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Those 70's Detective Shows

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Mannix...Rockford...Cannon....Ironside....

Any would be better than work. No one will pay me to do anything else but be in localgov, and all I have to show for 20 years is hypertension.
Just do it.

Really. Scale it back. Get your bartender license/training and sling drinks at a cool venue and then start taking your pension at the earliest possible date/age.
 
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Also, The Rockford Files is the best.

I want to be Jim Rockford when I grow up.
 

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What about these shows -

Columbo
Hawaii Five-O
The Streets of San Francisco
McCloud
Barnaby Jones
McMillan & Wife
Longstreet
I kind of got tired of the Columbo schtick. Yes all those are good, and you can add Banacek to that.

Just do it.

Really. Scale it back. Get your bartender license/training and sling drinks at a cool venue and then start taking your pension at the earliest possible date/age.
I know...I think a lot of the guy in American Beauty.

If my kids were totally moved on...it would be very tempting.
 

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So you wanted to live in trailer in a parking lot and have a friend like Angel ?
Sure. It's cost effective living and Angel was, on average, loyal, at least.

It's like buying a new car with just a radio. ;)

If my kids were totally moved on...it would be very tempting.
You're alot closer than I am.

My wife and I already have tentative such plans for when our boys are actually (or effectively) out of the nest.
 
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Mannix...Rockford...Cannon....Ironside....

Any would be better than work. No one will pay me to do anything else but be in localgov, and all I have to show for 20 years is hypertension.
Ellery Queen, Columbo, Barney Miller, I know, before anyone dogs me, Barney Miller was a comedy, but it did have detectives. It was also was my favorite.
 

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I mean, you gotta love Mannix. Sometimes I have nights where I cant sleep and its on at 1 AM here on Me-TV. Mannix is always in a car wreck, getting pistol whipped. The guy had to have CTE after all the times he was knocked out. Like Kowalski in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, who took multiple head shots from wrenches, etc.
 

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What about these shows -

Columbo
Hawaii Five-O
The Streets of San Francisco
McCloud
Barnaby Jones
McMillan & Wife
Longstreet
What ever happened to shows like this? I mean most of these were well before my time, but I remember catching re-runs occasionally of a few, mostly Colombo, Hawaii Five-O, and I guess to a similar extent, Murder She Wrote. But nothing like this exists anymore. I mean they have a Hawaii Five-O remake, but it's not really the same at all.
 

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What ever happened to shows like this? I mean most of these were well before my time, but I remember catching re-runs occasionally of a few, mostly Colombo, Hawaii Five-O, and I guess to a similar extent, Murder She Wrote. But nothing like this exists anymore. I mean they have a Hawaii Five-O remake, but it's not really the same at all.
Hill Street Blues killed off the genre
 

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I'm in Cleveland at the clinic. Someone needs to do a 70s tv detective thread split. Thanks.
 

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What ever happened to shows like this? I mean most of these were well before my time, but I remember catching re-runs occasionally of a few, mostly Colombo, Hawaii Five-O, and I guess to a similar extent, Murder She Wrote. But nothing like this exists anymore.
Quinn Martin retired?

quinn_martin_production.jpg

One could ask why westerns and Southern/hillybilly-themed shows disappeared, too. Reality TV and contest shows make up about half of prime time now, and what's left seems like the old standbys -- police shows, doctor shows, first responder shows, lawyer shows, forensics shows, and some miscellaneous stuff. A new TV season isn't the same big deal it was back in the 1970s and 1980s.

CBS has Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., which is kind of what I'd expect for them.

You can't forget Colt Luger! Sometimes, a man's gotta' do what a man does.

 

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Police shows changed over time. I want to blame Hill Street Blues. Prior to that, police shows were comforting formulaic B-movie fare. A typical episode of, say, Adam-12 features the two partners on patrol. They get a call on the radio for a 10-37 (or whatever) in progress. Cops show up on scene and either defuse the situation (say, domestic violence) or things escalate and it's time to draw the trusty ol' service revolver. Suspect taken in. Situation resolved. The end. But with Hill Street suddenly characters were no longer two dimensional cardboard cutouts and now audiences have to contend with the Lieutenant's divorce or the sergeant's alcoholism. I don't know about you, but I don't want to hear about that crap!

