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Honey West is significant as the first woman detective to appear as the central character an American network television series. While women had portrayed investigators, police reporters, FBI agents and undercover operatives in crime drama formats from the earliest days of television, they typically shared billing as sidekick characters, worked at occupations more commonplace than detective or were cast in secondary roles. Examples would include, among others, journalist Lorelei Kilbourne in the series Big Town (1950-56), international art gallery owner turned sleuth, Mme. Lui-Tsong, in The Gallery of Mme. Lui-Tsong (1951) and girl Friday Maggie Peters in The Investigators (1961). Honey West took this activity to another level. Her principal work was operating a detective agency and, unquestionably, she was the star of her show. Featuring actress Anne Francis in the title role, the ABC series was broadcast for one season (1965-66) and broke ground for other female detective/spy programs to follow.

Show Description Credit: The Museum of Broadcast Communications
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Last Airing May 09, 1966
Premiere September 17, 1965
Episodes 30
Network ABC
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
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