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Silk Stalkings - The Complete First Season (1991)

Mitzi Kapture , Rob Estes , Rachel Feldman , Don Edmonds  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mitzi Kapture, Rob Estes
  • Directors: Rachel Feldman, Don Edmonds, Harvey S. Laidman, Charles Siebert, Ron Ames
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6B0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silk Stalkings - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 22 episodes from the 1991-92 season
  • Interviews with cast & crew
  • Stephen J. Cannell and Ben Vereen reminisce

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Created by Stephen J. Cannell (The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, among others), the USA Network's Silk Stalkings was about as sexy as non-premium cable TV got in the early 1990s. Palm Beach homicide detectives Rita Lee Lance (Mitzi Kapture) and Chris Lorenzo (Rob Estes) investigate crimes they call "silk stalkings," murders that expose the seamy--and steamy--side of high society. Rita and Chris investigate the crimes, frequently by going undercover (so to speak) to expose macho men or their beautiful women companions, who tend to lounge about in swimwear or lingerie. During the first season, the detectives face ghosts from their pasts and push the edge of their profession (Ben Vereen plays their exasperated captain, a role later filled by Charlie Brill), all the while swapping sexual innuendo but dating other people with disappointing results. The platonic-partners schtick is nothing The X-Files or Moonlighting didn't do with more style, but the stars did have a chemistry that in later years their replacements were never able to re-Kapture.

In addition to the 22 episodes, the DVD set features 39 minutes of interviews with Cannell, an almost unrecognizable Estes, a straight-haired Kapture (both stars talk about each other, their departures, and other cast members), and a nostalgic Vereen, plus a joint reminiscence between Cannell and Vereen. --David Horiuchi


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125 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cannell's Best Shows July 25, 2004
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Silk Stalkings was yet another show from the fertive mind and studio of Stephen J. Cannell, and was one of (if not the) longest running of his hour long shows. Silk Stalkings originally debuted on CBS as part of the late Friday night Crime Time After Primetime slot but that was soon cancelled and it became a cable only show airing on USA Network as they had entered into a co-production deal with CBS originally.

The show lasted eight years in all and, as so many shows do, ended on a never resolved cliffhanger. But that's a long way into the future and with the ex-husband and wife team of Tom and Cassie. This first season is pure gold as we are introduced to Rita Lee Lance and Chris Lorenzo of the Palm Beach Police Department's Homicide division.

In the first few episodes Rita is a much harder character than she is for most of the rest of her run. It seems that she has an inoperable brain tumour that makes her take risks no normal cop would take. This little character trait is swiftly forgotten and never ever mentioned again. Chris and Rita have the usual male/female cop partner dynamic for the first couple of years and are Best friends in every sense of the word with no hint of sexual tension or any underlying romance. Initially they had the usual one night stands but this would later be replaced by long term relationships later on.

Calling one another Sam most of the time (and not a reference to Sam Spade but rather Slammin' Sammy Sneed, who they both considered the greatest ever golf player. The first few episodes also used golfing references in voice overs by Rita but that was also dropped although the "Sam" nickname remained throughout their time in the show.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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1991 represented a unique opportunity for U.S. TV show creators. Unlike today, when cable networks make up much of the original programming, there were few markets for new shows. The fledgling Fox network was only four years old, and the triumvirate of broadcasting giants (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had the power of dinosaurs. But there was a hiccup in late-night scheduling: David Letterman had signed a new contract to host a talk show on CBS, but his NBC contract still had two years to run. So CBS decided to run a slate of dramatic fare -- five new shows to keep the seat warm for Letterman -- which they called "Crime Time After Primetime". Stephen J. Cannell, creator of literally dozens of TV shows, had something called "Silk Stalkings" that he'd been working on for a few years; he pitched it, got the go-ahead, and quickly went into production.

