Simon & Simon

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Name: Simon & Simon
Abbreviation(s): SS, S&S, SiSi
Creator: Philip DeGuere
Date(s): 1981-1989
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: IMDB page wikipedia page
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Simon & Simon was a show about two very different private detectives, Rick and AJ, who happened to be brothers.

It first aired in 1981 and lasted eight years. The only other character on the show to appear regularly throughout its period was their strong minded and classy mother, Cecilia.

From Pop Stand Express #16:

If ever a series could be considered tailor-made for fandom, Simon and Simon would be it. Not since the heyday of Starsky & Hutch has a crime-fighting duo sparked such intense loyalty from its fans, or inspired such massive amounts of speculative fiction... Although, there are no official totals, S&S currently [1987] accounts for 50% of the small fandom marketplace.

The Fandom

The show generated a fair amount of fanworks that straddled the divide between print and the new frontiers of the internet. It was also a fandom with quite a few letterzines.

Some fans used the term "Simonized" when talking about the show. This is a reference to a brand name for a type of car wax which generated a lot of television commercials in the late 1970s and early 1980s. [1]


While most of the fanworks were gen, there was some slash fiction. Gen and slash stories showed up in multimedia zines of the time; and there was one digest-sized slash zine from Almost Foolproof Press for four or five years.

Slash and the Topic of Incest

Some slash fans were squicked by the incest issue. Some of these fans were more than 'mildly' squicked, and their reactions were along the lines of bewilderment, horror, and denial. From a fan in 2011:

I remember one of the original "incest slash" fandoms, from the early-to-mid-80s--"Simon and Simon" fandom. My friends and I were *so* bewildered by that and, when it was explained to us by proponents that "of course they're having sex, look at how much they love each other," it was (in modern 'net vernacular) a real *headdesk* moment for us.... I [also] find incest to be a preposterous concept and the public be crossing a line that makes me want to deny being part of fandom if anyone asks. [2]

Fiction Tropes

The fiction tended to focus on the close relationship between the two brothers, and their relationship with their mother. Common tropes were various family dynamics, Rick's protectiveness of A.J., remembrances of their childhoods, case files, memories of their father, and Rick's experience in Vietnam. Much of the fiction was hurt/comfort.

Rick's service in the military during the Vietnam War was often explored. This sometimes led to stories where he had PTSD symptoms, along with secrets from his past suddenly appearing and intruding into the lives of the brothers.

AJ, was a solid, good-sized man, but clearly the smaller man and rather 'sweet' looking.AJ was also often portrayed as fragile and wumpable.

Rick is often portrayed as very protective of AJ.

Both characters often accidentally end up in jail, which provides much drama.

This fandom is a rare one in that it featured Rick and AJ's mother, Cecelia.

There is also a lot of fiction with a focus of Rick and AJ's deceased father, Jack.

Most of the fanworks are gen, with occasional het. Slash fanworks are almost always between Rick/AJ, making this a fandom with incest.

Alternate universes are not very common, nor are female original characters created as love interests for either Rick or AJ.

Gallery of Fan Art

Notable Stories


At the time the 1980s vids were made, incest topics were usually considered to be taboo. Therefore, it is likely they are gen or het.


Auld Lang Syne | Blondie and the Hat | Bloodlines | Bookends | The Brothers File | Brothers in Arms | Brothers N Blues | Brothers, Partners, and Friends | Confidential Investigations | Crossing the Line | "crossing the line" collected | Details at 11 | Double Plan | Double Play | Echoes of Terror | A Family Affair (Simon and Simon zine) | Fate's Final Irony | Finish This Story | A Five Shake Case | Freedom and Slavery | The Freedom Trail | Gettin' Frisky With Simon/Simon | Gull and The Pawn | Instrument of Justice | Just a Couple of Jokers | Last Leaf | Magical Moments | More Than Brothers | My Brother's Love | Old Robbers Never Die | Past Sins, Future Sorrows | Pieces of My Mind | The Pirate & The Gentleman | Revenge Times Five | Roses and Bonbons | Second Story Simons| The Simon and Simon Chairside Companion | Simon and Simon Investigations | The Simon and Simon Special Gen Collection | Simon Squared | The Sins of the Mothers | Something to Love | Southhoming | Special Kind of Heroes | Till Death | Treasure Cruise | Who Says Truth is Stranger Than Fiction? | Simon and Simon Episode Guide

Fanfic Sources

Mailing Lists


  1. ^ [1], Archived version
  2. ^ comment by klangley56 in The subject of slash, dated June 1, 2008; accessed Feb. 9, 2011; WebCite.