Remington Steele

NBC (ended 1987)





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  • Ten Best Remington Steele Episodes

    A little-known fact about "Remington Steele"--it was originally conceived by long-time director Robert Butler in 1969--the same year "Star Trek" was cancelled by NBC. Perhaps Butler meant to pitch "Steele" to NBC as a possible replacement for "Trek". Unfortunately, as he found out, this series about a woman fronting a detective agency but choosing to invent a character who turns out to be an agent adopting her imaginative moniker was too far ahead of its time. That may explain why there was a 13-year lapse between conception and reality. In the meantime, here are my all-time favorite episodes:

    10. "License To Steele"/Tempered Steele"--These two episodes from Season 1 are combined as the series pilot, which establishes the aforementioned premise;

    9. "Steele In The News"--Remington and Laura investigate threats at a television station after its newscast switches from hard news to a tabloid-style format;

    8. "Steele Crazy After All These Years"--Laura and Remington investigate the events surrounding Murphy's college graduation reunion;

    7. "High Flying Steele"--Remington and Laura go undercover as circus performers;

    6. "Scene Steelers"--This episode focuses on sabotage during filming of TV commercials;

    5. "Stronger Than Steele"--Apparently "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening watched this episode, as he developed the Radioactive Man character who is similar to the Atomic Man that is featured;

    4. "Illustrated Steele"--A comic strip artist illustrates events that literally come to life;

    3. "Steele On The Air"--A traffic reporter's death features a prominent morning duo as the prime suspects;

    2. "Love Among The Steele"--A 1936 roadster keeps appearing, leading to a trail of murder and intrigue;

    1. "Steele In The Chips"--A scientist who invented the no-cal cookie goes missing; the chase scene parallels both "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and the later 2001 remake, "Rat Race". A definitive classic; it was the only one co-penned by actress Stephanie Zimbalist.