TV Series created by Dean Hargrove
Dick Van Dyke stars as professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell, an absent-minded and brilliant criminologist. His son Barry Van Dyke co-stars as a former cop who is working as a private investigator.
Lea Thompson stars as a soccer mom who designs children's games and puzzles in her spare time, but has a secret past as a government spy, and is recalled to part-time service by the Central Security Agency to help solve puzzles involving national security. Jane Doe investigates the murder of an international business mogul.
McBride is a former cop turned defense attorney, whose laid-back lifestyle belies his keen insight into the criminal mind, as he ferrets out the actual murderer in the classic tradition of Perry Mason. He has an on-again-off-again relationship with plainclothes police detective Roberta Hansen, and acts as mentor to former public defender and would-be private eye, Phil Newberry.
Jake and the Fatman
A former cop, aka "The Fatman", has built a remarkable record of convictions in his new career as a district attorney, thanks mainly to his gruff, tact-impaired manner and his willingness to bend the rules when it suits his purposes. Unfortunately, those same qualities also have earned him a substantial number of enemies.
A cagey defense attorney has a down-home demeanor and uptown strategy.