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




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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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Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Die Schnüffler  »

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(12 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The DVD was released in the USA on March 9th, 2010. That date is exactly thirty years after the airing of episode 6, "The Sixteen Byte Data Chip and the Brown-eyed Fox". It aired March 9th, 1980. See more »


Referenced in Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Sausage (2005) See more »

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8 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was but a young lad when this show premiered, but I must say I have never forgotten it. It was my first "favorite show" that I was not influenced by an outsider to like. Didn't I say I was young? I do wish someone would show reruns of this show or at least release it to DVD. It would bring back fond memories of an innocent time. If you've never seen this, your missing out. This was Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen at their best! It was funny, it had mystery, and it had originality! However, it didn't last long. Perhaps the people of that time didn't know how to appreciate a show about nothing that had everything, yet. I vote for reruns!

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