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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Storyline

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 »

Quotes

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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Not bad
18 September 2003 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

Switch was an interesting little show, not great, not bad, fairly decent in fact. The premise was retired cop Eddie Albert teams up with retired con man/former adversary Robert Wagner as private eyes with a pre-Cagney and Lacey Sharon Gless as their secretary. Albert and Wagner had an excellent laid back chemistry and some the cases showed some originality and had a pretty high entertainment value. Two interesting notes about the show is I have never seen an article about Sharon Gless or the rest of the cast that even mentions the show and it seems to be completely forgotten in reruns, articles about television or the cast, etc. despite the high visibility of the cast. Second the first two seasons had a very light hearted approach but the last two were considerably darker in tone and far more violent. All in all a decent show that seems to have disappeared down the memory hole. NB Almost a quarter of a century after it first aired and a decade after IMD arrived this it the first comment on it to appear on IMD!


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