Butch Patterson: Private Dick

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Butch Patterson: Private Dick
Created by Greg Lawrence
Written by Greg Lawrence
Directed by Greg Lawrence
Starring Greg Lawrence
Vivian Burns
David L. McCullum
Susan Brooks
John Ng
David Elver
Sarah Van Diepen
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
(List of episodes)
Producer(s) Greg Lawrence
Location(s) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel The Comedy Network
Original run February 27, 1999 – January 31, 2001
External links
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Butch Patterson: Private Dick is a Canadian serial comedy television series centering around the seedy exploits of a self-described premature ejaculating, alcoholic, kleptomaniac, sexually deviant private detective played by Canadian actor/comedian Greg Lawrence. The series had a three season run, airing on The Comedy Network. Although the show was not a critical or commercial success, it maintains a small cult following. After the series' initial run, reruns were featured on the now defunct CBC Country Canada. Since then, all three original seasons have been released on DVD.


Most of the episodes are focused around the cases that Butch Patterson is investigating at the time. Unlike most comedy series, Butch Patterson has a contiguous plot line running throughout the entire three seasons. The show is shot in a drab hue that provides a film noir feel. Much of the humour is derived from the candid narrative of Butch as he reflects on his cases and his general state of affairs. There is a heavy reliance on recurring jokes about Butch's seemingly irrational disdain for bartenders and tailors, his chagrin regarding his childhood bullies and his brassy, open references to his sexual dysfunction. Other gags involve his near unquenchable craving for alcohol and cheap cigars, as well as his tendency towards kleptomania.


The show features a short jazz theme song that plays during the opening and ending credits [more info needed]. The score featured throughout much of each episode synchronizes emphatically with the tone of each scene, adding greatly to the comic impression upon the viewer.


Butch Patterson(Greg Lawrence) - A hard-bitten private detective who suffers from alcoholism, kleptomania, a tendency to prematurely ejaculate, chronic urinary problems that cause him to continually wet his pants, and a tendency to shoot himself while cleaning his gun. Butch enjoys prostitutes, pornography, cigars, any and every kind of alcoholic drink, and making crank calls to a man named Frank. He hates tailors, has a disturbing predilection for trying on lingerie, and is still trying (and failing) to live down a certain incident at a local petting zoo. Butch also has an unfortunate tendency to misplace his pants, and to wake up in strange places after having too much to drink. He is also banned from the local petting zoo.

Blanche DuMaurier(Vivian Burns) - A virtuous, hardworking newspaper reporter, Blanche is generally disgusted by Butch's deviant tendencies, but often assists him with his various problems, most notably bailing him out of jail on multiple occasions. She is a staunch foe of Tommy Rubella's criminal empire, and strives to bring him down with the help of Butch and the Swede.

Tommy Rubella(David L. McCallum) - The crime lord and kingpin of the city where Butch Patterson lives and operates. Despite seeming like an imposing figure, he is intimidated by domineering women, including Debbie Hitler and Jasmine Griffin, fearing them for very good reason. He is a talented accordion player, and has a tattoo of Buddy Ebsen on his back, something which his wife hates.

Debbie Hitler(Susan Brooks) - Tommy Rubella's power-hungry wife, who possesses an extremely violent temper and a strange fetish for deck wood. Known for beating, maiming and killing people for even the slightest offence, she terrifies even Tommy and the Swede.

"The Swede" aka Serge Lacroix(John Ng) - A contract killer who ostensibly works for Tommy and Debbie as an assassin, but he serves as a double agent, frequently double-crossing his employers and working with Blanche in her investigations of Tommy and Debbie. Killing is his favorite pastime, although he is a consummate company man, only doing so when his employer gives the order. Butch insists that the Swede is French, a claim that is later proven true when it is revealed that the Swede is an undercover French Canadian police agent.

Vance Van Vandervan(David Elver) - The crooked curator of the Scott Baio Museum of Fine Art, Vance is involved in the dirty dealings of Debbie, Tommy and Jasmine, constantly playing each side against the other as he tries to further his own agenda. He greatly enjoys roast chicken, and has an unfortunate tendency to wet his bed.

Jasmine Griffen(Sarah Van Diepen) - The ex-lover of both Tommy and Vance. Now a conniving, manipulative seductress, Jasmine attempts to manipulate Tommy, Vance and Butch for her own purposes. In her youth, she travelled through Finland as a circus performer after overcoming an addiction to crystal meth.


Season 1:
Episode 1 - The Jewel Heist Pt1
Episode 2 - The Jewel Heist Pt2
Episode 3 - The Hit
Episode 4 - Call Him Ishmail
Episode 5 - Losing It
Episode 6 - The Dinner Party
Episode 7 - The Affair
Episode 8 - Strike One
Episode 9 - Mom
Episode 10 - Dance Contest
Episode 11 - The Chase
Episode 12 - The Reading Drive
Episode 13 - The Wrath of Vance

Season 2:
Episode 1 - The Return of Vance
Episode 2 - Head Wound
Episode 3 - Debbie Gets a Trout
Episode 4 - Altar, He Go
Episode 5 - The Stake-Out
Episode 6 - The Ties That Bind
Episode 7 - Old Lady Digthorpe
Episode 8 - The Big Meeting
Episode 9 - Birds, Booze and Gas
Episode 10 - The Approximate Size of a Human Head
Episode 11 - The Beginning of the End
Episode 12 - The Plan Underway
Episode 13 - The Plan Revealed

Season 3:
Episode 1 - An Affair to Forget
Episode 2 - Fresh Tarts
Episode 3 - Ante Up
Episode 4 - Shrinking Heads
Episode 5 - Alley Oops
Episode 6 - Snapsy Come Home
Episode 7 - Those Who Can't, Teach
Episode 8 - Oh Yea Pt1
Episode 9 - Oh Yea Pt2
Episode 10 - Hepcat On the Catwalk
Episode 11 - I, Thadius
Episode 12 - How to Make Love
Episode 13 - The End of it All

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