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Silk Stalkings will go down in TV history as the little
show that really scored in the ratings. Rob Estes and Mitzi
Kapture had more genuine, honest and passionate on-screen chemistry than any TV characters I've ever seen before or since. It was magical. The friendship. The caring. The support. The professional competence of this team was just something to behold. The show also featured great supporting players like Charlie Brill and William Anton. But all good things eventually come to an end. When Rob & Mitzi left in the middle of the 5th season the new team was totally unable to continue on in any way even close their predecessors. To be charitable, they were awful. But it only got worse. As
the 6th season started Executive Producer David Peckinpah left the series. He had been the controlling force in the 1st 5 seasons. Season 6 gave us new producers, directors, writers, supporting players, and a new team of detectives. Across the board the show collapsed! We were supposed to
believe that a divorced couple were now the number one detective team in Palm Beach. We were supposed to believe that no one in the Police Dept. had ever even known Chris and Rita. The writing and directing were absolutely awful! Rob & Mitzi had more chemistry and heat sitting at their desks than Potter and Gunn could ever hope to muster. We tried to give the last team chances to impress but the fun and magic were gone. It was just impossible to replace the magic that graced the screen with Rob Estes and Mitzi Kapture. We still miss their characters but luckily have tapes to enjoy for years to come.
This was hardly a high concept cop show. In a nutshell, it's a knockoff
of "Miami Vice" set in Palm Beach, only with less substance and
credibility. Two young, glamorous cops investigate and solve murders
committed by snooty Palm Beach socialites, and do so without messing up
their hairstyles or expensive wardrobes. The portrayal of the wealthy
suspects was never believable. Most of the women wore form-fitting
spandex, packed obvious silicone implants, and look like hookers
masquerading as royalty. To put it mildly, it's hardly typical of Palm
Beach society women. Most of the men were stereotypical greedy,
perverted sleaze-balls, like pimps who won the lottery. Indeed, the
film seems to say that all rich people are scum and it's fun to watch
their downfall. Many of the clues seem to fall into the cops' laps,
making it hard not to solve the murders. A number of the cases are
obviously based on real life.
In spite of these many and obvious shortcomings, it's a fun show. I watched it faithfully for a few years. Much of the credit goes to Rob Estes and Mitzi Kapture. As detectives Christopher Lorenzo and Rita Lance, they give a genuinely convincing portrayal of dedicated detectives and supportive partners. They truly seem to want justice and be the best of friends. And there are other compensations--the background music is chilling and the location work is well-done. Unfortunately, the producers had to ruin it by having them become lovers. After they left the show, it just wasn't very interesting. New characters were introduced, and the show sank to the level of "Ken and Barbie play cops." Still, the series ground on for four more years, which says much about the quality of the USA Network's programming.
Would I watch it again? Absolutely! To those interested, I say get the first four seasons and enjoy. You won't believe a minute of it, but you'll have a good time anyway.
Before I offer any description of this TV show, I want to point out
that the 'opening sequence' rates in my top 10. It is a sexy and overt
grabber sequence that rivals that of "Hawaii Five-O", "Miami Vice", and
even "Mission Impossible".
It is usually followed by Rita's narrative of what is yet to come.
So... we have this pair of police detectives. They are based in Palm Beach Florida. They are undoubtedly solving a murder that takes place before they even run the credits. A formula that remains in use.
Chris and Rita, the two main cop partner characters continue to have a professional but close relationship which adds some spark to the show. Others will acknowledge a real chemistry there, though perhaps awkward. When fire was added to the relationship it burned out the show. Keep the spark, prevent the fire, now that keeps us wondering what will happen next week.
Perhaps, the actors were done. The show still went on to much disappointment (at least by me). Forget the 'second cast'. The formula doesn't mix. Please don't dismiss the first few years.
Silk Stalkings presented a very new and different scene for a police detective environment which borrows from "Miami Vice" and then takes it over the top. It never takes itself too seriously, which really adds to the enjoyment.
I am pleased that it is now offered on DVD, and can now be rented. When you get sick of commercials, just pop a Silk in the DVD player and enjoy. Sure it is fluff... but when you get to the commercial break YOU DON'T GET ANY COMMERCIALS. You are right back into the show. Pause to pee if you like, but it does not really matter, you'll pick it right back up.
