|All Creatures Great and Small (British TV: 1978-1980, and in 1983, 1985, 1988-1990, 90 episodes) starring Christopher Timothy,
Robert Hardy, Peter Davison,
Carol Drinkwater, Lynda
|The British television series was inspired by the semi-autobiographical books by British veterinary surgeon
Alf Wight (1916-1995), published under the pseudonym James Herriot.
|Castle (2009 to present)
starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, John Huertas,
|Inspired by the television series and attributed to the
lead character Richard Castle, the real author of these
books has not yet been revealed, but according to Jeannie Ruesch's, June 28, 2010 blog, it may be
Tom Straw, an author who appeared in the show (uncredited).
|Honey West (1965-1966, 30 episodes) starring Anne Francis,
John Ericson, Irene Hervey
|The TV series was based on the books by
G.G. Fickling, a pseudonym for Gloria and Forrest E.
"Skip" Fickling, a husband and wife writing team.
|Monk (2002-2009, 125 episodes) starring Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard||By author Lee Goldberg, 15 original stories based on the Mr. Monk character.
|Perry Mason (1957-1966, 271 episodes) starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins, Wesley Lau, Richard Anderson||The series was based on novels by Erle Stanley
Gardner. Eighty-two Perry Mason novels were
published beginning with The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933) through The Case of the Postponed Murder (published posthumously) (1973). See a complete list
Many of the books and episodes contain titles that are alliterative, such as "The Case of the Lucky Legs" and "The Case of the Dangerous Dowager".
|Peter Gunn (1958-1961, 114 episodes) starring Craig Stevens, Lola Albright, Herschel Bernardi, Hope Emerson, Minerva Urecal||Peter Gunn (1960) by Henry Kane is an original story, based on the characters created by Blake Edwards
in the television series. Henry Kane is also the creator
of Peter Chambers, another suave private eye.
|It Takes a Thief (1968-1970, 66 episodes) starring Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Fred Astaire, Ed Binns
A current television series called White Collar (2009 to present) is
also based on the old proverb,
"It takes a thief to catch a thief." White Collar stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, with Diahann Carroll as June Ellington, a recurring character.
|Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (1955) starring Cary Grant was the inspiration for It Takes a Thief, though the
series was not based on it. The Hitchcock film was
based on the book To Catch a Thief (1952), a thriller,
by David F. Dodge.
|Twilight Zone (1959-1964, 156 episodes) created by Rod Serling.
This anthology series featured both established stars (Joan Blondell,
Ann Blyth, Buster Keaton, Burgess Meredith, Ed Wynn) and younger actors (Veronica Cartwright, Bill Bixby, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Duvall, Mariette Hartley, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Robert Redford), who
went on to become famous.
|As well as creating the series, Serling was the head writer. Here is a list of the Twilight Zone books published during the run of the series.