An ex-cop and an ex-con start their own detective agency.

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 Pete T. Ryan (71 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Frank MacBride (71 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Malcolm Argos (71 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Maggie Philbin (71 episodes, 1975-1978)
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Former bunco detective Frank MacBride joins forces with a con artist he once sent to jail, Pete Ryan, to operate their own private detective agency. Most of their cases involve running cons on the bad guys in order to trick them into surrendering or revealing the whereabouts of the stolen loot, jewels, etc. Maggie was their cute receptionist, and wacky restauranteur Malcolm, whose mastery of disguise often came in handy in helping MacBride and Ryan on their cases, provided the comic relief. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert as an ex-con and an ex-cop who join forces to form a highly unorthodox, highly entertaining team of private investigators. (season 1)

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Crime | Action | Drama

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21 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Los Vegas Roundabout  »

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(70 episodes) | (pilot)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The series actually had three theme songs. But two of them are only rarely heard. The series opened with a Stu Phillips theme which was quickly yanked, although it continued as background music at the end of many shows. About eight shows into the second season, Ed Sauter wrote a theme that appeared exactly once. For all other episodes, first-season executive producer Glen A. Larson wrote the theme (his first official theme song, not counting "McCloud" which is not credited to anyone). See more »

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Miss Lydell: I don't know much about your background.
Frank MacBride: Well, I was a cop and...
Peterson T. 'Pete' Ryan: I wasn't.
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Followed by Switch: Las Vegas Roundabout (1975) See more »

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Can you play the big con forever
31 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another CBS series which started very strong. A lot of that was the cast. Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert & Sharon Gless are three extreme talents put together on this series. They were what held the later shows together.

The first scripts of this show were extremely intelligent. Wagner playing off Albert & Gless trying to stop the 2 of them from going at each others throats was very effective. The friction gave this show a strong start. The early shows had something special. Charlie Callas helped the early shows too but he strangely stopped appearing after the second season.

Later on in the series, a report about excessive violence on TV came out & CBS reacted by watering down the quality of the action & the parks between Wagner & Albert. Once this happened, the show abruptly lost ratings & got canceled. This was a very good series originally, but if you watch the first shows & then watch the last ones, you will see what I mean about the change.


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