Pros and Cons (TV series)

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Pros and Cons
StarringJames Earl Jones
Madge Sinclair
Richard Crenna
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Robert Lieberman
Coleman Luck
Running time60 min.
Production company(s)Schenck/Cardea Productions
Lorimar Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1991 –
January 2, 1992
Preceded byGabriel's Fire

Pros and Cons is an American television series that ran on ABC in the United States during the 1991–92 television season. It is a revamped, more lighthearted version of Gabriel's Fire, which aired on ABC the previous season.


Gabriel Bird is a former Chicago police officer, who, over twenty years prior, had been wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a fellow officer. He was exonerated and subsequently became a Chicago private detective (as seen on Gabriel's Fire). Bird then moves to Los Angeles, where he teams up with another private eye, Mitch O'Hannon. Bird also marries his love interest, Josephine, She had been the proprietress of a café where Bird had begun frequenting shortly after his release, at first for her good, homestyle cooking, but soon, primarily for her companionship.

The episode "Birds Gotta Fly", directed by Mario Van Peebles, starred Irene Cara as Bird's estranged daughter Celine, as well as movie and TV personality Michael Beach as Josephine's military-bound son, and Meagan Good in a small role.

When the revamped version of Gabriel's Fire was announced, its original working title was Bird & Katt, as Crenna's character was first named Peter Katt in development. After further revision of the new format, Peter Katt became Mitch O'Hannon and the producers settled on the title Pros and Cons, which had a dual meaning—not only that of the positives and negatives of the two leads working together, but of the fact that they were professional detectives often chasing after convicts.


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