"Lookwell" was a
television pilotwritten and produced by Conan O'Brienand Robert Smigel. It starred Adam Westas a washed-up TV action hero—who at the peak of his career was ceremoniously deputized by local law enforcement—who falsely believes he can solve crimes in real life. His student, Jason, becomes his sidekick and is played by Todd Field. The pilot was broadcast on NBCin July 1991 but was not picked up as a series.
As an internet phenomenon
The episode has become somewhat of an
internet phenomenonover the years and was popular on eBayfor a time before being made available as a video file, due in part to the resurgence of cult popularity for Adam West. The version in general circulation on the Internet is not the original as-aired episode. It comes from a later showing on Trio (a cable station) which, for unknown reasons, has a few cuts and a few alternate jokes/takes put in. One major difference may be due to music rights issues. A version of the original episode as aired on NBC was known to be circulated by tape traders. However, due to the age, high-quality copies are difficult to find.
Smigel's preferred version of Lookwell (with Adam West busting through the police tape at the beginning) has also screened at "The Other Network", a festival of un-aired TV pilots, featuring live and taped intros by Smigel and an extended interview with O'Brien, produced by
*imdb title|id=0196712|title=Lookwell [http://www.othernetwork.com The Other Network]
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