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Drama, Crime

Stephen J. Cannell

Robert Blake - Det. Tony Baretta (82 episodes, 1975-1978)

Tom Ewell - Billy Truman (35 episodes, 1975-1978)

Michael D. Roberts - Rooster (28 episodes, 1975-1978)

John Ward - Foley (27 episodes, 1975-1978)

Edward Grover - Lt. Hal Brubaker (25 episodes, 1975-1978)

Sharon Cintron - Mimi (19 episodes, 1975-1978)

Angelo Rossitto - Little Moe (13 episodes, 1975-1977)

Dana Elcar - Lt. Shiller (12 episodes, 1975)

Chino 'Fats' Williams - Fats (11 episodes, 1975-1976)

United States

Charles Dismukes - Producer (25 episodes, 1975-1977)

Alan Godfrey - Producer (24 episodes, 1977-1978)

William F. Phillips - Associate Producer (12 episodes, 1975)

Jo Swerling Jr. - Producer (11 episodes, 1975)

Bernard L. Kowalski - Executive Producer / Producer (10 episodes, 1975)

Howie Horwitz - Producer (1 episode, 1975-1976)

Robert Harris - Producer (unknown episodes, 1975-1976)

Robert Levin - Producer (unknown episodes, 1975-1976)

Roy Huggins - Executive Producer (unknown episodes)

Robert Lewis - Producer (unknown episodes)

Anthony Spinner - Executive producer (unknown episodes)

Leigh Vance - Executive Producer (unknown episodes)

Ed Waters - Producer (unknown episodes)

Don Medford (19 episodes, 1975-1978)

Bernard L. Kowalski (10 episodes, 1975-1978)

Robert Douglas (9 episodes, 1975-1978)

Reza Badiyi (8 episodes, 1976-1978)

Burt Brinckerhoff (4 episodes, 1975-1977)

Jeannot Szwarc (4 episodes, 1975-1977)

Paul Stanley (4 episodes, 1976-1978)

Vincent Sherman (4 episodes, 1976)

Bruce Kessler (3 episodes, 1975-1977)

Curtis Harrington (2 episodes, 1975-1976)



January 17, 1975 – May 18, 1978


"Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," sung by Sammy Davis Jr.

Dave Grusin & Morgan Ames - Theme music composers

Slim Pickens | Stacy Keach Sr.

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1977 Nominated Edgar Best Television Episode Norman Hudis for: episode "Dear Tony"

Emmy Awards

1977 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Series Sherman Kunkel (cinematographer) (ABC) for: episode "Soldier In The Jungle"

1977 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Tom Ewell (ABC)

1977 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Drama Series Anthony Spinner, Bernard L. Kowalski & Leigh Vance (executive producers); Charles Dismukes (producer) (ABC)

1977 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Robert Blake (ABC)

1976 Won Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming for a Series Harry L. Wolf (ABC) for: episode "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow"

Nominated Emmy Outstanding Drama Series Bernard L. Kowalski (executive producer); Jo Swerling Jr., Robert Harris, Howie Horwitz & Robert Levin (producers) (ABC)

1975 Won Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Robert Blake (ABC)

Golden Globes, USA

1976 Won Golden Globe Best TV Actor – Drama Robert Blake. Tied with Telly Savalas for "Kojak" (1973)

TV Land Awards

2005 Nominated TV Land Award Favorite "Casual Friday" Cop Robert Blake

2004 Nominated TV Land Award Favorite Fauna Fred the Cuckatoo

Robert Blake And Fred In Baretta Michael D Roberts In Baretta Robert Blake In Baretta

Baretta was half a spin-off from another detective show. Robert Blake had originally been scheduled to take over the lead role in Toma after Tony Musante left that series. But Toma had not been a big hit, and rather than risk being tied to an unsuccessful series the title was changed and alterations were made in the locale and other details. In essence, Toma became Baretta, moved to California.

Tony Baretta was, like Toma, an unconventional cop. He was streetwise, single, with a decidedly funky lifestyle: he holed up in a run-down old hotel when he wasn't on the job, which was seldom. He was usually seen in T-shirt and jeans, with his trademark cap pulled down over his forehead. The orphaned son of poor Italian immigrants, Tony knew the city inside out. He was a master of disguise, and because of his rough appearance was able to infiltrate such groups as motorcycle gangs and even "the Mob." Needless to say, he refused to have a partner and always worked alone. Inspector Shiller was his original boss, later succeeded by Lt. Brubaker. Billy Truman was a retired cop who was a combined manager and house detective at the hotel where Baretta lived.

There was plenty of hard action in this series, despite Blake's public protestations that he opposed wanton violence on TV. The show had a "with-it" light sense of humor; comic relief was provided by Tony's fancy-dude informant-friend Rooster and by Fred, Tony's pet cockatoo. Blake's real-life wife Sondra Blake was an occasional guest star.

After personal conflictions with the star Robert Blake on the set, co-star Dana Elcar was replaced by Edward Grover when the series returned for its second season.

The theme song, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow", was written by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames; initially an instrumental, lyrics were added in later seasons that were sung by Sammy Davis, Jr. Every episode of Baretta began with the song, which contained the motto, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." The song was released as a single in Europe in 1976, reaching number one in the Dutch Top 40 as "Baretta's Theme".

Baretta’s pet cockatoo’s name was “Fred”.

Baretta: And you can take that to the bank!

Baretta: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Baretta: And that's the name of that tune!

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