This was a cop show featuring a pair of Palm Beach (Florida) police detectives who specialized in crimes of passion in that enclave of the wealthy, said crimes being referred to as "silk stalkings". A first for television, they were a mixed-sex pair who were friends and partners on an equal footing (both Sergeants) -- but NOT romantically involved. The headliners were Rob Estes (whom Cannell had been attempting to fit into a series for a while) as Chris Lorenzo, and newcomer Mitzi Kapture as Rita Lee Lance. Longtime Cannell friend Ben Vereen completed the short list of headliners as Captain Hutchinson. But the important element of "Silk Stalkings" was the dynamic duo of Rob & Mitzi as Chris & Rita, with a natural screen chemistry that shone over such dialog as "That woman would leave skidmarks on your libido."

From the first episode of "Silk Stalkings" it's easy to see that this show is long on style and short on budget.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pioneer in the cable drama series genre... July 28, 2005
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Nominated for only one Emmy, the entertainment quality of Silk Stalkings is nevertheless evidenced by its nine season run which is one of the most enduring ever for an original cable TV series. Partly responsible for this lack of critical acclaim is that Silk Stalkings was a trailblazer in the cable genre, and handing out Emmys to original cable series didn't become fashionable until the late-1990s when Sex And The City and The Sopranos broke the cable barrier for good. Another contributing factor to the lack of peer recognition is that Silk Stalkings lasted about four seasons longer than it should have, given that nearly the entire cast and crew were replaced after the first five seasons. Regardless, this hour-long drama series set in Palm Beach, Florida contains all the necessary ingredients for a hit show - beautiful people in a beautiful setting with lots of murder, violence, and intrigue. Silk Stalkings offers everything one could ask for in a TV drama, and the show's success helped pave the way for additional original cable series such as Monk and The Shield...

Silk Stalkings follows the exploits of two Palm Beach, Florida detectives who investigate murders and other high profile crimes in an elite community which is no stranger to fame and fortune. Sgt. Chris Lorenzo (Rob Estes) and Sgt. Rita Lee Lance (Mitzi Kapture) are partners on the local Palm Beach Police Department, and each episode they must investigate one or more high-profile crimes. The dynamic relationship between Chris and Rita is a focal point of the show, and the two will overturn every stone and use every tactic at their disposal to bring justice to those who, either due to fame and/or wealth, believe they are above the laws that governor average people... Veteran entertainer Ben Vereen plays their boss, Capt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
so fun to go back in time and see all of the pretty people in this show.
Published 20 days ago by francine
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk Stalkings is great! I received the package in the allotted time...
Silk Stalkings is great! I received the package in the allotted time amazon suggested. The quality of the DVD is excellent. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sherry Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars checking it out.
Watched this a long time ago will see if is still a good series to have thanks
Published 25 days ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A series that was sexy and drew the audience into the characters lives.
Published 1 month ago by K. Printz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
I do not mind watching old teleplays. Recently I purchased "crossing Jordan" and "Canterbury laws" and enjoyed both a lot and wish I could see more seasons of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by fmerickson26
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed this dynamic duo
Before Benson and Stabler on Law & Order:SVU, there was Chris and Rita solving the most unbelievable sex crimes. Glad to have this collection on my shelf.
Published 4 months ago by TruSoulDJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Review....
*** Great Television Series from The early 90s that was & probably would still be a good series to take another look at featuring *Rob Estes & Mitzi Kapture !.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by * O .C - Review's !..
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited to find this...
I found this for less than $5, and my best friend was thrilled. This was her favorite show when we were in high school over 2 decades ago, and I am sure she hasn't seen it in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christina Herrell
5.0 out of 5 stars silk stalkings
I loved this show when it was on and now I watch it again. Being able to watch shows no longer on tv is great.
Published 5 months ago by C. Clontz
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Any new special features?
There are no special features on this Mill Creek release
Oct 6, 2012 by R. Kohler |  See all 2 posts
number of minutes in a year
The actual run time of this set is 901 minutes, not the 720 minutes listed here and there are 20 episodes in the first season not 22. The episodes run just at 45 minutes each. A few run a little over that time and a few run a little short of 45 min.
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