Simon & Simon

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  • TV-PG
  • 1981
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.1  (5,381)

Rick and A.J. Simon were the odd couple of private detectives in their TV show, Simon and Simon, which was also the name of their San Diego detective agency. Rick, played by Gerald McRaney, was a former Marine and Vietnam veteran who liked pickup trucks and cowboy garb, while his younger brother, A.J., played by Jameson Parker, was a college graduate who dressed in suits and drove classic cars. The contrasting ways the brothers lived their lives carried over to the way they went about solving a case. Their different backgrounds caused them to be at odds in most of the shows, but family loyalty and brotherly love always won out when trouble came calling and one or both of them got into hot water. Rick was an independent non-conformist, making his own rules to fit whatever he needed to do while he was working on a case, while A.J. was a typical preppie, following society's rules about almost everything to the letter. He also followed the fashion code for men in the 1980s when the show aired in prime time on CBS from 1981 through 1989. The show's plots frequently focused on the brothers' different approaches to working on a case and their frequent arguments over whose ideas were better. Often, their mother, played by Mary Carver, would intervene and soothe ruffled feathers while getting them to see each other's viewpoint and work together better. Rick's street wise, down to earth, common sense approach often worked out better, particularly when his instincts on criminal types came into play. He often had to rescue his younger brother from scrapes he would get himself into while naively following all the rules according to the book. But once in awhile, A.J.'s education and knowledge of the wealthier side of society gave him the edge to seeing a solution in a case, which would deepen the respect Rick had for his baby brother. The show also featured Tim Reid in the role of Downtown Brown, who was the brothers' friend in the San Diego police department from whom they often got information.

