The Law & Harry McGraw

The Law & Harry McGraw is an American mystery crime drama television series created by Peter S. Fischer and a spin-off of Murder, She Wrote that aired on CBS from September 27, 1987, to February 10, 1988.[1]

The Law & Harry McGraw
GenreCrime drama
Police procedural
Created byPeter S. Fischer
StarringJerry Orbach
Barbara Babcock
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Producer(s)Tom Sawyer
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Corymore Productions
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27) 
February 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)
Related showsMurder, She Wrote


The series stars Jerry Orbach as a loudmouthed, uncouth, old school private detective who continually finds himself solving mysteries on behalf of the prim and proper attorney (played by Barbara Babcock), who has an office across the hall. The attorney, Ellie Maginnis, finds McGraw's methods somewhat hard to digest, albeit effective, and a romantic attraction between the two is suggested although the series didn't last long enough for such a subplot to fully develop.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Dead Men Don't Make Phone Calls"Peter CranePeter S. FischerSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)
2"State of the Art"TBATBASeptember 29, 1987 (1987-09-29)
3"Beware the Ides of May"TBATBAOctober 6, 1987 (1987-10-06)
4"Mr. Chapman, I Presume?"Sigmund Neufeld Jr.Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van SickleOctober 13, 1987 (1987-10-13)
5"The Fallen Arrow"TBATBAOctober 20, 1987 (1987-10-20)
6"Rappaport Is Back in Town"TBATBAOctober 27, 1987 (1987-10-27)
7"Angela's Secret"TBATBANovember 3, 1987 (1987-11-03)
8"Old Heroes Never Lie"TBATBANovember 10, 1987 (1987-11-10)
9"Solve It Again, Harry"TBATBANovember 17, 1987 (1987-11-17)
10"Yankee Boodle Dandy"TBATBADecember 1, 1987 (1987-12-01)
11"Murder by a Landslide"TBATBADecember 8, 1987 (1987-12-08)
12"Gilhooley's Is History"TBARalph Meyering Jr.January 13, 1988 (1988-01-13)
13"She's Not Wild About Harry"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1988 (1988-01-20)
14"Waiting Game"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1988 (1988-01-27)
15"Harry Does the Hustle"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1988 (1988-02-03)
16"Maginnis for the People"Allen ReisnerTBAFebruary 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)


After the show's fast cancellation (it lasted a little more than a half-season), Orbach reprised the role of Harry McGraw in a few episodes of Murder, She Wrote before a few years later moving on to play NYPD Senior detective Lennie Briscoe on fellow NBCUniversal series Law & Order.[6][7]

Home media

The complete series was released in Australia by Madman Entertainment in 2012 as a 5-Disc (PAL Format) box set for region 4.[8]


  1. "The Law And Harry McGraw and Murder, She Wrote". Poobala. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  2. "Harry McGraw". Thrilling Detective. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  3. (via Goggle Boks)Rowan, Terry (2015). Whodoneit! A Film Guide. Lulu. p. 284. ISBN 9781312308060.
  4. "The Law & Harry McGraw - Starring Jerry Orbach". Vintage TV and more. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  5. (via Goggle Boks)Rowan, Terry (2015). Whodoneit! A Film Guide. Lulu. p. 264. ISBN 9781312308060.
  6. "Point of View". Law & Order. Season 3. Episode 9. November 25, 1992. NBC.
  7. "TNT Pays Month-Long Tribute to Beloved Law & Order Detective Lennie Briscoe". The Futon Critic. Futon Media. September 18, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. " The Law and Harry McGraw". Amazon. Retrieved June 4, 2016.

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