Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.
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...  Archie Goodwin 27 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Nero Wolfe 27 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Fritz Brenner 26 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Inspector Cramer 25 episodes, 2001-2002
R.D. Reid ...  Sergeant Purley Stebbins 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Conrad Dunn ...  Saul Panzer 21 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Avery Ballou / ... 21 episodes, 2001-2002
Robert Bockstael ...  Agent Stahl / ... 20 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Lily Rowan / ... 17 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Director #2 / ... 16 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Elaine Usher / ... 15 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Cecil Grantham / ... 15 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Orrie Cather 13 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Director #1 / ... 13 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Austin 'Dinky' Byne / ... 13 episodes, 2001-2002
...  Fred Durkin 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Christine Brubaker ...  Hattie Harding / ... 12 episodes, 2001-2002
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Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.

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In part 1 of "Prisoner's Base," Archie's paycheck reveals his weekly salary ($200) and Wolfe's address (914 West 35th Street). Both of these are well known by all loyal readers of Rex Stout's books, which are written in the first person by Archie Goodwin who, as a good investigator, records every detail that concerns himself and his employer. See more »

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[Wolfe pretends to have lost his mind]
Nero Wolfe: Aren't you a physician? Don't you know a nervous breakdown when you see one?
Dr. Vollmer: Yes. Yes, I do.
Nero Wolfe: Well, then, what's the matter with it?
Dr. Vollmer: It doesn't seem, um, typical.
Nero Wolfe: That's a faulty observation! That's a defect in your training! Specifically, it's a persecution complex, you idiot!
Dr. Vollmer: And who's been doing the persecuting?
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Witty, intelligent
13 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Witty dialogue, accurate representation of original characters. Something to watch without all the smarmy content that is on much of TV. There is humor, mystery and an excellent ensemble cast. Timothy Hutton is the perfect Archie Goodwin and we are able to see how well he inherited his father's light touch with humor.


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