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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (2010)

Jeff Goldblum , Ben Vereen , Various  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Ben Vereen
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030VANJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

DVD Debut of the Cannell Cult Classic - 12 Episodes of this beloved crime caper! <P> Jeff Goldblum stars as the naive, terminally-square stockbroker Lionel "Brown Shoe" Whitney who fantasizes of becoming a hardboiled private eye like his fictional literary hero, investigator Mark Savage. Ben Vereen is E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner, a fast-talking con artist who is out on parole and looking for his next big score. These two mismatched men are the unlikeliest of teams, yet through a series of circumstances, they form a detective agency. Mixing side-splitting comedy with whip-smart action storylines, this acclaimed but short lived TV series set the stage for future shows like Simon & Simon and Moonlighting. <P> Vereen and Goldblum shine in this groundbreaking show created by Stephen J. Cannell. This entertaining and affectionate homage to the P.I. genre is filled with style verve and heart as the formidable duo remain forever at odds in their view of...well...everything. <P> FEATURING:<BR> Jeff Goldblum - (The Fly, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) Ben Vereen - (All That Jazz) Guest Starring: Henry G. Sanders - (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) Martin Kove - (The Karate Kid) Richard Romanus - (Mean Streets) and many more! <P> Episodes:<BR>
  • Robin Tucker's Roseland Roof and Ballroom Murders 2/3/80
  • Savage Says: There's No Free Lunch 2/10/80
  • Savage Says: What Are Friends For? 3/2/80
  • The Sixteen Byte Data Chip and the Brown-eyed Fox 3/9/80
  • The Millionaire's Life 3/16/80
  • Savage Says: The Most Dangerous Bird is the Jailbird 3/23/80
  • It's Easier to Pass an Elephant Through the Eye of a Needle Than a Bad Check in Bel Air 3/30/80
  • Loose Larry's List of Losers 5/30/80
  • This One's Gonna Kill Ya 6/6/80
  • The Untitled Episode 6/13/80
  • The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street 6/20/80
  • Diamonds Aren't Forever 6/27/80

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware of a Issue! January 29, 2010
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    CBS, who owned the rights on the pilot refused to come to an arrangement for its usage on this DVD set! Therefore Mill Creek Entertainment has been forced to NOT include it on the DVD. All other episodes will be there. CBS has succeeded in making me as mad as hell. Its a 30 year old program being released to a budget-priced DVD! What do they care anymore?! So the pilot, which explains what you need to know about the show, is gone. There is a man on youtube, user id chuckcollins, who is planning on posting the pilot that he has from an old recording. So I guess for the price you could watch the pilot on youtube then enjoy the rest. Its what I plan to do, but I'm mad at CBS for screwing this up for everybody
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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally December 21, 2009
    This series was shown in my region of Britain in a ridiculous lunchtime slot, as 'filler.' As a result whenever I have mentioned it to people over the years, I get a glazed look in their eyes, and the question: 'Tenspeed & what?'

    I seem to recall a senior US network executive called the introductory film the best 'pilot' he'd ever seen; I caught the second half of the pilot and was instantly hooked.

    For the following few weeks I used to cycle home from school, watch the show and then cycle back late, ditching Physical Education class. (It's ok, I turned out alright).

    It ended too soon but sometimes - when a show is cancelled - we can at least treasure it as something, which didn't run too long and eventually go off the boil...

    The Tenspeed character resurfaced years later in the show JJ Starbuck, which has so far not been shown in Britain. I hope that gets released too.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Funny Show with Great Actors! January 15, 2010
    By Mike
    Tenspeed and Brown Shoe was a short lived series in the early 1980's. The chemistry between "detectives" Ben Vereen and Jeff Goldblum is not only extremely humorous, but also over the top, amazing acting. I remember looking forward to wathing the show each week and how disappointed I was when the network tanked it!
    It was as good or better than Police Squad and it's about time it's coming to DVD!

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Prolific writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell, had numerous TV hits during the 70's, one of the most successful being The Rockford Files, chronicling the adventures of private investigator Jim Rockford. The series, Ritchie Brockelman, Private Investigator, was a spinoff from The Rockord Files in 1978, but the show only lasted a few episodes. In 1980, Cannell tried the P.I. route again, with Tenspeed and Brownshoe, a comedy/adventure series featuring LA based private investigators Lionel Whitney (Jeff Goldblum) and E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner (Ben Vereen). The tall, lanky, bug-eyed, stuttering Goldblum, and Vereen, the slick-talking, overly dramatic, man with a thousand smooth dance moves, make a pretty amusing team. With each bringing something different to the Whitney Detective Agency, the partnership is a study in contrast.

