Tenspeed and Brown Shoe

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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
Premiere January 27, 1980
Finale June 27, 1980
Creator Stephen J. Cannell
Network/Provider ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Stephen J. Cannell Productions,
Paramount Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 14
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe is a crime drama that aired on ABC.

The one-hour program revolved around two detectives who had their own detective agency in Los Angeles. E.L. ("Early Leroy") "Tenspeed" Turner was a hustler who worked as a detective to satisfy his parole requirements. His partner Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney was an archetypal accountant, complete with button-down collars and a nagging fiancée (at least for the pilot episode), who had always wanted to be a 1940s-style Bogart P.I. A running joke was his penchant for reading a series of hard-boiled crime novels, sub-titled, "A Mark Savage Mystery", written by Stephen J. Cannell (though he never wrote such a series of novels), with Goldblum reading particularly purple passages in voice-over. He was sharper than he seemed, although a little naïve and more reasonable than his career path demanded, and had picked up karate to Black Belt standard.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Ben Vereen E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff Goldblum Lionel "Brown Shoe" Whitney


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One January 27, 1980 June 27, 1980 14


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series March 9, 2010 purchase 3

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