is an American action drama
that aired during the 1966-1967 television season on NBC
, co-sponsored by R.J. Reynolds
) and Lever Brothers
. The series was created by Harry Julian Fink
, the creator of Dirty Harry
starred as the title character, Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat. T. H. E. Cat is a forerunner of television characters such as The Equalizer
, who skirt the edges of the law and bring skills from earlier careers on behalf of those needing more help that the police can offer.
'Out of the night comes a man who saves lives at the risk of his own. Once a circus performer, an aerialist who refused the net. Once a cat burglar, a master among jewel thieves. Now a professional bodyguard. Primitive... savage... in love with danger. The Cat!'
This was the intro of a series that was, for a variety of reasons, truly ahead of its time. It had a hero who was a reformed thief, having spent an unspecified term in prison, and of Gypsy heritage. In the mold of famed private-eye Peter Gunn
and the waterfront bar 'Mother's', Cat operated out of the 'Casa Del Gato' (House Of The Cat) in San Francisco
, of which he was part owner.
The show was dark and moody, fitting the character, and was one of the first to use martial arts
in a realistic way.(The other was The Green Hornet
, which premiered on ABC the same year.) This was unknown on TV at that time and rarely seen even in films (an exception was The Manchurian Candidate
, the first Hollywood movie to... Read More