The Lawless Years (1959–1961)

TV Series  |   |  Crime, Drama
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 45 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Barney Ruditsky is a New York City police officer in the Roaring '20s who fights organized crime. The show was loosely based on the real life Rudisky who was a New York police officer ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

Comic Lemaire Dies
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 951 titles
created 20 Mar 2012
 
a list of 1175 titles
created 15 Nov 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Lawless Years (1959–1961)

The Lawless Years (1959–1961) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Lawless Years.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1961   1960   1959  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

M Squad (1957–1960)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.

Stars: Lee Marvin, Paul Newlan, Gail Kobe
Treasury Men in Action (1950–1955)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A squad of Treasury Department agents, headed by "The Chief", go after counterfeiters and other criminals who commit crimes that fall under the Treasure Department's jurisdiction.

Stars: Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, Tom McKee
Man with a Camera (1958–1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Former combat cameraman Mike Kovac is now a freelance photographer in New York City, specializing in difficult and dangerous assignments where he can get the kinds of pictures that other ... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Bronson, James Flavin, Ludwig Stössel
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Will J. White
The Veil (TV Mini-Series 1958)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews
Racket Squad (TV Series 1950)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.

Stars: Reed Hadley, Hugh Beaumont, Robert Bray
Lock Up (1959–1961)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Cases taken from the files and case histories of renowned Philadelphia defense attorney Herbert L. Maris.

Stars: Macdonald Carey, John Doucette, Joan Granville
Checkmate (1960–1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Richard Diamond is a suave private eye who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York, then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles, where he tools around in a convertible with a car ... See full summary »

Stars: David Janssen, Roxane Brooks, Russ Conway
Laredo (1965–1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith
Private Secretary (1953–1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Don Porter, Ann Tyrrell
Mackenzie's Raiders (1958–1959)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Colonel Mackenzie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark near Brackettville in Kinney County in southwest Texas, during the 1870's receives secret orders from U.S. President ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, Art Gilmore, Riley Hill
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Barney Ruditsky (45 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert Karnes ...
 Max Fields (21 episodes, 1959-1961)
Edit

Storyline

Barney Ruditsky is a New York City police officer in the Roaring '20s who fights organized crime. The show was loosely based on the real life Rudisky who was a New York police officer during the period. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

police | See All (1) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 April 1959 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (47 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good series.
11 May 2015 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I have watched nearly every episode of this series.

The plots are based on the memoirs of the real life gangster squad detective and - for me - I prefer this show without the narration of the Untouchables which was spoken in capital letters throughout.

This was a good series and is well worth a look, there is a realism about the way ordinary people were frightened into submission and there isn't the epilogue at the end of each episode which so ruins many shows.

Each episode starts with a slide show detailing the thugs who feature and there is no sympathy from Ruditsky for any of them. What makes this series really great is the fact that the real life Barney Ruditsky was technical adviser - there is an understated realism in each episode.

Believable characters and real stories - well worth a watch.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Will they ever release the last season on DVD? rbecker28
Discuss The Lawless Years (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page