Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Created by Eric Bercovici Some P.I.'s are thick-headed, and some are pretty down on their luck, but alcoholic, divorced, impotent sad sack ex-cop HAROLD "SHILL" SHILLMAN may take the cake. In his only appearance in print, So Little Cause For Caroline (1980), he not only tries to take his own life with a gun, but the … Continue reading Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Norm Swallow (Blackmail)

Created by Bill Crenshaw "Now, knowing what I know about you two, I could turn you in. It's my civic duty. But it ain't that simple." -- Norm decides to cut himself in SLEAZE ALERT! Here's a real low-budget pleasure, if your tastes run towards those old noirish B-films of yesteryear. In the densely-plotted 1991 … Continue reading Norm Swallow (Blackmail)

Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Sam Bobrick "Being dead ain't easy..."--official tagline A reboot of a failed pilot from the previous year, Landon, Landon and Landon, Quick and Quiet aired on August 8th, 1981. It was CBS' second pilot to feature William Windom playing a dead private eye, but this time his name was THADDEUS CHARLES “T.C.” … Continue reading Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Ben, Holly and Nick Landon (Landon, Landon and Landon)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor As the private eye boom of the seventies on American television sputtered out (we'd already had fat eyes, blind eyes, old eyes and beach bum eyes), the gimmicks started to get wilder and wilder (and the shows lamer and lamer, generally), to the point where we finally … Continue reading Ben, Holly and Nick Landon (Landon, Landon and Landon)

Sherlock Holmes & Jane Watson (Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Based on character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Developed for television by Bob Shayne What the hell were they smoking? The Great One himself, the one and only SHERLOCK HOLMES is defrosted (after eighty years of suspended animation, of course) by his great-great-great-niece JANE WATSON after discovering his frozen body in a basement in … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes & Jane Watson (Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Tony & Shep Thomas (Twin Detectives)

Created by Robert Carrington, Robert Specht and Everett Chambers Hee-Haw's very own Hager twins, Jim and Jon, played twin P.I.s, TONY and SHEP (SHEP!!!) THOMAS, who use their identical twin status to so they could con the bad guys by being in two places at once.It comes in handy when they take on a case … Continue reading Tony & Shep Thomas (Twin Detectives)

Lee Gordon (The Lonely Profession)

Created by Douglas Heyes Pseudonyms include Matthew Howard (1919-1993) Early P.I. renaissance man Douglas Heyes (cartoonist, actor, writer, director, producer and musician) created private eye LEE GORDON who gets drawn into a complicated mess in The Twelfth of Never (1963). The case involves suicide (or is it?), an insurance scam (or is it?), a terminally ill … Continue reading Lee Gordon (The Lonely Profession)

David Ross (The Outsider)

Created by Roy Huggins By all accounts, The Outsider was an above-average 1967 made-for-television movie, which served as a pilot for an equally well-regarded but short-lived TV series the following year. Created by Roy Huggins, a man who knew a thing or two about P.I. shows, it certainly had potential, and I'm pleased to report … Continue reading David Ross (The Outsider)

Justin Case

Created by Blake Edwards and Jennifer Edwards In the definitely kooky but only slightly spooky made-for-TV flick Justin Case, which appeared during The Disney Sunday Movie on ABC in 1988, the ghost of murdered private eye, the unfortunately and eponymously named JUSTIN CASE (played by George Carlin, of all people), teams up with Jennifer (played … Continue reading Justin Case

Sonny Hunt (Murder in Music City)

Created by Jimmy Sangster & Ernest Frankel Of course, when you think of Sonny Bono, the first thing that comes to mind is country music, right? Me neither. But in 1979, NBC tried to peddle a post-Cher Bono as Nashville private detective agency owner SONNY HUNT in the made-for-TV flick Murder in Music City. Bono … Continue reading Sonny Hunt (Murder in Music City)