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David Cassidy - Man Undercover

David Cassidy: Man Undercover
Genre Police drama
Created by Richard Fielder
Written by Sean Baine
Stephen Downing
Richard Fielder
Rick Kelbaugh
Chester Krumholz
Mark Rodgers
Directed by Edward M. Abroms
Virgil Vogel
Starring David Cassidy
Simon Oakland
Wendy Rastattar
Composer(s) Harry Betts
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) David Gerber
Producer(s) Mark Rodgers
Mel Swope
Cinematography Al Francis
John V. LaBarbera
Jack Whitman
Running time 45–48 min
Production companies Columbia Pictures Television
David Gerber Productions
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run November 2, 1978 (1978-11-02) – July 12, 1979 (1979-07-12)

David Cassidy: Man Undercover was an American police drama starring David Cassidy, four years after his run starring in the The Partridge Family. The series was spun off after Cassidy starred in a special two-hour episode of Police Story, titled "A Chance to Live," which aired in May 1978; this episode served as the pilot for Man Undercover.

In A Chance to Live, Cassidy portrayed undercover police officer Dan Shay, a cop who successfully infiltrates a high-school drug ring as a fellow student. Cassidy earned an Emmy Award nomination for Best Dramatic Actor for the role. He reprised the role of Officer Shay for the Man Undercover series, which aired on NBC from November 2, 1978 to July 12, 1979. Only ten episodes of the show aired prior to its cancellation.


Set in Los Angeles, the series stars Cassidy as undercover police officer Dan Shay. Each episode featured Shay going undercover in a different case. Simon Oakland starred as the head of Shay's undercover team.


The word "undercover" in the series title appeared at various times written as one word or two.

"A Chance to Live" was shown in a special screening at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on June 18, 2010.[1]

The series pilot was the first performance for David Cassidy following his role on The Partridge Family.

The role of Shay's wife, portrayed in "A Chance to Live" by Dee Wallace, was recast with actress Wendy Rastatter.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Running the Hill" November 2, 1978
1-2 "Baby Makes Three" November 9, 1978
1-3 "Cage of Steel" November 16, 1978
1-4 "Deadly Convoy" November 23, 1978
1-5 "Flashpoint" December 7, 1978
1-6 "RX For Dying" December 21, 1978
1-7 "Firestorm" December 28, 1978
1-8 "Teammates" January 4, 1979
1-9 "Nightwork" July 5, 1979
1-10 "Death Is a Close Friend, Too" July 12, 1979

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  • Internet Movie DatabaseTemplate:US-drama-tv-prog-stub
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