Captain Woody Paris runs a big-city police department somewhere in Southern California. He commands a squad consisting of four young maverick detectives, and leads a happy home life with wife Barbara. Written by
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Though the show received critical acclaim, CBS scheduled it in one of the worst possible timeslots on a weekly schedule: Saturdays at 10 p.m./9 Central. All three networks debuted new shows for the 1979-80 season in that slot; only ABC's Hart to Hart (1979) survived past its first season. Toward the end of its run, CBS moved it to Tuesdays at 10/9, but to no avail. See more »
Any feature that stars the stellar actor James Earl Jones makes for a great watch, no matter how obscure or brief that feature is. This feature was Jones' first TV show, and it aired around the time he was skyrocketing with the success of Star Wars.
Jones plays police captain Woody Paris, an officer who must tread a razor's edge between pursuing criminals and being tied down by orders from less-than-moral superiors. Jones plays Paris magnificently, bringing out his passion and drive for upholding order, yet also showing his warmth and humanity. While Jones carries the whole show, he is given adequate support from a supporting cast who do well in their roles without getting overshadowed; special mention must be given to Lee Chamberlain, who plays Paris's wife with grace and charm.
The only real issue the show has is that it's too similar to other cop shows. But then, it only lasted one season and never really had a chance to develop its own identity. Still, what basic stories are told are done well with excellent drama and entertainment.
Give this show a view whenever you get the opportunity to do so. It's a great Jones show.
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