Investigating Couples: A Critical Analysis of The Thin Man, The Avengers and The X-Files

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McFarland, Oct 24, 2001 - Performing Arts - 247 pages
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Male-female detective pairings often exhibit offbeat, dark humor and considerable chemistry as they investigate crimes. They have proven to be both entertaining and alluring on screen and television. This work reveals an evolutionary progression in the depictions of three detective duos: the married pair Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man, black-humored special agents John Steed and Emma Peel of The Avengers, and finally the smoldering Mulder and Scully in The X-Files. Ten chapters offer critical analysis, rich with background information and insider observations. Production comments are given throughout. Three appendices (one for each series) offer episode guides with original broadcast dates, credits and brief synopses.
 

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Contents

The Tough Guy
15
The Romantic
21
Ballad of a Thin Man
30
A Humorous Hitch
54
When a Man Became a Woman
63
MAppeal
80
Trust No One
98
The Truth Is Out There
111
A Man and a Woman
125
The Thin Man A Guide
149
The Avengers A Guide
157
The XFiles A Guide
190
Chapter Notes
221
Bibliography
231
Index
237
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Tom Soter is the editorial director of Habitat magazine and an improvisational comedy teacher in New York City. He has written for many magazines and has also written another work on James Bond and other special agents.

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