Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.
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 Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe (103 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Jake Styles (103 episodes, 1987-1992)
Alan Campbell ...
 Derek Mitchell (103 episodes, 1987-1992)
Olga Russell ...
 Lisbeth Berkeley-Smythe (44 episodes, 1989-1992)
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Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

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26 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Jake und McCabe - Durch dick und dünn  »

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The German title of the series, after translating into English, is "Through Thick and Thin." See more »

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They always cancel the best ones first.
16 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why was this series cancelled? With the exception of Hunter, it was probably the best detective show since William Conrad starred in Cannon. Conrad played the eccentric district attorney, J. L. McCabe, with his ever-present dog Max to the hilt, and Joe Penny played detective Jake Styles just as well. The interplay of McCabe's and Styles's personalities added much to the mix.


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