1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (USA)
30 x 30 minute episodes
Martial arts expert Honey West (Anne Francis) took over the running of a private detective agency after inheriting it from her father in this ABC crime drama series.
Publicised as “television’s pretty private eye-ful”, the blonde, judo-kicking Honey was assisted by her father’s partner, Sam Bolt (John Ericson), an ex-Marine who frequently helped her out of scrapes – although Honey could take care of herself.
Honey, who had a pet ocelot named Bruce that she adored, was an expert at judo and karate and often did her spying out of a travelling office-cum-spying van that was disguised as a delivery truck and had the name ‘H W Bolt & Co, TV Service’ emblazoned on its side.
The character had first appeared on an episode of Burke’s Law and was spun-off into her own show with a cool array of high-tech gadgets: lipstick walkie-talkies, exploding smoke-bomb earrings, and a convertible sports car (complete with car phone).
The gimmicks failed to make up for poor production values, unimaginative scripts and the obvious use of a stunt man in a blonde wig for the fight scenes.
Based on the novels of the husband-and-wife writing team of GG Fickling, Honey West only lasted one season.