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I remember watching Nashville 99 for the one season it was on while I was in high school. It was an interesting little mix. It starred Claude Atkins as a Nashville TN police detective, badge #99, hence the title. On the plus side Akins and the woman who played his mother had an excellent chemistry and were quite a hoot together and it was nice having a show set in the South and showing Southerners in a positive light. On the other hand, it was extraordinarily violent with shootouts every week that Columbian drug gangs would be proud of and the most god-awful title song (Jerry Reed, who I like, caterwauling "Nashville 99" over and over again) in TV history. Every week had an actual country music singer like Mel Tillis worked in as a guest star which was lame the first time they did it.
"Nashville 99" was one of those mid-season replacements that didn't
survive for very long, but I remember enjoying its brief time on the
air. Claude Akins as the no-nonsense Nashville cop Lt. Stoney Huff
(badge number 99), played well against Jerry Reed as partner Detective
Trace Mayne, who provided comic (and musical) relief and would star
just a month later in the classic "Smokey and the Bandit." Though the
show took plenty of advantage of its Nashville setting with appearances
by country music stars like Charley Pride, Mel Tillis, Chet Atkins and
Tammy Wynette, it also showed other sides of Tennessee life, and made
for an atypical cop show.
One episode that I still remember was the haunting drama "Joldy," featuring veteran character actor Pat Hingle. As Huff and Mayne hunt for two brothers on a crime spree, the brothers are in turn hampered by their delusional father (Hingle), who never recovered from the death of his youngest son Joldy and believes he's still alive.
Earle Hagen provided the score, including the catchy theme song sung by Reed. Hearing it again for the first time in over 30 years on You Tube of all places, it was just as I remembered it. I only wish I could find a recording of it somewhere.
The show only lasted for four episodes before heading off to television oblivion. It's unlikely that the show will ever find its way to DVD, and perhaps my memory of it is subjective, but I would be curious to view it today and see how it fares with the passage of time.
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