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Simon & Simon - Season One

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Brotherly love is put to the test as all thirteen Season One episodes of the action-packed adventure series Simon & Simon arrive on DVD for the first time! Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker star as the sibling sleuths whose approach to fighting crime are as unrelated as they come. A.J. (Parker) is slick, sophisticated and ambitious. His scruffy older brother, Rick (McRaney), would rather kick back and play his guitar. As private investigators, they're on the hunt for criminals, counterfeiters, and contract killers on the streets of San Diego, but in order to succeed, they'll have to work together without driving each other crazy in the process! Along for the exciting ride are popular guest stars Markie Post, Peter Graves, Jerry Stiller and more! From the producer of NCIS, JAG, Max Headroom and The Twilight Zone, comes the Emmy-nominated series about the mismatched detective duo with adventure coursing in their blood!

The half-hour documentary about 1980s television that accompanies this Simon & Simon - Season One box set does the show itself no favors. By profiling several other series of that era, it puts Simon & Simon right in its proper perspective: i.e., not as inane as, say, The A-Team or Knight Rider, but nowhere near as cool or ground-breaking as Miami Vice, as engaging as Quantum Leap, or as charming as Magnum P.I.. Not that this series about private investigating brothers A.J. (Jameson Parker) and Rick (Gerald McRaney) Simon is bad; like '80s San Diego, where it takes place, it's pleasant, laid-back, and not especially sophisticated. The rapport between the mismatched siblings has a certain roguish charm (A.J., the younger one, is fairly strait-laced and fastidious, while Rick is his loose cannon foil) that's reflected in the overall tone, as the brothers, who aren't exactly at the top of the heap in their profession, pursue killers, kidnappers, computer hackers, crooked concert ticket brokers, and such. But overall, this is tame stuff, even considering its tongue-in-cheek intentions. It's hard to imagine that viewers used to the higher production values, more graphic and intense content, and "keeping it real" vibe of new millennium cop dramas will be riveted by Simon & Simon's relentlessly lightweight and low-tech style; the sets are cheesy, the writing is drab, the villains are one-dimensional, and aside from the two stars, the acting is by and large on a Grade B level. On the other hand, those who abhor today's TV for the very reasons mentioned above might well prefer a gentle walk down memory lane and/or a slice of undemanding escapism, and this basic four-disc, 13-episode set will surely provide it. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • Bonus episode from season two
  • "The Great 80's Flashback": A look back on the impact which various programs made on television landscape during the 80's

Product Details

  • Actors: Gerald McRaney, Jameson Parker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 680 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GW8UAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Simon & Simon - Season One" on IMDb

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. McDonald on September 6, 2006
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Simon and Simon finally arrives on DVD! Season one only has 13 episodes, but remember that you can also track down more Simon and Simon on the Magnum P.I. "season one" DVD box set (which includes the Simon and Simon cross-over episodes).

Here's a quick break down of cast info, brief plot info, a list of a few cool guest stars, and then finally my opinions on the series!

Episode 1:
Details at Eleven (11/24/81):

plot: The simons are hired to find the missing step-daughter of a news anchor.

* Cool guest Stars: MARKIE POST, PETER GRAVES!
Episode 2:
Love, Christy (12/1/81)

plot: Rick and A.J. try to recover a stolen car that belongs to a beautiful college girl!
Episode 3:
Trapdoors (12/8/81)

plot: Simon and Simon are hot on the trail of a young computer hacker!
Episode 4:
A Recipe for Disaster (12/17/81)

plot: A child has been kidnapped and the trial leads Rick and A.J. to Mexico!

* Cool guest stars: Red West
Episode 5:
The Least Dangerous Game (12/29/81)

plot: Rick and A.J. investigate the death of an animal keeper.
Episode 6:
The Dead Letter File (1/5/82)

plot: A letter mailed 23 years earlier may contain a clue as to who murdered the sender... the day after the letter was sent!
Episode 7:
The Hottest Ticket in Town (1/12/82)

plot: Rick and A.J. find themselves in the middle of a huge counterfeiting scam! Not fake money, fake concert tickets!
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Metch on August 5, 2006
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This Detective Drama show is one of my favorite. Simon & Simon first telecasted on November 24th, 1981 until its last telecast on March 2nd, 1989 for a total of 8 seasons and 156 episodes which I hope will be released very shortly following the First season.

Two brothers, but you'd never have known it by looking at them. A.J. and Rick were partners in a small, struggling detective agency. Rick, an eccentric, grubby and laid-back to the point of being lazy. A.J. was conservative, dedicated and ambitious.

The cast for this show are as follows:

* Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Simon ..... Jameson Parker

* Rick Simon ..... Gerald McRaney

* Cecilia Simon ..... Mary Carver

* Janet Fowler (1981-1983) ..... Jeannie Wilson

* Myron Fowler (1981-1983) ..... Eddie Barth

* Det.Marcel"Downtown"Brown(1983-1987).....Tim Reid

* Officer Nixon (1986-1988).....Scott Murphy

* Lt.Abigail March(1987-1988).....Joan McMurtrey

* Officer Susie(1988).....Donna Jepsen

The First season consisted of 13 episodes and they are as follows:

01 Details at Eleven 11/24/1981

02 Love, Christy 12/1/1981

03 Trapdoors 12/8/1981

04 A Recipe for Disaster 12/17/1981

05 The Least Dangerous Game 12/29/1981

06 The Dead Letter File 1/5/1982

07 The Hottest Ticket in Town 1/12/1982

08 Ashes to Ashes, and None Too Soon 1/16/1982

09 Uncivil Servant 1/27/1982

10 Earth to Stacey 2/9/1982

11 Double Entry 3/2/1982

12 Matchmaker 3/9/1982

13 Tanks For the Memories 3/16/1982

I hope all seasons will be released shortly after the first season.

Thank you for reading my review and have a nice day :)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Kaylee Ranger on October 13, 2006
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This show's biggest audience was when it was shown in the post-Magnum timeslot and featured the wonderful Tim Reid as the cop, Downtown Brown. There's no doubt that those seasons are great, but I watched it from day one and have a special fondness for the first season. The Simons were just getting started in the business and not very successful--it had a very different feel as they scrambled to get clients. They go to Tijuana on more than one ocassion, and there's some great local footage in the first episode. (Rather than the original, though, it's really the 2nd incarnation of 3--the original pilot was set in Florida and is used in a pair of flashback episodes during the second season.)

I always loved the orginal theme music that showed up during the episodes in later years, but is in all of its glory right up front for this season. The "not original music" disclaimer on the cover seems to refer only to the season two credits being used on episode 4--the same thing happens on Sleuth network reruns for this one episode. Don't get me wrong the theme music for season 2 on is just as wonderful--and lo and behold we get it on this set!!! That's a REAL bonus, in my opinion. The fourteenth episode on this set is season 2, episode 20--"The Secret of the Chrome Eagle." So we get the new theme on 1/4 and 2/20, and they have different montages (there were at least 2 opening credit sequences in season 2)--I've always liked both, so this is yet another bonus feature, im my opinion. 2/20 also features Rick in his green hunting jacket that I remember so fondly.

The transfers are much better than the recent Riptide set, but not perfect. There are some white flecks from time to time. But it looks darn good.
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