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Season 1 Episode 0

Probe

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 1972 on NBC
9.6
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Two-hour series pilot. Probe One Agent Hugh Lockwood is assigned to find a set of diamonds that have been missing since World War II.

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  • Original concept, splendid introduction to the series

    9.5
    With this episode, it's easy to see why people who watched this show during its one and only U.S. broadcast season are devoted fans. Creator/producer/writer Leslie Stevens had an excellent concept here. The Probe division was unlike any other cloak & dagger operation seen on TV before it. Probe really was a team effort, even more than its predecessor (and probably partly inspiration), the Impossible Missions Force. Virtually every scene ping-ponged between Lockwood and the techies at Probe Control. Here at last were agents who weren't ultracompetent lone wolves from the mold of James Bond. Sure, they were intelligent and resourceful, but they needed lots of support.



    This first Probe Control was amazing. It looked big, like the Project Tick-Tock control room in "The Time Tunnel." Rows of consoles with their operators constantly providing Lockwood with all the information he needed, unlike so many other shows where control room personnel were essentially human props that wouldn't have been missed if they were removed from the scene. All in all, one of those rare pilots which was as good as -- if not better than -- the episodes that followed. It's just a shame that the network decided to retool the series mid-season, turning it into more of a traditional "one man against the villains" show. Even more of a shame that Warner Brothers made the inexplicable decision to keep the show out of the U.S. market in the decades since. While the technology is dated, this show dearly deserves to be released on DVD. But the show has seen part of its concept experience enormous success in recent years, an unintentional legacy of sorts. Where would Jack Bauer be today without CTU feeding all sorts of data and satellite imagery to him non-stop? So it appears Probe/Search was merely 30 years ahead of its time.moreless
John Gielgud

John Gielgud

Harold L. Streeter

Guest Star

Elke Sommer

Elke Sommer

Ullie

Guest Star

Lilia Skala

Lilia Skala

Frau Ullmann

Guest Star

Ford Rainey

Ford Rainey

Aaron Johannes

Recurring Role

Byron Chung

Byron Chung

Kuroda, Probe Control

Recurring Role

Ginny Golden

Ginny Golden

Keach, Probe Control

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    • Burgess Meredith was credited as a guest star in this pilot. Hugh O'Brian was credited as the sole star, unlike in the series where O'Brian, Tony Franciosa and Doug McClure were all credited in every episode, even though only one of them would appear in any given episode.

    • Uncredited in a brief role as a flight attendant was a young Jaclyn Smith, four years before Charlie's Angels made her a star. Cheryl Stoppelmoor would later have a recurring role on Search inside Probe Control. Stoppelmoor would gain fame in 1977 when she would join Jaclyn Smith as Farrah Fawcett-Majors' replacement in Angels, by then credited by her married name, Cheryl Ladd.

    • "Probe" was not officially the name of the episode, it was actually intended to be the name of the series. However, a show in a local Eastern market was already titled Probe and the producers were forced to change the name when the series was sold to avoid a lawsuit.

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