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Booker was an hour-long television drama (Fox 1989) starring Richard Grieco that featured now-disgraced former Vancouver cop and Jump Street Squad member (21 Jump Street) Dennis Booker working within the Private Investigations division of a Vancouver-based, Japanese-owned mega-conglomerate. The series also starred Carmen Argenziano, Marcia Strassman, Katie Rich, and Lori Petty.
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Unfortunately everything Richard Grieco did after this was garbage. He played roles in which he was cruel and always a villian. And in recent years he looks nothing like he did then. His hair is long and stringy and his face looks like he had some botched cosmetic surgery.
It's really too bad because he was wonderful as the brave, romantic hero. If I would have been his agent back then, that's what I would have encouraged him to do. Oh well....
I will remember him fondly the way he was.
Booker is a great show and he did a great job playing this cool, compassionate, sexy, hero. Watch it- you won't be sorry!
Previous reviews state the BB King episode Someone Stole Lucille is missing...Which is true
What the other reviewers didnt mention is the Deals and Wheels episode which was a 21 Jump street cross over is missing from this collection as well the Jump Street second part. You can get this episode and the jump street episode on the 21 Jump Street - The Complete Fourth Season
Now if you are a fan of the acting, other than noting that most the music is gone, then you will enjoy this collection for what it is worth. Grieco shines as the off beat Booker. He is no Sam Spade, but it gets the job done. His character holds the show together. He alone is why you want to watch this show.
However It was a show the changed styles from an off beat cop show to a quirky detective show with punkish chic overtones. The show got weaker by the end of its run. Also Losing Kstie Rich (after rpisode 14) and putting in Lori Petty was a waste of acting talent and character. It also under used the acting talents of actress Marcia Strassman, who proved she is much more than Mrs Kotter (Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete First Season) was another nail in this show's coffin.
There is no special features or commentary tracks.Just the shows to fill this incomplete collection.
I have one thing to say to those studios who make films and those who release DVDs. Wy not spend the money and release the shows as they were. I know music costs. BUT this is why Shout Entertainment canceled the show release of the complete series of Chuck Conner's last series Werewolf. The music rights could not be agreed to and it overlapped important dialog..so you would lose the show if you cut the music--which is slightly the problem with this release
So if you liked this one season series, when are they going to release the other Greico one season wonder series Marker?
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
The biggest problem, as with 21 Jump Street on DVD, is the MUSIC. Not only have the great 80s hits that aired in the original series been relpaced (INCLUDING Billy Idol's "Hot In The City" as the opening theme), but they have been replaced with absolute garbage. I really think it might be better with NO music than with the "worse than elevator music or telephone hold music" junk used to fill the sound gaps.
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