1 9 7 8 (USA)
5 x 60 minute episodes
This short-lived series was a failed spin-off from an episode of The Rockford Files (‘The House on Willis Avenue’ in season four) in which Richie Brockleman appeared as a fellow PI helping Jim Rockford.
Much like Rockford, 21-year-old Brockleman (Dennis Dugan) was always one step ahead of his creditors and drove a cool, but somewhat battered car – a ten-year-old red Mustang convertible (before it was considered a classic).
Unlike Rockford, Richie was able to use his youthful looks to his advantage in his cases, which included clearing his brother, Sidney (David Spielberg), of embezzlement.
Since almost no one, criminal or police, took the youthful-looking sleuth seriously, he was able to talk his way into and out of all sorts of dangerous situations in the course of his investigations. Richie was in no way a tough guy – he didn’t carry a gun and didn’t know any martial arts moves (though he did shout a karate-style cry whenever he shoved bad guys just before running away).
Sharon (Barbara Bosson) was Richie’s trusted – and underpaid – secretary and Sgt. Coopersmith (Robert Hogan) his sceptical police contact.
Sergeant Ted Coppersmith
The Framing of Perfect Sidney | Junk It to Me Baby | A Title on the Door and a Carpet on the Floor | A Pigeon Ripe for Plucking | Escape from Caine Abel