Amanda and Rick Tucker

Created by William Bast and Paul Huson

No, really.

Tucker's Witch was a private eye drama from the eighties that ran on CBS. It starred Catherine Hicks and Tim Matheson as AMANDA & RICK TUCKER, a married couple who ran a Laurel Canyon detective agency. The hook was that Amanda was a witch, although her powers weren't always all they could be.

And the hilarity ensued.

At least for a while. The show was canned after only twelve episodes. Despite a cute cat named Dickens. Amanda was apparently no Samantha, and Rick no Darren.

And no, I don't know if the gorilla got away or not.

TRIVIA

  • "Long before Sex and the City, Kim Cattrall was the victim of one of the most childish episodes in TV history. In the spring of 1982, she was cast to star in a CBS fall series called The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon. That summer Porky's featured Cattrall's racy scene in the gym. Nowadays, a network would do contortions to get a star like that on the air. Back then, the CBS brass ordered the series reshot with a new female lead, which turned out to be Catherine Hicks. It also was retitled Tucker's Witch. The show quickly cratered."

-- from a September 21, 2003 article in The South Florida Sun-Sentinel by Tom Jicha

TELEVISION

  • TUCKER'S WITCH
    (1982-83, CBS)
    12 60-minute episodes
    Created by William Bast and Paul Huson
    Writers: William Bast, Paul Huson, Lee Sheldon
    Directors: Harry Winer, Corey Allen, Rod Daniel, Victor Lobi, Randa Haines
    Starring Catherine Hicks as AMANDA TUCKER
    and Tim Matheson as RICK TUCKER
    Also starring Bill Morey, Alfre Woodard, Barbara Barrie
    Guest stars: Ted Danson, Barry Corbin, Simon Oakland, Ted Danson, Joe Penny, Noble Willingham
  • "The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon" (October 6, 1982)
  • "Big Mouth" (October 13, 1982)
  • "The Corpse Who Knew Too Much" (October 20, 1982)
  • "Curse of the Toltec Death Mask" (October 27, 1982)
  • "Terminal Case" (November 3, 1982)
  • "Abra Cadaver" (November 10, 1982)
  • "Dye Job" (March 31, 1983)
  • "Psych-Out" (April 7, 1983)
  • "Rock Is a Hard Place" (April 14, 1983)
  • "Formula for Revenge" (April 28, 1983)
  • "Living and Presumed Dead" (May 5, 1983)
  • "Murder Is the Key" (July 9, 1983)

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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