Matt Houston is a wealthy Texan who moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private investigator hobby.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Lee Horsley ...  Matt Houston 67 episodes, 1982-1985
...  C.J. Parsons 67 episodes, 1982-1985
...  Lt. Michael Hoyt 44 episodes, 1983-1985
...  Secretary / ... 30 episodes, 1982-1985
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Each week Matt Houston, a successful private investigator, takes on a new case. The cases usually involve murder, and always involve beautiful women in skimpy outfits. Drawing on his years of experience and investigative skills, and with a little help from his assistant, C.J., Houston always manages to bring the bad guys (or girls) to justice. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Buddy Ebsen appeared in just 22 episodes, joining the series as Matts uncle Roy for its third and final season. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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The Greatest Detective Show on TV
16 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This show followed up the great classic 70's detective show's: Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Banecek, McMillan and Wife, Mcloud, Starsky and Hutch, Ironside, Longstreet, and Columbo, and was equal on par in terms of quality. I used to watch this show every Sunday night with my family. CJ was hot, Murray was cool, and the Lts where always willing to help solve the crime. What better premise can you have than A millionaire Texan that has nothing better to do than solve crimes. I even remember the running "baddie" in a couple of episodes who was Houston's arch nemesis played bu Chuck Connors. And when Buddy Ebson joined the cast as uncle Floyd it added some credibility to the show.


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