I Spyis an Americansecret-agentadventure television series that ran for three seasons onNBCfrom September 15, 1965 to April 15, 1968 and teamed USintelligence agentsKelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and Alexander "Scotty" Scott (Bill Cosby), travelingundercoveras international "tennisbums". Robinson poses as an amateur with Scott as his trainer, playing against wealthy opponents in return for food and lodging. Their work involved chasing villains, spies, and beautiful women.
The creative forces behind the show were writersDavid FriedkinandMorton Fineand cinematographerFouad Said. Together they formed Triple F Productions under the aegis ofDesilu Productionswhere the show was produced. Fine and Friedkin (who previously wrote scripts for radio'sBroadway Is My BeatandCrime Classicsunder producer-directorElliott Lewis) were co-producers and head writers, and wrote the scripts for 16 episodes, one of which Friedkin directed. Friedkin also dabbled in acting and appeared in two episodes in the first season.
Actor-producerSheldon Leonard, known for playing gangster roles in the 1940s and 1950s, was the executive producer (receiving top billing before the title in the series' opening title sequence). He also played a gangster-villain role in two episodes and appeared in a third show as himself in a humorous cameo. In addition, he directed one episode and served as occasional second-unit director throughout the series.