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 »
This was an OK show. William Conrad, notable for being one of the greatest actors in radio history--certainly among the top ten on any list--adds his memorable presence. Penney gets a lot of screen time as he runs around doing legwork and handling the action aspects. To me, Penney was always a fairly generic sleek good-looking type. I thought he was about adequate in the role, but I also thought any of three dozen actors could have done it as well. But William Conrad! He was a talent for the ages.
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