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Harry O, The Complete First Season [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Harry Orwell is a decidedly different detective. And Harry O is decidedly different TV show. Forced off the force thanks to a bullet lodged near his spine, former police detective Harry Orwell gets by on his disability pension and the occasional private detecting gig ("100 bucks a day. Plus expenses"). No flashy car for the downtrodden Harry - he's as apt to get around town on bus as he is on foot. But he's as savvy as he is sophisticated, and though he might have to avoid the slugfests, he can crack any case. Even if it sometimes breaks his heart. Harry O features an actor at the top of his game, playing a character complex enough to contain his talents. This Six-Disc, 22-Episode Collection features the entire first season, co-starring Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe. Special guests include Stefanie Powers, Linda Evans, Martin Sheen, and Cab Calloway. Special Bonus: Contains the Original Pilot - Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On
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Initially, Henry Darrow was the reluctant police lieut "sidekick", and very good he was too - some episodes in Harry O relocated from San Diego to LA and acquiring new police sidekicks in the form of Lieut Trench and Sgt Roberts. Trench is played by the always watchable Anthony Zerbe and the sarcastic exchanges between him and Harry are hilarious and continued through all of the 2nd and final series - Harry has some parsimonious habits such as freeloading the police dept coffee and always checking phone boxes for "dropped" coins which form a running background theme - the stories themselves are probably more cop than PI most of the time and often what starts as a "simple" case turns very complicated along the way.
Providing more light relief is the hilarious character of Lester Hodges, a Trust fund kid ably played by Les Lannom - he regards Harry as a criminologist guru and is very reminiscent of Ellery Queen - there are only a few episodes featuring "Lester", but they are gems, and he drives both Harry and Trench 'round the bend - nice touch that Lester even dresses like Harry, tries to walk like him but occasionally reverts to the classic trenchcoat so beloved of Sam Spade
Slightly iffy picture transcription here and there, but given the age of the show forgiveable - all in all it's a gem and a must for all detective series fans - so step back in time to when a detective often had to catch the bus because of his rubbish car, no mobile phones and no personal computers - just good dogged detective work with plenty of humour and some interesting recurring as well as one-off guest stars. Farrah Fawcett-Majors, pre-Charlie's Angels, is charming as next door neighbour/girlfriend Jill
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