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- 8 Seasons
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.