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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe 

A con-man and a accountant-wanna-be private eye team up to fight crime.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
 E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner 14 episodes, 1980
 Lionel Whitney 14 episodes, 1980


Ben Vereen is E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner, an inveterate con-man and master of disguise. Jeff Goldblum is Lionel Whitney, a "brown shoe" (accountant). Through an unlikely series of circumstances, they form a detective agency. Tenspeed is the realist, while Lionel fantasizes of having adventures like the fictional private eye he idolizes, Mark Savage. Written by <scrow@chop.isca.uiowa.edu>

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Centella y el burgués  »

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(12 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bill Clinton was president he met Jeff Goldblum at a dinner function. During their conversation Clinton revealed that this was his favorite series when it was on and he was disappointed it was so short lived. See more »


Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Ten Speed and a Soft Touch (1987) See more »

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Needs to be released on DVD
22 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

A too short series that was pure Stephen J. Cannell at the height of his television career.

The hardboiled private eye excerpts from a series of mysteries that had Cannell's photograph on the back; the peculiar and wonderful relationship between the main characters; the longing for a different life; it all added up to a wonderful series that should have lasted for much longer.

Jeff Goldblum was wonderfully befuddled, yet earnest in a most endearing way. Ben Vereen was tolerant and amused, drawn to this most unlikely private investigator.

The humor was unusual and the scripts did not pander to the lower level. It was a most wonderful year that ended way too soon.

An email from SJC himself states that he hopes to release it on DVD...someday. I think someday has arrived, boss. If you can release Renegade, you can release this one. Please?

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