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(02-11-2019, 03:38 PM)ArtisDead Wrote: [ -> ]Had to give you a like just for liking Hong Kong Phooey. Wow! Been a minute since I saw that. You didn't mention Inspector Gadget or Wheelie and The Chopper Bunch on either list. And what about Grape Ape, Huckleberry Hound, and Speed Buggy? And didn't you just love that little chicken hawk in Looney Toons? Or Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety or Foghorn and Leghorn?

Well, it is a Top TEN list, not top Twenty or Thirty or Hundred... LOL! Tongue 

But anything and everything from HANNA-BARBERA is a fundamental part of my childhood.

As for Inspector Gadget, a bit after my time but the little I did see, never really clicked with me.  By that age, I was more into GI JOE lol
But I must admit, I have a deep fondness for the 90s Disney animation explosion like Ducktales and Talespin,

As for Looney Toons, look again, my number one fave was and is THE BUGS BUNNY ROAD RUNNER HOUR. Big Grin 
Also loved...LOVED... the 90s Warner Bros cartoon renaissance.... Tiny Toons, Animanicas, Duck Dodgers, Pinky and the Brain, etc
(02-11-2019, 03:38 PM)ArtisDead Wrote: [ -> ]Foghorn and Leghorn?

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...put on your fedora and grab your magnifying glass...

My Top Ten Fave PRIVATE EYE TV shows:

10.  CHARLIE'S ANGELS  (1976-1981) Easy to dismiss as beautiful popcorn mystery fun, but even in 76 an hour long series commanded by three strong intelligent women was sadly more of a rarity than the should be norm.  The show would go on to become a pop culture phenonmeon.

09.  HART TO HART (1979-84)  Millionaire married couple solve crimes just for the fun of it.  Silly popcorn fun that I like more than I should because it reminds me of the Thin Man movies that I love so much.

08.  SHERLOCK HOLMES (1984-94)  Jeremy Brett gave the definitive performance as the world's first consulting detective.  Forget Cumberbatch, this is the real deal.

07.  PHILIP MARLOWE, PRIVATE EYE (1983-86)   This early HBO series, now seemingly forgotten by most, was a fantastic adaptation of the works of Raymond Chandler.  Powers Boothe was born to play this role.

06.  SIMON & SIMON  (1981-89)  Two polar opposite brothers solve crimes together, sometimes with the help of their mom.  Great buddy chemisty keeps you tuning it.   Gerald McRaney was been a constant tv staple ever since.  There was reunion tv movie in the 90s.

05.  VERONICA MARS (2004-07)  Take the Scooby Gang concept from Buffy but make it about a high schooler solving mysteries with the appropriate amount of teen soap and angst... Obviously it worked, as there was crowd funded movie sequel and a continuation series now in the works.

04.  THE ROCKFORD FILES (1974-80)  The ever likeable everyman James Gardner shines as a gumshoe who gets the crap beat out of him on a regular basis, and is not always the smartest man in the room, but whose dogged determination sees him through to the end of the case.  Great television.  There would be a series of reunion movies on CBS in the 90s.

03.  REMINGTON STEELE (1982-87)  Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist onscreen chemstry was electric, off screen they apparently hated each other.  Regardless, this grew into a smart fun mystery comedy with Brosnan channelling his inner Cary Grant, making this feel like a throw back show to the time of Hitchcock.

02.  SPENSER FOR HIRE  (1985-88)  A poetry spouting, philisophical tough as nails private cop for hire.  Based on the books by Robert B. Parker, this was easily the best role of Robert Urich's rich tv career.  Future Starfleet Captain Avery Brooks steals every scene as Spenser's frenemy, the mysterious Hawk.  There would later be four tv movie sequels, and then later A&E attempted a reboot which failed miserably.

01.  MAGNUM P.I.  (1980-88)  The first real tv series to feature Vietnam Vets in a positve light, while exploring the impact of war on the survivors and the brotherhood it creates.   The show did it all.... drama, action, comedy, heart break... while never forsaking character or story.  Eight seasons and it never jumped the shark.  


hhhmmmmm.... most of these shows seem to be from the 80s.   Much like the tv western, the tv Private Eye has seemingly become a rare breed, with Networks preferring the "eccentric/genius partnered with reluctant cop"  formula for the past 15-20 years....
No Moonlighting?
(02-12-2019, 04:57 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]No Moonlighting?

It was a tough call.  Yes it made Bruce Willis a star.  Yes it had some amazing and zany dialogue.  But I found it to be such an uneven and irratic series.  I tried to rewatch it a few years ago, but could not stick with it.  It was show that was at times too high concept for its own good, often exceeding it own grasp.

But yes, an important PI series.  I would put it at number 11.  As all the other shows I would argue were more consistent in weekly quaility and rewatchable entertainment value.  Wink
(02-12-2019, 05:17 PM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-12-2019, 04:57 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]No Moonlighting?

It was a tough call.  Yes it made Bruce Willis a star.  Yes it had some amazing and zany dialogue.  But I found it to be such an uneven and irratic series.  I tried to rewatch it a few years ago, but could not stick with it.  It was show that was at times too high concept for its own good, often exceeding it own grasp.

But yes, an important PI series.  I would put it at number 11.  As all the other shows I would argue were more consistent in weekly quaility and rewatchable entertainment value.  Wink
On your list I only watched Magnum, Remington Steele (and not religiously), and Charlei’s Angels. I watched them at original air and can’t imagine liking any of them now. It would be interesting to see the genre tackled in the modern prestige TV way.

Edit: just remembered True Detective. I’ve never seen it though. Is it a private eye show or are they police detectives?
(02-12-2019, 05:28 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]Edit: just remembered True Detective. I’ve never seen it though. Is it a private eye show or are they police detectives?

Police detective show.

While I enjoyed season one, I thought it was overated.
Did not like season two.  So much so, I have no interest in season 3.
(02-12-2019, 05:46 PM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-12-2019, 05:28 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]Edit: just remembered True Detective. I’ve never seen it though. Is it a private eye show or are they police detectives?

Police detective show.

While I enjoyed season one, I thought it was overated.
Did not like season two.  So much so, I have no interest in season 3.

I almost completely agree. I loved season one. Watched it several times. I barely made it through season two. What were they thinking? Season three is closer to season one on scope and is promising. You are missing out dude.
(02-12-2019, 05:46 PM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-12-2019, 05:28 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]Edit: just remembered True Detective. I’ve never seen it though. Is it a private eye show or are they police detectives?

Police detective show.

While I enjoyed season one, I thought it was overated.
Did not like season two.  So much so, I have no interest in season 3.

This season has been fantastic, much more inline with Season 1.
Well then, I guess I will have to check it out now.
PVR activate!  Big Grin
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