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Simon & Simon (TV Series 1981–1989) Poster

(1981–1989)

Trivia

On the show, Rick is a few years older than A.J.. In real life, Gerald McRaney is four months older than Jameson Parker.
This show was almost canceled in its first season. Ratings drastically increased after it was rescheduled to follow Magnum, P.I. (1980).
The pilot was originally shot in South Florida and the show was called "Pirates Key." It was moved to California (set in San Diego, filmed mainly in Los Angeles) after the pilot was filmed.
Rick's truck in the show was a 'Macho Power Wagon,' a series of specialty 4x4 trucks manufactured by Dodge from 1977 through 1981, part of the 'Adult Toys' campaign to appeal to younger buyers. The main truck used in the show was a 1979 model long bed in sierra red with special Macho paint job and decals. Midway through the first season, a second truck was added, a 1980 Dodge long bed 4x4 cloned to look like the '79 Macho. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two trucks is in the roll bar. The '79 Macho roll bar is padded and has perfectly straight diagonal supports. The '80 Macho clone uses an after-market roll bar that isn't padded. Also, the diagonal supports bend horizontally before adjoining the main bar. Shots often alternate between the two trucks in the same scenes.
The show was set in San Diego, but mainly filmed in the Venice and Marina del Rey districts of Los Angeles County, and near and around Universal City, next to its production base at Universal Studios. San Diego appears in many episodes, but usually limited to a few scenes and what is known as "B" roll.
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Rick's boat is anchored at slip F-18 in homage to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee.
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The character 'Temple Hill' is named after the street in the Hollywood Hills which is below the famous Hollywood Sign.
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Rick and A.J.'s mother in the show is named 'Cecilia' which is also the name of a hit song recorded in 1970 by Simon & Garfunkel, written by Paul Simon.
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Philadelphia is mentioned in many episodes.
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Myron Fowler's original surname was Schneider.
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Rick was a Marine Corps veteran, Gerald McRaney also played a Marine on Major Dad.
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