November 8, 2016 by getTV Staff
The series was simply titled Staccato when it premiered on NBC in September 1959. Ten episodes later it was renamed Johnny Staccato after its main character, a jazz pianist who doubles as a private detective. Set in New York City, Johnny Staccato shows the seedy underbelly of the crime-ridden metropolis. Jazz is the backdrop of this series and it follows many of the conventions of film noir, which had played a part in television since the medium’s inception in the late 1940s.