O'Hara, U.S. Treasury

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
Genre Crime drama
Created by James E. Moser
Jack Webb
Written by Fletcher Beaumont
Richard Carlson
James Doherty
Jackson Gillis
Herman Groves
Robert I. Holt
William P. McGivern
Dick Morgan
James E. Moser
Tony Patino
Herb Purdum
Gilbert Ralston
Bill Rega
Hank Searls
Jack Turley
Dan Ullman
David H. Vowell
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
Lawrence Dobkin
Sam Freedle
Daniel Haller
Paul Krasny
Paul Landres
Gerald Mayer
Dick Moder
James Neilson
Allen Reisner
Ron Winston
Starring David Janssen
Theme music composer Ray Heindorf
William Lava
Composer(s) Fred Steiner
William Lava
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 + Pilot
Executive producer(s) Jack Webb
Producer(s) Leonard B. Kaufman
Cinematography Fred Mandl
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Mark VII Limited
David Janssen Enterprises Inc.
Universal Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1971 – March 10, 1972

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (on-screen title is O'Hara, United States Treasury) is an American television crime drama starring David Janssen and broadcast by CBS during the 1971-72 television season. Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited packaged the program for Universal Television. Webb and longtime colleague James E. Moser created the show; Leonard B. Kaufman was the producer. The series was produced with the full approval and cooperation of the United States Department of the Treasury.


O'Hara, U.S. Treasury starred Janssen (whose company co-produced the show with Mark VII) as the title character, Treasury Agent Jim O'Hara. A county sheriff from Nebraska whose wife and child died in a fire, O'Hara cut all ties with his past life. He put in an application with the United States Department of the Treasury, which accepted him.

As a "T-Man," O'Hara was available to any of the various law enforcement agencies then part of the Department, all of which cooperated in this positive portrayal of their various organizations, much in the manner of the Los Angeles Police Department with Webb's Dragnet and Adam-12. These included the Secret Service, the Intelligence Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, the then-Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of IRS, and the then-Customs Bureau.

O'Hara sometimes worked undercover. Janssen was the series' only regular, as he was given a different assignment at the start of each weekly episode.

Guest stars in the series' brief run included: Bruce Bennett, Godfrey Cambridge, William Conrad, Yvonne Craig, Will Geer, Frank Gorshin, Alan Hale, Jr., Martha Hyer, Marilyn Maxwell, Ricardo Montalban, Judy Pace, Leslie Parrish, Larry Pennell, Brock Peters, Marion Ross, Don Stroud, George Takei, Jessica Tandy, Angel Tompkins, Lindsay Wagner, Betty White, Joseph Wiseman, Lana Wood and Dana Wynter.

O'Hara marked the first Mark VII show to run a full hour in length; all of Webb's previous efforts (excepting the TV-movie pilot for Dragnet 1967) ran in half-hour episodes. It was also one of the few he did not package for NBC. The show failed in the Nielsen ratings against ABC's Partridge Family and Room 222 and ended after a one-season run. Reruns were later shown on the A&E Network in the 1990s and on Retro Television Network in the 2000s.[1]


No. Title Original air date Production
1"Operation: Big Store"September 17, 1971101
2"Operation: Bandera"September 24, 1971102
3"Operation: Stolen Bonds"October 1, 1971103
4"Operation: Bribery"October 8, 1971104
5"Operation: Time-Fuse"October 15, 1971105
6"Operation: Offset"October 22, 1971106
7"Operation: Hot Shot"October 29, 1971107
8"Operation: Spread"November 5, 1971108
9"Operation: Deadhead"November 12, 1971109
10"Operation: Hijack"November 26, 1971110
11"Operation: Crystal Springs"December 3, 1971111
12"Operation: Payoff"December 10, 1971112
13"Operation: Moonshine"December 17, 1971113
14"Operation: XW-1"January 7, 1972114
15"Operation: Lady Luck"January 14, 1972115
16"Operation: Deathwatch"January 21, 1972116
17"Operation: White Fire"January 28, 1972117
18"Operation: Dorias"February 4, 1972118
19"Operation: Rake-Off"February 11, 1972119
20"Operation: Mr. Felix"February 18, 1972120
21"Operation: Good Citizen"March 3, 1972121
22"Operation: Smoke Screen"March 10, 1972122

Award nomination

Year Award Result Category
1972 Golden Globe Award Nominated Best TV Show - Drama


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