I'd like to watch Kojak and similar programs again. (Hill Street Blues, oh I'd love to revist that show) Trouble is its something I'd have to do when I'm on my own as no-one else would be interested.Petrocelli season 1 - A Very Lonely Lady - These shows are simple but watchable. There's one or two good laughs in an otherwise serious tone story.
Kojak season 3 episode 3 My Brother, My Enemy
I jumped from the early part of season 1 to 3 and it is remarkable how little has changed. He has the same office crew and the episode structure is identical. That's a refreshing thing about old tv--you can watch the episodes out of order-it doesn't matter. In this one Sylvester Stallone is a cop who lies about a shooting. Knife-wielding thug Charles Napier is responsible for him accidentally shooting a child. It's funny how things connect. I guess Rambo 2 was Stallone's revenge since Napier ends up with a knife almost going into his head. One could edit Rambo into a sequel to this episode, complete with flashbacks from this.
The brother of Telly Savalas has such awful hair.
Even three seasons in, they do the hair signals---don't have hair if you want to be cool.
And McBain resented Hill Street Blues because it was basically a rip off of the 87th without any acknowledgement.Hey! HEY! Let's be careful out there.
I agree, brilliant show. One of the few police series I faithfully watched. It had similarities with the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain, which I also loved.
And McBain resented Hill Street Blues because it was basically a rip off of the 87th without any acknowledgement.
https://www.liquisearch.com/87th_precinct/relation_to_dragnet said:Each [87th Precinct] novel begins with the same disclaimer:
"The city in these pages is imaginary. The people, the places are all fictitious. Only the police routine is based on established investigatory technique."
In interviews and articles, McBain has freely admitted that his series was heavily influenced by the radio and TV series Dragnet. This introduction, simultaneously evoking and contradicting Dragnet's introductory phrase, "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent," was apparently McBain's way of acknowledging the debt, yet announcing his intention to go his own way in every book.
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