Oh Silk Stalkings. For those who don’t remember the 90’s USA Network show, it centered on two Palm Beach detectives and best friends (Mitzi Kaptue and Rob Estes) who affectionately referred to each other as Sam as they attempted to solve the steamier homicide cases every week.
For a low-budget procedural (and despite it’s odd style) the show had quite a bit going for it. It was the female partner who was given the narration in each episode, it was one of the few shows based on a truly loving but platonic relationship (at least until season five), included supporting characters on both the right (Ben Vereen, Charlie Brill) and wrong side of the law (Dennis Paladino, John Byner), constantly used the metaphor of golf for sex, and included as much late-night cable sexuality as the network could squeeze into each episode.
The first four seasons are worthwhile (before the show jumped the shark on Rita and Sam’s relationship and then replaced them with other actors), the first three of which are now available on Hulu. I’ll admit it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it still makes for some fun late night viewing.