This series Is based on the real-life story of New Jersey detective David Toma. Toma was a master of disguise and undercover work. Toma himself made a cameo appearance in many episodes.

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Tony Musante ...  Det. David Toma / ... 23 episodes, 1973-1974
Simon Oakland ...  Inspector Spooner 23 episodes, 1973-1974
Susan Strasberg ...  Patty Toma 23 episodes, 1973-1974
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This series Is based on the real-life story of New Jersey detective David Toma. Toma was a master of disguise and undercover work. Toma himself made a cameo appearance in many episodes.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Astucia peligrosa See more »

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Runtime:

(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Stephen J. Cannell created a character named Rockford for a script he wrote for this series. That script was based on a story idea by his boss, Roy Huggins. That script was rejected by ABC, so it was rewritten and eventually became the pilot for the classic NBC series, The Rockford Files: Backlash of the Hunter (1974). See more »

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Brilliant but cancelled
10 October 2005 | by BT-11See all my reviews

"Toma" was based on the real-life exploits of Newark, NJ narcotics detective Dave Toma, who in the late 1960's and early 70's, made a name for himself by using unorthodox techniques to get the goods on criminals. He would often dress up as a nun, rabbi, homeless person or any other average citizen in order to blend in and get the drop on pushers.

This TV series started off with good intentions and was a hard-hitting, realistic urban police drama. But star Tony Musante was worried it was going to go the route of every other cop show and just become formulaic. When he pushed for creative changes, producers pushed back and the show ended after just one season. The concept re-emerged the following year as "Beretta" starring Robert Blake and turned into just the kind of light-weight formulaic show Musante wanted no part of.


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