6.6/101 Votes Alchetron
Genre Crime drama
Opening theme Elmer Bernstein
Final episode date 26 April 1982
Number of episodes 18
Also known as Today's F.B.I.
Written by Rogers Turrentine
First episode date 25 October 1981
Number of seasons 1
|Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Virgil W. Vogel|
Starring Mike Connors Carol Potter Johnny Seven Rick Hill Harold Sylvester Joseph Cali
Network American Broadcasting Company
Cast Mike Connors, Carol Potter, Harold Sylvester, Joseph Cali, Johnny Seven
Similar The FBI, Riptide, McClain's Law, Houston Knights, T J Hooker
Today's FBI is an American crime drama television series, an updated and revamped version of the earlier series The F.B.I.
Like the original program, this series is based on actual cases from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the F.B.I. was involved in the making of the show. Unlike the original series, which ran for nine seasons, this show ran for only 18 episodes (following a TV-movie pilot) on ABC, during the 1981–82 season.
According to Michele Malach of Fort Lewis College, the series attempted a more positive portrayal of the FBI by using diverse characters and a "fallacious assumption that its audience still viewed special agents as 'us' rather than 'them'," in contrast to federal agents with "a rigid, dogmatic, inhumane bureaucracy" depicted in later media, like Point Break, Betrayed, and The X-Files. Viewers "did not buy either the image or [the series]," prompting a cancellation. Richard Gib Powers called it "pointless and a cover-up [of] the FBI villany[.]"