Teddy Maksumnic

Created by Jens Lapidus VIP-rummet (The VIP Room; 2014) kicked off a brand new and equally ambitious trilogy by celebrated Swedish author, Jens Lapidus, creator of the acclaimed Stockholm Noir trilogy (2014). The novel introduced Serbian immigrant, former criminal and ex-con (eight years for his part in a kidnapping he apparently had nothing to do with) … Continue reading Teddy Maksumnic

Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell The Duke was yet another Stephen J. Cannell-produced P.I. show that flopped. In the pilot, Up Against the Odds (April 5, 1979), we meet 38-year old Chicago prizefighter OSCAR "DUKE" RAMSEY (played by Robert "The Wild, Wild West, Hawaiian Eye" Conrad), who decides--with some help from his long-time manager Benny--that … Continue reading Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)

Jake Barrow

Created by Nick Quarry Pseudonym of Marvin H. Albert Other pseudonyms include Mike Barone, J.D. Christilain, Al Conroy, Albert Conroy, Ian MacAlister, Anthony Rome 1924-96 A tough, no-nonsense private eye from New york City, JAKE BARROW slugged his way through six solid Gold Medal paperback originals in the late fifties/early sixties. The series kicks off with … Continue reading Jake Barrow

Braddock

Created by Paul Monash Tom Sicox starred as BRADDOCK, a private eye in the not-distant-future on the trail of some stolen components for a new later device, while contending with a jealous lover or two. Braddock, supposedly "the last private eye in America," relied on “old fashioned methods”--none of those fancy-schmancy “computerized” tricks for him. A … Continue reading Braddock

Maiku Hama (aka Mike Hama, Mike Yokohama)

Created by Kaizo Hayashi and Daisuke Tengan It's Hama Time! The rundown office of Yokohama private eye MAIKU HAMA (get it?) is on the second floor of the old Nichigeki movie theatre in Yokohama, stuck between the projector and the screen, which is appropriate enough, since so much of his cinematic debut, Waga jinsei saiaku no … Continue reading Maiku Hama (aka Mike Hama, Mike Yokohama)

Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Created by Lester Powell (1912 -93) STEPHEN INCH was a house detective working in at London's very busy Imperial Crescent Hotel in The Inch Man, a 1951-52 BBC drama series that apparently broadcast live. This was early days--the Americans had only aired the first private eye shows a few years earlier, and everyone was scrambling … Continue reading Stephen Inch (The Inch Man)

Dick Spanner (Dick Spanner P.I.)

Created by Terry Adlam "The detective who puts the P.I. in stuPId!" Private eyes are GO! Mild-mannered private detective DICK SPANNER was the suitably square-jawed (but tiny-brained) titular robot hero of Dick Spanner, P.I., a tongue-in-cheek British series set in "a parallel universe not far from here," featuring puppets, filmed entirely in stop-motion animation. Occasionally … Continue reading Dick Spanner (Dick Spanner P.I.)

Mitch Buchannon, Ryan McBride, Garner Ellerbee & Diamant Teague (Baywatch Nights)

Created by Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Gregory J. Bonann and David Hasselhoff See what Charlie's Angels hath wrought? Spun off from the inexplicably popular Baywatch, Baywatch Nights (1995 -1997) was a deli platter of a show--a thick slice of video turkey, with prime ham David Hasselhoff reprising his Baywatch role as beefcake lifeguard MITCH BUCHANNON, accompanied by … Continue reading Mitch Buchannon, Ryan McBride, Garner Ellerbee & Diamant Teague (Baywatch Nights)

Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Created by Tom Greene and Michael Wagner Rookie gumshoe CHERYL SINGER worked her cases--or at least that was the plan--with some rather unusual assistants:  three animated clay characters in The Danger Team, an undercooked 1990 pilot from ABC. Unfortunately for the producers, like the much-loved Claymation Christmas Special, only a few who managed to catch it, and the … Continue reading Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Dennis Chase (21 Beacon Street)

Created by Leonard Heideman (1928-2007) Quiet, humble DENNIS CHASE (good name, that, if maybe a trifle too on-the-nose, for a P.I.) was the mild-mannered hero of 21 Beacon Street, a short-lived television show on NBC that sounded like a 77 Sunset Strip clone, but wasn't. The bow tie might have been a clue. Instead, it followed … Continue reading Dennis Chase (21 Beacon Street)