Martin Kane, Private Eye was the very first television detective series that began in the fall of 1949. It was first a radio show airing from 1949-1952 on the Mutual Broadcasting System with actors Lloyd Nolan and Lee Tracy playing the part of a New York City private eye. About a month after the radio show launched NBC television network produced a television version of the private eye, and each venue aired totally different episodes, written just for radio and television. The television version ran from 1949-1954, beginning with William Gargan as the intrepid detective for the first two years, and for season three in 1951 the radio actor Lloyd Nolan took over as the television Martin Kane, and the next season Lee Tracy became the privete eye. It was broadcast live each week, and you will see many line flubs and other errors as you watch television history in the making. Many authorities believe that only 5 episodes of the show exist from kinescope copies, but I have found 14 of the shows and present them here.