Created by Lawrence Gordon and running for three seasons (67 episodes) between 1982 to 1985, Matt Houston starred Lee Horsley as Houston, a rich Texas oilman who worked as a private investigator in Los Angeles. Houston was accompanied on his adventures by by his lawyer C.J. (Pamela Hensley) and his business manager Murray Chase (George Wyner). In the third and final season Matt’s uncle Roy Houston (Buddy Ebsen) joins in on their adventures.
Through the series guest stars included Dick Durock, Ray Walston, Joan Sweeny, Richard Herd, Scatman Crothers, James Shigeta, Branscombe Richmond, Simon MacCorkindale, Katherine Cannon, Lewis Arquette, Buck Taylor, Apollonia Kotero, Joan Chen, Tony Brubaker, Frank Welker, H.B. Haggerty, Tori Spelling, Markie Post, William Lucking, George Takei, Heather O’Rourke, Lloyd Bridges, William Smith, Heather Locklear, Hope Lang, Michael Swan, Paul Koslo, Anthony James, Stan Shaw, Dick Sargent, Ben Murphy, Edward Mulhare, Cesar Romero, Dick Butkus, Don Johnson, Peter Kwong, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jill St. John, Sid Caesar, Janet Leigh, Britt Ekland, David Cassidy, John Beck, Anthony De Longis, Alan Fudge, Dorian Harewood, John Fujioka, Richard Lynch, Ernest Borgnine, Lou Ferrigno, and Jonathan Banks amongst others.
Houston’s adventures see him and the team come up against blackmail, murder, poisoning, severed heads, sharks, kidnap, robots, UFO’s, land scams, stalkers, Chinese drug smugglers, unions, art forgery, child prostitution, psychics, serial killers, amnesia, and religious cults amongst other things!