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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe 

A con-man and a accountant-wanna-be private eye team up to fight crime.
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1980  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Vereen ...  E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner 14 episodes, 1980
Jeff Goldblum ...  Lionel Whitney 14 episodes, 1980
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Storyline

Ben Vereen is E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner, an inveterate con-man and master of disguise. Jeff Goldblum is Lionel Whitney, a "brown shoe" (accountant). Through an unlikely series of circumstances, they form a detective agency. Tenspeed is the realist, while Lionel fantasizes of having adventures like the fictional private eye he idolizes, Mark Savage. Written by <scrow@chop.isca.uiowa.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centella y el burgués See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jeff Goldblum's first starring role on television. See more »

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Spin-off J.J. Starbuck (1987) See more »

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Needs to be released on DVD
22 October 2006 | by LizabethSTuckerSee all my reviews

A too short series that was pure Stephen J. Cannell at the height of his television career.

The hardboiled private eye excerpts from a series of mysteries that had Cannell's photograph on the back; the peculiar and wonderful relationship between the main characters; the longing for a different life; it all added up to a wonderful series that should have lasted for much longer.

Jeff Goldblum was wonderfully befuddled, yet earnest in a most endearing way. Ben Vereen was tolerant and amused, drawn to this most unlikely private investigator.

The humor was unusual and the scripts did not pander to the lower level. It was a most wonderful year that ended way too soon.

An email from SJC himself states that he hopes to release it on DVD...someday. I think someday has arrived, boss. If you can release Renegade, you can release this one. Please?


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