When Laura Holt (Stephanie
Zimbalist), a beautiful young private detective begins her
own business (Laura Holt investigations), she soon discovers that no one is willing to hire a female detective.
In an attempt to attract clients, Laura creates a mythical boss named Remington Steele, renames her company (Remington
Steele Investigations), and suddenly business is booming. Shortly after, a mysterious man - the man with Remington's
face (Pierce Brosnan)
- appears and cons Laura into making him her partner, the mysterious Remington Steele. The charming series combines
humor and mystery as it details Laura and Remington's case investigations. (from Fifty
Years of Television, A Guide to Series and Pilots, 1937-1988,
by Vincent Terrace)
Laura Holt and Remington Steele had come together quite by accident, but they made a great pair of
sleuths. She was smart, brassy, and attractive; he was cultured, handsome, and extremely charming. Together they
solved complex murder mysteries in high society, while maintaining a relationship that bordered on the romantic.
Actually, Remington had begun as a figment of Laura's imagination. Opening her own investigation agency, she found
that a woman's name did not bring in assignments, so she invented an imaginary boss - Remington Steele - and business
boomed. Trouble was, wealthy clients kept wanting to meet this supersleuth whose name was on the door. Along came
an incredibly handsome chap with a suave manner and a mysteriousbackground; just what she needed. Steele
(his real name and background remained a mystery) bumbled a lot at first, but learned the private eye's trade quickly
and soon was more than a front man for Laura. A fan of old Hollywood movies, he often pursed a case by playing
out a scene from a classic film like The Thin Man, Notorious, or Key Largo. With easy banter and close teamwork, and occasional comic interludes, the stylish pair
proved that romance and mystery did still mix.
were changes in the supporting cast for the second season, as Bernice the secretary (Janet DeMay) ran off with
a saxophone player and was replaced by Mildred (Doris Roberts), an ex-I.R.S. agent who had lost her government
job after letting Remington beat a tax-evasion charge; and Murphy, Laura's original partner (James Read), left
to form his own agency.
last regular season was 1985-1986. However, in early 1987 NBC aired two new two-hour movies in which Laura and
Remington solved international mysteries and finally consummated their relationship. (from The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946 - present, by Tim Brooks and Earl Marsh)
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