M Squad was an American police drama television series that ran from 1957 to 1960 on NBC. Its format (and opening credits) would later inspire the creation of spoof TV show Police Squad!. Its sponsor was the Pall Mall cigarette brand, of which Lee Marvin, the program's star, appeared in its commercials during the episodes.
Set in Chicago, Illinois, it starred Marvin as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of "M Squad," a special unit of the Chicago Police, assisting other units in battling violent crime city-wide. Paul Newlan co-starred as his boss, Captain Grey. Although Marvin had been appearing in feature films since 1951, it was this series that made him a star and he later went on to an even bigger film career afterward.
Main theme by
Incidental music and arrangements by
John T. Williams
Orchestra conducted by
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 117
John B. Moss
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel NBC
Original run September 20, 1957 – June 28, 1960