Ken Tucker
November 12, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

M Squad: The Complete Series

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lee Marvin
guest performer
Leonard Nimoy, Burt Reynolds
genre
Crime

We gave it an B+

An important rediscovery: M Squad, the late-’50s series starring Lee Marvin as a Chicago cop (the M stands for murder) constructed its episodes like half-hour film noirs. ”I’m not a nice guy,” says the chain-smoking Marvin to a hood, and you believe him. Where the other signature cop show of this era, Dragnet, was intentionally dry, M Squad is jittery; Marvin looks eager ?to pop a perp in the kisser. Look for a young Leonard Nimoy and Burt Reynolds as ?guest stars. Plus, on ?its own disc, moody soundtrack music by jazz greats including Count Basie. B+

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