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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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The character "Temple Hill" was named after the street in the Hollywood Hills, which is below the famous Hollywood sign. 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 & A.J. seek a restraining order against an ex-con they helped put in jail]
A.J. Simon: Town, the guy is clearly here to make trouble, and he's carrying a grudge the size of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Rick Simon: Tell him about the cantaloupe.
A.J. Simon: Oh, yes! Somebody broke into my house yesterday and sliced up a cantaloupe that I had in my refrigerator.
Lt. M.P. 'Downtown' Brown: This *is* serious.
A.J. Simon: Town, we can take care of ourselves, but when it comes to threatening our mother, yes it is serious.
Lt. M.P. 'Downtown' Brown: OK look, let's go over the evidence here. Now your ...
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Great series, wish it lasted longer
10 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This series took a staple element of the detective genre - mismatched partners, and added the twist that they were brothers. Instead of setting it in a classic location for a detective series (NY, LA, Chicago), they took the 90 minute drive down the coast to the beautiful city of San Diego. What they found was a gold mine. Instead of the tired cliche locations, they banked on the little seen but widely known attractions of San Diego (the Zoo, Sea World, the Beaches, and the close proximity to Baja California). The pilot was set in Florida, but the series was wisely moved to the West Coast; Rick Simon, the older of the brothers, was a former marine that was the braun, while buttoned down preppy AJ (the embodiment of preppies in the 80's) was the cultured, refined brother. With Tim Reid as a supporting character (Downtown Brown) and Mary Carver as their mother Cecilia, this series produced many memorable episodes that not only entertained, but taught about the viewer history (WW2, John Dillinger, etc.). Catch it in syndication if you can.


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