The Eddie Capra Mysteries was a mystery drama series, starring Vincent Baggetta in the lead role.
The show aired from September 8, 1978 to January 12, 1979, lasting for only one season and 13 episodes.
The series centered on Eddie Capra, an unconventional young lawyer who recently graduated from New York University Law School and works for Devlin, Linkman and O'Brien, a conventional, snooty, and very prestigious law firm in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in criminal cases.
Headstrong, rebellious and quirky, shunning court appearances because he dislikes wearing a tie and usually ignoring established legal and police procedures, Eddie tends to rush off and play detective when one of the firm's clients is indicted, seeking evidence with which to exonerate the client (sometimes to the consternation of his colleagues) before the case ever reaches court.
Lacey Brown is his secretary, personal friend and sometime girlfriend & Jennie is her precocious daughter. Harvey Winchell (an investigator for the firm) is Eddie's enthusiastic young assistant and J. J. Devlin, an irascible senior partner in the firm, is Eddie's boss. He also frequently calls his brother by phone but is never seen on camera. Former Mets/Braves pitcher Buzz Capra
Each episode is constructed in the "classic style" of a detective show, opening with a graphic depiction of a puzzling murder and then following Eddie as he interviews witnesses and other people who might not be telling the truth and uncovers clues missed by the authorities one-by-one until they lead to the killer.
In the episode's climax, Eddie usually gathers all the suspects in one room (often a courtroom) and uses deductive reasoning to explain which one of the suspects is guilty.
The series employs a gimmick in which viewers (who receive no more or less information than Eddie) are challenged to identify the murderer before Eddie does.
- Vincent Baggetta as Eddie Capra
- Wendy Phillips as Lacey Brown
- Ken Swofford as J.J. Devlin
- Michael Horton as Harvey Winchell
- Seven Anne McDonald as Jennie Brown
The series premiered on September 8, 1978 with a two-hour pilot episode, "The Eddie Capra Mysteries" and aired on NBC on Fridays at 10:00 p.m. throughout the rest of its run.
Its last original episode aired on January 12, 1979, but during the summer of 1979, NBC broadcast reruns of the show in its 10:00 p.m. Friday time slot from June to September.
Reruns of series returned to the air in prime time in the summer of 1990 when CBS broadcast episodes of the show at 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays from July 26 to August 30 as a temporary replacement for the series "Wiseguy".