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 Nero Wolfe (14 episodes, 1981)
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 Archie Goodwin (14 episodes, 1981)
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 Fritz Brenner (14 episodes, 1981)
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 Theodore Horstmann (14 episodes, 1981)
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 Inspector Cramer (12 episodes, 1981)
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 Saul Panzer (11 episodes, 1981)
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The short-lived adventures of portly detective Nero Wolfe, who would rather eat and tend to his orchids than hit the streets tracking down leads. That's why he hired hunky Archie Goodwin, who provides the brawn that complements Wolfe's brains. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Off the Mark - But at least it introduced me to Wolfe
27 March 2003 | by (Smyrna, GA) – See all my reviews

I had never read any of the Nero Wolfe books before this series aired. I was drawn to it because I like William Conrad. How fortunate that I saw this and thus found the books!

After reading a number of the novels, I was struck by a couple of things:

First, the old brownstone was perfectly reproduced. Author Rex Stout made you feel you were really in that building when he wrote the novels, and the set designer followed suit.

Second, the casting was a mixed bag. Conrad was an acceptable, though obviously softened, Wolfe. The characterizations of Fritz and Horstman were very well done, if mostly background. But Lee Horsley was badly out of place as Archie, as were the choices for Saul Panzer and Inspector Cramer.

Several years later I saw the movie version with Thayer David and was very pleased. He would have been a letter perfect Wolfe.


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