Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)

Created by John Sayles Dear Sir, Just a thought, but if Perry Mason makes your list of detectives shouldn't Jack Shannon of the show Shannon's Deal be there as well? Certainly less well-known but his show had a definite hard-boiled feel to it. Right down to the small office with the loyal secretary. Most of … Continue reading Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)

Hidden Tracks

Private Eye TV Shows... with Real! Live! Rockers! Yeah, we all know it's only rock and roll. But we like it. Still, in the decades before Midnight Special and MTV, the fusion of rock and TV drama had always been iffy, if not downright embarrassing. Think of rock and roll and television as fraternal twins, … Continue reading Hidden Tracks

Barnaby Jones

Created by Edward Hume (1936--) Mmmmm doggies... Folksy to a fault, soft-speaking, slow-walking, elderly Los Angeles private detective BARNABY JONES, who seemed to be on television forever, was an easy mark. Even decades after it lasted aired, people still take potshots at it on shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. And, in fact, it wasn't … Continue reading Barnaby Jones

Joe Mannix

Created by William Link and Richard Levinson Developed for Television by Bruce Geller "If you're not gonna pull that trigger immediately, mind if I have a cigarette?" -- Joe in "To the Swiftest Death" Your classic American hard-boiled private eye, television division. And I mean classic in every sense of the word. Accept no substitutes. "the eternal … Continue reading Joe Mannix