A con-man and a accountant-wanna-be private eye team up to fight crime.
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1980  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner (14 episodes, 1980)
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 Lionel Whitney (14 episodes, 1980)
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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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27 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Centella y el burgués  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ben Vereen would reprise his role of E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner over 8 years later on another Stephen J. Cannell production, 'J.J. Starbuck'. He was brought on in a recurring capacity to help fill in for the ailing star of the show but the program was cancelled shortly thereafter. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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This show deserves a re-run
24 October 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most creative shows ever to appear on U.S. TV. The chemistry between Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen was perfect for this type of dry, understated comedy. I hope some enterprising cable TV programmer picks it up and re-runs it one day soon. I believe it will find a new and bigger audience 20 years later.


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