Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.
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Series cast summary:
...  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


Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.

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A new kind of criminal, a new kind of crime, a new kind of client, a new kind of fee. See more »


Action | Drama | Mystery





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22 April 2001 (USA)  »

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In the tradition of a repertory theater company, each episode featured predominantly the same ensemble of guest actors, cast as different characters in each episode/story. See more »


[repeated line]
Archie: Nuts!
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not mere background noise. deserves one's full attention and more.
31 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I love this series passionately. A murder mystery set in the late 50s, with fast-paced wit and style. It gets you thinking not just about the murders, but about the people; how they really behave and how sharp one has to be to keep up with the threads of so many suspects lives and possible motives.

The books are just as fast paced and difficult to follow as the TV series can be. Definitely not for mothers who intend to get the knitting/ironing done while half concentrating on the TV.

But you've never seen such quality on American television - in fact, you'd almost swear it was British. The script is impeccable, the cast perfect, the performances true to the novel, and obviously Timothy Hutton is loving every minute of his role as Archie Goodwin. (a role which he has made successfully jump straight from the pages of Rex Stout's novels, onto the screen.)

But the best part; you can watch them over and over, because there'll always be an angle you missed, a glance, a witty line, a plot twist. And knowing how often TV shows are repeated isn't this a godsend? Haven't we had enough of the crud you can watch with your eyes closed, while-knitting-on-the-phone-doing-the-ironing?

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