Remington Steele – License to Steele

by Alan Rapp on June 6, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Remington Steele – License to Steele
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Remington Steele - License to Steele television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the first episode of the 80s detective show Remington Steele. The premise of the show, having the female detective invent a fictional male boss to deal with clients who refuse to hire a woman, was clever. As the show opens the Remington Steele Detective Agency is firing on all cylinders. With the fictional Remington Steele‘s reputation of always being hands off and never getting directly involved in a case, only three people know he doesn’t exist: private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), her associate Murphy Michaels (James Read), and secretary Bernice Foxe (Janet DeMay).

Things change with the arrival of a con man (Pierce Brosnan) interested in rare gems being protected by the agency. First assuming the identity of a federal agent (Philip Casnoff) and then later, after stumbling on Steele’s secret, assuming the identity of a man who does not exist, the con man hopes to get his hands on the jewels and bring the men responsible for recently killing the courier to justice. While assuming the role of Steele initially frustrates and complicates Laura’s life, his help in stopping the theft and his ability to smooth talk the client sell her on the idea of allowing the man to continue to charade. Remington Steele has been born, and for three seasons he’ll work alongside Miss Holt to solve crimes to the delight of fans everywhere.

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