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, ... See full summary »
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1981  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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 Nero Wolfe (14 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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NBC purchased the television rights to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories for a proposed series that would have starred Orson Welles as Wolfe. Unfortunately, Welles and the network could not come to terms (NBC wanted a weekly series; Welles wanted to do a series of 90 minute movies to be filmed at his home). Ultimately, NBC launched this one-hour Nero Wolfe series with William Conrad in the title role. See more »

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Referenced in Kinderen voor kinderen: Kinderen voor kinderen 5 (1984) See more »

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The best depiction so far
2 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is beyond understanding why this show was canceled so quickly. The appearance and attitude William Conrad gave his Wolfe was just about perfect. He was the "seventh-of-a-ton" detective thousands of readers of the novels probably imagined. But not only Conrad was superb, the rest of the cast was as well, from George Voskovec's Fritz to Allan Miller's Inspector Cramer, with whose fits anyone could feel along.

Some edges of the characters were taken out, which is especially true for Archie Goodwin, and was most probably done to assure mass compatibility. Both Goodwin and Wolfe are described as chauvinists par excellence in the books. But besides that, there wasn't much more an avid fan of the novels could have asked for.

Very noteworthy is the great care about every little detail of the "old brownstone." That was marvelous work and the production crew should be applauded for that. Probably they had a number of Wolfe fans among them.


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