Thursday, April 28, 2016
And it was not afraid of controversy. The episode that appeared on this night was "The Benefactor," and it was about a physician who admitted performing 1,500 illegal abortions (while turning down 8,000 women whose reasons he considered insufficient).
Not surprisingly, sponsors ran away from this subject. But Speidel Watches jumped in where Kimberley-Clark, Lever Brothers, and Brown & Williamson fled, and the show went on, to an audience of 28 million.
Fortunately the Supreme Court settled the abortion issue in 1973 and we have never had to worry about it again.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Two odd things about the show: they had an ensemble cast, so an actor playing a suspect in one episode might be a victim in the next. Second, they generally set the show in whatever decade the book was written, so stories bounced between the forties, fifties, and sixties.