss, and the program was cancelled after a short run.

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USA / NBC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 December 1974 – 6 July July 1975

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Jessica Walter as Amy Prentiss
Steve Sandor as Det. Tony Russell
Arthur Metrano as Det. Rod Pena
Johnny Seven as Det. Contreras
Helen Hunt as Jill Prentiss
Gwenn Mitchell as Joan Carter

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