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26 September 1982 (USA) See more »
Matt Houston is a fabulously wealthy Texan who moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private investigator hobby. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 116)
Lee Horsley ... Matt Houston (67 episodes, 1982-1985)

Pamela Hensley ... C.J. Parsons (67 episodes, 1982-1985)

Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Lt. Michael Hoyt (44 episodes, 1983-1985)

Cis Rundle ... Secretary / ... (28 episodes, 1982-1984)

Series Directed by
Don Chaffey (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
Kim Manners (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Cliff Bole (9 episodes, 1983-1985)
Charlie Picerni (9 episodes, 1983-1985)
James L. Conway (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Michael Vejar (4 episodes, 1983-1985)
Barbara Peeters (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Richard Lang (3 episodes, 1982)
Corey Allen (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
William Crain (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Series Writing credits
Lawrence Gordon (51 episodes, 1982-1984)
Skip Webster (11 episodes, 1982-1985)
Daniel Pyne (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Michael Fisher (9 episodes, 1982-1985)
Scott Shepherd (9 episodes, 1983-1985)
Calvin Clements Jr. (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
James L. Conway (6 episodes, 1982-1984)
Robert Brennan (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Robert Bielak (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Stephen Lord (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Larry Alexander (2 episodes, 1983)
William T. Conway (2 episodes, 1984-1985)

Michael Foster (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive producer (67 episodes, 1982-1985)
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer (67 episodes, 1982-1985)
E. Duke Vincent .... executive supervising producer / executive producer / ... (52 episodes, 1982-1984)
Michael Fisher .... supervising producer / line producer (50 episodes, 1982-1984)
Calvin Clements Jr. .... producer (43 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lawrence Gordon .... executive producer (25 episodes, 1982-1984)
Shelley Hull .... associate producer (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
David Florimbi .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
James L. Conway .... producer (7 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
John E. Davis (16 episodes, 1982-1984)
Ken Harrison (14 episodes, 1982-1984)
Dominic Frontiere (9 episodes, 1982-1983)
Artie Kane (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Nelson Riddle (5 episodes, 1982-1983)

Ken Heller (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Richard M. Rawlings Jr. (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Film Editing by
Bob Bring (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
Quinnie Martin Jr. (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Samuel E. Beetley (6 episodes, 1982-1984)
Marsh Hendry (3 episodes, 1983)

Chuck Montgomery (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Art Direction by
Serge Krizman (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Paul Sylos (21 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Bonnie Dermer (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
Frank Lombardo (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Costume Design by
Nolan Miller (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Makeup Department
Joyce Morrison .... hair stylist (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Fred Williams .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tom Miller .... make up / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Production Management
Joseph Dervin Jr. .... executive in charge of post-production / post-production supervisor / ... (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Norman Henry .... executive production manager / senior executive production manager (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Al Kraus .... supervising production manager (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lynn M. Morgan .... production manager (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Venita Ozols-Graham .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jefferson Kibbee .... assistant director / first assistant director (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
John Perrin Flynn .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kim Manners .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Skip Beaudine .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Department
Gordon Kirschbaum .... construction superintendent / supervising construction coordinator (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Earl Capello .... construction coordinator / construction co-ordinator (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jerry Swift .... property master (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lance Lombardo .... lead man (23 episodes, 1982-1983)
Marco A. Campos .... propmaker (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Sound Department
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (67 episodes, 1982-1985)
Vince Garcia .... sound mixer (23 episodes, 1982-1984)

Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bill Ferrier .... special effects (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Stunts
Roy E. Harrison .... stunt coordinator / stunt co-ordinator (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (2 episodes, 1983)
Bob Herron .... stunts (1 episode, 1982)

Ted Barba .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (unknown episodes)
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Cheung .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator / stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Durock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joseph Hieu .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rawn Hutchinson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty Jordan .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Wayne King .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gerald Okamura .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ray Saniger .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Leland Sun .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Leigh Walsh .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Danny Weselis .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ted White .... stunts (unknown episodes)
James Winburn .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Coo .... dolly grip (34 episodes, 1982-1983)
Peter McEvoy .... camera department manager (15 episodes, 1984-1985)

Richard L. Carden .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Jim Shelton .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Barbara Baldavin .... casting associate (23 episodes, 1982-1983)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eilish Zebrasky .... costume supervisor / wardrobe supervisor (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Ray Phelps .... wardrobe: men / costumer: men (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Editorial Department
John Woodcock .... supervising film editor (24 episodes, 1982-1984)

Steve Cioffi .... apprentice editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: theme music / theme by (60 episodes, 1982-1985)
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor (24 episodes, 1982-1984)

John Beal .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (8 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Other crew
Bret Garwood .... executive coordinator (24 episodes, 1982-1984)
Skip Webster .... executive story consultant (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Paul Tinsley .... script supervisor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rich Sephton .... car modifications (7 episodes, 1982)
Bruce Rush .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producers (4 episodes, 1982)

Art Scholl .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Cesare Danova .... very special thanks (1 episode, 1982)

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Rich Playboy P.I., 9 August 2011
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

A wealthy Texan named Matt Houston (Lee Horsley) who also happens to be from Houston lives in Los Angeles where he has a penthouse office, helicopter and fleet of cars. He keeps an eye on various divisions of his company and rather improbably works as private investigator too with the aid of his paid staff including his girl Friday C.J. Parsons, a Harvard educated lawyer. Houston also worked closely with his friend LAPD Lieutenant Vince Novelli (John Aprea).

Early on in the series Houston investigated the deaths of rich friends in whodunits with an ironic tone. By the second season, the show having jettisoned numerous supporting actors from the first season, took on a more serious edge and Houston began to distance himself from his business interests while investigating darker criminal cases with the grudging co-operation of grouchy police lieutenant Michael Hoyt (Lincoln Kilpatrick).

By the third season Houston and C.J. are living together in a smaller apartment and operating a private investigation business as Houston has turned his financial assets over to his Uncle Roy (Buddy Ebsen). The attempt to align the lifestyle of the main characters with other detectives on TV did not improve the ratings.

Matt Houston was an accidental success on the ABC network that copied other detective shows and stayed on the air defying most expectations because the competing networks (CBS and NBC) had long-running series (Archie Bunker's Place and CHiPS respectively) in the same time-slot with declining viewer-ship that they would end up shelving.

After ABC moved its time-slot opposite Falcon Crest on CBS on Friday Nights at 10 pm Matt Houston rode off into the sunset in Spring 1985 having lost the ratings shootout over the course of its remaining two season.

A lot of people remember it as a show they only watched during commercial breaks on the other networks or when the other shows on the other channels were showing reruns especially during the summer.

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