Tucker's Witch

Season 1
 (29)
7.41983TV-14
Tim Matheson and Catherine Hicks star as a married couple and private detective duo Rick and Amanda Tucker. Amanda's psychic abilities prove vital to cracking cases, yet also have a tendency to get the couple into trouble.
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Tim MathesonCatherine HicksAlfre Woodard
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English [CC]
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English
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  1. 1. Unaired Pilot
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    November 1, 2018
    49min
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    Rick and Amanda Tucker investigate a series of murders involving women in elevators after a woman comes to their office claiming that she knows who the killer is. In the process, they tangle with the deceptively friendly killer.
  2. 2. The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon
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    October 6, 1982
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    Rick and Amanda Tucker investigate a series of murders involving women in elevators, dubbed the "elevator murders," after a woman comes to their office claiming that she knows who the killer is. In the process, they tangle with the violent and deceptively friendly killer.
  3. 3. Big Mouth
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    October 13, 1982
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    A venomous snake is left in columnist Jewel Porter's bathroom, then the next day she is nearly killed by a falling light fixture during a taping of her show. Rick and Amanda must find the culprit before the next attempt on her life is a successful one.
  4. 4. The Corpse Who Knew Too Much
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    October 20, 1982
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    After an attempt on her husband's life by an armed milkman, Debbie Shears leads Rick and Amanda on an investigation that reveals Debbie's husband lives a dangerous double life. The Tucker's must track him down before his employers do.
  5. 5. The Curse of the Toltec Death Mask
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    November 1, 2018
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    A stolen artifact nicknamed the 'Toltec Death Mask' indirectly causes a series of murders. A wealthy buyer enters the picture, and the Tucker's are hired to track down the mask before the body count gets any higher.
  6. 6. Terminal Case
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    November 3, 1982
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    A political candidate will stop at nothing to be the next mayor, including blackmail and murder. With the aide of a young, tech-savvy high school student, Rick and Amanda try to stop him from stealing the election.
  7. 7. Abra-Cadaver
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    November 10, 1982
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    A dead symphony composer leads Amanda and Rick on a wild goose chase involving his corpse, a dangerous business smuggler, diamonds, and a French jewel thief. The Tucker's are on the clock to return the body to the funeral parlor before the highly attended wake.
  8. 8. Dye-Job
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    March 31, 1983
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    Justin St. Peter, a renowned local hairdresser, has a high priced contract on his head. Amanda and Rick split up to get an angle on the killer before the killer gets close to Justin.
  9. 9. Psych-Out
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    April 7, 1983
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    A high-end hotel has its safety deposit boxes broken into, with an uncanny sense for the most valuable ones. Soon after arriving on the scene, Amanda senses something powerful in the thief they are tracking.
  10. 10. Rock is a Hard Place
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    April 14, 1983
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    A popular female musician is gunned down in the studio by a failed songwriter looking to advance his career. The Tuckers are brought in by an ex-boyfriend's father to track down the killer.
  11. 11. Formula for Revenge
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    April 28, 1983
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    Maurice Gerard's nose for perfume has made him a rich man, as well as a target for a jealous pair of employees looking to steal the new formula for themselves. Sensing his life may be in jeopardy Maurice hires the Tuckers before his murder even takes place.
  12. 12. Living and Presumed Dead
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    May 5, 1983
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    A successful shipping business executive hires Rick and Amanda to find his daughter, who has been missing for over twenty years. Things soon become complicated when it appears not only her, but others are now in danger as the investigation goes on.
  13. 13. Murder Is the Key
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    June 9, 1983
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    Ted Lomax and his wife go for a boat ride one morning and soon after she turns up dead. Ted hires Amanda and Rick suspecting her secret lover as the killer, but they have their own theory.

