Saturday, July 31, 2010

Watch 21 JUMP STREET free online!

Netflix subscribers can watch episodes of 21 Jump Street free online! Or watch the episodes on your television courtesy of a Roku device, certain gaming consoles or Blu-ray players.

The crime drama 21 Jump Street (Fox, 1987-1991) focused on a squad of undercover police investigating crimes related to young people. The officers, able to pass for students, operated undercover in high schools, colleges and other teen venues. Created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell, the stars included Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson, Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen, Steven Williams, and Michael Bendetti.

21 Jump Street Opening Theme


Related links:
Watch HUNTER episodes online free!
Classic Stephen J. Cannell TV on DVD
Watch CASTLE on ABC
Mystery TV Themes: THE ROCKFORD FILES

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Opening Theme: MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

British TV drama The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (BBC, 1998-99) starred Diana Rigg as Adela Bradley and Neil Dudgeon as her faithful driver George Moody. The 1920s mysteries, which found the duo taking their Rolls Royce to solve murders among the well-to-do and repressed, were inspired by the novels by Gladys Mitchell, who published some eighty novels in her lifetime. As Rigg introduced the character on PBS Mystery: "Over the course of some sixty-six mysteries, Adela Bradley married and divorced three husbands, was made a Dame of the British Empire, and a consultant to the British Home Office. She also developed prodigious abilities at pub darts, snooker, billiards, and knife throwing. One thing she cannot do is knit."



More mystery TV main titles:
THE AVENGERS w/ The New Avengers
RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY
MISS MARPLE
HAMISH MACBETH
THE SAINT
THE ADVENTURER
THE PERSUADERS
PERRY MASON RETURNS
DIAGNOSIS MURDER
MATLOCK
BARNABY JONES
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)
THE ROCKFORD FILES
QUINCY, M.E.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Opening Theme: PERRY MASON RETURNS

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

Years after the legendary series Perry Mason (CBS, 1957-1966), star Raymond Burr and co-star Barbara Hale reunited for a series of Perry Mason TV movies starting in 1985. The first, Perry Mason Returns, found Mason resigning his position as appellate court judge to defend his secretary, Della Street, on murder charges. William Katt (Hale's son) played Paul Drake, Jr. (son of private investigator Paul Drake, portrayed by the late William Hopper in the original series.)

The series was produced by Dean Hargrove and Fred Silverman -- they also produced Matlock, Jake and the Fatman, and Diagnosis: Murder.

The Perry Mason TV movies continued even after Burr's death in 1993 -- his final performance as Mason was in The Case of the Killer Kiss. Subsequent telefilms starred other actors as lawyer friends of Mason -- one with Paul Sorvino as Anthony Caruso (1993), and three with Hal Holbrook as "Wild Bill" McKenzie (1994-95). Hale appeared in these as Street.



Related links:
Detectives: PERRY MASON by Erle Stanley Gardner
Mystery TV Themes: PERRY MASON

More TV Main Titles:
Opening Theme: DIAGNOSIS MURDER
Opening Theme: MATLOCK
Opening Theme: BARNABY JONES
Opening Theme: NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)
Opening Theme: THE ROCKFORD FILES

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trailer: RED (Retired * Extremely * Dangerous)

Coming to theaters October 15: The action comedy RED, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich, with Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, and Karl Urban. Willis stars as a retired black-ops agent who must put together his old team when the CIA wants them dead.

While the original comic book mini was a decidely grim actioner, the filmmakers decided to give the movie more of a "Grumpy Old Hit Men" twist.

And it looks GREAT. Check out these trailers:





The movie posters:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Opening Theme: DIAGNOSIS MURDER

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

The mystery series Diagnosis: Murder (CBS, 1993-2001) starred Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, homicide detective Steve Sloan (played by real-life son Barry Van Dyke). The series was a spin-off of Jake and the Fatman (itself a spin-off of Matlock.) One of the fun angles of the show was how the producers would work in elements of other series -- ranging from cast reunions (Star Trek and M*A*S*H) to guest stars appearing as their characters from other series (Mike Connors as Joe Mannix, Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock, and Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter from Mission: Impossible.)

Diagnosis: Murder also led to a series of original novels by Lee Goldberg, an executive producer and writer on the TV show.

Season One


Season Six


Season Seven


Related links:
Detectives: DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis Murder) by Lee Goldberg
Diagnosis-Murder.com
Diagnosis: Murder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Diagnosis Murder on TV.com

More TV main titles:
MATLOCK
MANNIX
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
QUINCY, M.E.
HARRY O
MEDICAL CENTER
RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY
MISS MARPLE
BARNABY JONES
HAWAII FIVE-O 2010, 1996, 1975
THE AVENGERS w/ The New Avengers
PERRY MASON
THE EQUALIZER
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Twice the bionic action on DVD this fall

TV Shows on DVD reports that Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers are FINALLY headed to DVD this fall! In October, Universal is releasing The Bionic Woman: Season 1 on four discs. Then in November, Time Life will release The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series as a massive 40-disc set. Both promise to include bonus features -- including the cross-over episodes! Click through for more details.

Six Million Dollar Man, The: *EXCLUSIVE* Press Release Announces Time Life Plans for The Complete Series

Bionic Woman, The: Leap Into More Season 1 Extras, Including a Gag Reel and a Wagner Interview!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Opening Theme: RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

British legal mystery series Rumpole of the Bailey (1975-1992), created and written by John Mortimer, starred Leo McKern as an ageing London barrister who defends any and all clients. The television series led to a series of short stories, novels, and radio dramas.



