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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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Re: Classic TV
« Reply #2085 on: June 11, 2019, 07:48:26 AM »
I guess you wouldn't exactly call Houston Knights a "classic" cop show; maybe it's just old (1987-1988).  :laugh:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Knights

I recently acquired the complete series on DVD. I didn't watch it back in its day, but I wanted to see it now because of my current obsession with Michael Pare.  ::)  :laugh:

I guess you can call me a lawbreaker, because the set is bootleg. You can easily tell the series had been videotaped at some point, and the DVDs were made from the tapes. On the discs I've played so far, I've seen snippets of commercials. The tapes were not from the first run (even though I guess you could do this in 1987-88; I got my first VCR in 1984, and it was a damn good one, too). In the episode I ran last night, I noticed the USA Network logo in the bottom right corner of the screen. Moreover, one disc had a promo for Cannon, a detective series that starred William Conrad that ran 1971-1976!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon_(TV_series)

I guess Houston Knights is about a run-of-the-mill cop show for its day. The premise is downright silly: MP is a Chicago cop who gets sent off to Houston because he killed a mobster in Chicago and the mob put out a contract on him (you mean the mob was so stupid it couldn't trace him to Texas?). The music is kind of interesting, kind of Western blusey, I guess you might call it, with plenty of guitar and harmonica. I wasn't familiar with Michael Beck, who plays MP's Texas-born-and-bred partner, but I'd heard of him; I'm liking him in the role. Right now I'm running one episode on each disc just to make sure the discs play (the first one, with the premier episode, did not), and already MP and MB's constant fighting is getting a little old.

It's fun to see who pops up on these old shows besides the stars: Remember Dobbs, the bugler from F Troop :D  (James Hampton; https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0358996/)?

It's also fun to see those Reagan-era clothes, especially those yard-wide shoulder pads on the women.  ;D


Offline Lyle (Mooska)

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Re: Classic TV
« Reply #2086 on: June 11, 2019, 11:59:47 AM »
I guess you can call me a lawbreaker, because the set is bootleg.

There are so many shows out there, especially short-lived ones and ones with lots of music rights, that companies won't release, that I don't blame anyone for finding these shows from those who have them, and enjoying them. There's one show I so want to have and there's a place I can get all three seasons, and probably the only reason I haven't is that this particular offer is very pricey.

Of course, it's buyer beware with these things. You are taking a chance with quality, honesty, everything really. The only thing I have like this, so far, though I'm really tempted for so many things, is the documentary series from 1980 by Kevin Brownlow, titlked "Hollywood," which spotlights Hollywood's silent movie era.