The Manhunter
GenreCrime drama
Written byWilliam Bast
Robert Bloch
Robert C. Dennis
Robert I. Holt
Robert W. Lenski
Sam Rolfe
Carey Wilber
Directed byWalter Grauman
Leslie H. Martinson
StarringKen Howard
Hilary Thompson
Ford Rainey
Claudia Bryar
Robert J. Hogan
ComposerDuane Tatro
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (+ pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producerQuinn Martin
ProducerAdrian Samish
Running time60 mins. (approx)
Production companyQuinn Martin Productions
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1974 (1974-09-11) –
March 5, 1975 (1975-03-05)

The Manhunter is an American crime drama that was part of CBS' lineup for the 1974–1975 television season. The series was produced by Quinn Martin and starred Ken Howard as Dave Barret, a 1930s-era private investigator from Idaho.


The series' premise has Dave going from his parents' farm in Idaho to other parts of the Western and North Central United States to solve crimes, after the death of his best friend during a bank robbery. Using a car which is well stocked with weapons, he hunts down men who were wanted by the law. The series also starred Hilary Thompson as Dave's sister Lizabeth Barret, Ford Rainey as his father, James, Claudia Bryar as his mother, Mary and Robert J. Hogan as Sheriff Paul Tate.

Among the series' guest stars were Michael Constantine, Joan Van Ark, Denver Pyle, Tom Skerritt, Leslie Nielsen, Sam Elliott, Dabney Coleman, Paul Carr, a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill, Linda Marsh, Parley Baer, a pre-The Simpsons Jo Ann Harris and Barbara Rhoades. Already known for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson in 1776, Howard would later become famous playing the main character on The White Shadow.

The Manhunter pilot episode was shown on February 26, 1974. It was then picked up as a regular series by CBS, with its first regular episode being shown 8 months later on September 11, 1974. Although being ranked 19th for the week that it premiered, the series was cancelled by CBS because of stiff competition from ABC's Get Christie Love! and NBC's Petrocelli with its last regular episode being shown on March 5, 1975. Reruns of the series were then shown until April.


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No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Ma Gantry Gang"George McCowanWilliam BastSeptember 11, 1974 (1974-09-11)
2"The Man Who Thought He Was Dillinger"TBATBASeptember 18, 1974 (1974-09-18)
3"The Baby-Faced Killers"Leslie H. MartinsonLarry AlexanderSeptember 25, 1974 (1974-09-25)
4"Death on the Run"Leslie H. MartinsonRobert W. LenskiOctober 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)
5"Trackdown"TBATBAOctober 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)
6"Terror From the Skies"TBATBAOctober 16, 1974 (1974-10-16)
7"The Doomsday Gang"TBATBAOctober 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)
8"The Deadly Brothers"TBACarey WilberOctober 30, 1974 (1974-10-30)
9"The Trunk Murders"Allen ReisnerRobert BlochNovember 6, 1974 (1974-11-06)
10"Jackknife"TBATBANovember 13, 1974 (1974-11-13)
11"The Carnival Story"TBAR.W. GoodwinNovember 20, 1974 (1974-11-20)
12"The Lodestar Ambush"TBATBADecember 4, 1974 (1974-12-04)
13"A.W.O.L. to Kill"TBATBADecember 11, 1974 (1974-12-11)
14"Flight to Nowhere"Lawrence DobkinRobert I. HoltDecember 18, 1974 (1974-12-18)
15"Web of Fear"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1975 (1975-01-01)
16"Day of Execution"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1975 (1975-01-15)
17"Man in a Cage"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1975 (1975-01-22)
18"The Seventh Man"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1975 (1975-01-29)
19"The Wrong Man"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
20"The Death Watch"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1975 (1975-02-19)
21"To Kill a Tiger"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1975 (1975-02-26)
22"Trial by Terror"TBATBAMarch 5, 1975 (1975-03-05)