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Somewhat cheesy like Hart to Hart
on 25 September 2010
I'm a big fan of police and detective shows of the '70s, such as Columbo, Kojak and The Rockford Files. As I didn't grow up with M&W, I decided to give this Season One set a go, especially since the show was part of the NBC Mystery Movie series. But, after watching a few episodes, I decided to sell the set.
I didn't much appreciate Susan Saint James' kooky character as the Police Commissioner's wife or the show's general attempt at mixing drama and comedy - all too often it ended up being cheesy and unbelievable. The show is a mix of early `60s Burke's Law and late `70s Hart to Hart (both were Aaron Spelling productions while M&W was not)- I should add that I also sold my Hart to Hart set after only watching a few episodes. Burke's Law on the other hand, while sometimes cheesy is quite entertaining and a great time capsule of 1960s television talent.
For those with fond memories of M&W or fans of Hart to Hart, this DVD set might be a good purchase but if you want to see a quality San Francisco based detective show from that era, watch The Streets of San Francisco. If looking for something better of Susan Saint James, see if you can obtain a copy of the 1980s sitcom Kate & Allie.
I would rate some of the 1970s NBC Mystery Movie programs as follows: Columbo as 5 stars; McCloud, Banacek, and Quincy M.E. close to 4 stars each, and McMillan and Wife as 3 stars.