I love this show and am beyond excited that it will be officially released by Paramount in March. Hopefully, it will sell reasonably well so they’ll release the remaining two seasons. The story revolved around a very wealthy oil businessman from Texas who moves to California to become a private detective while still enjoying the fruits of his decadent lifestyle. Lee Horsley starred as Matt Houston along with co-star Pamela Hensley as his best friend and associate/lawyer, CJ Parsons. This show has everything that nostalgiac early 80s television is remembered for, which is a good thing. They don’t make shows like this anymore. Can you picture the Hollywood of today creating a television show in which the hero/protagonist is a wealthy oilman from Texas?
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Finally on DVD!
Matt Houston arrived on ABC in September of 1982, and lasted for 69 episodes, ending it’s run in March of 1985. Actor Lee Horsley, best known (at the time) for his portrayal of the comic book hero “Talon”, in 1982′s “The Sword and the Sorcerer”, was an outstanding choice to play Matt Houston. Pamela Hensley, formerly “Princess Ardala” on TV’s “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, was also a great choice for C.J. Parsons, Houston’s associate.
Matt Houston was created and produced by Lawrence Gordon. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because his name has been associated with such projects as Alien vs. Predator, 48 Hrs, The Warriors, Predator, Field of Dreams, Die Hard, Boogie Nights, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Hellboy, and Dillinger (1973), just to name a few.
The first season of Matt Houston showcased a nice selection of guest stars, including; Jill St. John, Heather Locklear, Cristina Ferrare, Britt Ekland, Janet Leigh, Sid Caesar, Tina Louise, david cassidy, George Takei, Sonny Bono, Barbi Benton, Dick Sargent, Alan Hale Jr., Stella Stevens, Chuck Connors, Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, Tori Spelling, Richard Anderson, Markie Post, and Martin Landau!!! Not too shabby, huh?
The Matt Houston theme song was created by composer Dominic Frontiere (Perhaps best known for composing the theme for “The Outer Limits” – 1964).
Basically, Matt Houston was a typical 80′s private detective series, centered around a millionaire playboy (Horsley/Houston) who decides that he likes detective work! Please note that my description of the series as being “typical 80′s” is meant as a compliment. Fans of Magnum P.I., Simon and Simon, Remington Steele, and other such 80′s classics may find equal amounts of fun within this series.
Matt Houston may not have garnered the same success as some of the aforementioned “comparable” TV shows, but three seasons is certainly nothing to dismiss lightly. Lots of great 80′s nostalgia, and certainly a series worthy of a DVD release!
Finally, “the powers that be” have chosen to release this show on DVD. I was a big fan of Matt Houston back in the 80′s when it came out, at least the first two season’s. Not only because Lee Horsely is SO FINE, but I also had a huge crush on Pamela Hensley. In fact she was the main reason I started watching the show to begin with. I followed her from Buck Rogers to this show and really enjoyed the chemistry she had with Mr. Horsely. Anyway, I can’t wait to purchase this DVD when it comes out in a couple of months. If you haven’t seen this show but enjoyed other 80′s detective shows such as Magnum P.I. or Simon and Simon, then you’ll like this one too. Go MATT!!!