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      Season 1 – Buddy Faro

      1998 Comedy Drama List
      92% 13 Reviews Tomatometer Quick-witted private eye Buddy Faro mysteriously disappeared in 1978 after a woman he was involved with was murdered. When straight-arrow detective and Faro fan Bob Jones finds him 20 years later, the two unite in a crime-solving partnership to make Los Angeles a better place. Read More Read Less
      Buddy Faro — Season 1

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      Critics Consensus

      Visually striking and excellently cast, Buddy Faro cleverly twists film noir tropes with gusto.

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      Episode 1 Aired Sep 25, 1998 Pilot A mysterious woman (Allison Smith) hires small-time private eye (Frank Whaley) to find his idol, playboy detective Buddy Faro (Dennis Farina). Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 2, 1998 The Curse of the Faro George Hamilton hires Buddy and Bob to protect him from a killer; George is kidnapped by the stalker he hired them to find. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 9, 1998 Touched by an Amnesiac A woman with Amnesia hires Buddy to find out who she is or why her $10,000 dollars are covered in a white substance. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 16, 1998 Ain't That a Kick in the Head A sports agent who used Buddy to double-cross a basketball player turns up dead; A basketball player is found in bed with a minor. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 23, 1998 Now You See Him, Now He's Dead Buddy and Bob go to work for a world-famous magician who wants to be free of his evil twin; The evil twin is a magician and escape artist. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 6, 1998 Death by Airbrush An Oil millionaire hires Buddyand Bob to investigate his future daughter-in-law, a former centerfold. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 13, 1998 Talk Show Heller After a woman is embarrassed on a sleazy talk show, she is killed in a hit-and-run. Buddy and Bob investigate the show's host as they look for the killer. Details Episode 8 Aired Dec 4, 1998 Get Me Cody Swift A teenage movie star hires Buddy when he suspects he is in danger; Kidnappers hold Bob and a teenage movie star for ransom. Details Episode 9 Aired undefined The Match Game Odd husband hires Buddy & co. to find his lost wife. Buddy gets on a trail of a high profile matchmaker and gets a date for himself too. Details Episode 10 Aired undefined Done Away in a Manger Tara Davies, the young wife of a movie star, receives a snake in her Christmas stocking and hires Buddy and Bob to find her secret Santa. Details Episode 11 Aired undefined The Truth is in the Trash It's a blast from the past when a retired cop's dying plea sends Buddy looking into the 20 year old case of a missing showgirl and reunites with an old partner. Details Episode 12 Aired undefined Charlotte's Tangled Web Buddy & Bob get into the wonderful world of the Internet when investigating a murder recorded by a young computer wizard. Details Episode 13 Aired undefined Who's the Muse Buddy, Bob, Julie and El Jefe find a true mystery: a mystery story author who doesn't seem to have a clue about writing. More problems appear as the events described by the author start to resemble a true story. Details

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      John Carman San Francisco Chronicle This offbeat detective series is stylish and visually impressive. The writing isn't quite up to the show's look, but it's worth a peek. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Tom Shales Washington Post The show is sharp and slick to look at and virtually bereft of content. It is also built around a character so manifestly unattractive as to make (insert Linda Tripp joke here). Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Steven Linan Los Angeles Times If [Mark] Frost's writers can sustain the polish of his premiere, he could have a winner on his hands. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Diane Holloway Austin American-Statesman The look is fabulous, but Farina's Buddy will bring people back for more. Mar 17, 2021 Full Review Gloria Goodale Christian Science Monitor Handsomely designed and well written, private investigating has seldom been so funny, and if the show is not a mainstream success, it could easily break out as a cult hit. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Alan Pergament Buffalo News The pilot is clever, witty, funny and has a great soundtrack. And the Rip Van Winkle element is a potential hoot. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Season Info

      Charlie Haid, Marc Buckland, Lesli Linka Glatter, D.J. Caruso
      Executive Producer
      Mark Frost, Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Charlie Haid, Dennis Farina
      Mark Frost, Barry Pullman, Kimberly Costello, Elizabeth M. Cosin
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 25, 1998