After being swindled by her manager, a down-and-out model is forced to liquidate her assets. One of the assets is a private detective agency, but the business' sole employee has other plans. The series was created for television by Glenn Gordon Caron.
The show is widely considered to be a pioneer in the comedy-drama, or dramedy, genre. The show's protagonist couple has been ranked on TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time.