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Matt Houston: Season 1

4.7 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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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

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  • Actors: Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley
  • 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: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 1171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y12AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Finally on DVD!

Matt Houston arrived on ABC in September of 1982, and lasted for 69 episodes, ending it's run in March of 1985. Actor Lee Horsley, best known (at the time) for his portrayal of the comic book hero "Talon", in 1982's "The Sword and the Sorcerer", was an outstanding choice to play Matt Houston. Pamela Hensley, formerly "Princess Ardala" on TV's "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", was also a great choice for C.J. Parsons, Houston's associate.

Matt Houston was created and produced by Lawrence Gordon. If that name sounds familiar, that's because his name has been associated with such projects as Alien vs. Predator, 48 Hrs, The Warriors, Predator, Field of Dreams, Die Hard, Boogie Nights, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Hellboy, and Dillinger (1973), just to name a few.

The first season of Matt Houston showcased a nice selection of guest stars, including; Jill St. John, Heather Locklear, Cristina Ferrare, Britt Ekland, Janet Leigh, Sid Caesar, Tina Louise, david cassidy, George Takei, Sonny Bono, Barbi Benton, Dick Sargent, Alan Hale Jr., Stella Stevens, Chuck Connors, Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, Tori Spelling, Richard Anderson, Markie Post, and Martin Landau!!! Not too shabby, huh?

The Matt Houston theme song was created by composer Dominic Frontiere (Perhaps best known for composing the theme for "The Outer Limits" - 1964).

Basically, Matt Houston was a typical 80's private detective series, centered around a millionaire playboy (Horsley/Houston) who decides that he likes detective work! Please note that my description of the series as being "typical 80's" is meant as a compliment. Fans of Magnum P.I., Simon and Simon, Remington Steele, and other such 80's classics may find equal amounts of fun within this series.
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I love this show and am beyond excited that it will be officially released by Paramount in March. Hopefully, it will sell reasonably well so they'll release the remaining two seasons. The story revolved around a very wealthy oil businessman from Texas who moves to California to become a private detective while still enjoying the fruits of his decadent lifestyle. Lee Horsley starred as Matt Houston along with co-star Pamela Hensley as his best friend and associate/lawyer, CJ Parsons. This show has everything that nostalgiac early 80s television is remembered for, which is a good thing. They don't make shows like this anymore. Can you picture the Hollywood of today creating a television show in which the hero/protagonist is a wealthy oilman from Texas?
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"Matt Houston," that underrated early-'80s action show, is finally coming to DVD! Hold onto your (stetson) hats, folks...this Aaron Spelling-produced small-screen gem will put a Texas-sized grin on your face! The first season in particular is pure entertainment: traditional whodunnits are the main course, served with heaping side courses of guest stars you NEVER expected to see together in one place. A handful of episodes are action-adventure rather than whodunnits (including the last show of the season), and the show would remain action-adventure for the rest of "Matt Houston"'s three-season run. Some fun stuff to watch for in the first season: 1) The disappearance of Matt's down-home Texas buddies, 2) The disappearance of C.J.'s narration, and 3) The disappearance of C.J.'s Texas (well, sorta) accent.

The early word from reviewers who have already received their DVDs is that the show's pilot, "X-22," shows some signs of wear - but the other episodes look fabulous. Great news!

Want to know which episodes will be on the DVD? Here's an episode guide for "Matt Houston"'s first season:

X-22 (originally shown in a two-hour slot when MH premiered, and as a two-parter in syndication.) No synopsis is currently available for the pilot, but guest stars include Barbara Carrera and Jill St. John.

STOP THE PRESSES - Somebody is trying to kill evil tabloid publisher Murray "Jaws" Hamilton - but who? There are way too many suspects, since the guy's bread and butter is publishing outlandish gossip about famous folks. Early TV appearances by Heather Locklear (meditating in a glass pyramid) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner of "The Cosby Show."

DEADLY FASHION - I LOVE this one! Snide Mr. Blackwell basically plays himself (though the character's name is "Valentine St.
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Finally, "the powers that be" have chosen to release this show on DVD. I was a big fan of Matt Houston back in the 80's when it came out, at least the first two season's. Not only because Lee Horsely is SO FINE, but I also had a huge crush on Pamela Hensley. In fact she was the main reason I started watching the show to begin with. I followed her from Buck Rogers to this show and really enjoyed the chemistry she had with Mr. Horsely. Anyway, I can't wait to purchase this DVD when it comes out in a couple of months. If you haven't seen this show but enjoyed other 80's detective shows such as Magnum P.I. or Simon and Simon, then you'll like this one too. Go MATT!!!
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I agree with the other reviewers in that Lee Horsley was and still is a hunk! Some of the shows are corny but overall I loved watching these shows again. My 16 son loves watching them too. These shows are so much better than what is on TV today. I looking forward to purchasing seasons 2 and 3.
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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
Season 2
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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