Case Number 23605: Small Claims Court


Warner Bros. // 1986 // 1038 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 1st, 2012

The Charge

Will they or won't they?

The Case

Who's watching our borders? Protecting our secrets? Keeping the predators at bay? These two people. Yep, we're screwed.

Who is Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson (Bruce Boxleitner)?
He's apparently one of the government's top agents, but as far as I can tell, the guy just gets beaten up or shot in the face with a fire extinguisher, while watching the perps -- typically a major threat to the homeland -- run away unfettered or jump out a window. But he does have fantastic hair.

Who is Amanda King (Kate Jackson)?
A single mom who lives with her mother, Amanda is Scarecrow's partnerâ even though she's terrified of firearms and weighs like 50 pounds. Amanda does have some high-end problem-solving skills, but these are offset by cartoonishly oversized shoulder pads.

The hook of the show is that these two are charged with taking down some of the toughest challenges facing United States security. And while there are some light moments, Scarecrow and Mrs. King is not a comedy, which -- with this plot conveyance -- is mind-boggling. I love the '80s!

Of course, the real question is: When are these two going to start making out? Well, fans, I won't get too spoilery, but rest assured, by the end of this third season you are going to see some significant traction in the more-than-friends relationship.

Until then, you'll have to stomach 22 episodes worth of ham-fisted international intrigue, an ever-present threat of Soviet spies breaching Mrs. King's kitchen, and a diabolical fast food industryâ which means our heroes must go into deep cover as burger-flippers. I can't wait for Season Four when Lee and Amanda infiltrate a discarded refrigerator.

A basic DVD release from Warner Home Video: standard definition full frame that is serviceable but looks dated, Dolby 2.0 stereo, and no extras.

Even when Scarecrow and Mrs. King isn't hopelessly antiquated, it's moronic. Still, I have a sweet spot for nostalgic incoherence.

The Verdict

Not Guilty!

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 75

Perp Profile
Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (SDH)
* French

Running Time: 1038 Minutes
Release Year: 1986
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

* IMDb