|Show Name:||Jake and the Fatman|
|Runtime:||60 Mins (Including Commercials)|
|Developer:||Douglas Stefen Borghi|
|Executive Producer:||Dean Hargrove|
|Producer:||The Fred Silverman Company|
Strathmore Productions (1987-1988)
Dean Hargrove Productions (1988-1992)
|Asst Producer:||Viacom Productions|
George O'Hanlon Jr
|First Aired:||September 26, 1987|
|Last Aired:||September 12, 1992|
|List Episodes:||List of Jake and the Fatman episodes|
Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L.(Jason Lochinvar) "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons from 1987 to 1992. Diagnosis Murder is a spin-off of this series.
Conrad guest starred as an aging prosecutor in a two-part episode of Matlock during its first season on NBC. Producers Dean Hargrove and Fred Silverman decided to use this character as a model for one of the main characters in a new show they were creating for CBS. Penny also guest starred in these episodes, but his character was not on the same side as Conrad's character in the storyline's legal case.
Following the departure of Hargrove, executive producers David Moessinger and Jeri Taylor were brought on to run the series with Silverman. They also hired J. Michael Straczynski as story editor and, later, co-producer. Taylor and Moessinger ran the show for two years before finally leaving in a dispute over control over the show.
See main article: List of Jake and the Fatman episodes.
Jake and the Fatman had a total of five seasons and 106 episodes that were broadcast on CBS between 1987 and 1992.
J. L. "Fatman" McCabe is a Hawaii-born, tough former HPD officer turned Los Angeles district attorney. He is teamed with a handsome, happy-go-lucky special investigator named Jake Styles. They often clash due to their different styles and personalities. "Fatman" hardly travels anywhere without his companion Max, his pet bulldog.
The show was set in Los Angeles during the first season. After the end of Magnum P.I., the show was moved to Hawaii. The second and third seasons and half of the fourth season were filmed in Honolulu. The show then returned to Los Angeles for the remainder of its run.
Joe Penny lost a large amount of weight after the show moved to Hawaii, which led to many rumors about his health, including the possibility that he had AIDS. In actuality he had suffered from a gastrointestinal virus and was having difficulty regaining the weight he lost. When the show moved back to Los Angeles, it was also suspected that it was on Penny's urging. This was also not true, as the move was CBS's decision.
CBS Home Entertainment has released Season 1 of Jake and the Fatman on DVD in Region 1. Season 2 will be released on May 5, 2009. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Jake-Fatman-Season-2/11276
|Title||Ep #||Region 1|
|Season One, Volume One||11||July 8 2008|
|Season One, Volume Two||12||December 2 2008|
|Season Two||10||May 5 2009|