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Series / Honey West

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Honey West is an American crime drama that aired for one season of thirty episodes on ABC in 1965 and 1966. The show was spun off from the Burke's Law episode "Who Killed the Jackpot?" and based on a series of novels by Forest and Gloria Fickling. It stars Anne Francis as the owner of a high-tech private detective firm, where she works with her partner Sam Bolt (John Ericson).

Honey West contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Honey can effortlessly beat up almost any man.
  • And Starring: Starring Anne Francis, co-starring John Ericson.
  • Beef Bandage: In "The Abominable Snowman," Sam drapes a raw steak meant for Bruce over his black eye after getting in a fistfight.
  • Binocular Shot: Done in "A Matter of Wife and Death" when Sam watches Honey and the woman they're protecting from the van.
  • Blackmail: The villain of "The Swingin' Mrs. Jones" seduces rich men's wives and secretly films them so he and his accomplices can blackmail them.
  • Bookcase Passage:
    • A sliding panel in Honey's office leads to her apartment.
    • A syndicate in "Whatever Lola Wants..." has a sliding mirror leading to their secret lair.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: How a stolen art dealer in "The Owl and the Eye" pays for the Ming Owl.
  • Cement Shoes: Referenced by one of the villains of "Live a Little... Kill a Little": "In an hour I'll be dropping them into the sea from your boat, weighted down!"
  • Concealing Canvas: A thief in "The Owl and the Eye" hides the Ming Owl behind a portrait of his mother.
  • Cut-and-Paste Note: A character in "A Matter of Wife and Death" receives one that says "THERE'S NO PLACE TO GO I'M GOING TO GET YOU."
  • Dead Man Honking: In "Live a Little... Kill a Little," Honey finds a dying man slumped against his steering wheel. She pulls him back long enough to hear his Last Words. When she lets him go, he slumps back onto the steering wheel, setting off the horn.
  • Food Slap: In "Whatever Lola Wants..." Lola throws her drink in Sam's face so she can wrench free from him and escape.
  • Human Mail: The villains of "Whatever Lola Wants..." try to mail Honey to the syndicate in Caracas.
  • Iris Out: The opening sequence ends this way.
  • Makeup Weapon: Honey and Sam communicate with microphones hidden in a lipstick case and a pair of sunglasses.
  • Match Cut: The opening credits contain a dissolve from Bruce's face to Honey's.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Anne Francis in tight catsuits. Anne Francis in sexy evening gowns. Anne Francis in bikinis. Yep, this show delivers!
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Honey inherited her detective firm from her father.
  • No Endor Holocaust: "Whatever Lola Wants..." ends with the explosion of a mansion that had just been hosting a party. The only reaction this gets is a One-Liner from Honey, with no mention of whether the guests got out okay.
  • Phony Psychic: Faustini (Nehemiah Persoff) in "Like Visions and Omens and All That Jazz", who's out to fleece his rich client, an heiress.
  • Security Blanket: Bruce has one and attacks Sam for trying to take it away.
  • Shoe Phone: Honey and Sam communicate with microphones hidden in objects such as a lipstick case and a pair of sunglasses.
  • Soft Glass: In "The Owl and the Eye," Honey shatters a window with her shoe.
  • Spies In a Van: Honey and Sam drive around in a surveillance van with "H. W. Bolt, TV Repairing" written on the side.
  • The Teaser: Every episode opens with one.