Slightly offbeat television police comedy/drama. Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's... See full summary »
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Molly C. Quinn
In order to make ends meet, and to stop a local teenage runaway from becoming a juvenile delinquent, Hetty Wainthropp, a sprightly and intelligent 60-year-old pensioner looking for a new ... See full summary »
Private eye Laura Holt grudgingly accepts a new partner when a mystery man assumes the identity of her fictitious boss, Remington Steele. Together, the two battle crime as their feelings for each other. Written by
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Although Pierce Brosnan was contracted to Remington Steele (1982) for seven seasons, NBC decided to cancel the show at the end of the fourth season due to low ratings. This meant that Brosnan was free to play James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). However, Brosnan's television contract gave NBC a 60-day period in which the network had the option to reverse the cancellation. During that time, the publicity over Brosnan's selection as James Bond led to an unexpected boost in the ratings for Remington Steele. As a result of this, in addition to viewer protests and a failed attempt to sell Remington Steele to another network, NBC had second thoughts about the cancellation. The network approached the Bond producers in an attempt to strike a deal that would allow Brosnan to play both James Bond and Remington Steele the following year without any scheduling conflicts. But eventually, Albert R. Broccoli famously told NBC that "James Bond will not be Remington Steele and Remington Steele will not be James Bond." At the last minute, NBC finalized its decision to renew Remington Steele, causing Brosnan to lose the role of James Bond to Timothy Dalton. NBC went on to make only six episodes for the show's fifth season, and then canceled the series for good in the spring of 1987. See more »
At the end of the credits,the MTM kitten wears a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap and meerschaum pipe. While meowing, the pipe drops out of its mouth and falls in front of the word "Productions". See more »
Wonderful Private Eye/Romantic Comedy, with Sparkling Brosnan Performance!
"Remington Steele" has become such a 'cult favorite' since it's 1982
debut that the show's many fans can recite episodes, plot lines,
dialog, even the 'unrevealed' aspects of both Laura Holt and the
mysterious Mr. Steele's past, and, amazingly, their futures, as well!
For a show that some critics initially brushed off as a "Moonlighting"
clone, the series has proved to be far more enduring, and
beloved...with much of the credit going to the leads, beautiful and
talented Stephanie Zimbalist, and the remarkable future 'James Bond',
The premise of the show was clearly stated in the first season's
opening credits; a brilliant young investigator, Laura Holt
(Zimbalist), decides to start her own agency, but the era's
chauvinistic attitude toward women prevents clients from hiring "a
woman". So she invents a fictional 'boss', Remington Steele, brilliant,
charismatic, but always busy on other cases, so potential clients would
deal with his 'associate', Ms. Holt. The scheme works brilliantly,
although, as the client list increased in stature, it became
increasingly difficult to fend off their demands to meet Mr.
Steele...and then HE appeared!
A young, lean, enigmatic Irishman (Pierce Brosnan), initially involved
in a smuggling operation (although on the "side of the Angels"), gets
out of a difficult situation by declaring himself "Remington Steele",
and quickly discovers the status (and available funds!) the 'Nom De
Plume' gives him. Although Holt is initially furious at the pretender,
an important client happily passes his business to 'Mr. Steele', and
his physical 'presence', documented by the press, forces her to accept
the mysterious stranger...on condition he NOT meddle in cases! Of
course, the new Steele, whose passion is Classic Hollywood movies (as,
indeed, Brosnan's was, as well), simply can't miss the chance to 'live
out' the 'Film Noir Detective' lifestyle, creating a constant source of
episode plot lines...and Holt and Steele would develop an increasingly
romantic bond, as well, which would, eventually become a full-fledged
For many "Steele" fans, the first season's episodes are the most fun,
with Brosnan less-than-competent as the master detective, Zimbalist
displaying great comic timing in her reactions to his "successes", and
James Read ("North and South", "Charmed"), providing a rugged sex
appeal as her more dependable, skilled associate/'boyfriend'. But the
Steele/Holt chemistry was so strong that Read would eventually be
written out (as well as the two-dimensional secretary, Bernice Foxe,
played by Janet DeMay), and a stronger character, motherly Mildred
Krebs (the wonderful Doris Roberts), would be introduced as the new
secretary/confidant, in the second season; her presence provided a
stability that actually improved the show.
So much has been written about the series, and so many legends surround
it (the most famous being that NBC, on the verge of canceling the show
after four seasons, upon hearing Brosnan had been chosen as the new
James Bond in "The Living Daylights", quickly reprieved it for a season
of 'made-for-TV' "Steele" movies, to take advantage of the
publicity...costing Brosnan the 007 role, for a decade), that
"Remington Steele" has achieved a fame that has far outlasted the
series' five seasons. Certainly, the warmth and camaraderie of the cast
and crew throughout the run made the production 'special' (unlike the
frequently explosive atmosphere on the "Moonlighting" set), and there
is ALWAYS talk of a 'reunion' show, reuniting Steele and Holt for a new
adventure, even after a twenty-year 'retirement'!
Not bad for a "Moonlighting" 'clone'!
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