77 Sunset Strip


77 Sunset Strip is the office of two private detectives, Stu Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith), both of whom are former secret agents. They’re right next door to an upscale restaurant, Dino’s Lodge where Gerald Lloyd Kookson II, aka Kookie, (a hipster played by Edd Byrnes) works as a valet and provides some comic relief. Kookie sometimes helps the two detectives on their cases and eventually joined them full time.

The success of 77 Sunset Strip led to several other similar detective shows such as Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, and Surfside 6.

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Network: ABC
Broadcast: 1958-1964
First Broadcast: October 10, 1958
Last Broadcast: February 7, 1964

Oct 1958 – May 1959Fri 9:30 – 10:30pm
Oct 1959 – Jun 1962Fri 9:00 – 10:00pm
Oct 1962 – Jun 1963Fri 9:30 – 10:30pm
Sep 1963 – Feb 1964Fri 7:30 – 8:30pm


Actor Character(s)Notes
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Stuart Bailey 
Roger SmithJeff Spencer 
Edd ByrnesGerald “Kookie” Kookson III / Kevin Smiley 

Regulars & Guest Stars

Jacqueline BeerSuzanne
Louis QuinnRoscoe
Byron KeithLt. Roy Gilmore
Robert LoganJ.R. Hale

77 Sunset Strip Theme Song / Opening Credits


There were 6 seasons and 206 episodes of 77 Sunset Strip. Check out the 77 Sunset Strip episode guide.


The restaurant in the show, Dino’s Lodge, was owned by Dean Martin.

Edd Byrnes originally played a contract killer in the pilot. He was so popular that they brought him back to the series in the role of Kookie.


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