B.L. Stryker: Season 1
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Reynolds filmed this show in the late 1988-1989 near his home in Jupiter Florida. Reynolds incoporated the south Florida landscape as a character in itself.
This serious was played in a fashion to the John D MacDonald Travis McGee novels, which Reynolds tried to get for a film or two. However, This series seemed akin to McGee as well as the Rockford Files.
Another factor is Ossie Davis play sidekick to Reynolds. Davis acts like a Meyer to Reynold's McGee. His small part of the washed out boxer friend steals every scenes without really trying. This is a testimate to the actor and the man.
These Stryker mysteries are well done for a television production. This first season is only five 94 minutes episodes, but each are well crafted whodunits. With scripts by noted writers like Robert B Parker, who created Spenser novel, this show is sharp.
Now let me say these copies are clear masters. They could be shown today if the networks needed shows to put on.
The TV GUIDE imprint is semi new DVD division of Arts Alliance America, but they have released two Banacek volumes, the second season of Charles In Charge, and the complete Crow tv show. This show fits right in with this
Go get it, I want a lot of sales, so they can release the second (and Final( volume of this series
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"B.L. Stryker" only lasted two seasons (as long as the "ABC Mystery Movie" lasted) but can and should have gone far longer, even after the umbrella series was axed. "Stryker" was a terrific series, the best by far of any of the ABC Mystery Movie segments (including the Columbo revival, and I'm a Columbo fan!) with strong talent in front of and behind the camera. Tom Selleck co-produced, the scripts were strong by the likes of Robert B. Parker ("Spenser: For Hire" and the "Jesse Stone" series) and Joe Gores, and the directors included Hal Needham. And this series is among the best that Burt Reynolds ever did, solid mysteries with a light comic touch (but never buffoonish comedy).
The cast had a terrifically smooth chemistry from the start, including Ossie Davis as Stryker's best friend and retired boxer Oz (whose character really grounded the show and humanized the potentially cliche Stryker PI character), Dana Kaminski as Stryker's wannabe-actress/secretary Lynnda, Rita Moreno as Stryker's glamorous ex-wife Kimberly, Michael O. Smith as the local police Chief McGee, and Alfie Wise as the nouveau riche neighbor whose toys (planes, cars, SUVs) always ended up getting destroyed during Stryker's cases. And the guest cast included Kristy Swanson, Helen Shaver, Maureen Stapleton, Neil Patrick Harris (before Doogie Howser) and many others.Read more ›
Reynolds starred as B.L. Stryker, a former New Orleans cop turned Palm Beach private investigator, who lived and worked out of a run down houseboat. Ossie Davis co-starred as Burt's only confidante, an ex-boxer who usually got involved in the cases as well. Burt also had a kooky secretary (Dana Kaminsky), a wealthy computer genius neighbor who was the butt of many of Burt's jokes (Alfie Wise), and a wealthy ex-wife (Rita Moreno) who still carried somewhat of a torch for him. Despite the talented actors in these roles, the characters were largely underwritten and underused, a far cry from the well drawn ensemble that supported Tom Selleck on Magnum.
The shows themselves were definitely a mixed bag. Because each episode ran about 95 minutes (to fit, with commercials, in the two-hour mystery movie time slot), the scripts were often quite padded. The crime elements of most of the shows were laughable, with third rate drug dealers, loan sharks, and mob enforcers played by fourth rate actors proving no match for Burt. So, during the parts of the episode in which Burt wasn't playing tough guy, he alternated between playing the snarky Burt, making fun of the cops and the Palm Beach elite, and the sensitive Burt, interacting with Davis and some of the guest stars.Read more ›
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This should never have been included on the Sunday Mystery Movie rotation. I bought this and watched a couple of episodes hoping for some improvement from one to the next. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Retired and loving it!
I was living in Palm Beach County at the time B.L. Stryker was filmed, working just a block away from Phillips Point and the first show of Season 2, FBI headquarters was filmed... Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by Mark J. Roland
I enjoyed BL Skryker when it was on TV. It is great to see the show againPublished on April 5, 2008 by John P. Mayoka