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Directors
Fill Director Man
Supporting actors
Barbara BarieBill Morey
Season year
1983
Network
Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
Content advisory
Foul languagesexual contentviolence
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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MalayReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful tv series!!!
I loved this show as a teenager because it’s sweet, sexy in the innocent and fun sense and about a loveable married couple who are detectives. I would say this is like Heart to Heart meets Bewitched meets Just Add Magic friendship except it’s a husband and wife team with their psychic cat. It’s cute and fun. I was really disappointed when they gave this show only 1 season bc I knew it could have garnered better ratings if it hadn’t gone up against other shows like Dynasty and there was another show I can’t remember. But during that time ppl were leaving off from watching the fun innocent kid like detective shows to pretty much themes that are more sordid and realistic.
Also the wife isn’t really a witch her and her family is just called that bc they are psychic which is generational and they also have somewhat a type of telekinesis. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. They also can dream about future or get a quick flash of an image that they’ll encounter in the future and sometimes they’re psychic ability is just completely off like Daphne’s funny moments from Frasier.
Also, the husband is not psychic but if this show is ever redone I think they should have the wife to be psychic and when she reaches 50 then he has the abilities.All kind of different rewrite potentials I can see.
This I’d say is PG-13 and it’s like a detective romance comedy vibe. During this day and age I think it would be called a dramedy.
16 people found this helpful
VintageGalReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not that great with out Kim Cattrall and Art Hindle in the roles of the Tucker's
Kim and Art were so much better in the unaired pilot. She looked the part of a woman who had an ethereal air about her from the mole next to her mouth down to the Boho clothing she wore. She had more of a maturity and naturalness to her. Catherine Hicks did not fit the role, from her 1980's shirt dresses, shag haircut and last, but not least, that awful overdone 1980's make up. She looked like a Valley Girl high school student. Art Hindle was better because, again, the actor had more of a maturity to him and he exuded experience. Tim Matheson looked like college ivy league Joe. Too young and not the experience. I've always like Barbara Barrie, but in her role as Amanda's ditzy mother, I couldn't take it. The best were Alfre Woodard in an earlier role and the cat, Dickens. So, one star each for them in the series. Four stars each for the unaired pilot for Kim C and Art H. Should have stayed with them, but maybe the producer's wanted a "younger vibe". Big mistake.
8 people found this helpful
Moria VulcanusReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Really bad timing
This is long but I have to get it out because no one’s seen this show to talk about it. I never saw this show as a kid so I can only judge it now as an adult. I feel like it starts with potential then gets really bad by the end. I never would have watched a second season. 1982 seemed like exactly the wrong year to have made this. It could have been really fun 10 years earlier, sort of like McMillan & Wife, which I love and have seen many times. It could even be updated and remade now. However, what little I remember of the time though, pretty much the whole world was sick of the Laurel Canyon scene and I’m sure was turned off from the premise.

The show seems to have been originally titled The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon. And it seems the the producers planned a show based on this very bohemian couple and the mother in law who lived there. Maybe they really did unintentionally capture the authentic spirit though because, in the first handful of shows, you really like these people and their world. But by the end, they’re not very likeable and you don’t want to be there anymore. Also, I’ve been a lifelong Tim Matheson fan but his character, especially, gets kind of creepy and sleazy once you notice it. He openly flirts with other women or checks them out even over his wife’s constant anger and jealousy. Plus he’s always very touchy with every woman, sometimes even getting cringey cuddley with his mother in law. Once he even does it with a high school girl - even though the actress is mid 20s (and plays Bart Simpson!)

It is partly fun though to see all the people who went on to more success, like Ted Danson just before Cheers. Or even people like Miss Patty from Gilmore Girls for a hot second as a belly dance instructor. Also from the time of the first pilot was made in 1981 to the end in early 83, you can really see the tail end of the 70s become extremely 80s, which is pretty much exactly as I remember 1982.

This is probably the biggest problem with the show. It starts still trying to be 70s, which is fun to see now. And they make an effort to show (what little I know now of) Laurel Canyon. The typical house with a goat and garden. Barbara Barrie’s character especially was more developed and boho. She grew herbs to sell. Her daughter even points out some customers might smoke them. They seemed like they were giving her a special touch with animals. Then all that goes away. Her character becomes smaller and becomes a generic ditsy mother. The house changes design to very ugly and generic. The show itself tries to be more general LA and metropolitan. It’s like they were trying to be closer to Remington Steele, which came out the same month and was tons more successful. It really just gets generically bad.

