Peter Falk and Joanna Barnes starred in the short-lived TV series “The Trials of O’Brien”
So, this TV show is a little bit before my time (really, it’s a LOT before my time – it was on in 1965!) but it sounds like it was kind of interesting. In The Trials of O’Brien, Peter Falk played a lawyer who liked to quote Shakespeare. Aside from the Lawyer named O’Brien, the other two major characters on the show were O’Brien’s secretary and his ex-wife. That’s pretty interesting – you didn’t see a lot of divorced people on TV back then and you rarely saw divorced people who had relationships with each other post-divorce! I guess Peter Falk really liked The Trials of O’Brien – but it wasn’t on for very long. There are only 22 episodes of The Trials of O’Brien. Maybe the whole divorced guy thing was too progressive for 1965? Maybe the Shakespeare references were too much? Either way, I’d love to see this show for myself. And it sounds like there were a lot of really interesting guest stars on this show, too – here are just a few of the folks who guest starred on The Trials of O’Brien: Milton Berle, David Carradine, Buddy Hackett, Gene Hackman, Rita Moreno, and Martin Sheen! That’s pretty impressive list of guest stars considering that The Trials of O’Brien was only on for 22 episodes!
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