Related links: Detectives: HORACE RUMPOLE (Rumpole of the Bailey) by John Mortimer

More TV main titles:
MISS MARPLE
MATLOCK
BARNABY JONES
HAWAII FIVE-O 2010, 1996, 1975
LAW & ORDER: UK on DVD
THE PERSUADERS
THE SAINT
THE ADVENTURER
THE AVENGERS w/ The New Avengers
PERRY MASON
JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE
THE EQUALIZER
MANNIX
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Big sale on classic mystery TV on DVD

Right now, Amazon has some great classic mystery, crime, and cop TV shows on sale for cheap!

Available shows include Burke's Law (1963), Honey West (1965), Charlie's Angels (1976), Hart to Hart (1979), Columbo (1968), Perry Mason (1957), Police Woman (1974), Starsky & Hutch (1975), Rumpole of the Bailey (1975), Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Remington Steele (1982), Mannix (1967), Mission Impossible (1966), Monk (2002), Psych (2006), and more!

Click the names to see what seasons are available, or look for your favorites below. (It's not everything on sale, but still quite a selection.)

Opening Theme: MISS MARPLE

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

Agatha Christie's famed amateur sleuth Miss Jane Marple was introduced in the short story "The Tuesday Night Club," published in The Royal Magazine December 1927. Her first full-length novel was Murder at the Vicarage 1930.

Over the years, the character has been played by several actresses in film and on TV. From 1984-1992, the BBC series Miss Marple, starring Joan Hickson, adapted all the original Miss Marple novels. Starting in 2004, the ITV series Agatha Christie's Marple has starred Geraldine McEwan and now Julia McKenzie.

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, BBC, 1990 (starring Joan Hickson)


Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (starring Geraldine McEwan)


Masterpiece MYSTERY!: Miss Marple (starring Julia Mckenzie)


More themes:
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives (anime)
MATLOCK
BARNABY JONES
QUINCY
THE EQUALIZER
HARRY O
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)
PERRY MASON
Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries
Checkmate
Magnum P.I.
Monk
Simon & Simon 
THE ROCKFORD FILES



From The Thrill of it All:
Agatha Christie meets Doctor Who
Detectives: HERCULE POIROT by Agatha Christie
Detectives: MISS MARPLE by Agatha Christie
Detectives: TOMMY and TUPPENCE by Agatha Christie
Detectives: SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Detectives: HAMISH MACBETH by MC Beaton
Detectives: HORACE RUMPOLE (Rumpole of the Bailey) by John Mortimer
Detectives: JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
Detectives: DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis Murder) by Lee Goldberg
Retirement is Murder: 10 Senior Sleuths
100 Mystery Series: 1887-2010
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
Christmas Can Be Murder: 10 Seasonal Mystery Titles

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Opening Theme: MATLOCK

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

Legal drama Matlock (NBC 1986-1992, ABC 1992-1995) starred Andy Griffith as folksy defense attorney Ben Matlock. The format of the show, not unlike that of Perry Mason (1957-1966) often found Matlock identifying the murderer in the courtroom and confronting him or her on the stand.

Over the years, Matlock's circle of helpers included daughters Charlene Matlock (Linda Purl) and Leanne MacIntyre (Brynn Thayer), legal partner Michelle Thomas (Nancy Stafford), and private investigators Tyler Hudson (Kene Holliday), Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard), Cliff Lewis (Daniel Roebuck), and Jerri Stone (Carol Huston).

Matlock led to the spin-off Jake and the Fatman (1987-1992), starring William Conrad and Joe Penny. That show also had a spin-off -- Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001) starring Dick Van Dyke -- on which Andy Griffith guest-starred in one episode as Ben Matlock.



Matlock (TV series) - Wikipedia

More themes:
BARNABY JONES
PERRY MASON
JUDD FOR THE DEFENSE
LAW & ORDER: UK
QUINCY
THE EQUALIZER
HARRY O
MANNIX
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)
THE ROCKFORD FILES

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Opening Theme: BARNABY JONES

With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...

Barnaby Jones (1973-1980) starred Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as father- and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles. A spin-off from Cannon, starring William Conrad, the Barnaby Jones premiere episode "Requiem for a Son" found Jones coming out of retirement to find his son's killer. His widowed daughter-in-law helped him solve the case, and the two decided to keep the detective agency open. In 1976, Mark Shera joined the cast as J. R., a son of Barnaby's cousin.

A different kind of private eye, Barnaby Jones was a milk-drinker who caught criminals with his brains rather than his fists: "To its credit, the producers didn't downplay Barnaby's age, nor did they get cute about it," notes Thrilling Detective. "They simply treated him with respect and dignity, made us aware of his limitations but focused on his strengths. Not for Barnaby, then, the routine TV fare of fisticuffs and car chases. Rather he relied on his keen intellect, his home crime lab and good old detective work (a real rarity on the tube) to get the goods on the bad guys." Buy DVDs at Amazon

Barnaby Jones TV show theme song


Barnaby Jones on Wikipedia
Barnaby Jones on Thrilling Detective

More themes:
CHARLIE'S ANGELS
THE EQUALIZER
HARDY BOYS / NANCY DREW MYSTERIES
HARRY O
MANNIX
NBC Mystery Movie (COLUMBO)
PETER GUNN
THE ROCKFORD FILES
QUINCY
SIMON & SIMON


From The Thrill of it All:
Retirement is Murder: 10 Senior Sleuths
Detectives: MURDER SHE WROTE: JESSICA FLETCHER
Detectives: Lee Goldberg: DR. MARK SLOANE (DIAGNOSIS: MURDER)
Mysteries: Lawrence Block: BERNIE RHODENBARR
Detectives: M.C. Beaton: AGATHA RAISIN
Detectives: Agatha Christie: MISS MARPLE
100 Mystery Series: 1887-2010
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
NURSING A GRUDGE: Hometown Mysteries
NURSING A GRUDGE is "summer fresh"
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