A trip to Hawaii to visit an old friend lands Jake in the middle of a murder mystery. Meanwhile, McCabe retires as Los Angeles' district attorney but his history in Hawaii proves invaluable when he ...
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 »
Magnum P.I., Riptide (my personal favorite), Simon & Simon, and all the other little detective shows that were on during the late 70s and early 80s network battles were light entertainment.
It's not to say that they weren't great entertainment, but just that the tone of the shows were less stressful and more family friendly.
Jake and the Fatman got a bit darker. The action and comedy were still there, but it sort of feels like the older sibling of detective shows. And it does so in almost the same way that Columbo feels like the adult in the room of detective shows from that era.
However, it's still entertaining fair that I would love to see brought back in some form. Buddy detective shows are a lot better than police procedural melodramas.
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