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A Show So Good NBC Had To Can It
Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada
4 March 2013
Wealthy young playboy Jack Cole (Dack Rambo) is framed for embezzlement
by his dead father's former business associates (J.D.Cannon & Larry
Hagman). His mother (June Lockhart) dies thinking he is guilty.
He is given a five year stretch in maximum security prison which begins
with his receiving a severe baptismal beating by resident members of
the Aryan Brotherhood. Jack is considerably less of a soft touch than
he is taken for. He learns criminal skills and tricks making the most
of his time inside.
After being released he is ready to vindicate himself and exact
retribution. He concludes "You don't know how rotten the top can look
until you've seen it from the bottom". Though the show would evoke 'The
Saint' this pilot episode echoed themes present in The Count of Monte
This was a solid starting point for the NBC series With a decent
premise (Though hardly original) and good writing punctuated by witty
dialogue. Series star Dack Rambo had finally found a vehicle worthy of
his talents and a solid supporting cast along with flashy guest stars
were recruited to flank him.
The exceptional sophistication of those elements help the viewer
overlook certain implausibilities and the asinine title. For instance
it is pretty unrealistic to show a guy getting maximum security prison
for embezzlement. It is even less realistic to show him being able to
get a taxi in San Francisco when he needs one.
NBC gave this show a ten episode run during 1978-1979 before pulling
the plug. Given the history of that network particularly at the end of
the 1970s it is remarkable that a quality show like this should last
even that long.
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