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 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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Conrad was terrible at memorizing lines so they let him use cue cards. See more »

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Spun-off from Nero Wolfe (1979) See more »

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The best depiction so far
2 June 2000 | by Fiona G.See all my reviews

It is beyond understanding why this show was canceled so quickly. The appearance and attitude William Conrad gave his Wolfe was just about perfect. He was the "seventh-of-a-ton" detective thousands of readers of the novels probably imagined. But not only Conrad was superb, the rest of the cast was as well, from George Voskovec's Fritz to Allan Miller's Inspector Cramer, with whose fits anyone could feel along.

Some edges of the characters were taken out, which is especially true for Archie Goodwin, and was most probably done to assure mass compatibility. Both Goodwin and Wolfe are described as chauvinists par excellence in the books. But besides that, there wasn't much more an avid fan of the novels could have asked for.

Very noteworthy is the great care about every little detail of the "old brownstone." That was marvelous work and the production crew should be applauded for that. Probably they had a number of Wolfe fans among them.


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