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On 3/16/2018 at 5:30 AM, TopBilled said:

Glad you mentioned Naked City. It seemed to work better in the hour-format. The half-hour episodes from the first season don't go as in-depth. So many excellent guest stars, quite a few "before they were famous." 

I actually liked the half hour episodes better, they were a bit tighter and had more New York-eese stuff like the sidewalk fishermen. The longer episodes were more interiors and exposition.

My list

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

Naked City

The Fugitive

The Outsider

The Rockford Files

Coronet Blue 

 

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bravo, Uncle Joe. In a highly over-saturated field, (America has the highest crime rate in the world, in television) my list (cop shows!) is fairly short

  • Police Story
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Barney Miller

Ha! You Sopranos fans, I've never seen a single episode! I wouldnt sully my eyeballs with it. Seriously that show caused devastation in New York. More actual crime from that series than it was worth. Deaths and pain and injuries. Mafia admiration is just wrong.

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Naked City and Peter Gunn were great. I also liked Columbo and The Rockford Files. Mission Impossible was very good.

The noirish style of the 50's and early 60's seemed to be gone by the 70's. Probably after color took over. The jazz music (Peter Gunn) and realism (Naked City) made them special to me. 

To me Peter Gunn episodes were like short noir films. I think it was the best detective series ever made for television. The episodes were about 26 minutes long and the pace was extremely fast. A lot of action packed into each episode.

 

 

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12 hours ago, FloydDBarber said:

Naked City and Peter Gunn were great. I also liked Columbo and The Rockford Files. Mission Impossible was very good.

The noirish style of the 50's and early 60's seemed to be gone by the 70's. Probably after color took over. The jazz music (Peter Gunn) and realism (Naked City) made them special to me. 

To me Peter Gunn episodes were like short noir films. I think it was the best detective series ever made for television. The episodes were about 26 minutes long and the pace was extremely fast. A lot of action packed into each episode.

 

 

I haven't seen much of Naked City,  but I have seen a lot of Peter Gunn, when Decades showed the series.

It is great to see jazz musicians I admire, and whose albums I have,  on the show and Henry Mancini's background score is as solid as they come.    Dark, moody and with that fine jazz music; what is not to love!

 

    

 

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I liked many of them, but my all-time favorite remains "The Streets of San Fransisco", so much so that when I first started watching this show on TV, I said to myself "I have to visit this city, no question about it!" I booked a flight and I spent three wonderful weeks there (great restaurants). And, by the way, not just for the city itself, but also for Karl Malden (what a superb actor he is: "On the Waterfront"), also for movies I love such as Vertigo , The Birds, Bullitt, the Dirty Harry series, Basic Instinct...  

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On 3/15/2019 at 4:27 PM, cigarjoe said:

I actually liked the half hour episodes better, they were a bit tighter and had more New York-eese stuff like the sidewalk fishermen. The longer episodes were more interiors and exposition.

My list

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

Naked City

The Fugitive

The Outsider

The Rockford Files

Coronet Blue 

 

I was a little boy when "The Naked City" was being featured on TV. I hardly remember anything about it, except for the fact that Paul Burke was in it.

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On 11/6/2019 at 7:10 PM, John Louis Gerdes said:

I liked many of them, but my all-time favorite remains "The Streets of San Fransisco", so much so that when I first started watching this show on TV, I said to myself "I have to visit this city, no question about it!" I booked a flight and I spent three wonderful weeks there (great restaurants). And, by the way, not just for the city itself, but also for Karl Malden (what a superb actor he is: "On the Waterfront"), also for movies I love such as Vertigo , The Birds, Bullitt, the Dirty Harry series, Basic Instinct...  

Great anecdote. Yes, it certainly helped that the show was filmed on location each week. It has a bit more authenticity than other crime dramas.

