Escape (1973 TV series)

Escape is an American anthology series that aired on the NBC network from February 11 to September 9, 1973.[1] The show was a production of Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited for Universal Television. It aired on Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. Eastern, following the NBC Mystery Movie.

Created byJack Webb
Directed byWyllis Cooper
Narrated byJack Webb
Theme music composerFrank Comstock
Composer(s)Frank Comstock
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)Robert A. Cinader
Producer(s)Jerome H. Stanley
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24 mins.
Production company(s)Mark VII Limited
Universal Television
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseFebruary 11 (1973-02-11) 
September 9, 1973 (1973-09-09)


Webb, best known for portraying Joe Friday on the long-running Dragnet, narrated this half-hour anthology series about people who found themselves in dangerous situations and who had to muster enough ingenuity and rely upon luck to save themselves from otherwise certain death. Like several of the other shows Webb packaged through the years, the format was that of a semi-documentary, with the narration punctuating the scenes.

Intended as a trial run for a permanent slot during the 1973-74 season, the show did not do well in the ratings and ended after only four episodes. Reruns were broadcast that summer.


Title Original air date
1"Hold Down"
"The Sub"
February 25, 1973 (1973-02-25)
2"Render Safe"March 11, 1973 (1973-03-11)
3"The Wilderness"March 25, 1973 (1973-03-25)
4"Walk South"April 1, 1973 (1973-04-01)


  1. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). "Escape (Adventure Anthology)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 368. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.


  • Alex McNeil (1984). Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present (revised ed.). New York: Penguin.
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