DVD TV Show Reviews
The ABC Mystery
Review by Suzanne
All of these shows - Columbo, McCloud, and McMillan & Wife
- aired on Sunday nights in the 70's, every 3 or 4 weeks, under the
umbrella title "ABC Mystery Movie". Since the DVD's are all coming
out at the same time, I figured it made sense to review them together.
However, you do have to buy each one separately.
I previously reviewed the second
season DVD for Columbo. The third season is pretty much the same
thing--great drama with solid acting and wonderful guest stars. Peter Falk
is always fun to watch and never disappoints.
McCloud stars Dennis Weaver (whose previous claim to fame
was starring as Matt Dillon's sidekick Chester in "Gunsmoke") as a New
Mexico cowboy-cop who comes to NYC to investigate a murder and ends up
staying on the force. He applies his small-town western
sensibilities to big-city problems. This set has both the first and
second seasons of the show.
McMillan and Wife brought us big movie star Rock Hudson as
Commissioner McMillan of San Francisco, and actress Susan Saint James as
his slightly-ditsy wife. They had great chemistry on this show; they
were very believable as husband and wife. There were some fun
"characters" on the show, including John Schuck as McMillan's sidekick cop
and Nancy Walker as their chatty housekeeper, Mildred. I always
loved this show best out of all of the Mystery Movie shows, I guess
because it was a little lighter and more fun.
All of the shows in the ABC Mystery Movie were great, and
it's super that the DVD's are finally coming out for all of the shows. I
wonder if "Hec Ramsey" will be next (another one of the series)? I
just wish there were more extras on all of the disks and more episodes in
each set, since they didn't air every week. It would be more
convenient to have them all together in one set instead of having only
about 15 episodes per set.
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