Last night I watched a Mike Hammer movie based on the TV series. I had forgotten what a gem of a show that was. Contrary to being made in the 80's, it really captured the feel of the books and the spirit of the 1950's. This was before Guilianni cleaned up the Big Apple and the show also captures the grime that was the NYC before the invasion of all things Disney.
There are alot of things I miss about this program that you do not get in today's TV. What we most lack is the colorful characters in the crime dramas of yester year. And there seems to be an absense of adults. These shows were written by adults about adult topics.
Even though the show is tame by today's standards, there was an element of sleaze to it that was implied without having to get too gratuitous.
I love this show. There are no important insights to glean from it. Just a tongue in cheek honest portrayal of the work of a great writer.