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 Arthur B. Rubinstein
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

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 during the 1986–87 season.

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

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1984–85)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Gary Nelson Roger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank Cardea December 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)
2 2 "Turn of the Century Fox" Paul Krasny Tom Chehak January 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)
3 3 "Premium for Murder" Paul Krasny Stephen Lord and Tim Maschler January 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)
4 4 "Till Death Do Us Part" Stuart Margolin Tim Maschler January 20, 1985 (1985-01-20)
5 5 "Motor Homicide" William Asher Roger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank Cardea February 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)
6 6 "Wanted Dead and Alive" Paul Krasny Frank Cardea, George Schenck, John Baskin and Roger Shulman February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
7 7 "Bum Tip" Stuart Margolin George Lee Marshall February 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)
8 8 "Fox Hunt" Bob Sweeney Tom Chehak March 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)
9 9 "The Geronimo Machine" Stuart Margolin Roger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank Cardea March 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)
10 10 "Fox in Wonderland" Paul Krasny Roger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank Cardea March 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
11 11 "Fox and Hounds" Charles Braverman Ruel Fischmann and Tom Chehak March 24, 1985 (1985-03-24)
12 12 "Suitable for Framing" Paul Krasny Tim Maschler March 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)
13 13 "The Man Who Cried Fox" Vincent McEveety Tom Chehak April 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)

Season 2 (1985–86)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
14 1 "Eye in the Sky" Paul Krasny Paul Robert Coyle October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
15 2 "Sunday in the Park with Harry" Paul Krasny Harvey Weitzman and Sid Dorfman October 13, 1985 (1985-10-13)
16 3 "Requiem for a Fox" Vincent McEveety Tom Chehak October 20, 1985 (1985-10-20)
17 4 "Murder Is a Two Stroke Penalty" Don Weis George Schenck, Frank Cardea, Roger Shulman and John Baskin October 27, 1985 (1985-10-27)
18 5 "Fox in 3/4 Time" Charles Braverman Julie Friedgen November 3, 1985 (1985-11-03)
19 6 "Desert Fox" Vincent McEveety Tim Maschler November 10, 1985 (1985-11-10)
20 7 "Some Day My Prints Will Come" Carl Kugel and Paul Krasny Harvey Weitzman and Sid Dorfman December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)
21 8 "If the Shoe Fits" Marc Daniels Michael Scheff and Mary Ann Kasica December 15, 1985 (1985-12-15)
22 9 "Is There a Fox in the House?" Paul Krasny Elroy Schwartz December 22, 1985 (1985-12-22)
23 10 "Year of the Fox" Michael Lange Jack V. Fogarty December 29, 1985 (1985-12-29)
24 11 "Fox and the Wolf" Paul Stanley Aubrey Solomon and Steve Greenberg January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
25 12 "Hearing Is Believing" Paul Krasny Julie Friedgen January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)
26 13 "Hyde-and-Seek" Paul Krasny Paul Robert Coyle January 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)
27 14 "The Road to Tobago" Paul Krasny Tim Maschler January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)
28 15 "You Can't Keep a Good Corpse Down" Marc Daniels Richard Raskind February 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)
29 16 "The Fox Who Saw Too Much" Paul Krasny Robin Bernheim February 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)
30 17 "Just Another Fox in the Crowd" Mike Vejar Gerald Sanoff February 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)
31 18 "Fox on the Range" Michael Caffey Tim Maschler March 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)
32 19 "The Duke Is Dead" Reza Badiyi Roger Shulman, John Baskin and Paul Robert Coyle April 5, 1986 (1986-04-05)
33 20 "Rosie" Marc Daniels Mary Ann Kasica and Michael Scheff April 12, 1986 (1986-04-12)
34 21 "Dead on Arrival" Michael Lange Paul Robert Coyle April 19, 1986 (1986-04-19)
35 22 "A Fox at the Races" Sigmund Neufeld, Jr. Robin Bernheim May 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)

TV reunion film[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Still Crazy Like a Fox" Paul Krasny Frank Cardea and George Schenck April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)

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