CBS (ended 1960)


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Tightrope featured Mike Connors as Nick Stone, a cop who was assigned the task of infiltrating organized crime as an undercover special agent. Many of the police units he helped did not know he was a plant, requiring him to dodge bullets from both sides. Stone wore a gun up front like normal, but also had a hidden one holstered sideways on the back of his belt with the result being any time he was frisked for a weapon, they always quit the search after the first weapon was found, leaving him still armed for the final showdown. Although the series was a hit with viewers, it was eventually canceled due to pressure and complaints about excessive violence. For syndication, the show was heavily edited to remove most of its violence and grittiness, causing the episodes to loose the edge of their original showing.