Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Favorite Fictional Character --- Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Once again I'm cheating a little bit and picking two characters at the same time. There is no way you can separate the two though. Scarecrow and Mrs. King are a team and teams stick together even in blog posts.
Now for those of you who don't know who they are and I'm assuming most of you don't, Scarecrow and Mrs. King were the funnest espionage agents in the late 1980s.
Scarecrow and Mrs. King was the name of a TV show that was on from 1983 to 1987 and I devoured every single episode of it. Back then I watched it for the action. Later on in life, when I caught it in reruns, I watched it because of the two main characters. Their chemistry together was a sight to behold.
Scarecrow was the code name for Lee Stetson, played by the very boyish but suave Bruce Boxleitner. In the pilot episode he is trying to escape a passenger train with a package and ends up handing it off to Amanda King, played by the beautiful Kate Jackson. Amanda is a simple divorced housewife and mother of two children who happened to be in the "right" place at the right time. He convinces her to take the package and deliver it to an "add" agency. When she arrives there she is quickly brought into a world of cold war espionage that mainly centered around Soviet agents.
At first Amanda is simply a civilian helper who from time to time assists Lee in assignments, but as she gets more involved she becomes a full fledged agent and Lee's equal.
Now the chemistry between the two is apparent to everyone but maybe themselves but by the end up the show they are happily married but nobody knows about it. Not the agency and not her family, they are introduced to him as Amanda's boyfriend. The love and affection they felt for each other never got in the way of the mission and in my opinion helped them out of some tight spots.
I loved this show and miss it dearly. It had everything a good TV show in the 80s needed. Action, danger, humour, and above all else two characters that could draw you into their lives and make you care about them. I wish there were more shows like this on today.