A witty, beguiling, colorful,
pulse-pounding hoot of a weekly series set in the ‘50s.
... The greatest of fun... From straw hat to natty
black-and-white wingtips, Archie is the swaggering,
milk-drinking, street-savvy legman of this unequal union, Wolfe
the cultured closer who rakes in big fees while rarely
venturing outdoors on business. The "oversized
genius," as Archie irreverently titles him, is 275 pounds
of authoritarian harrumph packed into a custom-made three-piece
suit. A derrick couldn't budge him from that ornately furnished
brownstone, where he is an antique among antiques, hovering
over his personal chef while cultivating his gourmandize
("I must see about those cutlets") as assiduously as
he does his beloved orchids in a glassed-in plant room. ...
Archie is the only man on TV who wears a snap-brim hat like he
HOWARD ROSENBERG | LOS ANGELES
Timothy Hutton is just brilliant as Archie
Goodwin, managing to express the gumshoe's toughness (which I
had been rather skeptical of his ability to do) as effectively
as he shows his moral strength and emotional complexity. ...
Maury Chaykin is just perfect as Wolfe, gliding effortlessly
from thoughtful contemplation to manipulative cajoling to
momentary perplexity to blustering contempt for his
adversaries' stupidity. Chaykin quite simply is Nero Wolfe... The
A&E TV series is bringing out the complexities of this
relationship as effectively as the books did. ... What a
stunner it is to find them translated so effectively to
S.T. KARNICK | NATIONAL REVIEW
Hutton has such a romping good time in his
zippy suits, his snap-brim fedoras, and his spectator shoes, we
suddenly realize that Archie, the comic relief of the novels,
has also always been their moral compass, their Huck Finn.
JOHN LEONARD | NEW YORK
MAGAZINE | MORE
The production quality here is top shelf,
and every element, from the cars
and wardrobe to jazzy soundtrack and locations, is dead on. The scripts have been carefully and faithfully
adapted to retain the all-important atmosphere of Rex Stout's
original works. Nero Wolfe is so good, it's criminal.
MICHAEL ROGERS | LIBRARY
JOURNAL | MORE
Criminally overlooked during its original
run on cable, perhaps Nero Wolfe will have a chance to expand its fanbase
with its release on DVD. Expertly crafted, masterfully acted,
and unlike much of anything else on television.
ADAM TYNER | DVD TALK |
Exceptional craftsmanship... There is a
brief list of things the series creators got wrong, balanced by
one-seventh of a ton's worth of things they got right. Nero Wolfe is a
rare television series that will enthrall almost any audience.
ROB LINEBERGER | DVD VERDICT
Hutton has found a series of which he can
be proud. Most actors would kill to be a part of such a witty
and classy production.
LAURA URBANI | PITTSBURGH
TRIBUNE-REVIEW | MORE
A sleuth who has flair (and maybe a
JULIE SALAMON | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fast-paced and stylish, there's no mystery
why it's so much fun to watch. The music swings like a night at
the Stork Club.
AMARILLO GLOBE-NEWS | FRAZIER MOORE | ASSOC.
PRESS | MORE
Like so many characters in noir-ish films
of the '40s and '50s, Wolfe and Goodwin are ebulliently over
the top: loud, proud and full of themselves. It's a bit much
for anyone expecting the less theatrical performances of today.
And yet it fits remarkably well with today's style of reality
programming. Wolfe, after all, is ruder than anyone on
JOHN LEVESQUE | SEATTLE
POST-INTELLIGENCER | MORE
Wolfe takes us back to a time (or maybe
just transports us to a new one) where television could be
good. The bad guys lose, the good guys win, and the suits are
sharper than a razor. Nero Wolfe is good television.
CAREY HENDERSON | SPEAKEASY
Timothy Hutton is so good as Archie, a
combination of Huck Finn, Sancho Panza, John Garfield and
Dennis Day, that he must have been genetically engineered to
play the part.
JOHN LEONARD | CBS SUNDAY
MORNING | MORE
Timothy Hutton, Maury Chaykin and a
stellar ensemble deliver one juicy moment after another. ...
Chaykin is wonderfully petulant as Wolfe, and Hutton shows a
surprising comedic charm that reveals an as-yet undiscovered
STEVE OXMAN | VARIETY |
Good as the leads are -- and even the most
ardent Rex Stout fans could hardly ask for better realizations
-- it is the Wolfe regular "irregulars" who really
put the shine on these shows. ...
WES PHILLIPS | HOME THEATER AND
SOUND | MORE
Nero Wolfe, with
Maury Chaykin as the great detective and Timothy Hutton as his
smart-mouth sidekick Archie, re-created Rex Stout's world of
fine food, imported beer, rare orchids, strong opinions, and
vile acts almost perfectly in one of the year's best series.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE | TOP 10 TV
SHOWS OF 2001
The art direction in this series is
absolutely wonderful ...The style of the drama’s
narrative is superb.