There is one episode towards the end that they set in a Laurel Canyon-like music scene. Somehow it’s the highest rated but I found it to be about the worst because it’s so cheesy and cringe inducing. The low point is Amanda going undercover as a singer. You do have to see her audition because of the cheese factor and it’s so over the top. I guess she decided her undercover persona is a major cokehead. The director had to have been on coke for sure to make the choices he did. She’s twitching and manic then has to sing a terrible song, shot like a music video. It happens simultaneously as Rick is looking for a killer. She tunelessly sings the word “dangerous” about 50 times while we see Rick, shot at Dutch angles, walking through dark wet alleys. I could imagine Catherine Hicks’ family teasing her with the clip when she’s old!

Also the gimmick of Amanda being “a witch” does not work. There’s no occult involved. Amanda is a mediocre psychic with telekinesis like a less powerful Samantha on Bewitched. It’s always a problem when shows give a character lots of power that they can never really use to solve the crime because then there is no plot. She’ll say stuff like “I have a bad feeling” or “I see a triangle shape”. But she literally comes face to face with the killer in every episode yet never knows they are the bad guy. Also she always seems to forget her powers when there is real danger. Like she can snap her fingers and control their fireplace, but when she’s trapped in a room set in fire, she doesn’t even make an attempt to put it out. Or she can make a forklift go crazy and fry a car’s fuses, but when their car’s brakes are cut, again, no powers. Stuff like this happens at least once an episode.

It is also interesting to see the first pilot with Kim Cattral and a different guy playing Rick, mainly because you can see what a difference casting and few script changes can make. I usually like Kim Cattral but she was so wrong for this part! I guess it really is true that an actor can be good but just miscast.
5 people found this helpful
Maple SugarReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Loved the pilot, hate the remake
Never been a fan of Catherine Hicks, except for the Star Trek movie with the whales... I hated her in this series. Too old, too fake blond and too shrill. Kim Cattrall was more natural in her looks and her acting was more believable. Even the house in the original pilot looked like a witches housed. The House in the remake didn't fit the series. I even preferred Art Hindle to Otter from Animal House. Ted Danson must have filmed this pilot right before he got cast in Cheers. Good thing.

I loved the pilot but hated the remake. Whoever had the brilliant idea to recast the series was blind.

The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon is a better title than Tucker's Witch. It's not sexist either.

Dickens was my favorite. And the original pilot was way better than the remake.
4 people found this helpful
Movie Lover 113Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Throwback to the 80's and in HD Widescreen!!!
This is amazing. I am not sure i have EVER seen a show from the 80's restored in HD widescreen of this quality. I love it, must watch if you like supernatural shows, and 80's shows!
11 people found this helpful
NiñaReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Why the switch from Kim C.?
I watched the unaired pilot and thought I stumbled upon a new gem! The lead actors had a great chemistry between the two of them. The interactions between two seemed natural and not forced. Then, I go to the 2nd episode which is remake of initial pilot but recast. I couldn't watch beyond elevator killing. It seemed so forced. It was, as if they were reading and acting out how they thought those actions would go...very stilted. Hit alarm and miss...pretend to think and write in notebook...pretend to be attracted to one another. Who's brilliant idea was it to recast? Obviously, everyone agreed, as this never made it past one season. I would have given it 1 star, but gave it 2 for the unaired pilot.
gene lukeReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this show amazing quality
The quality is fantastic. Truly amazing. Even the unaired pilot has great picture quality and sound. I just purchased the Brady Bunch 50th Anniversary pack and the picture quality is nowhere near this. I would love to purchase a show on DVD. Always been a fan of the show watch it. Kim Cattrall is in the unaired pilot episode and CBS opted not to have her star in the series. So she was recast by Catherine Hicks
3 people found this helpful
Linda DavisReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the 1980s Sweet Who-Done-IT
I never saw this TV series in the 1980s but similar to "Hart to Hart" and "Charlie's Angels." It featured a couple, a mother-in -law, and a beautiful cat. No real violence or raw sex scenes. I enjoyed this one. The only thing that was strange was episode one and two were the same thing.
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