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Jake and the Fatman: Season 1, Vol. 1 (1987)

William Conrad , Joe Penny  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Conrad, Joe Penny, Barbara Parkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 567 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675ZJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was a brilliant stroke of counter-programming to schedule Jake and the Fat Man opposite Moonlighting in its inaugural season. Never mind that by 1987, Moonlighting had lost its magic. Jake, an old school crime series, was perfect for older audiences who couldn't keep up with David and Maddie's rapid-fire banter or didn't have a clue about the show's inside jokes and pop culture references. "Hip" and "stylish" would not be words to describe Jake and the Fatman, but it is enormously entertaining thanks to its alchemic casting. William Conrad, the slovenly anti-Bruce Willis, is the blustery behemoth L.A. District Attorney J.L. McCabe. A lean Joe Penny, supplying the sex appeal, is fast-living investigator Jake. Sure, Jake might get annoyed with McCabe for interrupting his late-night trysts with unannounced visits and refrigerator raids, but they genuinely like and respect each other. McCabe's wall-shaking bark is worse than his bite. In the episode, "Laura," in which Jake is on the case of his former partner's killer, he tells McCabe not to worry. "I always worry," McCabe gruffly replies, before adding, "about you, kid." And we don't need a Christmas episode to show us that deep down McCabe isn't really a Scrooge. We see that in his devotion to his ever-present bulldog, Max ("I never leave home without him"). These first 11 episodes are light on traditional gunplay, car chases, or hot pursuits, but the stories are plenty compelling. Viewers witness a crime (a senatorial candidate's ambitious Yuppie-scum speechwriter murders the politician's mistress, a man preys on skid row bums to conceal a closer-to-home murder plot, a defense attorney frames his ex-wife for the murder of her lover) and then watch McCabe and Jake do the legwork. With his massive girth and stentorian voice, Conrad is in his element making a feast of the scenery, whether it be railing against a novice assistant D.A. ("Stop having opinions before you know what the facts are"), rattling a suspect, or staging outrageous stunts in the courtroom, like pulling a gun on a witness to expose his false testimony. These are the simple pleasures that, pound for pound, make Jake and the Fatman a show that really pulls its weight. --Donald Liebenson

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Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases in Los Angeles with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show :-> April 5, 2008
This used to be one of my all time favourite tv shows and I can't wait to see it again. Jake Styles was so 'smooth' as an investigator working for J.L McCabe who was the District Attorney. The show started off in LA and later down the track it moves to Hawaii.
McCabe was a cigar smoking 'tough' guy who had his dog follow him everywhere (or sit still and do nothing) and Jake was a 'suave' (back then) guy who almost always got the girl. Each episode was usually a new story and by todays standards, it's very old school but to me, that is some of the appeal. I loved the chemistry between McCabe and Jake - almost like a father and son relationship. There was also Derek Mitchell who always tried his best to impress McCabe, but never seemed to do so. He was a little goofy, especially in Jake's shadow.
It's definately worth checking out. It's much better than Riptide which Joe Penny (Jake) also starred in. I recommend it if you like the old style of getting the bad guys.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately, once again DVD consumers get only half the product while paying full price. In case you hadn't noticed, this is only HALF of the first season. List price is $36.98. If you were to purchase the complete first season at list price (assuming the second half even gets released) that would come to $73.96 for a single season. How does that grab you? Even with the Amazon pre-order discount you'll still end up paying over $50 for a single season, not to mention having to wait for the next volume!

Please note that my rating is a reflection of the HORRIBLE decision to release only half a season with a pathetic "rip-off" price tag.

This is a very entertaining late 80's, early 90's crime drama. It deserves to be released as a reasonably priced FULL SEASON. If a production company is going to offer only half season releases, they need to price them CORRECTLY ($17.99 to $19.99 per half season).

Should you decide to purchase this set, you'll be treated to episodes featuring some great guest stars, such as; Robert Culp (I Spy, Greatest American Hero), Dwight Schultz (The A-Team), Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), Mark Goddard (Lost in Space), and many more. While season five is a long way off, I really enjoyed the addition of Melody Anderson to the cast (Flash Gordon - 1980).

