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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 24

    The Bundle

    Aired 5/18/78

  • S 4 : Ep 23

    The Snake Chaser

    Aired 5/11/78

  • S 4 : Ep 22

    The Dream

    Aired 5/4/78

  • S 4 : Ep 21


    Aired 4/6/78

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    The Gadjo

    Aired 3/30/78

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dana Elcar

    Insp. Shiller [ 1 ]

  • Robert Blake

    Det. Tony Baretta

  • Tom Ewell

    Billy Truman

  • Michael D. Roberts


  • Edward Grover

    Lt. Hal Brubaker [ 2-4 ]

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  • Baretta was an indirect spinoff of Toma. After Tony Musante left the show, Robert Blake was asked to step in, and the show was revamped into Baretta. Tony Baretta was an unconventional cop, streetwise with a decidedly funky lifestyle. He lived in apartment 2-C of an old run-down hotel called the King Edward, with his pet cockatoo, Fred. The orphaned son of poor Italian immigrants, Baretta was a master of disguise, an ability he used to infilrate gangs. The show had plenty of hard action, as well as comic relief provided by his dude informant friend, Rooster. The show made it into the Top Ten for the 1976/1977 season.moreless

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  • Quotes (233)

    • Baretta: Let the good times roll, there ain't nothin' like a little Autralian magic to cure anything. Billy: Yesum man, best pizza I ever had was in New York, Abe's Place, run by a Jew in a German neighborhood. Last time I was there it was packed with Chinese. (Baretta laughing) Billy: Did Schiller have any kind words. Baretta: Schiller my man wouldn't have any kind words at his mothers funeral. I don't care what he says or what he does, cause it was worth it. Billy: Boy all that guy was busted for was runnin' numbers. Most he'll get will be eighteen months. They'll never get him for killing Sharon. Baretta: Oh yes they will. He's gonna pay his dues this time. He made too many mistakes and the big boys will snuff him when he's in the pen. He's never gonna see daylight.

    • Baretta: Limousine for the bereaved, go get my girl will ya. Andy: Oh I understand, a limousine for the bereaved, I didn't really get that. Baretta: Your limousine awaits darlin'. Sharon: Oh Tony, its terrific. Baretta: You see the lady does recognize class. Andy: Yes, but you can get in anyway. Baretta: Oh thank you very much!

    • Rooster: I know something you forgot. Baretta: What I forget? Rooster: Flowers for my lady. Baretta: Ah Im way ahead of you. We stop at Schultz's on our way home. I got a beautiful corsage ordered. Rooster: Take care of business Tony. Look man, why don't you let me pop for them flowers. I mean it's the least I could do. Baretta: I appreciate the thought partner, but I don't know if that be the right sentiment you know, flowers for my girl comin' from you. Rooster: Ah man, you just don't tell her that's all. Baretta: Ha haha, Artie the schemer! The day you croak you gonna be thinkin' of some way to get out of that box ain't ya. Rooster: Got to stay ahead Tony. Baretta: Yeah I hear ya talkin'.

    • Frank Cassell: (to Baretta) You kill me, you're gonna be dead before I'm planted.

    • Rooster: He ain't gonna tell you nuthin'. Baretta: How do you know he ain't gonna tell me nothin'. You so smart dealin' out info for twenty dollars a lick, go get loved. Rooster: See ya later BIG TIME.

    • Rooster: Now you talkin'. Baretta: You talk. Rooster: Well you know this character Ricky Parrish you talkin' about. Baretta: Yeah Rooster: Ain't no sense in lookin' for him no more. Baretta: How come? Rooster: Word is he got snuffed. Baretta: Already Rooster: Hey man, that's the way it goes man, here today, gone tomorrow. Hope he had a righteous good time while he was here.

    • Baretta: (to Sue) My dad was a con and I promised him I'd become a flat foot and that's the name of that tune.

