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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fretting out, Nov 23, 2020.
Where's Gregory Sierra/Chano?
Gotta have Luger, Leavitt, and Dietrich too
I got kolchak in and somehow got magnum confused with Rockford and couldn’t figure out how to take him off the list
If I missed a couple it’s only because I’ve seen these all retrospectively as I was born a couple decades to late to catch them originally
Seems like the 70’s was the decade of mystery/detective/police shows
Do these guys ever get out of the office/station?
I’ve tried watching a couple episodes, doesn’t strike my fancy as much as the others
It was a sitcom! It was set in their precinct, and they'd bring in kooky people they had busted. In WKRP they never left the radio station either, 'cause that's what it was about, a sitcom about a radio station and the kooky people that worked there.
Columbo #1 for me.
I always liked Rockford too.
This reminds me that they just played one of the great thanksgiving episodes of time, when they did the turkey drop on WKRP
I Guess welcome back kotter was a similar format where they’re almost always in the classroom, it’s a smart way to produce a show with maximum profit by putting little cost into different sets/locations
Tie between Rockford Files and Columbo.
But Barnaby Jones had surprisingly good stories.
Someone mentioned 'Simon and Simon'.. Excellent show!!!
I loved it when Inspector Luger always got Levitt's name wrong and called him "Levine".
Gregory Sierra (Chano) was in the first couple of seasons but was replaced by Arthur Dietrich (Steve Landsberg).
He had such a dry sense of humor. His character was very well written.
Linda Lavin (later of Alice fame) was a short lived female detective.
I believe Jack Soo (Yamano) passed away before the series ended.
A great series.
Detective Arthur Dietrich
Because he missed by that much!
All the ones that were written by Mike Post.
Don't forget the car. Beat as heck but had it all under the hood.
If you haven't seen them, you should check out the Television Academy clips of its interview with Mike Post. He's a good storyteller and a completely different type of guy than I expected. (He did produce "Van Halen III.")
all the pi shows can be pretty good but yea rockford, he was good in everything he did
Baretta, followed closely by Rockford.
What about McCloud?
I actually liked Baretta better than the rest but Columbo was cool and I forget who all else.
I also really liked The Rat Patrol in the '60s and that was as much a detective show as a WWII show.
Before the boys got to the shootin' they did a whole lotta 'vestigatin'!
How about the Green Hornet with Bruce Lee?
Hard to beat on the action, we didn't get another action start that great for decades!
It was an interesting struggle for network TV because of racism, where it was unthinkable to have a Chinese star, but they made the star into a subordinate and ran for a while before shutting it down.
Of course fantasy/ comic book crime shows are different but early detective shows were pretty much fantasy too.