Magnum P.I. (2018) – DVD Review

Jay Hernandez is NOT Tom Selleck (and he never said he was). He’s likable, sure, but he doesn’t have Selleck’s 80s era charm, delivery, and smooth ability to break the fourth wall. That has stopped the series from relaunching late last year and coming home on DVD today. I had always made the argument that…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) – Pilot

  The next Bellisario¬†series that came along after Battlestar¬†Galactica¬†that caught my attention (despite the fact that Magnum, P.I. started first, I came to it a little later) was this 1930s high adventure series starring Stephen Collins as ex-Flying Tiger Jake Cutter in his Grumman Goose, and his one-eyed dog Jack. Bellisario wrote the two-hour pilot…

The Rockford Files (1974) – Backlash of the Hunter

  James Garner brings the enduring, funny, occasionally cowardly ex-con (having served 5 years for armed robbery, though he’s always maintained his innocence, and was pardoned) turned private investigator Jim Rockford, in this pilot episode for the much-loved series, The Rockford Files, which aired March 27, 1974. Lindsay Wagner stars as Sarah Butler, a young…