And from Robert B Parker’s ‘Spenser’ novels came ‘Spenser: For Hire’.
Unusual for its setting – Boston; not a common setting amongst the plethora of NY/LA-dominated drama series (though in recent years 'Boston Legal' and 'Fringe' have resolved that), and its title character, an educated, philosophical, gourmet cook ex-cop turned PI - it was very successful, and one of my favourites of Eighties TV.
The theme was written by Larry Herbstritt and Stephen Dorff:
The theme above is the original series - in later series, the theme was slowed down and given a more 'jazz-age' feel to season 2:
And in the last season, it returned to it's more up-tempo beat, although with a slightly different arrangement:
I love them all, and make no excuse for running all three. I thought the series was perfectly cast (though others disagree) and as well adapted as possible, given the necessary sacrifices needed to make a successful US TV show.
Sadly, the TV series is one of those not yet released on DVD (though you can pick up the vastly-inferior TV movies, though they lack the theme and were shot in Toronto, due to the cost of on-location shooting in Boston), and with the show’s star and the author both no longer with us, perhaps it never will be?
That’ll be a real shame.
Next month's theme: The Odd Couple.