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(Mar 09, 2010)
A fabulously wealthy Texan moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private investigator hobby. He is handsome, lives in a penthouse and flies his own helicopter to and from his investigations. Naturally, he is always surrounded by beautiful women!
Lee Horsely is rocking his '80s 'stache as Matlock Houston, a transplanted Texas oilman who solves murders in Los Angeles as an amateur private investigator. Horsely has Tom Selleck's rugged good looks and James Garner's down-home folksy appeal. As his beautiful Harvard-educated lawyer and lifelong platonic friend C.J. (Pamela Hensley) remarks, "He'll charm the socks off you." Producer Aaron Spelling's distinctive stylish escapist touch is all over Matt Houston. Like Amos Burke of Spelling's Burke's Law, the fabulously wealthy Houston can afford to indulge himself in his hobby, piloting his private helicopter or driving his Excalibur to the scenes of the crimes. And as with Law, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island, each episode is loaded with an eclectic roster of faded Hollywood greats, venerable character actors, and future stars. "The Purrfect Crime" boasts Playboy icon and Hee-Haw gal Barbie Benton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sonny Bono, and Werner "Colonel Klink" Klemperer. This being a Spelling production, that would also explain the appearance in "Fear for Tomorrow" of young Tori Spelling (billed as "Victoria"), who is endearingly god-awful. Matt Houston has the usual squealing car chases, gunfights, explosions, and cheesecake, but several episodes are refreshingly bizarre. "Here's Another Fine Mess" features Larry Harmon and Chuck McCann as villainous Laurel and Hardy impersonators, "Here's Joey" concerns a killer robot, and "Recipe for Murder" features Sid Caesar as a Russian restaurateur who is the prime suspect when his partner turns up dead in a Jell-O mold. Episodes have a comic B-story (in one, Houston avoids going to the dentist) and the ensemble serves up such colorful characters as LaMar Pettybone (Paul Brinegar, who was Wishbone on Rawhide), one of Houston's grizzled ranch hands; Murray Chase (George Wyner), Houston's excitable business manager; and Mama Novelli (Penny Santon), restaurant owner and the overbearing mother of Vince Novelli (John Aprea), Houston's best friend. That's another thing about Houston, C.J. informs us: he "doesn't like it when his friends get hurt." Most of these cases are personal as FOM either turn up dead or are accused of murder. Matt Houston is not groundbreaking television, but it's a decade-defining guilty pleasure. As C.J. suggestively states in the series' opening, chock-a-block with every '80s TV private eye cliché, "Better cock your pistols." --Donald Liebenson
Very nostalgic. Can't believe some of the plots and not so great acting but it was still great fun to watch.Published 2 months ago by Woods
This one of my favorite shows from the 80's. I waited decades for it to be showed in syndication on channels available in the New York area but had no success in finding show. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nybandit
Amazon reminds me that I bought this first season set on 11 January 2010. Like everyone who has commented here, I agree that it is a great release of an excellent, old fashioned... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Harry Orwell
Really missed this show. happy to find it here on Amazon. Lee Horsley was good in this. Wonderful to relive the series again !Published 6 months ago by J. M. Fears
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|Matt Houston seasons 2 and 3||
I agree as I am waiting too. Most of these good 70's and 80's crime shows take too long between seasons to be released. I am also waiting for season 5 of Charlies angels. Though I hear it will be out later this year.
Sep 1, 2012 by Robert Nodge | See all 3 posts
I can't remember any episodes from season two.I wish someone could refresh my memory.
Mar 18, 2012 by Kerrie L. Amaral | See all 7 posts
Does anybody know when seasons 2 and 3 will be released? has anybody heard of Liquadation DVD Sets it's a website and they are selling all three seasons of Matt Houston FOR $94.95. I have never heard of them I was just wondering are they legit.
Feb 26, 2011 by Honeybee | See all 5 posts
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