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Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  A.J. Simon / ... 156 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Rick Simon 156 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Cecilia Simon 153 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Lt. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown 79 episodes, 1983-1987
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A.J. Simon is a polished fellow with a taste for classic cars and tailored suits. Rick Simon is his less refined (but still pleasant) older brother who has a taste for cowboy boots and four-wheel drive pickups. The two of them live in San Diego, where they own a private detective agency. The series chronicles their exploits. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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On the show, Rick is a few years older than A.J. In real-life, Gerald McRaney is four months older than Jameson Parker. See more »

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Although the series is set in San Diego, California, it's abundantly clear during many of the outdoor scenes that it was filmed in the Los Angeles metro. In several episodes the San Gabriel Mountains, which are outside of Los Angeles, can be clearly seen in the distance. See more »

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Rick Simon: Alright, let's put this thing into perspective. Now, correct if I'm wrong, OK? but this is how I got this thing figured. What we have here is a whole bunch of people with no money who go out and buy brand new cars just after they die. Is that pretty much the way you got it figured?
A.J. Simon: That's pretty much the way I've got it figured, yeah. And what, I ask myself, has Terry Hudson got to do with all of this?
Rick Simon: If he's dead, he probably just bought a new car.
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Two brothers, one a Preppy type and the other a Nam Vet, run a detective Agency in San Diego, CA.
16 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Rick and AJ Simon are brothers. They're as different as night and day. AJ is college educated and somewhat of a preppy type. Rick is laid back, somewhat scruffy and has been described as disreputable. That's not really fair but he doesn't exactly try NOT to earn that reputation. They're very different but they're a lot alike, too. Both are as honest as the day is long. However their methods of doing things are apt to be completely opposite. AJ's by the book and Rick likes to wing it and do things outside the rules.

Marlowe is Rick's dog - a lovable and harmless mutt who is hopeless when it comes to helping them.

Their Mom, Cecelia, appears briefly in most episodes - to scold, encourage, help or bring them a client. Both boys say "how high" when Mom says "jump".

Janet Fowler and her father, Myron, run the detective agency across the street. Janet is AJ's ex-girlfriend or fiancée. The boys do, on occasion, steal clients from Myron which does not exactly endear them to him.

When Janet left the series she was replaced by Tim Reid as Detective Downtown Brown. When he left the series he was replaced by Joan McMurtry as Detective Abby Marsh who was definitely not very fond of the boys. At least at first. She was just the opposite in temperament as "Town" was - at least as far as the boys were concerned.


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