Thursday, February 21, 2013

Do You Remember???

Welcome to another week of "Do You Remember"  This week I am back to something calm again, and I am back on the regular day of the week Thursday.

This week I want to discuss a television series I had never heard of until this morning.  

Let me describe the series to you and see if you recognize it.  A woman heads a Private Detective Agency, she does not use her own name, on her first initial and last name, to keep the sex of the head of the agency gender neutral.  She has an associate who is more of a problem than a help, because he is always trying to over protect her.

No I am not talking about "Remington Steele" which starred Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimblist and ran in the early 1980's.  

The series I discovered starred Anne Francis as Honey and John Erickson as Sam Bolt.

Honey West also had an unusual pet, an Ocelot  named Bruce.  

The series was produced by a young up and comer by the name of Aaron Spelling.  He had been in England and saw a series that was similar with Patric McNee and at the time Honor Blackman, that series was THE AVENGERS.

Spelling brought the concept to this side of the pond and modified it.  Like the women Spies in THE AVENGERS, Honey could defend herself with martial arts.

So why have you never heard of this series?

It ran only one year on ABC, 1965-66 and was canceled, in part because ABC could import episodes of THE AVENGERS, for half the cost of producing the series.

However, Honey West set the standard for many series that were to come down the road.  Gene Roddenberrys' Police Woman, MTM's Remington Steele and of course Aaron Spellings' "Charlie's Angels" Which all came from one series that lasted a season on ABC.

MeTV is airing the original episodes of Honey West Saturday Mornings at 2:A.M. MST.  Check local listings, for a look at a series that was just too ahead of its' time, but inspired a lot of series that lived long and prospered.

Til next week, Do You Remember?   (C) February 17th 2013 by Tamirisc M Richards,

 Honey West Anne Francis.  The original 1965
 Pepper Anderson  Angie Dickenson 1973
Laura Holt Stephanie Zimblest 1981 She never carried a gun and used her mind over bullets.

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