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Ace Crawford, Private Eye

Ace Crawford, Private Eye is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 15 to April 12, 1983. The series parodied the “hard-boiled detective” genre.

Ace Crawford, Private Eye
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Created byRon Clark & Tim Conway
Directed byMichael Preece
Charles S. Dubin
StarringTim Conway
Joe Regalbuto
Theme music composerHughie Cannon
Peter Matz
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Conway Enterprises
Viacom Productions
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMarch 15 (1983-03-15) –
April 12, 1983 (1983-04-12)


Tim Conway stars as a trench-coated private detective who always solves the case and catches the bad guy, despite his constant bumbling. The show was broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Only five episodes were aired.

Cast and charactersEdit

In addition to Tim Conway as Ace Crawford, the cast included:

  • Joe Regalbuto as Toomey, a CPA and Crawford's assistant; he always saw Crawford as a hero, and thought that his bumbling was simply some kind of cunning strategy.
  • Billy Barty as Inch, owner and bartender of The Shanty, a wharfside bar where Crawford hangs out.
  • Shera Danese as Luana, a singer at The Shanty who lusted after Crawford.
  • Bill Henderson as Mello, a blind jazz musician at The Shanty.
  • Dick Christie as Detective Lieutenant Fanning, who was always mystified as to how Crawford solved every case.


In each half-hour episode, Crawford would be hired for, or otherwise find himself involved in, a case in which criminals were taking advantage of innocent citizens. He would then approach the case using Conway’s trademark comedy style; in one episode he was disguised as a feeble old man, in another he was using a children's toy microphone as a “wire,” et cetera. In spite of the slapstick results of his actions, Crawford would always emerge triumphant.

Every episode ended the same way: Crawford would leave The Shanty at night and walk along the wharf, vanishing into the fog... and then audibly fall into the water.

Each episode was on film (as opposed to videotape), and had a laugh track.

US TV RatingsEdit

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982–83 5 March 15, 1983 April 12, 1983 75[1] N/A N/A


TitleDirected by:Written by:Air date
1"Murder at Restful Hills"Michael PreeceRon FriedmanMarch 15, 1983 (1983-03-15)
Ace investigates the claim of Luana's grandmother that deaths at a nursing home weren't the result of natural causes.
2"Bull Bates"Charles S. DubinRon Clark,
Tim Conway
March 22, 1983 (1983-03-22)
Deedee, the girlfriend of gangster of Bull Bates, gives to Ace a book detailing everyone that Bates has rubbed out.
3"Inch in a Pinch"Michael PreeceArnie KogenMarch 29, 1983 (1983-03-29)
Ace sets a trap for a merciless mobster when his bartender friend Inch is beaten up by thugs.
4"The Microchip Caper"Michael PreeceRudy De LucaApril 5, 1983 (1983-04-05)
Ace finds himself in the middle of a multi-million dollar con when he is hired to test a computer company's plant security.
5"The Gentleman Bandit"Michael PreeceMickey RoseApril 12, 1983 (1983-04-12)
Ace goes undercover as a secretary to nab a thief who is preying on a magazine's female employees.


In 1989, a VHS videocassette was released, containing the first three episodes. This videocassette is currently out of print, and this show has not yet been released on DVD.


  1. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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