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Law and Order SVU   The FBI  Mannix   Hill Street Blues  Cagney and Lacy  Police Woman  The Streets of San Francisco  Kojak  Barney Miller Criminal Minds Columbo  Crime Scene Investigation  In Plain Sight  McMillan and Wife  The Fugitive  Mod Squad  Starsky and Hutch  Chicago Pd  Hawaii  Five O  Police Story These are my top twenty police shows. Honorable mention  The Rockford Files  Ironside  Canon

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12 hours ago, cinemaman said:

Law and Order SVU   The FBI  Mannix   Hill Street Blues  Cagney and Lacy  Police Woman  The Streets of San Francisco  Kojak  Barney Miller Criminal Minds Columbo  Crime Scene Investigation  In Plain Sight  McMillan and Wife  The Fugitive  Mod Squad  Starsky and Hutch  Chicago Pd  Hawaii  Five O  Police Story These are my top twenty police shows. Honorable mention  The Rockford Files  Ironside  Canon

Nice list!

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21-Jump Street. (Favorite Episodes: Mike's POV, Swallowed Alive, Blinded by the Thousand Points of Light, Loc'd Out part 1 and 2, The Dragon and the Angel, 2245...to name a few.)

The Untouchables (seasons 1-3)

Matlock

 

Will give Streets of San Francisco and Hunter a try on YouTube. Hunter's weird in that I remember the theme song from seeing it all the time in the 80s, but I never watched the show.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/13/2020 at 9:06 PM, 540SciFi said:

21-Jump Street. (Favorite Episodes: Mike's POV, Swallowed Alive, Blinded by the Thousand Points of Light, Loc'd Out part 1 and 2, The Dragon and the Angel, 2245...to name a few.)

The Untouchables (seasons 1-3)

Matlock

 

Will give Streets of San Francisco and Hunter a try on YouTube. Hunter's weird in that I remember the theme song from seeing it all the time in the 80s, but I never watched the show.

I've never seen any episodes of 21 Jump Street. But I have seen an episode of Booker, the short-lived spinoff.

Let us know what you think about Hunter

I highly recommend these episodes:

"City of Passion"...a three-part story from season 4
"Heir of Neglect"...season 5 opener, some very shocking murders take place.
"The Pit"...also from season 5
"City Under Siege"...another great three-part story from season 5
"Shillelagh"...from season 6, probably my favorite episode...the murder weapon is very unusual
"Fatal Obsession"...a two-parter from season 7 that has a very unusual villain

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On 10/15/2020 at 1:53 AM, TopBilled said:

I've never seen any episodes of 21 Jump Street. But I have seen an episode of Booker, the short-lived spinoff.

Let us know what you think about Hunter

I highly recommend these episodes:

"City of Passion"...a three-part story from season 4
"Heir of Neglect"...season 5 opener, some very shocking murders take place.
"The Pit"...also from season 5
"City Under Siege"...another great three-part story from season 5
"Shillelagh"...from season 6, probably my favorite episode...the murder weapon is very unusual
"Fatal Obsession"...a two-parter from season 7 that has a very unusual villain

I watched the pilot episode of Hunter. It felt very familiar to the point that I could recall watching some Hunter episodes as a kid. I liked the episode and the two main characters. Much more brutal than A-Team, Jump Street, and some of the other Stephen J Cannell shows. Will watch more episodes later. Have to stick with Streets of San Francisco first. Saw one episode, and I'm sold. The main characters, music, cinematography, and the whole 70s presentation of the city are pretty cool.

Booker was an alright character on Jump Street for his short stint. They should have tried bringing him back after Johnny Depp quit the show. I have the Booker DVD set and watched it once a few years ago, but I haven't wanted to revisit it since. Didn't get into the series back in '89/'90 either. As for 21 Jump Street, the episodes Loc'd out 1 and 2 and Draw the Line make up a very strong 3-part arc. It's about a gang war and it's pretty dark, so anyone that doesn't like the show's premise of undercover cops in high schools/colleges can get into this storyline. The rationale behind the gang war is really, really deep, especially considering the audience the show was going for.

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