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Created by  Eric Bercovici
Final episode date  20 March 1982
Network  NBC
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Genre  Crime drama
First episode date  20 November 1981
Number of seasons  1
Number of episodes  16
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Written by  Frank Abatemarco Eric Bercovici Walter Dallenbach Stephen Downing Allison Hock Mark Rodgers Frank Telford Gerald Sanford
Directed by  Corey Allen Kerry Feltham Bruce Kessler Vincent McEveety Gary Nelson James Sheldon
Starring  James Arness George DiCenzo Marshall Colt
Composer(s)  James Di Pasquale (all other episodes and theme) Michael Melvoin ("A Time of Peril") Angela Morley (four: 1.6, 1.10, 1.12, 1.14)
Cast  James Arness, Carl Franklin, George DiCenzo, Conchata Ferrell, Markie Post
Similar  Chicago Story, Hunter, Riptide, Hill Street Blues, Barnaby Jones

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McClain's Law is an American crime drama television series that aired on NBC during the 1981-1982 season. New episodes ended on March 20, and rebroadcasts continued until August 24, 1982.


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The series starred former Gunsmoke lead James Arness in a rare non-western role as Jim McClain, a former police detective who was medically retired after being wounded in the leg in a gun battle in the line of duty. He returns to duty thirteen years later to avenge the murder and robbery of a friend, and ends up coming out of retirement in order to share his expertise with a younger generation of police officers.

At first, his request to be returned to active duty is met with resistance by police department supervisors. McClain is made to undergo physical fitness tests and a requalification and training program at the police academy. He handily passes all tests and is returned to active duty on the department at his former rank of detective. McClain is tough but compassionate. He is regarded by his colleagues as being an "Old School" cop. He carries a Smith & Wesson .44 caliber revolver when most of his fellow officers carry .38 Special caliber sidearms. His new coworkers come to respect McClain as a consummate professional of unyielding courage. McClain's Law, like several other series from this period, was criticized for its level of violence. The co-stars were Marshall Colt and George DiCenzo. This was Arness' final TV series; hereafter he primarily appeared in a series of made-for-TV movies reprising Gunsmoke.

Notable Guest stars

  • Barbara Babcock
  • Bibi Besch
  • Scott Brady
  • Julie Carmen
  • Pat Corley
  • Richard Jaeckel
  • Arte Johnson
  • Henry Jones
  • Art Lund
  • Richard Lynch
  • DVD release

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    On June 21, 2016, Warner Archive Collection will release McClain's Law- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and

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