You know the scene. It’s night in the city. A storm has settled in. We find our hero in a second story office, behind a desk stacked high with cases and adorned with a bottle of Scotch. Rain pounds against the window. A shadow looms at the door, then, an urgent, desperate knock. Trouble has come calling. There’s no doubt what kind of picture we’re in for.


Join us as we explore one of the key archetypes of the noir genre, the private eye. Across 20 episodes we'll examine the way the character has changed or not - from Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe to Doc Spinelli and the Dude, plus every shamus in between.

June 22

Introductory Conversation

June 29

Private Detective 62 (1933)
The Thin Man (1934)

July 6

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Big Sleep (1946)

July 13

The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Time to Kill (1942)
Murder My Sweet (1944)
The Lady in the Lake (1946)
The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

July 20

I, The Jury (1953)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
My Gun Is Quick (1957)
The Girl Hunters (1963)

July 27

Private Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! (1963)
Made in USA (1966)

August 3

Harper (1966)
Marlowe (1969)

August 10

Shaft (1971)
Trouble Man (1972)

The Long Goodbye (1973)
Chinatown (1974)

Night Moves (1975)
The Drowning Pool (1975)

Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
The Big Sleep (1978)

The Elephant God (1979)
Yokohama BJ Blues (1981)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

The Two Jakes (1990)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Zero Effect (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)

Brick (2005)
Veronica Mars (2013)
The Kid Detective (2020)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The Nice Guys (2016)

Gone Baby Gone (2007)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Inherent Vice (2014)
Under the Silver Lake (2018)

Wrap-up Conversation