For this week’s Friday Hall of Famer, we’re doing a call-back crossover with an earlier entry from this month….
‘Felony Squad’ is a half-hour television crime drama originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 12, 1966, to January 31, 1969, a span encompassing seventy-three episodes.
Our inductee is of course Detective Sergeant Sam Stone, because of the three main characters, he’s the only one to appear in three different TV series, the main requirement for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame. Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs only had ‘Felony Squad’, while his son Jim Briggs did make the crossover to ‘Judd For The Defense’.
“The Impractical Joker” (1966)
Window Cameo in which Howard Duff portrays his character of Det. Sgt. Sam Stone.
There are a few other possibilities for theoretical connections for Sgt. Stone. First up is what was probably meant as a reference to the TV series….
‘The Rockford Files’
“The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall” (1978)
From the IMDb:
When Jim confronts Leslie in Paul's apartment she exclaims, "And where do you come off breaking in and then asking questions like somebody out of ‘Felony Squad’?"
Here’s a theory of relateeveety: Sgt. Sam Stone of Los Angeles could have been related to Detective Lt. Mike Stone who working ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, perhaps even brothers. You never know. Like Mushie Muskrat would say, “It’s pozz’ble, just pozz’ble.”