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    Country
    Runtime 24 – 30 min
    Premiere: World January 11, 1958
    Channel NBC
    Premiere: USA September 20, 1957
    Production Companies Revue StudiosLatimer Productions

    Description

    The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department’s M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.
    s1: e1 — Season 1, Episode 1  

    The Golden Look

    September 20, 1957 7.6
    s1: e2 — Season 1, Episode 2  

    Watchdog

    September 27, 1957 7.1
    s1: e3 — Season 1, Episode 3  

    Neighborhood Killer

    October 4, 1957 6.6
    s1: e4 — Season 1, Episode 4  

    Pete Loves Mary

    October 11, 1957 7.3
    s1: e5 — Season 1, Episode 5  

    Face of Evil

    October 18, 1957 7.4
    s1: e6 — Season 1, Episode 6  

    Street of Fear

    November 1, 1957 7.5
    s1: e7 — Season 1, Episode 7  

    The Matinee Trade

    November 8, 1957 7.5
    s1: e8 — Season 1, Episode 8  

    The Hard Case

    November 15, 1957 7.2
    s1: e9 — Season 1, Episode 9  

    Killer in Town

    November 22, 1957 7.8
    s1: e10 — Season 1, Episode 10  

    Diamond Hard

    November 29, 1957 7.7
    s1: e11 — Season 1, Episode 11  

    The Alibi Witness

    December 6, 1957 7.7
    s1: e12 — Season 1, Episode 12  

    The Specialists

    December 13, 1957 7.2
    s1: e13 — Season 1, Episode 13  

    Family Portrait

    December 20, 1957 7.7
    s1: e14 — Season 1, Episode 14  

    The Palace Guard

    December 27, 1957 7.4
    s1: e15 — Season 1, Episode 15  

    The Slow Trap

    January 3, 1958 7.0
    s1: e16 — Season 1, Episode 16  

    The Cover Up

    January 10, 1958 7.1
    s1: e17 — Season 1, Episode 17  

    Blue Indigo

    January 17, 1958 7.5
    s1: e18 — Season 1, Episode 18  

    The Long Ride

    January 24, 1958 7.8
    s1: e19 — Season 1, Episode 19  

    Shakedown

    January 31, 1958 7.7
    s1: e20 — Season 1, Episode 20  

    Dolly’s Bar

    February 7, 1958 7.6
    s1: e21 — Season 1, Episode 21  

    Lover’s Lane Killing

    February 14, 1958 7.9
    s1: e22 — Season 1, Episode 22  

    The Frightened Wife

    February 21, 1958 7.8
    s1: e23 — Season 1, Episode 23  

    The Black Mermaid

    February 28, 1958 7.8
    s1: e24 — Season 1, Episode 24  

    The Man in Hiding

    March 7, 1958 7.9
    s1: e25 — Season 1, Episode 25  

    Chicago Bluebeard

    March 14, 1958 7.8
    s1: e26 — Season 1, Episode 26  

    Girl Lost

    March 21, 1958 7.6
    s1: e27 — Season 1, Episode 27  

    Hideout

    March 28, 1958 7.8
    s1: e28 — Season 1, Episode 28  

    Shot in the Dark

    April 4, 1958 8.1
    s1: e29 — Season 1, Episode 29  

    The Twenty-Six Girl

    April 11, 1958 7.8
    s1: e30 — Season 1, Episode 30  

    The Fight

    April 18, 1958 8.3

    Сast and Crew

    Music

    The theme music for the first season was composed by Stanley Wilson, who won the 1959 Grammy Award for the Best Soundtrack Album and Background Score from Motion Picture or Television. In the second and third seasons, the new theme was composed by Count Basie.

    A soundtrack album, Music from M Squad, with liner notes by Lee Marvin, was released by RCA Victor Records in 1959 during the last season of the show.

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