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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Something borrowed, something formulaic - but what the heck

Author: Jack Yan from Wellington, New Zealand
2 October 1999

With so many disappointing one-hour action-comedies out there, Pointman stands up fairly well. Sure, it wasn't going to win any awards for originality, nor Emmys for acting, but it was an enjoyable and entertaining series.

Jack Scalia plays Constance Harper, sent to prison after being set up by a colleague. After getting out, he is armed with certain tricks of the trade, and a list of people who could help him-or go to him to seek help.

There are tones of The Equalizer here: Harper renders his services for free, fighting for the underdog, and is even prepared to invest substantially doing so—and this is no surprise, for Maurice Hurley executive-produces and writes certain episodes. Unlike the earlier series, it is not gritty, nor dark—Pointman was made in Jacksonville, Florida, with all the sun that city provides.

Most of the episodes lie between action and comedy and delivers the former in a fairly well sewn-up fashion. The plot holes are not particularly numerous—Hurley, Stephen Hattman, Jamie Paul Rock, Jon Cassar and others have seen to that with their usual professionalism—and each episode is pacy, fun and enjoyable.

Occasionally, it's nice to watch something formula; Pointman filled this role infinitely better than most other 1990s American TV series.

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Another great series cancelled before it had a chance

Author: dex-12 from California
24 April 2000

This will always be one of my all-time favorite television series. Jack Scalia was excellant as ex-con Constantine "Connie" Harper, providing justice for victims of crime week after week. Well-written scripts, excellent cast, and solid action combined to make another example of a great series that was cancelled WAY too early. At least it got to finish a full season. Watch it next time it's on.

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Loved the TV series Pointman

Author: sabu53 from United States
8 July 2006

I thoroughly enjoyed Jack Scalia's TV series, Pointman and was extremely upset when it was not renewed. Even after all these years it has not been on, I still miss it. It had a great deal of humor as well as drama and let's face it, Jack Scalia is one of the most handsome men who ever lived. I only wish Pointman was on DVD, because I would love to buy it. I check Amazon every so often to see if it is available and will continue to do so. I can only hope that we will see more of Jack Scalia on TV and hopefully another series. It would be great if he could resurrect Pointman with new episodes and containing the same mix of humor and drama and of course his good looks.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

One of the finest series

Author: chrnaess from Larvik, Norway
3 May 2000

This excellent TV series was one of the finest shows ever made. It had sun, action, extremely beautiful settings in sunny California and some really interesting storylines. All this together with a dynamite handsome Jack Scalia who was absolutely perfect for the part, this is one extremely handsome actor that only can be surpassed by Roger Moore in looks.

The series is about an ex banker that tries to help people who are in trouble. The last episode for example was probably the best thing I`ve ever seen on a TV show, I`ve never seen anything like it, the episode had a terrific and interesting story.

Too bad the series only had 24 episodes before it got cancelled. When I think about TV series like One West Waikiki starring Richard Burgi and Cheryl Ladd and MR. & MRs. Smith (13 episodes) also got cancelled before it even started I get really frustrated. All of these was terrific series that should have been around for a long time.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Show was not filmed in California

Author: Robert S from United States
9 July 2006

The show was actually filmed in Jacksonville, Florida.

The city in which the show was set was never mentioned. It was implied in several scenes that the setting was California. In one scene "Connie" is running on the beach at sunset with the sun setting over the ocean (I'm sure they filmed at sunrise for the effect).

The restaurant where "Connie" hung out was a Miami Subs franchise in Baymeadows.

The office lobby shown in one episode was the lobby of the Independent Life Tower in downtown Jacksonville (visible in several cityscape photographs taken for the Super Bowl).

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

I remember...

Author: Petfauna Czaplicki from Marion, Kentucky
2 October 2014

Watching this show after finding out it was filmed in the city I grew up in! I actually watched them filming a scene on Jacksonville's west side. The show was not all that great, but it was not half bad, either. I think it had a feel-good vibe and it was not suppose to really be anything more than that. I can recall taking my son to see as many of the places they filmed in and trying to see if we could meet Jack Scalia! It seemed to me, we ALWAYS "just missed him"! But we had fun trying to get there in time. (Not like they published film scheduling so we could figure it out!) I do not think we ever really DID get to every place where they filmed, but we sure had fun trying! My favourite place they filmed was in Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park! They filmed at the Dolphin Plaza on the beach. We went there a few days later, but we missed the actual filming. :(

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1 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Pretty bad

Author: Muchi from Melbourne, Australia
22 April 1999

The basis of this whole terrible series was that Connie was an ex con sent to prison yadda yadda yadda. Well while in prison he made a few friends and each week they or a family member or someone would find him on a beach and ask him for help. Usually they would lie to him at the start then they'd get shot at then there'd be the final confrontation and Connie would get the girl. Don't get me wrong I love those shows especially Magnum P.I but Pointman is just terrible. No one on the show could act, the scripts were always filled with cliches and stolen ideas and the rest just seemed to be done on the day. All in all a bad show but who cares, I doubt if anyone will ever look at this page, I only came here to bag the show, what's your excuse?

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