Then along comes CSI and the age of the scientific police procedural is ushered in. Show writers now pride themselves in coming up with the most esoteric and arcane methods of detection, using the latest and greatest advances in materials diagnostic technology and genetics research. Police work is only part of the enterprise and equal time is given to the legal processes that take place in court.
 

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Anybody remember the mid-70s-ish show titled "F.B.I." It was on ABC on Sunday night (channel 7 in the NY Metro back then) and it was sponsored by Ford, who were then using the tag line "Ford's Better Idea" (F.B.I., get it?). Oh, and the Mod Squad (Peggy Lipton, yum!).
 

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One could ask why westerns and Southern/hillybilly-themed shows disappeared, too. Reality TV and contest shows make up about half of prime time now, and what's left seems like the old standbys -- police shows, doctor shows, first responder shows, lawyer shows, forensics shows, and some miscellaneous stuff. A new TV season isn't the same big deal it was back in the 1970s and 1980s.
Southern hillbilly shows are easy. The reason those aren't on anymore is because it'd be totally against current PC culture to even dare make fun of anyone in the entire world.

Police shows changed over time.
I forgot about C.H.i.P.S. That was a great show
 

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Southern hillbilly shows are easy. The reason those aren't on anymore is because it'd be totally against current PC culture to even dare make fun of anyone in the entire world.
I'm not sure we can blame the disappearance of 'hillbilly shows' entirely on current PC culture. As it happens, CBS execs engaged in what was called the Great 'Rural Purge' back in the early 1970's. Prior to then, the network had a number of highly successful prime time shows with rural themes (e.g. Petticoat Junction, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Lassie, Mr. Ed). The network execs were concerned about national demographic changes and thought the time was ripe to eliminate the 'rural' shows in favor of more 'urban' themed shows which would have more youth appeal.
 
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Ok...its not a detective show....but I also enjoy an episode of Emergency! now and then.
 

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Ok...its not a detective show....but I also enjoy an episode of Emergency! now and then.
It's funny how you've lumped them together because I tend to think of them in the same way too. Emergency! feels just like Adam-12 but with paramedics. Let's look again at Adam-12
A typical episode of, say, Adam-12 features the two partners on patrol. They get a call on the radio for a 10-37 (or whatever) in progress. Cops show up on scene and either defuse the situation (say, domestic violence) or things escalate and it's time to draw the trusty ol' service revolver.
A typical epidsode of Emergency! features the two partners returning from a call. They get another call on the radio (from 'rampart') for a medical emergency in progress, say a person trapped in a car after an accident. Paramedics show up on scene and use the jaws of life to extricate a victim from the car, if the patient's condition escalates it's time to get out the trusty ol' paddles, shock the heart back into motion (CLEAR) and then it's time to get the patient back to the hospital. Next. Rinse and repeat.
 
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It's funny how you've lumped them together because I tend to think of them in the same way too. Emergency! feels just like Adam-12 but with paramedics. Let's look again at Adam-12


A typical epidsode of Emergency! features the two partners returning from a call. They get another call on the radio (from 'rampart') for a medical emergency in progress, say a person trapped in a car after an accident. Paramedics show up on scene and use the jaws of life to extricate a victim from the car, if the patient's condition escalates it's time to get out the trusty ol' paddles, shock the heart back into motion (CLEAR) and then it's time to get the patient back to the hospital. Next. Rinse and repeat.
The best episode was the plane crash. Dixie got a lot of work that day

 

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I was up late last night since I had a council meeting and watched some Mannix and a little Cannon even. I love how the QM Productions break each segment into Acts lol....like its a play.
 

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I was up late last night since I had a council meeting and watched some Mannix and a little Cannon even. I love how the QM Productions break each segment into Acts lol....like its a play.
We have a few seasons of Quincy, season 1 of Cannon, and the complete collection of the Magician (who else remembers Bill Bixby in that?) on DVD.

Even though Jack Klugman portrayed a medical examiner/coroner and Bill Bixby portrayed a magician, I think both of these shows belong in the 70's detective genre because they were both sleuths who solved crimes.
 

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We have a few seasons of Quincy, season 1 of Cannon, and the complete collection of the Magician (who else remembers Bill Bixby in that?) on DVD.

