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Guns 'n' bombs 'n' screechy tyres. Hurrah!

I keep meaning to post about My Two Dads, and be annoyingly enthusiastic about it, but I have been distracted. Thanks to iceandstars pointing out that there are now innumerable episodes of Simon & Simon on YouTube, my productivity has fallen even further than usual, and I've been shirking my bouncy eighties sitcom duties. So instead I have to be annoyingly enthusiastic about Simon & Simon instead.

Simon & Simon is a detective show that ran for most of the nineteen eighties, although annoyingly we only ever got season two in the UK. New rules about foreign imports in prime time scuppered our chances of getting any more, as the show was a bit too violent for the Saturday afternoon slot that The A-Team got shifted to. That doesn't explain why it was season two that we ended up with, rather than season one, mind. Although admittedly season two was better.

Your guide to Simon & Simon, then. Rick and AJ Simon are brothers, who run a detective agency in San Diego. They are, as all brothers on television are fated to be, complete opposites. Big brother Rick is laid back and cynical, tough and weathered; and little brother AJ is hot-tempered and intellectual, and a bit of a wide-eyed innocent. They live together in a house by a river (technically Rick lives in a boat beached in the back yard), and life throws them adventures every Friday night at half past seven. Usually accompanied by a fair amount of pyrotechnics, a great deal of screeching tyres, and a lot of arguing about Rick putting his boots on the furniture. They also have an awesome mother, an alarming tendency to get beaten up, and a rather endearing devotion to each other that's helped by a great screen chemistry. I love it, but then admittedly I am rather easily pleased. Especially where eighties American action shows featuring gunfights and explosions are concerned. I'm such an intellectual.

Pictures, then! I trawled the internet for literally seconds, but the results weren't terribly helpful, I must admit. To begin with we have a shot that makes them look more like father and son than brothers:



And then some weird 'running on a beach' scene, which is just plain peculiar:



Then there's this one which looks mildly gay:



And this one, which looks even gayer:



Anyways, that's Simon & Simon. If you have fifty minutes to spare, and feel your life is sadly lacking in car chases, cowboy hats and hairspray, I'd recommend clicking on this link, and choosing an episode at random. I've just come from watching "Who Killed The Sixties?", a season four adventure in which we not only get explosions and a gunfight, but also copious flashbacks - which in this instance is definitely a good thing. Mostly because it involves Gerald McRaney in a hippie wig, and Jameson Parker somehow managing to pull off a scarily adorable seventeen, whilst pushing thirty-seven. Nice motorbikes too.

I like the nineteen eighties. Stuff just doesn't blow up nearly as often anymore. I really ought to find somebody to write to and complain. In the meantime, though, have a bouncy theme tune. I've decided that I have to convert the internet to Simon & Simon fandom, and this is as good a place to start from as any.


*bounce bounce bounce*

Comments

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iceandstars
Apr. 29th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
I love that music. And I haven't watched that sixties episode! So I know hwat I'll be doing with my bank holiday morning. The Simon brothers and explosions are definitely better than weddings, even if they are Royal ones with nice processions.

I love that picture of them running on the beach! ((:
swordznsorcery
Apr. 29th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Explosions are always better than weddings. Goes without saying. :) So did you enjoy Baby!AJ?!
iceandstars
Apr. 29th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yes! I want a spin off - the adventures of Hippie!Rick and Baby!AJ. Do you think it's too late now?
swordznsorcery
Apr. 30th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
If my maths is doing its job properly for once, then Jameson Parker is turning sixty-four this year. I'm not sure even he can pull off seventeen anymore. :p
iceandstars
Apr. 30th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Drat. :)
mickeyk
Apr. 29th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
I remember that show, although I stopped watching it before it ended. What season did the opening credits come from? I don't think it was the first season.

Hey, did you see the British Drama ad? DW footage is in it and the last show in it is... Torchwood, complete with Captain Jack without the greatcoat and in a short sleeve dark shirt, no blue in sight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MomH7N_cGgE&feature=player_embedded
swordznsorcery
Apr. 30th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
Green again! Oh well, at least it's better than that ghastly green shirt that he wore in season one. No retro revolver, though. I wonder if he's had to take somebody else's gun. Thanks for that link. :)

The S&S opening credits are from season two, I think. Certainly not the first season - that had a different theme. A C&W sort of song about brothers, that fortunately didn't last very long!
mickeyk
Apr. 30th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
Blue's much better and yes, the latest green shirt is better than that horrible one. And :~( that he doesn't have the Webley. You're welcome, had a feeling you'd enjoy it, even without an airdate given. :)

Second season would certainly explain why they look familiar, I stopped watching before it ended.

Why did you have to remind me of that first theme song?!?!?

swordznsorcery
Apr. 30th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
Because you mentioned the first season! :p
mickeyk
Apr. 30th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
You're so mean, responding! :p

So when are you going to cover the first season of (just for you I'll spell it your way) The Equaliser? It's the only season out on DVD. *sigh*
swordznsorcery
May. 1st, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
Yes, I really should watch that again. Shame nobody's posted it on YouTube!

Is there really just the one season out on DVD? You should try asking Shout Factory. They're really good about taking on releases that other companies have abandoned. They have forums for making requests, too.

http://www.shoutfactory.com/

(Just looked, and some people have already suggested it).
mickeyk
May. 1st, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Jameson Parker *thud!* and TW
Yeah, just the first 22 episodes have been released. I believe it's because of the music that was used in the show, the '80s tunes and trying to negotiate for those that's making it such a pain in the ass to get it out on disks.

Hey, did you watch DW yet? I saw the trailer for next week and immediately thought of you, and I really hope that you'll post about the episode. Pirates!!!
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