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Toma


Police drama based on the real life adventures of unorthodox New Jersey police detective David Toma. Tony Musante starred in the title role as Toma with Susan Strasberg and Simon Oakland co-starring as his wife and police superior. The series was canceled after one season because Musante had only signed on for one and refused to re-sign. ABC wanted to bring back the show so they signed Robert Blake to star as the second Toma. Blake balked at playing a character created by another actor so the name of this second incarnation of Toma was changed to Baretta.
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Final: 1x22 -- The Accused (May/10/1974)


While patrolling a riot-ridden neighborhood, a heavily armed police officer (Claude Akins) opens fire on a seemingly harmless looting suspect.
Cast
Tony MusanteTony Musante
As Detective David Toma
Susan StrasbergSusan Strasberg
As Patty Toma
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Inspector Spooner
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Recaps
1x1: The Oberon Contract recap: In tonight's effort. Toma, briskly portrayed by Tony Musante, appears in no less than five disguises while trying to clear Eddie Siatti, an ex junkie friend (Martin Sheen), of a murder frame-up.
The deceased is a silver-haired city councilman who is shot dead in the opening scene by a swarthy man in a dark suit. It turns out the councilman is on the take from the mob, even though he's a former cop. His heart stoppage stems from an impending sub-poena ordering him to testify before a local crime commission. It also turns out the police find the murder gun, which belongs to the ex-junkie. He promptly barges into Toma's home, seeking sanctuary and frightening Toma's wife (Susan Strasberg) no end.
The ex-junkie gets shook up a bit himself when Toma comes home and learns of the barging. When Toma cools off, he persuades the kid to surrender while he personally checks out the case. The checkout soon puts him on the trail of the killer, who has been hired by Jake Ricci, a sinister mob boss, who speaks softly, wears expensive threads and has a young grandson he dotes on. When the gunsel warns the boss that Toma is hot on the trail, the old man pulls him aside and snarls: "Not in front of the kid. Never in front of the kid."
Toma solves the case amid suitable gunfire and running villains... read more.
Crew

Creator: Edward Hume
Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Producer: Roy Huggins
Editor: Gloryette Clark
Music: Mike Post, Pete Carpenter
Director of Photography: Vilis Lapenieks
Art Director: Robert Luthardt
Main Title Theme: Mike Post, Pete Carpenter
Sound: Terry Kellum

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Recurring Guests

David Toma as Det. Vinnie Cecca (5 eps)
Philip Michael Thomas as Bad Sam (4 eps)
Peter Brocco as unknown (3 eps)
Michael Baseleon as Harry (3 eps)
Abel Franco as Julio (2 eps)
Bruce Kirby as unknown (2 eps)
Nicholas Colasanto as Carlo Prolaci (2 eps)
Joseph Hindy as Jack Angelus (2 eps)
Abe Vigoda as Unknown (2 eps)
John Milford as Harrison (2 eps)

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Warning: Toma guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 04, 1973
Ended: August 29, 1974
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