Even though Jack Klugman portrayed a medical examiner/coroner and Bill Bixby portrayed a magician, I think both of these shows belong in the 70's detective genre because they were both sleuths who solved crimes.
Without a doubt Quincy is in that genre. As I recall the Bixby one was pretty short lived.

Several of these series came from made for TV movies that doubled as pilots.
 

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Last night Mannix was hooked on smack and deep undercover. Gotta love it. The week to week nature of these shows. Mannix was in numerous car wrecks, hit over the head more than Kowalski on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and even shot a few times....Just another day in the life of Joe Mannix. They dont make TV like that anymore.
 

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Mannix succeeded in being 'strong' without being so godawful serious all the time. Something Raymond Burr should have kept in mind while making 'Ironsides'
 

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Wasn't there one about a female detective? I think it starred Angie Dickinson?
Yes, Police Woman. I heard her interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning and she said doing four seasons of that show might very well have struck a blow for feminism but she considered it the worst career move she ever made.
 

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Last night Mannix was hooked on smack and deep undercover.
I can't help but laugh when I hear a 1960s TV cop or detective talk about someone being "hopped up on goofballs".

Googled around a bit, and found some forgotten 1970s detective/cop shows that I vaguely remember from my childhood. Let's see ...

Bronk. Now that's a hardboiled 1970s detective name. The show had a "wait for it ... wait for it ..." theme song that started off soft, before getting all Quinn Martiny.



Toma. Based on the cases of David Toma, a detective in Newark. My Dad really liked this one.



Delvecchio. Judd Hirsch? Really?



Get Christie Love. I still remember the theme, probably because it was so different than the usual 1/3rd angry jazz 1/3rd angry lounge, 1/3rd porn.



Chopper One. A typical LA-based "respond to a situation, respond to another situation, roll credits" show.



Serpico. A TV series based on the movie.



Petrocelli. It was a small town lawyer show in the form of an LA detective show.



The Rookies. The intro music doesn't get any more 1970s than that. An angry jazz/lounge/porn theme song with gunshots.

 

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Wasn't there one about a female detective? I think it starred Angie Dickinson?
Police Woman! That show brought out the inner Quagmire of every middle-aged man in 1970s America. "Now there's a woman!" (grunts and cracks open another Schlitz)



Some woman had to take Joey Heatherton's place, considering that she was out of the spotlight.

 

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Okay, I am about to confess something I have never disclosed to the public before but I, um, enjoyed. Well, what I'm trying to say, is, um. You know how there was a police show called S.W.A.T. back in the 70's? Well, I sort of liked the disco sound and beat of the theme song. Enough so that I actually bought the 45 so I could listen to it on my record player.

Hey don't judge me, AG! I can feel you judging me right now even though you're a 1000 miles away. You weren't there. You didn't experience it. And you don't know what it was like to exist in a world where all the cool people were wearing polyester and shaking their thing on the lighted dance floors of discotheques everywhere across the country!! It was not considered abnormal back then I'm telling you!!

 
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Okay, I am about to confess something I have never disclosed to the public before but I, um, enjoyed. Well, what I'm trying to say, is, um. You know how there was a police show called S.W.A.T. back in the 70's? Well, I sort of liked the disco sound and beat of the theme song. Enough so that I actually bought the 45 so I could listen to it on my record player.

Hey don't judge me, AG! I can feel you judging me right now even though you're a 1000 miles away. You weren't there. You didn't experience it. And you don't know what it was like to exist in a world where all the cool people were wearing polyester and shaking their thing on the lighted dance floors of discotheques everywhere across the country!! It was not considered abnormal back then I'm telling you!!

LOL...I watched the 90's or whatever remake not long ago. Hondo!
 

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Last night Mannix got worked over in a hotel room by a couple of kidnappers. Including of course being pistol whipped to the back of the head again. But he soldiered on and solved the case,
 

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Last night Mannix got worked over in a hotel room by a couple of kidnappers. Including of course being pistol whipped to the back of the head again. But he soldiered on and solved the case,
The reason Mannix had to retire was due to the Parkinsons disease he'd gotten as a direct result all of the head trauma induced concussions and injuries he'd sustained on the job.
 
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