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Jake and the Fatman 

Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
William Conrad ...  Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe 103 episodes, 1987-1992
Joe Penny ...  Jake Styles 103 episodes, 1987-1992
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell ...  Derek Mitchell 103 episodes, 1987-1992
Olga Russell Olga Russell ...  Lisbeth Berkeley-Smythe 44 episodes, 1989-1992
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Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

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Crime | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jake und McCabe - Durch dick und dünn See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(100 episodes) | (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jak II (2003) See more »

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Too much Penney, not enough Conrad
21 May 2018 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

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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