I loved Dan Tanna when I was a kid .... still do and probably always will. Gorgeous Robert Urich (SWAT, Spencer for Hire) was not only one of the hottest guys on t.v. at the time, but this show was one of the most popular. I'm really not sure if there were more female viewers than male, any more than I can say for sure that Charlies Angels had more male viewers than female, but I'd venture a guess that the stats were pretty even along the gender lines. Guys wanted to be Dan Tanna, and girls .... well, we just wanted Dan Tanna - Ha! He was handsome, charming, compassionate, original, and of course a very good detective.
The series had everything a good detective show needed - i.e. a HOT detective, good story lines, a long list of familiar guest stars, a really cool theme song, great character rapport .... and most of all the excitement of the famous Las Vegas strip. For those old enough to remember what Vegas used to look like (before it became an adult Disneyland), seeing many of the classic hotels that no longer exist is an exciting venture. While I love "new" Vegas, I also have so many lovely memories of the "old" version. Oh, and while many of the hotels in this series are no longer standing, Dan Tanna's home still is. The building that was supposedly owned by his boss (Ross), played to a tee by the late great Tony Curtis, still stands behind Circus Circus ... although it's fenced off. I make it my business to look at it whenever I'm in Vegas. It makes me sad and happy all at once. While I'd like to think that Dan Tanna would be quietly retired by now, the unfortunate reality is that Robert Urich died way too young.
Some of the classic shows still hold up today. I believe that "Vegas" is one of those shows, probably because I'm enjoying it as much now as I did when it originally aired. In fact, as I was quite young back then, some of the episodes are not so familiar and it almost feels like watching the show for the first time. For anyone who has never seen the series, but might be looking for a good detective show from the past (sans the violence of most of today's shows), I'd highly recommend you give this series a chance. As far as season 3, volume 2, goes, I don't have any particular favorite episodes, but I can say that there is an interesting variety of situations presented. There was only one Archie Bunker, one George Jefferson, one Matt Dillon, one Six Million Dollar Man, one Columbo .... and so on and so forth. The actors who portrayed those characters did so in a way that it's impossible to imagine anyone else in those roles. The same goes for Dan Tanna, as far as I'm concerned. Robert Urich was and still is Dan Tanna ... the best detective Las Vegas has ever known. Oh, and also the best looking .... Ha!
I don't know why it took so long for this great detective series to finally make it to the world of DVDs, but I'm so happy to now have all 3 seasons. There was something very special about the detective shows that aired back in the 70s and 80's ... a certain charm that rarely exists these days. If you're young and have only known the much more graphic, violent and intense dramas / detective shows of recent times, you might find a show like Vegas to be dated or corny. If you're open to a good show from the past, then give it a try. I can't say enough good things about this series. Loved it then; love it now !!!! R.I.P Dear Sweet Robert! You will never be forgotten!