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Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.
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Complete series cast summary:
Jameson Parker ...  A.J. Simon / ... 156 episodes, 1981-1989
Gerald McRaney ...  Rick Simon 156 episodes, 1981-1989
Mary Carver ...  Cecilia Simon 153 episodes, 1981-1989
Tim Reid ...  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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Country:

USA

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English

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24 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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Pirate's Key See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Brad Daniels: You look like a straight-ahead guy, I'll get right to the point. A contract has been taken out on my life.
Lt. M.P. 'Downtown' Brown: Who took it out on you?
Brad Daniels: I did.
Lt. M.P. 'Downtown' Brown: What did you do to get into so much trouble with yourself?
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Action, Adventure and Humour -- 80's style
11 November 2003 | by greg-mcpheeSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this show, and watched it religiously when me and my family lived in L.A. in the eighties.

I think it was one of the last P.I. shows on the air when it was cancelled, as by that time the sitcom was taking over and action/adventure shows like this had fallen out of favour.

It had the same kind of sense of humour as Rockford and Magnum, and was just as entertaining as either one. (No real surprise as the series creator Philip DeGuere had worked with Roy Huggins, Stephen J. Cannell and Donald P. Bellisario, who gave us those other two classics.)

Stand out episodes include: "Ashes to Ashes, and None Too Soon", "Thin Air", "Pirate's Key", "The List", "Grand Illusion", "The Dillinger Print", "C'est Simon", "Who Killed the Sixties?" "Simon Without Simon" Parts 1 and 2, and of course, "May the Road Rise Up"

There are more but not enough room or time to mention them all.


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