Ray Starman Surveys 20th Century Noir-style TV Series and Programmes



Shadowy, mysterious figures skulking in dark city streets plotting or running from some unknown threat. In movies, tough but weary anti-heroes like Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, and Lauren Bacall played fast and loose with corruption and evil, trying to right wrongs and keep their own doubts in check at the same time. “Film Noir” explores our post World War II anxieties about everything–relationships, society, and good and evil.

With shows such as “Dragnet,” “The Untouchables,” and “Peter Gunn,” TV began to embrace the same dark characteristics creating “TV Noir,” a tradition that continued with “The Fugitive,” “NYPD,” “Miami Vice,” and even “The X-Files.”

TV Noir analyzes over 50 years of classic TV shows in all their venues from uncompromising guys like Jack Webb and Robert Stack to sympathetic victims like David Janssen and Patrick McGoohan to maverick on-the-edge types like Don Johnson and David Duchovney.


  1. April 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    Always go after your heart.

  2. Raymond M. Starman
    September 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t forget about my new book The Sitcom Class Wars available from amazon and tbmbooks.com. Includes profile of 60 classic american sitcoms, rare interview with actress Joyce Randolph of The Honeymooners and depth analysis of humor and class differences and how they operated in vesting these great shows.

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  4. Anonymous
    September 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Remember you gave me the noir book and I sent it to Maurice leon amazon
    You were extremely rude to me for no reason shame on you shame on you
    Your former classmate from roosevelt

  5. Anonymous
    September 24, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Along with my book TV Noir I also wrote The Sitcom Class Wars for which I received a consultant’s screen credit for CNN’s documentary series The History of Sitcom, episode 6 titled Movin On Up. Sitcom also received superior reviews from NEPCA (the Northeast Popular Culture Association), Professor Daniel Horowitz of Smith College and critic and historian Mirtchell Hadley of itsabouttv.com. TV Noir was also used in a course at The Sorbonne taught by Professor Dennis Broe of Long Island University-Brooklyn.

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