Tenafly (TV series)

Genre Drama
Written by Richard Levinson
William Link
Directed by Richard Colla
Starring James McEachin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Running time 90 mins.
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original network NBC
Original release October 10, 1973 – January 2, 1974
Related shows The NBC Mystery Movie

Tenafly is a crime-drama series starring James McEachin that was part of the NBC Mystery Movie wheel for the 1973-74 season. It was created by Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of popular mystery television shows such as Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. It was the one of the first television series that season to star an African-American character as the protagonist (the other show being Shaft with Richard Roundtree). Due to low ratings, Tenafly only lasted one season.


The show was set in Los Angeles and starred James McEachin as Harry Tenafly, a former cop who left the department for a better paying job at a large private investigation agency, Hightower Investigations, Inc. Unlike many TV private eyes of the era, Harry Tenafly was a happily married, middle-class, suburban family man; he preferred to avoid car chases and gunfights and used brains over brawn in solving his cases. Though he left the force for the private sector to avoid the dangers inherent in police work, trouble nonetheless seemed to find Tenafly.


The title character was named after Tenafly, New Jersey. This name may also have been a comical allusion to Superfly, one of the more popular movies of the '70's blaxploitation genre.


Actor Role
James McEachin Harry Tenafly
Lillian Lehman Ruth Tenafly
Paul Jackson Herb Tenafly
David Huddleston Lieutenant Sam Church
Rosanna Huffman Lorrie


Title Air date
1"Joyride to Nowhere"TBATBAOctober 10, 1973 (1973-10-10)
2"The Cash and Carry Caper"TBATBAOctober 31, 1973 (1973-10-31)
3"The Window That Wasn't"TBATBADecember 5, 1973 (1973-12-05)
4"Man Running"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1974 (1974-01-02)

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