Perhaps I am biased somewhat... I used to watch it when it was actually on TV. This is a landmark show in my opinion. The outrageous police department decor and the dress of the main characters helped keep me interested.
Ignore the predictability, "Silk Stalkings" is a one of a kind, and worth a few enjoyable hours.
I loved this show from first on. Mitzy and Rob have great chemistry as Rita and Chris. I loved the direction the show took to getting them together. I hated the new partners when they left. I'm a "Sam and Sam" fan forever. Great, hip, and sexy show about bored rich people who commit crimes. Made being a cop look pretty glam. Miss the show.
I'm not very original, but the classic silk episodes were the
Everybody who saw the classic episodes should confirm that.
I was so upset when Rob and Mitzi left the show. I admit, the scripts of silk stalkings weren't always great and the cases weren't always realistic, but the actors made up for all that.
Rob and Mitzi were great together. The chemistry between the two of them was great and you could see they had a lot of fun in front of the cameras.
I miss watching the reruns late at night, but I've got a lot of episodes on tape (I won't be bored). Thumbs up for Rob, Mitzi K (Sam and Sam), Charlie, Mitzi M, William and all the other actors who made my life a lot better every day! Guys, it was "parfait"!
I started watching Silk Stalkings when it aired on the CBS Crimetime after Primetime schedule in 1991 and was glad to see it picked up on the USA network instead of being cancelled like my other favorite show Dark Justice in which Janet Gunn also starred. When the show first aired you could see the great chemistry with Rob and Mitzi. It was sad when they killed of Rob's character and Mitzi left shortly afterwards. When they brought in Nick and Tyler to replace Rob and Mitzi it just didnt work. The best thing that happened was bringing in Janet and Chris to replace them. Janet and Chris also had great chemistry. Bringing in these two allowed a great show to go on for four more seasons. I do hope they will do a movie that will clear up the cliffhanger that was left when the show ended. Please bring back Janet and Chris and the rest of the gang. Dont leave it hanging like that.
Chris and Rita's personality and chemistry did it for lots of viewers of
late night show. They clicked, and you knew that they would eventually
become more than just partners and friends....that was part of the lure
kept people coming back to view the show. The new partners, because of
fact that they have been married, divorced and now partners in crime, just
don't get it. It was the give and take, the support and the pride, that
made Rob and Mitzi really work on the screen in their roles. My wife and
would make a popcorn evening of watching the two back-to-back episodes of
when it was on USA Network. I miss the show...Two thumbs WAYY Up for
Cannell...he did a masterful job.
I remember staying up and watching this show mostly due to the almost
sofcore stories and air brushed cast but as i grew older i started
watching the show more for the unnecessary comedy than anything else.
Just noticing the typical casting done for the extras and supporting cast, every cop in that station was a model or made of plastic. Every female cop wore more make up than a porn star and their police procedure were just silly. The acting wasn't exactly bad persay just that the cast didn't have much to work with or just became compliant to getting a pay check.
Watch it for fluff and turn your brain off, and you'll get some pleasure from watching this bad TV.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Silk was the highest rated original series on USA when it ran for 8 seasons...because it really was a great show. The stars made the show what it was, of course, because in spite of the creators trying to lay the T&A (aka nudity) on thick, the real attraction was the awesome chemistry between actors Rob Estes and Mitzi Kapture for the first 4.5 seasons. Chris and Rita were the subject of many a "ship" till they finally fell into each others arms. However it wasn't just about romance with this pair, they were the best of friends and the special relationship they had always became part and parcel of the roles and the plot and enhanced the story lines perfectly. There were also some very intriguing characters (Guest stars) who lent support to the leads as well as the comic twists and turns that made the show very likable and entertaining. I own all 4 seasons on DVD mainly because of Chris and Rita (Rob and Mitzi) but every time I watch I am reminded there was always more to love in this show...nudity aside.
i loved this show when it was on CBS and when he moved to USA Network.i think they should have given Chris and Rita a different ending.Rob and Mitzi have great chemistry.the two partner parings ofter them didn't have that spark.i watched the show both on Crimetime after Primetime along with Forever Knight they were some of my favorites.i think the USA Network should bring this show back.i think the producers of the show should have gone the same way the show Dallas did with the whole dream sequence when Pam thought Bobby was dead.i loved both Ben Vereen and Charlie Brill as the captains.the two actors who played Michael and Holly their was no spark.the last to actors were OK,but we already knew what happened to their relationship.
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