The 118 hour-long episodes (appropriately in B&W) of the crime drama "The Untouchables" were originally broadcast on ABC from 1959-1963. The first 16 episodes of Season Two are listed below with their original air dates.
The series was promoted as a docudrama-type presentation based on the real-life cases of government agent Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) during the 1930's. Despite this claim the promoters took considerable liberties with the actual history of Ness's squad of "Untouchables" (incorruptible) as well considerable dramatic license as every G-man vs the mob cliché and caricature was incorporated into stories.
The style is less like a docudrama than the screaming headlines of a scandal focused Hearst newspaper from the era; complete with a Walter Winchell's newsreel-like narration. But this added zip to the series and made it a big hit. The many stereotypes simply made the story telling more efficient and did not interfere with the viewer getting into the story.
The episodes are of two basic types; macro (big-name crime bosses) and micro (innocents and low-level hoods caught up in forces over which they have little control). Although the macro type episodes are the ones most subject to historical liberties, both types work reasonably well and the ability of the series to shift between them gave the writers a lot more potential material to work with and in part accounted for the series not running out of gas after just a season or two.
Stack and the actors playing his main agents generally remain intact from the first season. These include Nick Georgiade as Rossi, Paul Picerni as Hobson, Steve London as Rossman, Abel Fernandez as Youngfellow, and Jerry Paris as Flaherty. Frank Nitti (Bruce Gordon) was the most prominent of the villains.
Apparently the series was an annoyance to then FBI. head J. Edgar Hoover, who frequently had to explain that Ness and his men were agents of the Treasury Department, not the FBI.
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
The Rusty Heller Story: 13 October 1960, Jack 'Legs' Diamond: 20 October 1960, Nicky: 30 November 1960, The Waxey Gordon Story: 10 November 1960, The Mark of Cain: 17 November 1960, A Seat on the Fence: 24 November 1960, The Purple Gang: 1 December 1960, Kiss of Death Girl: 8 December 1960, The Larry Fay Story: 15 December 1960, The Otto Frick Story: 22 December 1960, The Tommy Karpeles Story: 29 December 1960, The Big Train: Part 1: 5 January1961, The Big Train: Part 2: 12 January 1961, The Masterpiece: 19 January 1961, The Organization: 26 January 1961, The Jamaica Ginger Story: 2 February 1961