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Honey West
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Honey West complete series DVD cover (UK version)
Genre Crime drama
Action
Starring Anne Francis
John Ericson
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) Aaron Spelling
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Production company(s) Four Star Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 17, 1965 – April 8, 1966

Honey West is an American crime drama television series produced by the ABC network. The series ran for 30 episodes during the 1965-1966 television season and starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West.

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Synopsis

The Honey West character was created by Gloria and Forrest E. "Skip" Fickling under the pseudonym "G.G. Fickling" in the late 1950s. West was one of the first female "private eyes" to ever appear on television.

Francis first played West in the Second Season (Episode #2) of Burke's Law entitled 'Who Killed The Jackpot?', broadcast on April 2, 1965, which led to this series being commissioned as a spin-off. Created as an American answer to the popular Emma Peel and Cathy Gale characters in the British series The Avengers, Honey West was not a ratings success and was canceled after one season. Francis nonetheless received a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

Decades later, Francis reprised the role of Honey West (though her last name is changed to "Best") in an episode of the 1994 revival of Burke's Law.

In the series, West had a partner and man-Friday "Sam" (John Ericson, who had played the Francis's character's brother Pete in Bad Day at Black Rock), who usually stayed in the background or sat in their high-tech surveillance van talking to Honey via a radio hidden in her lipstick case. Her alluring feline qualites were reflected by her leopard spot and animal-print wardrobe and decor. She also kept an exotic pet ocelot named Bruce (in one episode, the African series Daktari was showing on Honey's TV set, and Honey said "Oh Bruce, why do we always have to watch YOUR show?"). For sneaking around at night and engaging in energetic fight scenes, she wore a black fabric bodystocking reminiscent of Emma Peel's leather jumpsuit. Like Peel's Lotus Elan sports car, Honey's similar-looking AC Cobra convertible also emphasized her independence and vitality. The racy content of the novels was excised for television, but Anne Francis nevertheless brought a considerable amount of sultry sex appeal, not to mention professional competence, to the role. She was an extraordinarily beautiful young woman playing in what was then exclusively a man's game and leaving no doubts that she was more than capable to be sitting at the table. In addition, she often went on solo undercover missions that required a provocative or revealing outfit. She also used a number of James Bond-type gimmicks: an exploding compact, a garter-belt gas mask, and tear-gas earrings. West was also a black-belt in Judo, as was her partner, Sam.

Cast

Bruce - her pet Ocelot

Episodes

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Season 1

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "The Swingin' Mrs. Jones" September 17, 1965
2 "The Owl and the Eye" September 24, 1965
3 "The Abominable Snowman" October 1, 1965
4 "A Matter of Wife and Death" October 8, 1965
5 "Live a Little, Kill a Little" October 15, 1965
6 "Whatever Lola Wants...." October 22, 1965
7 "The Princess and the Paupers" October 29, 1965
8 "In the Bag" November 5, 1965
9 "The Flame and the Pussycat" November 12, 1965
10 "A Neat Little Package" November 19, 1965
11 "A Stitch in Crime" with Herbie Faye November 26, 1965
12 "A Million Bucks in Anybody's Language" December 3, 1965
13 "The Gray Lady" December 10, 1965
14 "Invitation to Limbo" December 17, 1965
15 "Rockabye the Hard Way" December 24, 1965
16 "A Nice Little Till to Tap" December 31, 1965
17 "How Brillig, O, Beamish Boy" January 7, 1966
18 "King of the Mountain" January 14, 1966
19 "It's Earlier Than You Think" January 21, 1966
20 "The Perfect Un-Crime" January 28, 1966
21 "Like Visions and Omens and All That Jazz" February 4, 1966
22 "Don't Look Now, But Isn't That Me" February 11, 1966
23 "Come to Me, My Litigation Baby" with James Brown February 18, 1966
24 "Slay, Gypsy, Slay" February 25, 1966
25 "The Fun-Fun Killer" March 4, 1966
26 "Pop Goes the Easel" March 11, 1966
27 "Little Green Robin Hood" March 18, 1966
28 "Just the Bear Facts Ma'am" March 25, 1966
29 "There's a Long, Long, Fuse A'Burning" April 1, 1966
30 "An Eerie, Airy, Thing" April 8, 1966

DVD release

In 2006, Delta Home Entertainment released the entire series on Region 2 DVD in the UK.[1] VCI Entertainment issued a North American Region 1 DVD release of the series in September 2008.[2].

References

  1. ^ Amazon.co.uk, Honey West DVD info
  2. ^ Amazon.com, Honey West Product Details

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