"The Outsider" follows the exploits of David Ross, an orphaned ex-con, framed for a murder he did not commit. Ross is a loner, living in a world that loathes him, as he plies his trade as a Los Angles private investigator, trying to ease his financial woes while solving other people's problems.
This scenario is strikingly similar to both the 1970s drama-comedy series "The Rockford Files" and the 1957-1962 Western series "Maverick", and the protagonists of all three share the same basic heroic archetype - the misunderstood knight-errant who is wrongly perceived as dishonest. Across the trilogy, the Mavericks, Ross and Rockford all typically find themselves weighing a financial windfall against a moral dilemma, with their consciences (almost) always trumping their wallets.
Not surprisingly, all three were created by producer-writer Roy Huggins. See more »
Roy Huggins, creator of "77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, and The Fugitive" made this series in 1968 but had no takers. It totals one pilot movie and 26 episodes. It was a very different detective show for the time. Huggins later recycled aspects of this series in creating "The Rockford Files". Matt Ross, like Jim Rockford, was a private detective who had spent time in prison. Neither used a gun when they could help it. Neither was trusted by the police. Rockford kept hid gun in a cereal box. Ross kept his gun in the refrigerator. Rockford's office was in a trailer. Ross's was in a run down building. Both men had the persona of a wistful loser. Darren McGavin, the lead was excellent in the role. Probably the difference in success for the two series was that Matt Ross was a loner with no family or close friends. Rockford's family and friends added a layer of warmth to the series.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this