ADAM M ANKLEWICZ | BEING THERE
MAGAZINE | MORE
The soundtrack of the series gets an A+:
It’s full of hot ’30s and ’40s club jazz. So
do the writers, especially for capturing the exquisite
subtleties of the complex relationship between Wolfe and
Goodwin, most often expressed in the conversational games
they’re so fond of -- and so good at.
DON DALE | STYLE WEEKLY |
Chaykin and Hutton are as good in tandem
as they are separately, for they understand that the Wolfe
books are less mystery stories than domestic comedies, the
continuing saga of two iron-willed co-dependents engaged in an
endless game of one-upmanship. ... At least half the fun of the
Wolfe books comes from the way in which Stout plays this
struggle for laughs, and Chaykin and Hutton make the most of
it, sniping at each other with naughty glee.
TERRY TEACHOUT | NATIONAL
REVIEW | MORE
Maury Chaykin is perfect as Wolfe, and
Timothy Hutton is the ideal Archie. ... What wonderful, campy
scripts! Every detail is perfect, right down to Archie's
two-tone, wingtip shoes and Wolfe's yellow shirts.
GENE AMOLE | ROCKY MOUNTAIN
NEWS | MORE
A lot like reading a good mystery you
can't put down.
CAROLYN PATRICIA SCOTT | LOS
ANGELES TIMES | MORE
Once upon a time there was an
extraordinary group of people who made extraordinary television
for the A&E network.
DJ JOHNSON | COSMIK DEBRIS
MAGAZINE | MORE
The smart adaptation by Sharon
Elizabeth-Doyle, combined with the classy, jazzy background
music of Michael Small and the convincing '50s look and feel,
makes this movie faithful to Stout's colorful characters but
unequivocally fun for a contemporary audience.
BARRY GARRON | HOLLYWOOD
REPORTER | MORE
MICHAEL R. FARKASH | HOLLYWOOD
REPORTER | MORE
Nero Wolfe is
a genuine treasure ... almost literally, perfect.
SHELDON E. WIEBE | ECLIPSE
Network television has rarely seen such a
combination of eye candy and brain food... On all counts, Nero Wolfe is a
CLARKE BUSTARD | RICHMOND
TIMES-DISPATCH | MORE
A superb television series ...They are the
living embodiments of their characters.
CHRIS CHAN | THE LAWRENTIAN
Take one part Crime
Story, one part Sherlock Holmes, and a lot
of smart quick witted and sarcastic humor and you have
A&E's gone-before-its-time television adaptation of Nero Wolfe. I can't
recommend this series enough.
STEPHEN LACKEY | CINEGEEK
If you have read any of the 70 or so books
that Stout wrote between the mid- 30s and 1975, when he died
-- and if you treasured each and every one, as most
Stout/Wolfe fans do -- here’s your chance to see
your favorites come alive ...With any luck, younger viewers won
over by the series will discover the enjoyable books it’s
Series has incomparable ensemble cast
THE SUN HERALD [MISSISSIPPI] |
JEAN PRESCOTT | MORE
Nero Wolfe joins
A&E cast of characters: TV series promises to be full of
colour, wit and charm
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN | LUAINE LEE
| KNIGHT RIDDER | MORE
A&E To Produce Its Second Weekly
Hour-Long Drama Series, Nero Wolfe
BUSINESS WIRE | JUNE 21, 2000
| PRESS RELEASE
For all the thought and research that
Chaykin has put into his portrayal of the brilliant and
maddening Nero Wolfe, the actor feels that he has "just
scratched the surface" of his enigmatic character.
THE NEW YORK TIMES | MARILYN
STASIO | MORE
Smart, witty, and eminently watchable...
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE [NEW ORLEANS] |
DAVID CUTHBERT | MORE
A&E Will Adapt Nero Wolfe Mystery
Classic, The Golden Spiders
BUSINESS WIRE | JULY 6, 1999
| PRESS RELEASE
To save you the trouble of looking it up, a doxy is a sweetheart or mistress. That some brilliant marketing executive hasn't changed the title of this Nero Wolfe movie to get rid of the archaic word is more evidence -- if any were needed -- that this series of original movies intends to stay true to its roots and its heritage.
HOLLYWOODE REPORTER |
BARRY GARRON | MORE
The scripting by writer-director (and executive producer) Michael Jaffe is pretty darned entertaining, with plenty of tough talk and feuding between the great detective and the police. The delicate tonal balance between comedy and moments of drama is well maintained.
HOLLYWOODE REPORTER |
MICHAEL R. FARKASH | MORE