Tenspeed and Brown Shoe

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ABC (ended 1980)

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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe

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One of the odder TV partnerships, the short-lived series tells the tale of Lionel Whitney, an accountant (aka a "Brownshoe" in street parlance") and detective-story afficinado who gets involved with E.L. Turner (aka "Tenspeed,", slang for a fast-talking con-man), who suckers Lionel into a series of schemes. The two end up becoming detectives since it's Lionel's dream and E.L. needs a job to stay out of prison, and use a combination of pulp-detective schtick, elaborate con games, Lionel's karate skills, and good old ole-fashioned investigative skills to solve their cases. T&B didn't last more then a half-season, but it spawned a spinoff of sorts, when Ben Vereen went on to reprise his character Tenspeed on J.J. Starbuck.
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  • Jeff Goldblum

    Jeff Goldblum

    Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney

    Ben Vereen

    Ben Vereen

    E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner

    Michael C. Gwynne

    Michael C. Gwynne

    Dean Culpits

    Woody Eney

    Woody Eney

    Larry Craig

    Kenneth O'Brien

    Kenneth O'Brien

    Racetrack Richard Rollin

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