    • Schiller: You're a fanatic, you know that, you get on to something and you can't get off it. Can ya?

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    Notes (31)

    • Rooster's first name is revealed to be Artie. In the closing credits his name is listed as Art Nelson.

    • Baretta's alias in this episode is Ziggy Rainbow.

    • Baretta journeys to Matamoros, Mexico which is a border town on the edge of Texas.

    • Network rerun July 2, 1975.

    • Network rerun March 28, 1975.

    • Network rerun June 4, 1975.

    • Baretta'a alias in this episode is Ragtime Billy Peaches.

    • First Network rerun June 11, 1975.

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    Trivia (16)

    • Flat foot is a slang term used for a policeman.

    • Robert Blake plays guitar and sings "Leaning on Jesus" in this episode.

    • This is the first episode where the words of the title music is revealed, no less than sung by a nun played by Marnell McCall. Later in the episode when Baretta is driving the song "Keep Your Eye On the Sparrow" is being played sung by Jim Gilstrap.

    • One of the best episodes, when Robert Blake pleads with the Judge for his mentally challenged friends release, is absolutely brilliant performance, raw and real.

    • Margot Kidder sings "My Funny Valentine" in this episode.

    • This episode starts off with Baretta's surprise birthday party. Billy is dancing with Rosie, Foley, Shiller are also there from the department as well as Mimi.

    • This is the first episode for Edward Grover who replaces Dana Elcar as Baretta's boss. Due to personality conflicts between Robert Blake and Dana Elcar.

    • Baretta goes to the movies to see "High Plains Drifter", the 1973 Clint Eastwood film about a loner in the Wild West known only as the Stranger.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Baretta likens himself to the Burt Lancaster charismatic con man from The Rainmaker who breezes into a drought-stricken Western town claiming he can bring the rain. But he winds up transforming it and the local spinster as well.

    • Baretta to Michael: "In the land of Nod, East of Eden." This is a biblical reference. And the Lord said unto him [Cain], Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. -- Genesis 4: 15-16

    • Political allusion: Baretta asks the cab driver which hotel he dropped his fare at. He replies the Truman, Baretta says there is no hotel named Truman but that there was a Dewey. Rice the cab driver replies well no wonder I couldn't remember, I voted for Truman. Reference is to the political race of 1948 when Thomas Dewey was favored to win but Harry S. Truman won the Presidency.

    • Brubaker: I believe in the freedom of the press too, when they are investigation corruption, Watergate, something like that. Is that what's going on here? Referencing the Watergate political scandal during the presidency of Richard Nixon that began with five men being arrested after breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel complex in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 1972.

    • Mimi: Just like Mastroianni. Alluding to hotblooded Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni known for his many affairs and love of women.

    • The title represents the child's tale of Chicken Little running around telling everyone that the Sky is Falling. In this episode the Chicken Hawk is the predator of the small chicks in reference to kids.

    • The allusion is a line from the Sammy Davis' song 'The Candy Man', the reference is in the title as well as the nickname of dope pusher Davey aka the Candy Man.

    • Baretta talks to Mike and says, 'You're making me feel like I'm with Spanky and Our Gang'. And reference to his early beginnings on the show where he started out on.

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  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Tony Baretta, streetwise cop and master of disguise, strolled into our living rooms each week to the sounds of Sammy Davis Jr. singing Baretta's motto- "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time". Bad guys beware- he's quirky, but always gets his man!

    By rockin01, Mar 10, 2007

  • a psycho and his bird

    By CAPNDEL, Jul 11, 2006

  • To be honest, I would have preferred to spend my time elsewhere than finish watching this

    By TERCEIRA02, Jun 16, 2006

  • What other people say about Baretta doesn't bring it any justice. To give it anything less than a 10 would be an outrage. What's good about it?

    By ara3dd0g16, Apr 13, 2006

  • A great show for its time.

    By angelsxo, Jul 03, 2005

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