Private Eye (1987–1988)
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A private eye is killed. His brother an ex-cop investigates his death. And he discovers a web of corruption within the police department.


Mark Tinker


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Anthony Yerkovich




Episode credited cast:
Michael Woods ... Jack Cleary
William Sadler ... Lieutenant Charlie Fontana
Lisa Jane Persky ... Dottie
Josh Brolin ... Johnny Betts
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deke Anderson ... Co-Star
Jeannine Bisignano Jeannine Bisignano ... Girl
Andrew Bloch ... Mickey Schneider
Simmy Bow Simmy Bow ... Vendor
Don Calfa ... Peppy Roth
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Raymond Battista
Frederick Coffin ... Dan Dibble
Gary Lee Davis Gary Lee Davis ... Biker
Keith Joe Dick ... Lana's Date
Lisa Dunsheath ... Mickey Schneider's Girlfriend
John H. Evans John H. Evans ... Policeman


It's 1956 and Jack Cleary is a top-notch detective on the Los Angeles police force. Framed by mobsters for taking bribes, he's drummed out of the force where he hits the bottle and the skids. Jack's brother owns Nick Cleary Detective Agency, and after he's murdered while working a case, Jack takes over his brother's Agency. While trying to find his brother's killer, Jack gets his self-respect back. Along with his brother's agency, he inherits his brother's nutty secretary and a former delinquent sidekick named Johnny Betts. Written by Clintessence

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Crime | Drama


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13 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Follows Private Eye (1987) See more »

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Michael Woods-The Private Eye TV Series
10 September 2005 | by gale777See all my reviews

If anyone has this series on VHS or DVD. I would be interested in purchasing a copy.

The series is very well written and because of the time in which the show was written, I loved the time in in which the show takes place. I really loved the idea of the Private Eye and Michael Woods plays the part to perfection.

Josh Brolin plays his part good and the office girl, Dottie that works for Cleary does also.

I think the show had a lot of style and a really 'retro deco neon drenched noirish 50's/early 60's dragnet look' that was really great. "Private Eye" had a nu-wave 'rebel without a cause' kind of feel,complete with a 'unshaven trench coat wearing cigarette smokin' gumshoe' type and a 'black leather jacketed, blue jeans' white t-shirt wearin',engineer booted,ducktailed,chopped black 50's hotrod mercury.

Thanks, Gale

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