Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous, depending upon the point of view. This show is also notable for perhaps the only known portrayal of a house with a “drive-in” living room.

vegascompleteseriesdvdStudio: Paramount
Year: 2017
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Run time: 541 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 18 DVD
Region: A

Robert Urich was perfectly cast as private detective and Vietnam vet Dan Tanna, replete with a showgirl secretary, Beatrice and bumbling guy Friday, Binzer. Tony Curtis was really only present during the first season as casino owner Philip Roth, whose retainer to watch over his various Vegas hotel holdings basically allowed Dan to do a lot of pro-bono detective work. After appearing in the pilot, Greg Morris didn’t join the regular cast as Lt. Dave Nelson until season 2 and then stayed through the series’ end effectively replacing Tony Curtis’ Roth as the authority figure in Dan’s world. And no one could forget Tanna’s amazing drive-in pad.

Antonio Fargas was a guest star on ‘Vega$’ but never had a recurring role in the show. Bart Braverman played Dan Tanna’s sidekick Binzer for the run of the show. Greg Morris played the proverbial police force contact for Tanna rather than his boss. Morris left the show after the second season and Naomi Steven’s role was expanded to fulfill Tanna’s need for somebody who could get the bad guy’s records and deliver backup at just the right time. Tony Curtis, as Philip Roth, was as close as Dan Tanna had to a boss. Since Tanna lived on the premises of Roth’s hotel, he had first dibs on his services but Dan was very much his own man.

Poster Raysond also suggests that Robert Urich subsequently reprises the Dan Tanna role in the Spenser for Hire television series. Vega$ was actually a reprise of the Dan Tanna character which had first appeared in Charlie’s Angels. However, the only commonality between Vega$ and Spenser for Hire was Urich’s tough guy personality. Both shows had their own very unique styles, having to do as much with the values and lifestyle of the lead character as with their vastly different locales. Vega$ was the product of David Mann who would go on to greater fame as the creator of Miami Vice, another show that was known as much for its back drops as its actors and scripts.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Final Thoughts

Urich was a good actor who could be depended upon to deliver a credible performance in whatever role he took on. He will never be mentioned in the same breath with a Jack Nicholson or Clint Eastwood but his presence on the small screen has certainly been missed..
Overall Rating: 9/10