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Simon Says 'Goodbye'
13. Simon Says 'Goodbye'
March 2, 1989
In this series finale: Abby's friend hires Rick and A.J. to find an old flame, while the Simon's continue to be unlucky in love. Sadly (but with class), the series ends.
Photo Finished
12. Photo Finished
March 1, 1989
Rick and AJ are asked by Tom Huntley, a State Senatorial candidate, to find out whether his wife Colleen is having an affair. Despite their rule against working on cases involving marital difficulties, they agree. Naturally, it's all a setup. The Simons are put in place as witnesses to the apparent murder of Mrs. Huntley. They report the murder and turn over the pictures they've taken to the police. After her body turns up, they realize that what they saw was a scripted scene played out between two hired actors.
First, Let's Kill All the Lawyers
11. First, Let's Kill All the Lawyers
December 31, 1988
Woody Grant, John Channing, and Mark Fordham are all involved in an insider trading scheme using information gained from Woody's father's company. When Woody tells John he wants out, he ends up dead. His grieving father hires Rick and A.J. to investigate, and the two manage to finger John as the killer, but their mother's new beau Doug McKenna is an old Channing family friend, and ends up defending him in court, and in his attempt to defend a client he believes is innocent, he has to rip both A.J. and Rick apart on the stand. John is acquited of the crime, and the Simon brothers come under investigation. They manage to convince Lloyd Grant to keep them on the case, but they're going nowhere until Mark also tells John he wants out, and ends up being thrown off a walkway at the university library. They go to Doug with what they know, and the three hatch a plan to catch Channing at his own game.
Play It Again, Simon
10. Play It Again, Simon
December 17, 1988
There's a 40 year old "LOST" manuscript to be found and A.J. is excited about the idea of one more story from his favorite detective novelist, even if it means going to L.A., where he finds everything strange, while Rick never wanted the job to begin with.
The Richer They Are, the Harder They Fall
9. The Richer They Are, the Harder They Fall
December 10, 1988
The Simon brothers join the Van Alder family at their elaborate estate for the first wedding anniversary of AJ's best friend Tommy Van Alder and his beautiful wife Trish, but as they repeat their vows, Tommy is stricken with an apparent heart attack and dies.
Cloak of Danger
8. Cloak of Danger
December 3, 1988
AJ writes a play based on a long-unsolved murder case, then suddenly it flushes out the real culprit.
Simon & Simon Jr.
7. Simon & Simon Jr.
November 19, 1988
An old girlfriend tells Rick he has a teen-aged son and asks to protect the boy from a murderer who knows he witnessed the crime.
Love Song Of Abigail Marsh
6. Love Song Of Abigail Marsh
November 12, 1988
Abby is attracted to a client of the Simons, but they are concerned the relationship will be a disaster when they insist he tell her of his troubled past.
Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack
5. Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack
November 5, 1988
A loud-mouth acid-tongued talk show host invites the Simons on his show and then hires them to find out who is sending threatening letters to him.
The Merry Adventures of Robert Hood
4. The Merry Adventures of Robert Hood
October 29, 1988
AJ is horrified to find almost $9,000 charged to his credit card without his knowledge. Rick is innocent this time and AJ goes to the bank to demand it be taken off his card. To his surprise, the person he starts complaining to bursts into tears. Instantly repentant, AJ takes the lady out to lunch when her stern boss tells her she's holding up the other employee lunches. While eating, the lady, Marion, tells AJ that this is the ninth time someone's credit card has been charged fraudulently and that her boss had threatened to fire her if it happened again. She loses track of time and returns to work late. When her boss comes to yell at her for being late, he surmises the fraud has happened again and proclaims tomorrow will be her last day working there. AJ is smitten by Marion and decides to investigate what's going on with Rick. They get a lead that takes them to a warehouse that is full of goods bought with stolen credit card money. The brothers see someone and split up to investigat
Zen and the Art of the Split Finger Fastball
3. Zen and the Art of the Split Finger Fastball
October 22, 1988
The Simons are hired to protect a Japanese businessman while he is at a fantasy baseball camp.
Simon & Simon and Associates
2. Simon & Simon and Associates
October 15, 1988
When Rick's truck is stolen, the publicity about the Simons' much talked about capture of the thief attracts more trouble with business they can hardly handle, bringing associates into the firm seems to make Rick bossy while it makes A.J. uncomfortable.
Beauty and Deceased
1. Beauty and Deceased
October 8, 1988
An old friend of the Simons, Beth, shows up in their office after finding a blackmail note given to one of the beauty contestants in her pageant. She's responsible for the pageant going off smoothly, so she wants the Simons to go undercover and find out who is being blackmailed by whom. With a sparkle in his eye, Rick decides that AJ will enter as a contestant while he will show up as a judge. AJ is less than happy about it, especially the swimsuit competition, but grudgingly agrees to do it. Things get more serious when the pageant host stumbles upon the blackmailer being beaten by two toughs. The blackmailer, realizing the host must have heard that he owed money to a loan shark, kills him. A pageant contestant finds the body and is immediately suspected of being the murderer. It turns out that she was the one being blackmailed because she was kicked out of her family for being an unmarried mother. The Simons don't believe she's guilty and get Abby to give them 48 hours to find the re
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Rick and A.J. Simon were the odd couple of private detectives in their TV show, Simon and Simon, which was also the name of their San Diego detective agency. Rick, played by Gerald McRaney, was a former Marine and Vietnam veteran who liked pickup trucks and cowboy garb, while his younger brother, A.J., played by Jameson Parker, was a college graduate who dressed in suits and drove classic cars. The contrasting ways the brothers lived their lives carried over to the way they went about solving a case. Their different backgrounds caused them to be at odds in most of the shows, but family loyalty and brotherly love always won out when trouble came calling and one or both of them got into hot water.

Rick was an independent non-conformist, making his own rules to fit whatever he needed to do while he was working on a case, while A.J. was a typical preppie, following society's rules about almost everything to the letter. He also followed the fashion code for men in the 1980s when the show aired in prime time on CBS from 1981 through 1989.

The show's plots frequently focused on the brothers' different approaches to working on a case and their frequent arguments over whose ideas were better. Often, their mother, played by Mary Carver, would intervene and soothe ruffled feathers while getting them to see each other's viewpoint and work together better.

Rick's street wise, down to earth, common sense approach often worked out better, particularly when his instincts on criminal types came into play. He often had to rescue his younger brother from scrapes he would get himself into while naively following all the rules according to the book. But once in awhile, A.J.'s education and knowledge of the wealthier side of society gave him the edge to seeing a solution in a case, which would deepen the respect Rick had for his baby brother.

The show also featured Tim Reid in the role of Downtown Brown, who was the brothers' friend in the San Diego police department from whom they often got information.

  • Premiere Date
    November 24, 1981
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (5,381)