Saturday, September 3, 2016

Simon & Simon

The show revolves around the decisively, polar opposite Simon brothers, Rick (McRaney) and Andrew Jackson/"A.J." (Parker). Rick is the less-refined, but still pleasant, United States Marine Corps Vietnam veteran with a penchant for cowboy boots, denim and four-wheel drive pickups, visually much akin to the Marlboro Man, popular of that day. However, A.J. Simon, a college graduate, with a Wall Street look, is a polished fellow with a taste for classic cars and tailored suits. A.J. was a practicing Catholic; Rick was not. Rick lived on a boat in A.J.'s water-front property. A.J. preferred to follow the rules, while Rick was much more of a free spirit, using a classic P.I. type of approach. Even their guns are different: Rick has a .45 revolver, and A.J. has a .357 Magnum revolver, yet both are stainless steel/grey-anodized. Rick's Dodge Power Wagon is notable for its dull paint and conspicuously-large metal bumper/ramming device, used in one episode to crush the engine of a car). A.J. could afford to be more fashionable in his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, and later, a customized Chevrolet Camaro Z28 or 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible in the two-part episode, "Pirate's Key".

Together, they run a private detective service in San Diego, CA during the 1980s; the contrasting ways in which the brothers went about their investigations and the subsequent personality conflicts between them, provided much of the dramatic dialectic each week.

Although Rick is a few years older, in fact McRaney and Parker were both born in 1947 with only a three-month age difference

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