Saturday, September 3, 2016

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series[1] that aired from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987 on CBS. The show starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda King and top-level "Agency" operative Lee Stetson who begin a strange association, and eventual romance, after encountering one another in a train station.

Cast

Guest stars

  • Hildegard Knef, Russian Princess targeted by assassins, 1.21, "Waiting for Godorsky" (credited as Hildegard Neff).
  • Jean Stapleton, British spy Lady Emily Farnsworth, two episodes, #2.4, "The Legend of Das Geisterschloss", and #2.11, "The Three Faces of Emily".
  • Raleigh Bond, information man T.P. Aquinas, 11 episodes.
  • Howard Duff, Lee's mentor Captain Harry Thornton, two episodes, 3.4, "Tail of the Dancing Weasel", and 4.22, "The Khrushchev List".
  • James Cromwell, Lee's nemesis Gregory, two episodes, 3.4, "Tail of the Dancing Weasel", and 3.18, "Wrong Number".
  • Arlen Dean Snyder, Colonel Robert Clayton, the tough Uncle who raised Lee after his parent's death, episode 2.15, "A Relative Situation".
  • Thomas Babson, Amanda's weatherman boyfriend, Dean, three episodes, 1.1, "The First Time", 1.5, "The ACM Kid", and 2.16, "Life of the Party".
  • John Saxon, Agency man Dirk Fredericks, two episodes, 1.1, "The First Time", and 1.8, "Saved by the Bells".

Plot

Amanda King is a divorced housewife who lives with her mother, Dotty, and her young sons, Philip and Jamie.
One morning, Agency operative Lee Stetson, codenamed "Scarecrow", hands her a package while he is being pursued. He instructs her to "give it to the man in the red hat", but she is unable to complete the assignment, as there are many men in fezes in the train car at the time. Scarecrow later has to track her down to recover the package, inadvertently getting her involved with his case. When Stetson is captured by his pursuers and marked for elimination, Amanda ends up solving the secret behind the package, finding and rescuing Stetson, and even taking down their opponents, thereby getting introduced to the Agency.
Inquisitive, Amanda seeks to learn more about the organization and ends up working for them, first in an office role and later receiving training to become a full agent, while keeping her new job a secret from her family. She works under Lee's boss Billy Melrose and with dismissive fellow agent Francine Desmond. Amanda and Lee work together even though he is initially reluctant to work with the "rookie" but eventually they become a good team.
The "team" travels to places like Germany and England, and help each other as they pose as other people, even posing as husband and wife. Escapades involving cruise ships and even getting "married" are some of their assignments, and the KGB or other enemies of the United States are always involved. Amanda's ex-husband, Joe King, is still friendly with Amanda and is later suspected of murder.
Lee and Amanda develop a friendship during the beginning that turns into a romantic relationship. While many suitors for Amanda or Lee pop up, in the end they fall for each other. Lee professes his love for Amanda before going into hiding from The Agency, and he then pops the question after her kidnapping. However, because of concerns for the safety of Amanda's family, they must keep the marriage secret from their employer, friends, and families.

Media

The entire series was made available for online viewing through AOL's SlashControl service from January until August 2009.[2]
As of June 2011, the entire series is currently available for online viewing through Amazon Video.[3]
Warner Home Video has released all four seasons on DVD in Region 1.[4]

Reception

Scarecrow and Mrs. King won a 1986 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)" for the episode "We're Off to See the Wizard". It was nominated for multiple awards during its four-year run, including two Emmy award nominations in 1985 for "Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series" and "Outstanding Achievement in Costuming" and another nomination in 1986 for "Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series". It was nominated for a 1985 Golden Globe award for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Series" for the episode "D.O.A.: Delirious On Arrival",[5] and in 1988 the American Society of Cinematographers nominated it for the "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series" award. Paul Stout was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1985 for "Best Young Supporting Actor in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama" and "Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama Series", respectively.

Awards

  • "We're Off to See the Wizard" 1986 * Won Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)
  • "Welcome to America, Mr. Brand" 1986 Nominated for Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series.
  • "Ship of Spies" 1985 Nominated for Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Costuming
  • "D.O.A.: Delirious On Arrival" 1985 Nominated for Emmy Outstanding Cinematography for a Series
  • Kate Jackson 1985 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama


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