The Psychiatrist

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NBC (ended 1971)

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Roy Thinnes was appealing and convincing as a serious young psychiatrist in the six episodes of this 1971 series. Luther Adler played Thinnes' mentor. "The Psychiatrist" was one of four hour-long series making up "Four in One". The other series were "McCloud" with Dennis Weaver, "Rod Serling's Night Gallery", and "San Francisco International Airport" with Lloyd Bridges and Clu Gulager. Roy Thinnes was thirty-two years old when this series was made. This was his third prime time series after playing Ben Quick in "The Long Hot Summer" (1965-66) and David Vincent in Quinn Martin's "The Invaders" (1967-68). Executive producer Norman Felton ("Dr. Kildare", "The Man From Uncle") was updating his previous superb psychiatry series "The Eleventh Hour" (1962-64). Roy Thinnes had guest starred in a strong episode of "The Eleventh Hour" about family therapy along with Angela Lansbury, Martin Balsam, Tuesday Weld, and Don Grady. Twenty-eight year old Jerrold Freedman was the ambitious producer of "The Psychiatrist". Freedman now writes novels under the name J. F. Freedman, and is hoping to have one of his detective novels turned into a TV movie. The creators of "The Psychiatrist" were Richard Levinson and William LInk ("Columbo"). Steven Spielberg (at 24) brilliantly directed two of the six episodes. One of Spielberg's episodes was about a troubled 12-year old boy and the other was about a young golfer (Clu Gulager) dying of cancer. It would be a fine footnote to film history if Spielberg's two dazzling episodes of "The Psychiatrist" were captured on DVD. The other four episodes of "The Psychiatrist" also had talented directors: Daryl Duke ("Payday", "The Thorn Birds"), Jeff Corey, Douglas Day Stewart, and producer Jerrold Freedman ("A Cold Night's Death"). Joe Alves, Jr. was the art director of "The Psychiatrist". Alves went on to be art director of "The Sugarland Express" and production designer of "Jaws" and "Close Enounters of the Third Kind".moreless
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