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.
William Conrad and Joe Penny were first teamed together in an episode of Matlock, "The Don," in 1986 although they played different characters. Jake and the Fatman introduced the character of Dr. Mark Sloane in an episode in 1991, before Diagnosis Murder began the following season. All three programs were created/produced by Dean Hargrove. See more »
What happened to Joe Penny? He's obviously another one of those actors, pigeon holed for the small screen, and it's a shame. In my opinion as just recently tuning into re runs of the series, he makes the show, where I know a lot of viewers would be barracking for his partner in law, the grouchy Jake, a beefy guy of a few words, and I know Conrad plays it brilliantly, but it's what Penny does with his character. He has a certain kind of enviousness, and pathetic style. He has an unhurried coolness. We know exactly what he's about and what he wants. But there's much more to him. Basically, the show has him as a sexy PI, and Penny really enjoys his job. After he catches the bad guy, and makes the case, our fat grouchy DA (Conrad) prosecutes with his few words. This wasn't the best drama on the block, but it was up there. The stories were tightly scripted, and at the time, quite original. One episode had a female fatale, Penny let himself be controlled by, via a deadly concoction of drink, a twist of that, not just of lemon, as I recall, watching an another episode over a year ago. Without Penny as the lead, this show truly wouldn't have the same impact or fun. He's just embodies a character, I really find fascinating, like I do with roles of other actors, whether film or t.v. T.v shows music score is something that really brings back memories of 87. If you've never seen this, watch it, sheerly for Penny, the driving force of the show, but Conrad's much smaller screen time appearances are gold. He reminds me of and could of played the Lawrence Tierney character in Reservoir Dogs. I really hope Penny's career is resurrected in the future.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this