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Honey West (1965-1966)

We've already seen that 1965 was a good year for TV series, and to that list we now add another one-season wonder - Honey West.

Honey West was another 'unusual' series in that it was complete role-reversal, with the beautiful woman in charge and often having to rescue her male assistant. Honey West was cool, liberated, and above all, sexy. Portrayed by veteran actress Anne Francis (she was in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet), Honey West was a woman who took over her father's high-tech private detective firm after his death, assisted by Sam Bolt and her pet ocelot Bruce. From the IMDb:

In television's first prime time series starring a female private eye, Honey West would take on any tough case. She could handle herself mingling with millionaires just as well as scaling a thirty foot wall. Along with colleague Sam Bolt, Honey West was sure to solve the case. For those of us who remember the sexually liberated sixties, Honey West was the epitome of raw sexuality dressed up in evening clothes. Yet, at the same time, she had the same quality of femininity when wearing a skin tight jumpsuit ala Emma Peel of The Avengers. Anne Francis is one of those rare females who looks as if she could glide off the runway of a fashion show and slip into the working garb of a private investigator without a hair out of place or smudge of makeup.

Honey West had a lot going for it (how cool was it to have an ocelot for a pet), but the WTM curse struck again and the series lasted just the one season. Pity, for Honey was much more than just a pretty face. Perhaps a strong female character was just too much in the age of James Bond.

The few episodes there are all seem to be available on YouTube and I have embedded two below, the first being the first episode of the series. Most Neatoramanauts have probably never even heard of this series, so take a break and introduce yourself.

First episode of Honey West.

King of the Mountain.

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WTM is me, and the WTM curse is that it seems that most programs I liked as a child lasted only one or two seasons, usually just one as was the case for Honey West.
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