Snoops (1999 TV series)

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Principal cast of Snoops
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by David E. Kelley
Opening theme"One Way or Another" by Blondie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (3 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • David E. Kelley
  • John Tinker
  • Allan Arkush
  • Neil Mandelberg
  • Jack Philbrick
  • Kim Newton
Production location(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseSeptember 26 
December 19, 1999 (1999-12-19)
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Snoops is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC from September 26 to December 19, 1999. Created by David E. Kelley, the show came about during the height of Kelley's fame, with both The Practice and Ally McBeal sustaining large audiences. Although the series garnered good ratings initially by averaging 11.5 million viewers, tying NBC in the ratings, [2] it soon faltered and was cancelled quickly. [3] Only ten of the thirteen episodes produced aired in the United States, while the final three episodes aired overseas. The final episode, which was rewritten by Kelley after the cancellation announcement, served as a series finale.



Snoops focuses on a less-than-conventional detective agency, Glenn Hall, Inc., headed by Glenn Hall (Gina Gershon). Her staff included Roberta Young (Paula Jai Parker), a detective who goes to great lengths to get the job done; Manny Lott (Danny Nucci), the resident technology wiz; and Dana Plant (Paula Marshall), a former Santa Monica police detective.



Guest stars

Connection with other David E. Kelley's TV series

After the series was canceled, the character of Glenn Hall would later appear in an episode of the final season of The Practice entitled "The Firm". Series creator David E. Kelley later cast Jessalyn Gilsig on his FOX series Boston Public , and also cast one-time Snoops guest star Emmy Rossum in a multi-episode arc of The Practice.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot" Allan Arkush David E. Kelley September 26, 1999 (1999-09-26)
Former cop Dana Plant unwittingly finds herself with a job at Glenn Hall Inc., where civil rights and the constitution come second to solving crimes, but finds herself still having to deal with former cop partner Greg McCormack.
2"Singer in the Band"Allan ArkushDavid E. KelleyOctober 3, 1999 (1999-10-03)
Roberta gets personally involved in a case against a deadbeat dad, while Glenn goes undercover as a country music singer.
3"Bedfellas" Dennie Gordon Everett Owens & David E. KelleyOctober 10, 1999 (1999-10-10)
While Manny attempts to outwit a con artist, Glenn gets in deep when she discovers her new boyfriend has mafia connections.
4"Higher Calling" Arvin Brown Paul GuyotOctober 17, 1999 (1999-10-17)

Glenn and Dana go undercover as prostitutes to prevent a political scandal, while Manny helps a priest who is being blackmailed.

Priscilla Barnes and David Dukes guest star. Cameo appearances by Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington and Jane Krakowski playing themselves in a scene incorporating a clip of the issue-based talk show Politically Incorrect . [4]
5"The Heartless Bitch"Allan ArkushNat Bernstein & Mitchel KatlinOctober 24, 1999 (1999-10-24)
Manny and Roberta investigate what seems to be a simple case of infidelity, while Glenn and Dana search for the recipient of a widower's wife's heart.
6"Separation Anxiety" Michael Lange Kim NewtonOctober 31, 1999 (1999-10-31)
While Dana fears for her life when she gets a stalker, Glenn helps a 14-year-old girl named Caroline Beels find her biological mother.
7"Constitution" Bethany Rooney Teleplay by: David E. Kelley
Story by: Alfonso H. Moreno & Molly Newman
November 21, 1999 (1999-11-21)
The agency gets involved in the complicated life of a family which may include murderers and gay bashers.
8"True Believers" Miguel Arteta Michael Green November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28)
Back on the force, Dana is annoyed when her first case involves working with Greg and the agency to investigate a mysterious kidnapping.
9"The Grinch" Joe Napolitano David E. KelleyDecember 12, 1999 (1999-12-12)
Glenn searches for a man stealing Christmas presents, while Manny is asked to assist a man in killing his wife.
10"A Criminal Mind" Ian Sander Hart Hanson December 19, 1999 (1999-12-19)
Glenn and Dana are confused when a clue from a hypnotized man leads them to a murder victim, while Roberta and Manny join forces with a bounty hunter.
11"Blood Lines" Donald Petrie Molly NewmanUNAIRED
Glenn is reunited with Caroline, who needs a donor for leukemia treatment. Glenn follows a trail to a possible organ match, who will only participate if rape charges against him are dropped. And a tragedy unfolds as Dana tries to help a mentally disabled office worker at the police station, who is caught in a drug deal. However, events spiral out of control, ending in Dana's death.
12"The Stolen Diskette" Lloyd Ahern II John Tinker UNAIRED
FBI Agent Suzanne Shivers joins forces with Glenn to track down a disk with important mob information on it, only to find herself intrigued by the agency. And Greg leaves the force in the wake of Dana's death.
13"Swan Chant"Allan ArkushMolly NewmanUNAIRED
Glenn and Suzanne take care of a singer who is trying to rid herself of her drug addiction. Against Glenn's will, Manny takes a case of a contested will that may involve the ownership of the agency. When the case goes wrong, a millionaire's widow takes over the agency. The series ends with Suzanne and Roberta finding jobs elsewhere, and Glenn leaving the agency to go on a music tour.


On December 16, 1998, David E. Kelley began production on the show, which was greenlighted by ABC. [5] Principal photography began on August 15, 1999 in Los Angeles, California. [6] [7]

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