    Lionel Whitney is a trenchcoat wearing, green Triumph TR7 driving, ex-accountant type who left the financial world to become a private detective, hoping to find the kind of romance and adventure, he reads about in pulp detective novels. A running gag, was that Whitney was constantly reading `Mark Savage' mysteries, books written by Stephen J. Cannell, that displayed the bearded author's picture on the back cover. As he reads aloud passages from these books, Whitney fantasized about living the life of the fictional detective, Mark Savage. Almost completely out of his element, the naïve, idealistic, and soft-hearted Whitney, was often getting mixed up in questionable cases, where he would often be played for a fool. Fortunately his skills as a black belt karate practitioner, proved to be a major asset.

    E.L. Turner is a street smart, fast-talking, con man type, who is on parole.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good but missing the pilot episode April 9, 2010
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    We enjoyed this old show - blast from the past - except it was missing the pilot episode so the season isn't really complete!
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    I remember first seeing this series many years ago! I enjoyed it way back then & wondered why it took these years to be released on dvd! So we geet the news that it will be released & everyone was happpy, placed their preorders & waited to receiv their boxset form Amazon! I received mine yesterday & quicky opened it! Only to find that inside the very sturdy casing, I found three paper enevelopes with a disc each inside! Carefully, I removed these discs one at a time & placed them in plastic disc holders which easily fit into the case. Since these were transparent, I began to read each disc as the case said all 12 episodes! 12 & not 13, where was the pilot??? Nowhere to be found!! What is the sense of claiming that the entire series will be released & the most important episode, in this case the pilot movie, is not included!!!! I understand that the television network responsible for airing the pilot could not come to an arrangement or an accomodation with Mill Creek Entertainment! There is alot of dust & print damage on each episode & the sound is acceptable, but the packaging & the exclusion of the pilot movie are two sore points for me!
    Final Update:
    This is the e-mail I received from Mill Creek Entertainment this morning 22nd March:
    "The rights to the pilot are held by CBS and we are unable to include the pilot along with the twelve episodes. At this time, there are no plans to release another version of this DVD set."
    So there you have it, one can only hope for the pilot to released somehow in the future, at this point in time, not by Mill Creek Entertainment!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars the trenchcoats!
    Oh my god I love jeff goldblum. This show is a treasure. Ben vereen is also hilarious and the clothes are perfect.
    Published 1 month ago by nestor bloodvessel
    This 1980 comedy/drama series TENSPEED AND BROWNSHOE focuses on two dissimilar personalities - 'Tenspeed' Turner (played by Ben Vereen), a con-man/parolee who is less than... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Love Our Military Men
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tenspeed And Brownshoe
    I watched every episode of this show back in the 80's when it was on T.V,Thanks soooooo much for releasing it on D.V.D.
    Published 9 months ago by Minasdarkdream
    4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this old series
    This is a fun series due to the campiness and the stars. It was good to find this available and in good condition.
    Published 13 months ago by SBS
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great old short lived series
    I remember liking this show when it was on, and it was fun to watch again. The production was a little less sophisticated than current shows, but for this particular series it... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful show
    This is a great show. Pity the pilot is unavailable, but the shows are funnier even than I had recalled--Goldblum and Vereen are perfect for their roles and Stephen Cannell a... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Victoria McFadden
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's show should have been hit!
    This is typical Stephen J. Cannell detective show!
    great stories and actors and action! I got one episode
    on a mixed dvd set and forgot how great it was. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Bela
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfied
    I was excited to finally find this TV show on DVD. I have fond memories of watching this show and wanted to share this with my son. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by MaryG
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed about no pilot.
    I am so disappointed that the pilot is not included in this package. I was an "extra" in the series at the time so I won't be able to show family and friends my acting debut! PS. Read more
    Published on February 25, 2012 by Dianne Corriere
    3.0 out of 5 stars I can't decide if I'm disappointed or not. Okay, I am.
    I ordered this item thinking (for whatever reason) that it contained only the initial pilot which aired before the 12-episode TV series. Read more
    Published on March 12, 2011 by Timothy Curtis Marion
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    Not so great. Seems that CBS did not include the pilot in this release. Another ripoff.
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