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Crazy Like A Fox

ULTIMATE evolutionary manifestation of the Yankside eighties trend for blaring-brass-theme-tuned big-budget action showpieces with a bit of ‘quirky’ detective hoo-hah thrown in for good measure, with nervy lawyer Harrison Fox (John Rubenstein) invariably roped by loose cannon detective father Harry Fox (Jack Warden) into suitably ‘crazy’ crime-solving, usually involving comical ‘let’s get outta here!!’ chase sequences and so forth. A bit like Frasier, only with more dodging-exploding-boats-falling-from-the-sky. Huge popularity in Sunday night ITV homework-dodging slot led to bizarre attempt to relocate the show to England, rebranded Still Crazy Like A Fox and co-starring Graham Chapman, which ran to an impressive total of one episode.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Richard Davies

    January 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Granada normally showed this after I had gone to bed, but at least once I was allowed to stay up to see it.

  2. StoneGinger

    January 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This is inextricably linked to Hardcastle and McCormick in my head. Were they ever scheduled opposite/next to each other?

  3. Martin M

    January 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I always had the two of them linked in my head too, Stone

  4. Palitoy

    January 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    In my head, ‘Crazy Like A Fox’ was the crazy, likeable “light side of the force” uncle – ‘Spitting Image’ and ‘The New Statesman’ appearing some hours later in what should have been the laughiest Saturday Night schedule ever, but was, mind-bogglingly, always the schedule of a late eighties Sunday night.
    ‘Campion’ and ‘Mastermind’ were the darker lit “dark side” inhabitants of BBC1on nights like this, where they joined ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, ‘Songs of Praise’ and the mysteriously erratically scheduled ‘Lifelines’ with Cliff Mitchelmore-or-less asto-itchy-Sunday-pullover for the eyes.

  5. Matt Patton

    February 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

    “Still Crazy Like a Fox” wasn’t a revival of the series–just a one-shot TV movie during, I suspect a “sweeps” period (when the networks in the U.S. try to up their ratings so they can up the amount they charge advertisers). Like most American shows, it was rife with every cringe-worthy cliche about the British imaginable. Also, as I remember Graham Chapman made this while he was dying on his feet, so he was hardly at his best.

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