Oh my goodness, you guys, this has been, like, such a tough couple of days for me! Between dinner dates with two good friends and a virtual girl’s night with a third, I’m amazed that I even found the time to get free cookies from the green-eyed boy at my neighborhood espresso bar, let alone rediscover some of my old favourite tv shows.
I mean, seriously.
Am I blessed, or what?
Truly, there have been some things going on that led to a hectic few days, but the love and support and sense of connection that I’ve gotten from people very dear to me has made it all feel manageable. At the moment, this post is coming to you nestled from within the perfect arrangement of pillows and blankets on the pocket-sized couch, and I’m feeling very warm and fuzzy indeed.
Today’s Retro-licious edition of My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of evokes similar feelings of comfort. Remember when television shows had entire musical themes? With smooth jazz saxophone solos?
“Remington Steele” was technically before my time, but you could say I inherited it. My mom is a Pierce Brosnan fan, and we all know my mom is a very wise woman, so naturally, I followed her lead on this one and watched episodes on the “Deja View” television station whenever I could growing up. And why wouldn’t I? This show had it all! Mystery! Adventure!! Witty banter between characters with simmering sexual tension!!! All of my favourite things wrapped in fabulous 1980s fashion – now if that’s not a recipe for comfort food television, then I don’t know what is.
For those of you who may have missed this mid-eighties classic, “Remington Steele” is a comedy-drama-mystery-romance mashup about Laura Holt, who opens a detective agency under her own name but finds that potential clients refuse to hire a woman, however sharp and clever she may be. Laura takes care of this little inconvenience by coming up with a very manly, and very fake, boss who she calls, yes, Remington Steele. In the series pilot, a young and dashing ex-thief and con man, played by a young and dashing Pierce Brosnan, assumes the identity of Remington Steele.
Throughout the series, his real name is never revealed, Laura remains firmly in charge, and the tension between them ratchets up. They almost kiss. Very dramatically. A lot.
Is it any wonder why I love this show?!?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find myself a snazzy fedora and an even snazzier fake boss. And I can’t believe we’re saying this already, but I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the final day of Retro-licious!