Crazy Like a Fox (TV series)

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Crazy Like a Fox
Crazy Like a Fox (TV series).jpg
Genre Crime drama/Comedy
Created by John Baskin
Starring
Theme music composer Mark Snow
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35
Production
Executive producer(s) John Baskin
Producer(s)
  • Hugh Benson
  • Frank Cardea
  • Philip Saltzman
  • George Schenck
  • Roger Schulman
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network CBS
Original release December 30, 1984 – May 3, 1986
Chronology
Followed by Still Crazy Like A Fox

Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.

Overview[edit]

The series starred Jack Warden as Harry Fox, a free-spirited private detective who lived by his wits, and John Rubinstein as his high-strung attorney son, Harrison, who unwillingly, and frequently, found himself dragged into his father's cases.

The show's opening would always feature Harry and Harrison talking on the phone in their offices like this:

  • Harrison: Hello?
  • Harry: Harrison, I need your help.
  • Harrison: Dad, you keep forgetting. I'm a lawyer. You're the detective!
  • Harry: Aw, come on son. All I need is a ride. What could possibly happen?

Originally airing Sundays at 9 PM (EST), the show was a hit in its first season, even cracking the Nielsen Top 10 with an average household share of 19.9, and initially continued to pull solid numbers during its second season. However, midway through that season, CBS brought back its Sunday Night Movie, which displaced the show (along with Trapper John, M.D., which followed Crazy Like a Fox up to that point) and resulted in it being bounced around to various time slots, which caused ratings to drop significantly and led to its cancellation at the end of the season.

Reruns were later shown in syndication, as well as on the CBN Cable Network, and a reunion TV movie titled Still Crazy Like a Fox aired on CBS in 1987.

For his performance, Warden received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.[1][2]

Broadcast history[edit]

Season Time slot (ET)
1984–85 Sunday at 9:00 pm
1985–86 Sunday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1-11)
Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 12-18)
Saturday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 19-22)

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1984–85)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Gary NelsonRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaDecember 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)
22"Turn of the Century Fox"Paul KrasnyTom ChehakJanuary 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)
33"Premium for Murder"Paul KrasnyStephen Lord and Tim MaschlerJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)
44"Till Death Do Us Part"Stuart MargolinTim MaschlerJanuary 20, 1985 (1985-01-20)
55"Motor Homicide"William AsherRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaFebruary 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)
66"Wanted Dead and Alive"Paul KrasnyFrank Cardea, George Schenck, John Baskin and Roger ShulmanFebruary 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
77"Bum Tip"Stuart MargolinGeorge Lee MarshallFebruary 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)
88"Fox Hunt"Bob SweeneyTom ChehakMarch 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)
99"The Geronimo Machine"Stuart MargolinRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaMarch 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)
1010"Fox in Wonderland"Paul KrasnyRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaMarch 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
1111"Fox and Hounds"Charles BravermanRuel Fischmann and Tom ChehakMarch 24, 1985 (1985-03-24)
1212"Suitable for Framing"Paul KrasnyTim MaschlerMarch 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)
1313"The Man Who Cried Fox"Vincent McEveetyTom ChehakApril 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)

Season 2 (1985–86)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Eye in the Sky"Paul KrasnyPaul Robert CoyleOctober 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
152"Sunday in the Park with Harry"Paul KrasnyHarvey Weitzman and Sid DorfmanOctober 13, 1985 (1985-10-13)
163"Requiem for a Fox"Vincent McEveetyTom ChehakOctober 20, 1985 (1985-10-20)
174"Murder Is a Two Stroke Penalty"Don WeisGeorge Schenck, Frank Cardea, Roger Shulman and John BaskinOctober 27, 1985 (1985-10-27)
185"Fox in 3/4 Time"Charles BravermanJulie FriedgenNovember 3, 1985 (1985-11-03)
196"Desert Fox"Vincent McEveetyTim MaschlerNovember 10, 1985 (1985-11-10)
207"Some Day My Prints Will Come"Carl Kugel and Paul KrasnyHarvey Weitzman and Sid DorfmanDecember 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)
218"If the Shoe Fits"Marc DanielsMichael Scheff and Mary Ann KasicaDecember 15, 1985 (1985-12-15)
229"Is There a Fox in the House?"Paul KrasnyElroy SchwartzDecember 22, 1985 (1985-12-22)
2310"Year of the Fox"Michael LangeJack V. FogartyDecember 29, 1985 (1985-12-29)
2411"Fox and the Wolf"Paul StanleyAubrey Solomon and Steve GreenbergJanuary 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
2512"Hearing Is Believing"Paul KrasnyJulie FriedgenJanuary 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)
2613"Hyde-and-Seek"Paul KrasnyPaul Robert CoyleJanuary 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)
2714"The Road to Tobago"Paul KrasnyTim MaschlerJanuary 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)
2815"You Can't Keep a Good Corpse Down"Marc DanielsRichard RaskindFebruary 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)
2916"The Fox Who Saw Too Much"Paul KrasnyRobin BernheimFebruary 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)
3017"Just Another Fox in the Crowd"Mike VejarGerald SanoffFebruary 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)
3118"Fox on the Range"Michael CaffeyTim MaschlerMarch 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)
3219"The Duke Is Dead"Reza BadiyiRoger Shulman, John Baskin and Paul Robert CoyleApril 5, 1986 (1986-04-05)
3320"Rosie"Marc DanielsMary Ann Kasica and Michael ScheffApril 12, 1986 (1986-04-12)
3421"Dead on Arrival"Michael LangePaul Robert CoyleApril 19, 1986 (1986-04-19)
3522"A Fox at the Races"Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.Robin BernheimMay 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)

TV reunion film[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Still Crazy Like a Fox"Paul KrasnyFrank Cardea and George SchenckApril 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)

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