|Freebie and the Bean|
|Based on||Freebie and the Bean|
|Starring|| Héctor Elizondo |
|Producers|| Norman Jolley |
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original release||December 6, 1980 –|
January 17, 1981
Freebie and the Bean was a short-livednine-episode American action-comedy film television series about two off-beat plainclothes police detectives in San Francisco. Based on the 1974 film of the same name, it starred Tom Mason and Héctor Elizondo in the title roles and was broadcast on CBS on Saturday nights at 9:00 PM in December 1980 and January 1981.
The show ran opposite the very popular series Love Boat , which overshadowed it in viewer polls.In their book The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, authors Tim Brooks and Earle F. Marsh write, "Unfortunately this series was such as mishmash of comedy and drama, slapstick and reality, that it soon sank without a trace. The fact that it was scheduled opposite ABC's The Love Boat-which had no trouble defining what it wanted to be-probably didn't help."
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"The Seduction of the Bean"||Lawrence Dobkin||Dick Nelson||December 6, 1980|
|2||"Health Nuts"||Bruce Kessler||Dick Nelson||December 13, 1980|
|Freebie and Bean learn that a series of hold-up victims all visit the same wellness spa so they investigate the employees to see if they are tipping off the bandits.|
|3||"Pilot"||Hy Averback||Jay Folb||December 20, 1980|
|Freebie and Bean rely on a scorned woman to testify against a loan shark they've been wanting to put away.|
|4||"Flying Aces"||Michael Preece||Robert W. Lenski||December 27, 1980|
|5||"Highway Robbery"||Michael Caffey||Bill Taub||January 10, 1981|
|Freebie and the Bean go undercover as teamsters to stop a truckjacking ring.|
|6||"Tee-Off for Two"||Arnold Laven||Rick Mittleman||January 17, 1981|
|7||"Lover, Come Back"||Michael Preece||Donald R. Boyle||January 24, 1981|
|8||"A Pair of Pirates"||Lawrence Dobkin||Robert W. Lenski||UNAIRED|
|9||"Follow the Leader"||Alex March||Dick Nelson||UNAIRED|
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