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Complete series cast summary:
 Dinah / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
 John Reid / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
 Natalie Thayer (6 episodes, 1987)
 Bill Bower (6 episodes, 1987)
 Bert Luna (6 episodes, 1987)
Fred McCarren ...
 Vince Vanneman (5 episodes, 1987)


On the run after a failed con, Dinah finds her ex-husband Riley gone straight with a new identity, producing a consumer affairs show. Against his will, Riley is drawn into conning the bad guys for the good of society, something Dinah hopes will reunite them. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Previously known as Riley and Dinah, the two main characters now use aliases derived from pop culture. "John Reid" was the true identity of the Lone Ranger, while "Jennie Jerome" was the maiden name of Winston Churchill's mother. See more »

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Loved Shellgame
31 October 2005 | by (Metairie, LA) – See all my reviews

I am also one who enjoyed the series and was so disappointed to see it never given a chance. I had the entire series taped on VHS and lost it during Hurricane Katrina. I wish it was on DVD now. I also lost all my TV collections; some are on DVD now so I can replace them; but so many are not available, like Shellgame. Who decides which series go to DVD; would contacting the producers or studio help. It's ashamed to let Shellgame disappear without an audience; maybe DVD would introduce a whole audience to it's wit and charm. In fact, I watched it because I thought James Read was great in Remington Steele. His character was the perfect foil for Pierce Brosnan's. I also liked several other cancelled series: Stingray with Nick Mancuso, Legend with Richard Dean Anderson, and Lazerus Man with Robert Urich. I wish all my favorites were on DVD now. After the flooding of the levee break, my home was left with 8 feet of disgustingly filthy water for 2 and 1/2 weeks. Talk about GROSS! Anyway, I lost my VHS collection of a bunch of series that are no longer on such as Simon & Simon, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Spenser: For Hire, it's spin off Hawk, and Riptide. I loved all these shows and really was proud of my collection some of which was irreplaceable, like Shellgame. Please let there be DVDs someday.

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