Freebie and the Bean (TV series)

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Based on Freebie and the Bean
Starring Héctor Elizondo
Tom Mason
Composer Dominic Frontiere
Producers Norman Jolley
Robert Sherman
Cinematography Ric Waite
Running time60 minutes
Production company Warner Bros. Television
Distributor CBS
Original releaseDecember 6, 1980 (1980-12-06) 
January 17, 1981 (1981-01-17)
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Mason and Elizando in a promotional photo for Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean was a short-lived [1] nine-episode American action-comedy film television series about two off-beat plainclothes [2] police detectives in San Francisco. Based on the 1974 film of the same name, [3] [4] it starred Tom Mason and Héctor Elizondo in the title roles and was broadcast on CBS on Saturday nights at 9:00 PM [5] in December 1980 and January 1981. [6] [7]




The show ran opposite the very popular series Love Boat , which overshadowed it in viewer polls. [11] 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." [5]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Seduction of the Bean" Lawrence Dobkin Dick NelsonDecember 6, 1980 (1980-12-06)
2"Health Nuts" Bruce Kessler Dick NelsonDecember 13, 1980 (1980-12-13)
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 FolbDecember 20, 1980 (1980-12-20)
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 (1980-12-27)
5"Highway Robbery" Michael Caffey Bill Taub January 10, 1981 (1981-01-10)
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 (1981-01-17)
7"Lover, Come Back" Michael Preece Donald R. Boyle January 24, 1981 (1981-01-24)
8"A Pair of Pirates" Lawrence Dobkin Robert W. LenskiUNAIRED
9"Follow the Leader"Alex MarchDick NelsonUNAIRED

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