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Lookwell (1991)

The former star of a cancelled cop TV show solves crimes. Pilot episode for a TV series that was never picked up.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ty Lookwell
Ron Frazier ... Detective Kennery
Ann Weldon ... Hyacinth
... Jason
... Alberti
... Miss Royster
Brian Bradley ... Alex
... Desk Sergeant
Chris Barnes ... Rental Agent
... Phil
Molly Cleator ... Casting Director
... Actor #2 (as Brick Karnes)
... Manny
... Ben
Steve Schubert ... Policeman #1
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The former star of a cancelled cop TV show solves crimes. Pilot episode for a TV series that was never picked up.

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The theme song is based on the theme from Mod Squad (1968). See more »

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Ty Lookwell: Did you do that shopping I asked you to do?
Hyacinthe: I tried, but the store said they don't make that hairspray anymore.
Ty Lookwell: Those fools.
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References Banacek (1972) See more »

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The Thinking Man's "Police Squad"

"Lookwell" is the thinking man's "Police Squad," a fiercely funny sendup of the TV detective genre. It's a national tragedy that NBC execs pulled the plug. Adam West's deadpan delivery is so slyly self parodying that at times you wonder if he was in on the joke.

O'Brien and Smigel manage to drop in references to nearly every Quinn Martin 70s police drama while at the same time weaving a bitterly hilarious ode to the chew-em-up, spit-em-out world of Hollywood TV actors who go from being essential pop-culture icons to unemployable has-beens in what seems like weeks.

Often overlooked in glowing tributes to "Lookwell" is the work of longtime television director E. W. Swackhamer, a veteran of the very shows "Lookwell" parodies, who imbues every frame with the dead-serious crime-fighting authenticity of "Tenspeed and Brownshoe" and "S.W.A.T." One imagines the mighty O'Brien could feasibly get "Lookwell" back in production, and he should do so at once. An essential piece of television.


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