Keith Roysdon at CrimeReads.com posted A SHORT HISTORY OF CLASSIC TV’S MOST UNUSUAL INVESTIGATORS. If you’re of a certain age, I’m sure you’ll remember some of these shows. Here are the shows (and my thoughts on each) that he covers…
- Longstreet: I was a fan of this show, mainly because of Bruce Lee. Although Longstreet ran for just one year, the idea of a blind investigator was (and still would be) unique. Sadly Bruce Lee didn’t appear in each episode,
- Coronet Blue: I never remember even hearing of Coronet Blue. The concept sounds like a cool one – a Russian sleeper agent is planted in the US, but wants to defect. The agent’s true identity is a mystery and Russian agents are after him.
- The Immortal: Of all the shows on this list, The Immortal was my favorite. I was a regular viewer and disappointed when the series ended (after just 16 episodes). I was the perfect age for a race car driver who is on the run from a billionaire and his many hired thugs because the driver has unique blood with properties that heal and prevent aging. (Wolverine, anyone?) I haven’t seen any episodes in decades and wonder if it would still hold up. It was must-see tv back in the day.
- Nowhere Man: This is the other show on the list that I never saw. Nowhere Man sounds like a Twilight Zone plot but from the description Roysdon provides it was not as well executed.
- Barnaby Jones: I watched Barnaby Jones when I was visiting my grandparents… and remember it being okay.
- Cannon: Was another favorite of my grandparents. Cannon was also okay. Nothing special but not bad.
- Ironside: I remember seeing the pilot while on vacation with, you guessed it, my grandparents.
Roysdon’s list is a good one and he provides info on each show in a concise manner. His piece is worth a read. Other shows I wish he would have covered include…
- The Magician: Bill Bixby as a rich, playboy magician who solved crime. I used to watch this show regularly and really enjoyed it.
- Banacek: George Peppard stared as an investigator who solved impossible crimes. I really enjoyed this one.
- A Man Called Sloane: Robert Conrad was an American secret agent. I never saw an episode, but have heard good things about it and would like a chance to check it out someday.