Texas billionaire J.J. Starbuck drives around the country in a 1961 Lincoln convertible, with horns on the hood, acting as a private detective solving crimes. He charms the police and ... See full summary »
Long ago, Los Angeles, California was nicknamed the "City of Angels" since it was believed to be the last honest city in America. Not so for private detective Jake Axminster, who operates out of L.A. during the '30s, and will take almost any case as long as it pays. Frequently pushing the ethical envelope in following leads and slapping around witnesses, Jake frequently calls upon his lawyer Michael Brimm and his police contact Lt. Quint for assistance. Dizzy blonde Marsha is his secretary; she also operates an escort service out of Jake's office. Written by
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The location for Jake's office was the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, which also served as the office building for Frank Banyon (Robert Forster) on Banyon, Stu Bailey ('Efrem Zimbalist, Jr') on the final season of '77 Sunset Strip', and Sam Beckett on the 'Play It Again, Seymour' episode of 'Quantum Leap'. See more »
I have watched reruns of CITY OF ANGELS on the Arts & Entertainment Cable Network in the mid-1990s and found the series to be enjoyable. This was one of the TV shows that Wayne Rogers starred in after leaving the highly-successful, long-running comedy, M*A*S*H; but most TV viewers hardly remember ANGELS to this day.
Rogers' character in the series, Jake Axminster, was a Los Angeles private eye who had little regard for the law when it came to doing his job, and who thought of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1930s as inefficient, as he states every week in the series' opening. His loyal secretary, Marsha (played by Elaine Joyce), was always busy working with high-class prostitutes whenever she is not helping Jake solve cases in their nearly-bankrupt PI business.
Only thirteen episodes of this series were produced by Universal and aired on NBC-TV from February to May of 1976, with low ratings being the reason for its cancellation.
If any cable network or local TV station picks this show up in the near future, I'd definitely watch it again.
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