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The Name of the Game

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The Name of the Game
Premiere September 20, 1968
Finale March 19, 1971
Creator Jennings Lang
Network/Provider NBC
Style 90-minute mystery adventure drama
Company Universal Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 76
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Name of the Game is an adventure program that aired on NBC.

The series was based on the 1966 television movie Fame Is the Name of the Game, directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Tony Franciosa. The Name of the Game rotated among three characters working at Howard Publications, a large magazine publishing company — Jeff Dillon (Franciosa), a crusading reporter with People magazine (before there was a real-life People magazine); Glenn Howard (Gene Barry, taking over for George Macready, who had originated the role in the earlier film), the sophisticated, well-connected publisher; and Dan Farrell (Robert Stack), the editor of Crime magazine. Serving as a common connection was newcomer Susan Saint James as Peggy Maxwell, the editorial assistant for each.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Robert Stack Dan Farrell * * *
Gene Barry Glenn Howard * * *
Tony Franciosa Jeff Dillon * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3
Cliff Potts Andy Hill *
Jo De Winter Helena * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 20, 1968 March 21, 1969 26
Season Two September 19, 1969 April 10, 1970 26
Season Three September 18, 1970 March 19, 1971 24


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One October 28, 2014

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