Booker (TV series)

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Booker
Genre
Created by Eric Blackeney
Stephen J. Cannell
Starring Richard Grieco
Carmen Argenziano
Marcia Strassman
Opening theme "Hot in the City" performed by Billy Idol
Composer(s) Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Nuss
Producer(s) Carleton Eastlake
Brooke Kennedy
Jo Swerling, Jr.
Running time 45–48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) – May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)
Chronology
Related shows 21 Jump Street

Booker is an American crime drama series starring Richard Grieco that aired on the Fox Network from September 24, 1989 to May 6, 1990. The series is a spin-off of 21 Jump Street and the second installment of the 21 Jump Street series. The character of Dennis Booker was originally a recurring character on that police drama during its third season. The theme song for the series, "Hot in the City", was performed by Billy Idol.

Synopsis[edit]

Dennis Booker who once worked for the LAPD is now hired by the US office of a large Japanese company to investigate some suspicious insurance claims. Booker is portrayed as despising authority, and he is often openly disdainful of the orders he receives. He also occasionally undertakes non-work-related tasks in order to help friends and family. Katie Rich left the show in the middle of its run, and Lori Petty was added to the cast.

Fox scheduled Booker in 21 Jump Street's lead-in timeslot on Sunday nights at 7/8 p.m. (21 Jump Street moved Mondays).[1] The series was later moved to the 10 p.m. Sunday timeslot. Fox then canceled the series after its first season run.[2]

Cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Other guest stars[edit]

Episode list[edit]

This is a list of episodes of the series:[4]

No. Title Original air date Production code
1 "Booker" September 24, 1989 (1989-09-24) 31101
2 "The Pump" October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01) 31102
3 "Raising Arrizola" October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08) 31106
4 "High Rise" October 22, 1989 (1989-10-22) 31109
5 "All You Gotta Do is Do It" October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29) 31105
6 "Bete Noir" November 5, 1989 (1989-11-05) 31110
7 "Flat Out" November 12, 1989 (1989-11-12) 31111
8 "Deals and Wheels (1)" November 26, 1989 (1989-11-26) 31113
9 "Someone Stole Lucille" December 10, 1989 (1989-12-10) 31112
10 "Cementhead" December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) 31114
11 "The Red Dot" January 14, 1990 (1990-01-14) 31118
12 "Who Framed Roger Thorton?" January 21, 1990 (1990-01-21) 31115
13 "Hacker" February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04) 31119
14 "The Life and Death of Chick Sterling" February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11) 31122
15 "Black Diamond Run" February 18, 1990 (1990-02-18) 31120
16 "Love Life" February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25) 31121
17 "Reunion" March 25, 1990 (1990-03-25) 31124
18 "Wedding Bell Blues" April 1, 1990 (1990-04-01) 31125
19 "Molly and Eddie" April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08) 31123
20 "Crazy" April 15, 1990 (1990-04-15) 31127
21 "Mobile Home" April 29, 1990 (1990-04-29) 31128
22 "Father's Day" May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06) 31129

DVD releases[edit]

On September 17, 2008 Beyond Home Entertainment released Booker- The Complete Series on DVD in Australia (Region 4). The episode titled "Deals and Wheels pt.1" has been removed as it is part of a crossover with 21 Jump Street. Both episodes are included on the 4th season release of 21 Jump Street.

On August 25, 2009, Mill Creek Entertainment released Booker- Collector's Edition on DVD in Region 1.[5] Music rights have kept the episode "Someone Stole Lucille" from appearing on the set, thus the reason why the title of the release was changed from 'complete series'. The theme song was also changed to a generic action piece as the rights to "Hot in the City" could not be negotiated.

DVD Name Ep # Region 1 Region 4
Booker: Collector's Edition 22 August 25, 2009 September 17, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shales, Tom (1989-07-29). "FOX Finds Success By Aiming Low". archive.deseretnews.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Worst TV Spin-Offs". time.com. October 1, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b Ariano, Tara; Bunting, Sarha (2006). Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) about TV. Quirk Books. p. 280. ISBN 1-59474-117-4. 
  4. ^ Booker Episode Guide, epguides.com
  5. ^ "Booker DVD news: Update About Booker - Collector's Edition". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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