McCabe's son, Dan who is in prison is beaten. When McCabe goes to see him, he is belligerent so McCabe leaves. Later when some convicts escape Dan goes with them. Upon learning of this McCabe orders ...
Jake and the FBI go after Victor Potemkin, a suspected drug smuggler. But when they raid his house they find no drugs, but Jake finds someone he knows - a woman who disappeared overnight just as he ...
Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.
Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.
The show was canceled after its first season, but CBS revived it under unusual circumstances. Magnum, P.I. (1980) was ending, leaving CBS with a very expensive lease on an empty Hawaii studio. The producers of this show came up with the idea of the Fat Man retiring from Los Angeles and moving to Hawaii to take up criminal law, with his investigators coming along. He later became District Attorney for Honolulu. The ratings went up sharply with the move. CBS's lease on the Hawaii studio expired during the 1990-91 season, and the show returned to Los Angeles. See more »
Magnum P.I., Riptide (my personal favorite), Simon & Simon, and all the other little detective shows that were on during the late 70s and early 80s network battles were light entertainment.
It's not to say that they weren't great entertainment, but just that the tone of the shows were less stressful and more family friendly.
Jake and the Fatman got a bit darker. The action and comedy were still there, but it sort of feels like the older sibling of detective shows. And it does so in almost the same way that Columbo feels like the adult in the room of detective shows from that era.
However, it's still entertaining fair that I would love to see brought back in some form. Buddy detective shows are a lot better than police procedural melodramas.
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