DVD Review: SIMON AND SIMON – Season Two.

Shout! Factory
Release date: February 10, 2009
MSRP: $49.99

Stars: Gerald McRany, Jameson Parker

Thank God for TV on DVD! I used to watch Simon & Simon when I was a wee lad. I LOVED it. But a few years ago…maybe it was last month…I saw an episode and said, “CRAP! That SUCKED! Oh, woe it me! Has nothing from my youth survived time? I weep with disappointment and vexation!”(That last one was a quote from Dickens well…probably a paraphrase).

But thanks to TV on DVD, I watched the second season of Simon & Simon and Alah be praised, I was not the little moron I thought I was when I was a kid. I am certainly an adult moron, but that is a different matter.

The second season of Simon & Simon was not a FANTASTIC, life changing bit of TV watching. But it IS a lot of fun. Once you get past the 80s plot lines to the core of the show, the brothers Simon. Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker have so much chemistry together, it is hard to believe they are not real-life brothers who grew up together. …except for the fact that they look NOTHING alike!

The bases for Simon & Simon is: Gerald McRany plays the older slovenly Vietnam Vet brother who lives in his boat in his brothers drive-way. Jameson Parker is the Preppy clean-cut kid brother. Of course the now cliche Odd Couple ensure, but are still very funny between those two. The two brothers own a San Diego detective agency together and that gets them into all sorts of mischief.

They also seemed like regular folks instead of super sleuths. That was, for me, part of the charm. I thought I could grow up to be just like them. I didn’t, but it gave a boy a dream to aspire to.

Season Two of Simon & Simon starts out with the cross over Magnum, P.I. episode that had people who were fans of both Simon & Simon AND Magnum wetting them selves. Luckly I was only a fan of Simon & Simon at that time (So I didn’t wet myself until I got this DVD set…aHEM!). It was not until Magnum started on reruns and I would watch it after school when I realized what a great show Magnum was.
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Randy Otteson
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