The life and cases of a female ex-prosecutor turned private detective.
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Complete series cast summary:
Margaret Colin ...  Claire McCarron 10 episodes, 1987
Frances McDormand ...  Willie Pipal 7 episodes, 1987
Patrick James Clarke Patrick James Clarke ...  Lt. Fred McCarron 7 episodes, 1987
Robert Dorfman Robert Dorfman ...  Jeffrey 5 episodes, 1987
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Claire McCarrion is a former prosecuter turned private detective, living in a chic apartment and wearing stunning clothes. When she isn't working on cases she hangs out with her best friend Willie and leans on her brother, police officer Fred.

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English

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3 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Détective de choc See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A lost gem
23 November 2006 | by tsl04See all my reviews

The series aired (briefly) on ITV in the UK before disappearing without trace. I remember it as being fresh, different (not one but two female leads in Margaret Colin and Frances McDormand) and brave (I distinctly remember one episode showcased AIDS at a time when it was still a taboo subject, especially on US prime-time TV).

The show didn't have the crash-bang-wallop of high octane cop shows like Hunter. It didn't have the flashy car and stunts of Knight Rider. (Claire McCarron did own a Porsche which she had received as payment from one of her clients, but it was forever in the repair shop.) And it didn't rely on the hackneyed cliché of buddies-who-aren't-really-buddies from different sides of the track, as employed most tenuously in Hardcastle & McCormick. What it did have was a solid premise, engaging characters, good, straightforward stories and was very much rooted in the real world. (Would Magnum PI or Simon & Simon have done an AIDS storyline? I don't think so.)

Would it have been the greatest TV show ever if it hadn't been prematurely cancelled? No. But did it have the potential to be a strong, strikingly different addition to the genre alongside the almost exclusively male-led PI/cop shows of the era? Absolutely.

Very few people missed Leg Work when it vanished from the US & UK schedules. I was one of them.


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