The Blue Knight (TV series)

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The Blue Knight
George Kennedy The Blue Knight 1976.JPG
George Kennedy as Bumper Morgan.
Created by Joseph Wambaugh
Starring George Kennedy
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24
Running time 60 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Lorimar
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release December 17, 1975 – October 20, 1976

The Blue Knight is an American CBS crime TV series, running in 1975 and 1976, starring George Kennedy as Officer Bumper Morgan. The show was based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh (The Blue Knight) and produced by Lorimar Productions, it was also inspired by the 1973 TV film The Blue Knight, starring William Holden, which ran before the TV show premiered.


Bumper Morgan is a veteran police officer in Los Angeles, who continues to patrol the streets in uniform, the series dealt with Morgan's daily dealings with dangerous criminals and drug dealers.

Guest stars included Jim Davis, Robert Hays, Vivi Janiss, Harry Lauter, Gerald McRaney, Bruce Glover, Robert Hoy, and Lee Weaver. After a run of twenty-four episodes the series was cancelled by CBS.


Pilot episode[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
0-0 "The Blue Knight" May 9, 1975 Reaching his last week on the force before retirement, Bumper decides to devote his time to searching for a fellow officer's killer.

Season One episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Two to Make Deadly" December 17, 1975 Bumper's beat becomes a powder keg of murder and theft when two hoods decide it would be safer to rob other lawbreakers.
1-2 "Triple Threat" December 24, 1975 Bumper Morgan wounds a suspected mugger, then tangles with the injured man's fiercely protective sister, an attorney who will not believe that her brother is a criminal.
1-3 "Odds Against Tomorrow" December 31, 1975 When the mistress of a sadistic crime boss tries to leave him he beats her up, and vice officers ask Bumper Morgan's help in using the incident to persuade the girl to lead them to her long wanted boyfriend.
1-4 "A Fashionable Connection" January 7, 1976 Bumper discovers that a high style fashion firm, headed by a shrewd woman designer, is the front for a smoothly-operated narcotics trade.
1-5 "The Cop Killer" January 14, 1976 A deranged ex-con, blaming Bumper Morgan for putting him behind bars, hires a killer to carry out his revenge.
1-6 "The Creeper" January 28, 1976 Bumper Morgan sets out to track down a mentally deranged hotel sneak thief.
1-7 "The Candy Man" February 4, 1976 After arresting a major drug pusher, Bumper finds the man is apparently immune to the law when federal narcotics agents put him back on the street.
1-8 "Mariachi" February 11, 1976 The savage beating of an elderly gambler sets Bumper on the trail of a loan shark and his sadistic henchman.
1-9 "Snitch's Karma" February 25, 1976 Eager to catch an elusive thief, Bumper reluctantly uses a small-time hood as an informant.
1-10 "A Slower Beat" March 3, 1976 Gunmen are holding up everybody on Bumper Morgan's beat—including his girlfriend—and detectives belittle him at every turn.
1-11 "To Kill a Tank" March 10, 1976 A dangerous criminal, armed with a stolen anti-tank gun, goes looking for a big score with his reluctant sidekick as Bumper tries to find him.
1-12 "The Pink Dragon" March 24, 1976 Bumper's campaign to close a hangout for crooks pits him against a hood who tries to trap him with a pretty girl.
1-13 "Everybody Needs a Little Attention" March 31, 1976 Bumper demonstrates to his partner that "everybody needs attention" after a massage parlor manager files a false complaint that threatens his badge.

Season Two episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
2-1 "Bullseye" September 22, 1976 A trigger-happy cop forces Bumper into an all-out battle by endangering a valuable informer.
2-2 "A Slight Case of Murder" September 29, 1976 Police machinery is hard to stop when evidence points to an old wino as a cop killer.
2-3 "Upward Mobility" September 13, 1976 Bumper stirs up trouble on his beat when he tries to steer a young girl into a safer life.
2-4 "The Rose and the Gun" October 20, 1976 An overeager young cop shoots and kills a suspect, then hints that Bumper was afraid to fire.
2-5 "Everything in Life Is 3-1 Against" October 27, 1976 A retired cop is heavily in debt to a bookmaker Bumper has doggedly tried to shut down.
2-6 "A Matter of Justice" November 3, 1976 Defying Bumper's warning about taking the law into his own hands, a vigilante goes after a band of hoodlum-robbers who raped his daughter.
2-7 "Great Wall of Chinatown" November 10, 1976 Bumper investigates the shooting death of a Chinese gang leader.
2-8 "Point of View" November 17, 1976 Bumper goes back to the Police Academy to take a course designed to update veterans in modern techniques. An ex-con has a job, but an informer says he is in on plans for a big robbery.
2-9 "Throwaway" November 24, 1976 Bumper is relieved from duty while officials investigate his fatal shooting of a hood.
2-10 "Death Echo" December 1, 1976 Bumper tells down-and-out bum Joey to stop disturbing the police when he keeps confessing that he is the one responsible for raping and murdering four women. But when Joey begins to give details which only the cops and the murderer know, Bumper realizes that Joey has become the sounding-board for a maniac.


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