Tony and Shep Thomas

Created by Robert Carrington, Robert Specht and Everett Chambers

Hee-Haw's very own Hager twins played twin P.I.s, TONY and SHEP (SHEP!!!) THOMAS, who use their identical twin status to solve a case involving a psychic swindle, a spunky old dame and a murdered medium in 1976 TV pilot Twin Detectives. The pilot flopped, which is, perhaps, something for which we should all give thanks.

Suffice it to say it didn't fare very well with viewers.

By the way, silent movie icon Lillian Gish made her TV movie debut in this piece of crud. Shame, Lilly, shame!


  • "It was as good as it sounds."

-- Lee Goldberg, on Twin Detecives


    (1976, Charles Fries Entertainment)
    90 minute made-for-TV movie
    Premiere: May 1, 1976
    Based on a story by Robert Carrington, Robert Specht and Everett Chambers
    Teleplay by Robert Specht
    Produced by Everett Chambers
    Starring Jim Hager as TONY THOMAS
    and Jon Hager as SHEP THOMAS
    Also starring Lillian Gish, Patrick O'Neal, Michael Constantine, Otis Young, Barbara Rhoades, Lynda Day George, Randy Oakes, Billy Barty


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