Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
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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>
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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.
UPDATE May 2014: The Pilot Film is now available in English on the German full series release "Die Schnuffler" BUT the French release "Timide & Sans Complexe" has no English language option so be careful. The German release even has the original soundtrack music, not the slightly amended synthesized version on the US release.
Along with others, I would love to have the pilot episode, but I knew it wasn't included before I purchased it.
In case anyone from Hollywood is reading, I think it would be great to see Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen in a movie about the Lionel Whitney agency 30 years later... :) With Brown Shoe a little more jaded over the years, but still a little naive, and a mellowed, but still cunning Tenspeed conning his way through a caper.
But I digress...
In short, I think this series is well worth purchasing.
Ben Vereen plays dozens of stereotype charachters, each one as good as the other. Jeff is believable as a scatter-brained, yet shrewd detective.