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Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.

Crazy Like a Fox
Crazy Like a Fox (TV series).jpg
GenreCrime drama/Comedy
Created byJohn Baskin Roger Shulman
Theme music composerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes35
Executive producer(s)John Baskin
  • Hugh Benson
  • Frank Cardea
  • Philip Saltzman
  • George Schenck
  • Roger Schulman
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)Cardea-Schenck-Baskin-Schulman Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorLBS Communications
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseDecember 30, 1984 –
May 3, 1986
Followed byStill Crazy Like A Fox


The series starred Jack Warden as Harry Fox, a free-spirited private detective who lived by his wits, and John Rubinstein as his high-strung attorney son, Harrison, who unwillingly, and frequently, found himself dragged into his father's cases.

The show's opening would always feature Harry and Harrison talking on the phone in their offices like this:

  • Harrison: Hello?
  • Harry: Harrison, I need your help.
  • Harrison: Dad, you keep forgetting. I'm a lawyer. You're the detective!
  • Harry: Aw, come on son. All I need is a ride. What could possibly happen?

Originally airing Sundays at 9 PM (EST), the show was a hit in its first season, even cracking the Nielsen Top 10 with an average household share of 19.9, and initially continued to pull solid numbers during its second season. However, midway through that season, CBS brought back its Sunday Night Movie, which displaced the show (along with Trapper John, M.D., which followed Crazy Like a Fox up to that point) and resulted in it being bounced around to various time slots, which caused ratings to drop significantly and led to its cancellation at the end of the season.

Reruns were later shown in syndication, as well as on the CBN Cable Network, and a reunion TV movie titled Still Crazy Like a Fox aired on CBS in 1987.

For his performance, Warden received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.[1][2]

Broadcast historyEdit

Season Time slot (ET)
1984–85 Sunday at 9:00 pm
1985–86 Sunday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1-11)
Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 12-18)
Saturday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 19-22)


Episode listEdit

Season 1 (1984–85)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Gary NelsonRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaDecember 30, 1984 (1984-12-30)
22"Turn of the Century Fox"Paul KrasnyTom ChehakJanuary 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)
33"Premium for Murder"Paul KrasnyStephen Lord and Tim MaschlerJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)
44"Till Death Do Us Part"Stuart MargolinTim MaschlerJanuary 20, 1985 (1985-01-20)
55"Motor Homicide"William AsherRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaFebruary 3, 1985 (1985-02-03)
66"Wanted Dead and Alive"Paul KrasnyFrank Cardea, George Schenck, John Baskin and Roger ShulmanFebruary 17, 1985 (1985-02-17)
77"Bum Tip"Stuart MargolinGeorge Lee MarshallFebruary 24, 1985 (1985-02-24)
88"Fox Hunt"Bob SweeneyTom ChehakMarch 3, 1985 (1985-03-03)
99"The Geronimo Machine"Stuart MargolinRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaMarch 10, 1985 (1985-03-10)
1010"Fox in Wonderland"Paul KrasnyRoger Shulman, John Baskin, George Schenck and Frank CardeaMarch 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
1111"Fox and Hounds"Charles BravermanRuel Fischmann and Tom ChehakMarch 24, 1985 (1985-03-24)
1212"Suitable for Framing"Paul KrasnyTim MaschlerMarch 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)
1313"The Man Who Cried Fox"Vincent McEveetyTom ChehakApril 7, 1985 (1985-04-07)

Season 2 (1985–86)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Eye in the Sky"Paul KrasnyPaul Robert CoyleOctober 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
152"Sunday in the Park with Harry"Paul KrasnyHarvey Weitzman and Sid DorfmanOctober 13, 1985 (1985-10-13)
163"Requiem for a Fox"Vincent McEveetyTom ChehakOctober 20, 1985 (1985-10-20)
174"Murder Is a Two Stroke Penalty"Don WeisGeorge Schenck, Frank Cardea, Roger Shulman and John BaskinOctober 27, 1985 (1985-10-27)
185"Fox in 3/4 Time"Charles BravermanJulie FriedgenNovember 3, 1985 (1985-11-03)
196"Desert Fox"Vincent McEveetyTim MaschlerNovember 10, 1985 (1985-11-10)
207"Some Day My Prints Will Come"Carl Kugel and Paul KrasnyHarvey Weitzman and Sid DorfmanDecember 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)
218"If the Shoe Fits"Marc DanielsMichael Scheff and Mary Ann KasicaDecember 15, 1985 (1985-12-15)
229"Is There a Fox in the House?"Paul KrasnyElroy SchwartzDecember 22, 1985 (1985-12-22)
2310"Year of the Fox"Michael LangeJack V. FogartyDecember 29, 1985 (1985-12-29)
2411"Fox and the Wolf"Paul StanleyAubrey Solomon and Steve GreenbergJanuary 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
2512"Hearing Is Believing"Paul KrasnyJulie FriedgenJanuary 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)
2613"Hyde-and-Seek"Paul KrasnyPaul Robert CoyleJanuary 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)
2714"The Road to Tobago"Paul KrasnyTim MaschlerJanuary 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)
2815"You Can't Keep a Good Corpse Down"Marc DanielsRichard RaskindFebruary 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)
2916"The Fox Who Saw Too Much"Paul KrasnyRobin BernheimFebruary 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)
3017"Just Another Fox in the Crowd"Mike VejarGerald SanoffFebruary 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)
3118"Fox on the Range"Michael CaffeyTim MaschlerMarch 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)
3219"The Duke Is Dead"Reza BadiyiRoger Shulman, John Baskin and Paul Robert CoyleApril 5, 1986 (1986-04-05)
3320"Rosie"Marc DanielsMary Ann Kasica and Michael ScheffApril 12, 1986 (1986-04-12)
3421"Dead on Arrival"Michael LangePaul Robert CoyleApril 19, 1986 (1986-04-19)
3522"A Fox at the Races"Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.Robin BernheimMay 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)

TV reunion filmEdit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Still Crazy Like a Fox"Paul KrasnyFrank Cardea and George SchenckApril 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)


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