A slick, street-smart private eye and top disguise artist solves various crimes with a little help from his friends and also takes care of his dad, a bar owner.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Sonny Spoon (15 episodes, 1988)
Terry Donahoe ...
 Carolyn Gilder (15 episodes, 1988)
Bob Wieland ...
 Johnny Skates (15 episodes, 1988)
 Mel Spoon (10 episodes, 1988)
 Monique (9 episodes, 1988)
Joe Shea ...
 Lucius DeLuce (9 episodes, 1988)


Sonny Spoon, a young con man, pulls elaborate scams to steal money from the crooked, aided by his father, an experienced con man himself, and his circle of criminal friends. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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An unheralded delight from Stephen J. Cannell.
21 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

As played by Mario Van Peebles, Sonny Spoon was a private detective with an eye for the ladies (and vice versa), people in legal places who tolerated him, lowlife informers... it certainly doesn't sound original (four people shared creator credit, including Stephen J. Cannell and Randall Wallace), but as is often the case what the finished result is didn't matter so much as how it came about.

Thanks to lightly amusing scripts and likeable playing - plus a pleasing tendency to treat disabled people like regular people rather than sentimental crutches (a trait shared with "Wiseguy") - "Sonny Spoon" was one of the more entertaining private-eye shows out there. Too bad Mario Van Peebles never bettered this fun but short-lived show.

"Now I want this understood - I control the film, video and television rights to this entire story..."

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