The short-lived adventures of portly detective Nero Wolfe, who would rather eat and tend to his orchids than hit the streets tracking down leads. That's why he hired hunky Archie Goodwin, ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
William Conrad ...  Nero Wolfe 14 episodes, 1981
Lee Horsley ...  Archie Goodwin 14 episodes, 1981
George Voskovec ...  Fritz Brenner 14 episodes, 1981
Robert Coote ...  Theodore Horstmann 14 episodes, 1981
Allan Miller ...  Inspector Cramer 12 episodes, 1981
George Wyner ...  Saul Panzer 11 episodes, 1981
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The short-lived adventures of portly detective Nero Wolfe, who would rather eat and tend to his orchids than hit the streets tracking down leads. That's why he hired hunky Archie Goodwin, who provides the brawn that complements Wolfe's brains. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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16 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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El detective Nero Wolfe See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Spun-off from Nero Wolfe (1979) See more »

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A good version, and a must for Nero Wolfe fans
14 June 2014 | by locusnolaSee all my reviews

This was my introduction to Nero Wolfe, starting a happy 3+ decade relationship with Rex Stout's detective fiction. While this series didn't use the period settings that the later A&E series did, it has my affection for a number of reasons.

First, William Conrad. He is certainly a less gifted actor than Maury Chaikin, but his voice is marvelous, and he uses the declarative, falling cadence that Stout's punctuation indicates. "Archie. I read it because it is a book. And I read books." Chaikin too often uses a rising cadence, which took getting used to, for me.

Second, most, if not all (I am going from memory here) the episodes were, as with the A&E series, adaptations of actual Stout stories and novels, which was also welcome for me as a new reader.

Sure, one could say I like the series because it set the tone of the characters for me, and that likely has a good bit of truth. But I've noticed that, among my acquaintance, the greatest fans of the books are the least enthusiastic about the A&E series, and more tolerant of this series. My husband won't watch the old series when we find it on TV, and doesn't like the books. He loves the A&E series. I also am fond of the A&E series, mostly for the affection with which it was so obviously made, for the period sets, and for the wonderful repertory-ensemble cast, with best acting honors to Kari Marchett, who makes every episode she is in sing.

But see this series for a different and valid take, and the best-voiced Nero Wolfe I know of.


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