Monday, May 07, 2012
Monday Mystery - TV Mysteries
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Today we'll talk about some of the my favorite mystery shows on television: I remember as a youth being glued to the television to watch "The Avengers". Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg) was who I wanted to grow up and be. She was so competent and smart. Patrick McNee was a dapper British agent with smart and sophisticated women helping him.
Other great mystery shows were:
"Baretta" 1975-1978 with Robert Blake and Fred the cockatoo.
"Barnaby Jones" 1973- 1980 starred Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriweather were private detectives.
"Remington Steele" 1982-1987 with Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist. Laura Holt, Stephanie's character is a private detective who makes up a male figurehead for her company. When a con artist pretends to me Remington Steele she finds him helpful but she's not crazy about him taking over.
"Mod Squad" 1968-1973 with actors Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams as hip crime fighting police.
"Perry Mason" started out as detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner and was a highly acclaimed detective show from 1957 - 1966 and was resurrected in 1973-74 with Monte Markham and Brett Somers.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." ran from 1966-1968 with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum for a secret international espionage and law-enforcement agency.
"Mission: Impossible" 1966-1973 with Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, and Greg Morris as an elite unit who carry out covert operations.
"Hart to Hart" from 1979-1984 Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers are a millionaire couple who become amateur sleuths.
"McCloud" 1970-1977 A rural county sheriff, Dennis Weaver, move to the big city and works for a large police department.
"McMillan and Wife" 1971-1977 Rock Hudson was a 40ish police commissioner in San Franscisco and Susan Saint James was his twenty something wife.
"Murder She Wrote" 1984-1996 had Angela Lansbury as a mystery novelist who worked as an amateur detective.
And several of today's that are my favorites:
"Castle" with Nathan Fillion as an author of murder mysteries and Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett.
"NCIS" With Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Cote de Pablo.
What is your favorite television mystery show past and present?