Finally on DVD!
Matt Houston arrived on ABC in September of 1982, and lasted for 69 episodes, ending it's run in March of 1985. Actor Lee Horsley, best known (at the time) for his portrayal of the comic book hero "Talon", in 1982's "The Sword and the Sorcerer", was an outstanding choice to play Matt Houston. Pamela Hensley, formerly "Princess Ardala" on TV's "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", was also a great choice for C.J. Parsons, Houston's associate.
Matt Houston was created and produced by Lawrence Gordon. If that name sounds familiar, that's because his name has been associated with such projects as Alien vs. Predator, 48 Hrs, The Warriors, Predator, Field of Dreams, Die Hard, Boogie Nights, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Hellboy, and Dillinger (1973), just to name a few.
The first season of Matt Houston showcased a nice selection of guest stars, including; Jill St. John, Heather Locklear, Cristina Ferrare, Britt Ekland, Janet Leigh, Sid Caesar, Tina Louise, david cassidy, George Takei, Sonny Bono, Barbi Benton, Dick Sargent, Alan Hale Jr., Stella Stevens, Chuck Connors, Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, Tori Spelling, Richard Anderson, Markie Post, and Martin Landau!!! Not too shabby, huh?
The Matt Houston theme song was created by composer Dominic Frontiere (Perhaps best known for composing the theme for "The Outer Limits" - 1964).
Basically, Matt Houston was a typical 80's private detective series, centered around a millionaire playboy (Horsley/Houston) who decides that he likes detective work! Please note that my description of the series as being "typical 80's" is meant as a compliment. Fans of Magnum P.I., Simon and Simon, Remington Steele, and other such 80's classics may find equal amounts of fun within this series.
Matt Houston may not have garnered the same success as some of the aforementioned "comparable" TV shows, but three seasons is certainly nothing to dismiss lightly. Lots of great 80's nostalgia, and certainly a series worthy of a DVD release!