This was one of the more realistic police series to
be seen on television, created by former Los Angeles
policeman Joseph Wambaugh. After retiring from the force,
Wambaugh had written two successful novels about police
operations. Wambaugh served as a consultant to this series,
insuring that everything was treated with utmost authenticity.
Stories covered the more mundane aspects of police work as
well as the excitement. They probed the psychology of
individual police officers and even dealt with their home
lives, how their jobs affected their families, and personal
problems such as drinking, injuries, and forced retirement.
Two episodes from Police Story went on to become series of
their own. "The Gamble" was aired on March 26, 1974, with
Angie Dickinson in the role of policewoman Lisa Beaumont.
That fall, with her named changed to Pepper Anderson, she
became Police Woman. "The Return of Joe Forrester," aired
on May 6, 1975, became Joe Forrester that fall, with Lloyd
Bridges re-creating his role. Although Police Story was an
anthology, characters occasionally made return appearances.
Six additional Police Story movies were aired
on NBC and ABC in 1987 and 1988.