Great to see this series arrive on DVD. A shame that consumers once again get the shaft!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time this came out on DVD! June 14, 2008
I became hooked on this show during the 5th and final season so I am soooo thrilled that I can finally catch up on the other seasons. I am a huge Joe Penny fan, and this show was perfect for him. I'm kind of bummed out that only 1/2 a season will be on the DVD but it's a good start!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! July 14, 2008
By E. M.
Though, initially, I was a bit dismayed that only half of Season 1 was released, since I never expected to see the show again, let alone on DVD, I'm just THRILLED to own it, even half of a season! I've been a fan of the wonderfully talented Joe Penny for at least 23 years & this is my favorite of his many roles. Word is that this partial release is supposed to be to test the sales market, so if Viacom/Paramount/CBS feel that sales are good enough, they'll release the rest of Season 1 & the rest of the 5 years, which will be BLISS for us fans! I so enjoy the give-and-take between JL (McCabe) & Jake. True, I watched the show because of Joe Penny, but I was also a fan of the late William Conrad and enjoyed watching him as "Canon" years before he played JL McCabe. (I also loved him as the narrator of the Rocky & Bullwinkle show, plus his other voice-overs.)

Personally, I don't consider people who bought this DVD as stupid or mislead or "puppets of the industry." We're just fans, fans who hope that sales are good & we get the rest of Jake and the Fatman on DVD!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fatman March 31, 2008
It all started during "Matlock's" first season (1986). The sixth episode of that series featured William Conrad as District Attorney James "Fatman" McShane. The next year the producers took this character, changed his name slightly to Jason Lochinvar 'Fatman' McCabe, and with Conrad created the long-running series "Jake and the Fatman". Conrad's deep voice gave him quite a radio/television career, much of it unseen as he played Matt Dillon on the radio version of "Gunsmoke" and did voiceover commentary for "The Fugitive" and "Rocky and Bullwinkle". But he was the featured on-camera guy for this series.

The 106 hour-long episodes of this police drama were originally broadcast on CBS from 1987 to 1992. This DVD contains the first half of the 23 episodes from the first season, 21 regular episodes and a two-part pilot, which actually ran "after" the show had premiered. Season One was set in Los Angeles, then the series moved to Hawaii. All 23 episode titles and their original air-dates are detailed below.

The interaction of the two title characters in the series will remind you of "Hardcastle and McCormick " (1983) and it is reasonable to believe that the producers copied that show to get the same dynamic. But the two title characters in the first season of "Jake and the Fatman" could be considered the most authentic looking of any police drama. While Conrad's character on "Cannon" was dubbed "Cannonball" by Mad Magazine, lampooning was unnecessary with the "Fatman" character. Like "Cannon" he groans and complains but manages to get his man by the end of each episode. But while "Cannon" at least looked presentable, the "Fatman's" grooming makes him look he's been staying in a homeless shelter and staining his tie in soup kitchens.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a great series you will like it
real good tv series everyone will enjoy it a good to watch with the family
Published 9 days ago by scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Shows
I have always enjoyed watching anything with Joe Penney and William Conrad and it makes you stop and think. I miss these old shows.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Esboldt
1.0 out of 5 stars cannot play it on my DVD. should have been warned that DVD may not...
cannot play it on my DVD player. should have been warned that these DVD may not suit all players. never had this trouble before with bought dVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by annette cheasley
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty decent show . . . season one
Although I tire of the murder/police/PI shows that America seems to be stuck on during that era (Charlie's Angels, Hardy Boys, Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Magnum PI, Riptide,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. T. Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
Classic. Loved it as a kid. Now I remember why. Funny, full of suspense. Worth every penny. Season two here I come.
Published 12 months ago by Njeri fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
Its great to be able to see the shows in this series after so many years . It was a good series when it was current and still good these days too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by walkinjak
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake and the Fatman!
I enjoy watching Jake and the FATMAN! I used to watch the show when it was on TV. Let me know when the other seasons come out on DVD. Thank you.
Published 17 months ago by Sylvia F. Keyser
4.0 out of 5 stars good action
good action, some laughs,usual 80s-90s car chases, but it's typical CBS-Paramount rip-off HALF SEASONS FOR FULL PRICE!!!
Published 18 months ago by TV Generation Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake and the Fatman
Wonderful show, quality is ok, they could have done better, but I still enjoy watching it. Joe Penny of course is super eye candy!
Got a great price on Amazon, too. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mops
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very pleased with the order. Think I had reviewed it before. Will be watching it a second time. Thank you
Published 20 months ago by Daphne
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