Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama

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Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

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  • "Jake & The Fat Man" William Conrad,Joe Penny
  • "Jake & The Fat Man" William Conrad
  • "Jake & The Fat Man" Joe Penny
  • Dorothy Parke in Jake and the Fatman (1987)
  • Dorothy Parke and David Soul in Jake and the Fatman (1987)
  • Joe Penny and Sherrie Rose in Jake and the Fatman (1987)

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Douglas Stefen Borghi, Dean Hargrove, Joel Steiger

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9 February 2019 | generationofswine
| An Honest Review
Magnum P.I., Riptide (my personal favorite), Simon & Simon, and all the other little detective shows that were on during the late 70s and early 80s network battles were light entertainment.

It's not to say that they weren't great entertainment, but just that the tone of the shows were less stressful and more family friendly.

Jake and the Fatman got a bit darker. The action and comedy were still there, but it sort of feels like the older sibling of detective shows. And it does so in almost the same way that Columbo feels like the adult in the room of detective shows from that era.

However, it's still entertaining fair that I would love to see brought back in some form. Buddy detective shows are a lot better than police procedural melodramas.

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Crime | Drama

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