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Surfside Six

Surfside 6
Van Williams in Surfside 6
Format Private detective series
Created by William T. Orr and
Hugh Benson
Starring Troy Donohue
Van Williams
Lee Patterson
Diane McBain
Margarita Sierra
Theme music composer Jerry Livingston and
Mack David
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 74 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) Jerry Davis
Charles Hoffman
Ed Jurist
Joel Rogosin
Tom McKnight
Mack David
Location(s) California
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
Original run October 6, 1960 –
June 25, 1962
Preceded by Bourbon Street Beat
Related shows 77 Sunset Strip
Hawaiian Eye

Surfside 6 was an ABC television series which aired from 1960 to 1962. The show centered on a Miami Beach detective agency set on a houseboat and featured Troy Donahue as Sandy Winfield II; Van Williams as Kenny Madison (a character recycled from Bourbon Street Beat); and Lee Patterson as Dave Thorne. Diane McBain co-starred as socialite Daphne Dutton, whose yacht was berthed next to their houseboat. Margarita Sierra also had a supporting role as Cha Cha O'Brien, an entertainer who worked at The Boom Boom Room, a popular Miami Beach hangout at the Fontainebleau Hotel, directly across the street from Surfside 6. Surfside 6 was in fact a real address in Miami Beach, where an unrelated houseboat was moored at the time; it can also be seen in the sweeping aerial establishing shot of the Fontainebleu in 1964's Goldfinger.

Description and theme song

Surfside 6 was one of four detective TV series produced by Warner Brothers around that time, the others being 77 Sunset Strip (set in L.A.), Hawaiian Eye (set in Hawaii), and the aforementioned Bourbon Street Beat (set in New Orleans). Plots, scripts (changing the names and locales), characters, and almost everything else crossed over from one series to another, not a difficult feat since they were all actually shot on the studio's backlots in Los Angeles.

Surfside 6 had a memorable theme song, written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David. The theme has often been parodied in popular culture. The lyrics varied from week to week, but "Surfside 6" and "In Miami Beach!" stayed intact. When the women would be introduced, the melody picked up with back-up singers singing "Cha Cha Cha" when the announcer introduced Margarita Sierra, who vamped exaggeratedly and winked at the camera during this brief weekly sequence.

In its first season, Surfside 6 was paired opposite the CBS sitcoms Bringing Up Buddy and The Danny Thomas Show and NBC's Western Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson. In the second year, Surfide 6 competed against Danny Thomas and The Andy Griffith Show on CBS and NBC's short-lived but highly acclaimed 87th Precinct starring Robert Lansing, a series about a fictitious New York City police precinct.

Episode list

See List of Surfside 6 episodes


Sandy Winfield II: Troy Donahue
Kenny Madison: Van Williams
Dave Thorne: Lee Patterson
Daphne Dutton: Diane McBain
Cha Cha O'Brien: Margarita Sierra Mousie: Mousie Gardener I

External links

  • at Thrilling Detective website
  • at Classic TV Hits website
  • Internet Movie Database
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