You’ll be forgotten as fast as Franklin Pierce,” one of the three “She Spies” crime fighters shouts as she takes down a few political bad guys in this occasionally funny spoof of fish-out-of-water action detective series. In invoking the name of this country’s obscure 14th president, she might as well be speaking about this series, which moves into syndication after a four-week run on the Peacock web. Stars Natasha Henstridge, Natashia Williams and especially Kristen Miller do the best with the mediocre material, and were they any less appealing, this would be one dog of a show.
There’s a void in the syndie female action hourlong world following the departure of Pamela Anderson’s “V.I.P.,” and this could certainly satiate the guys looking for sarcasm, short skirts and chicanery. Show attempts to be to “Charlie’s Angels” what the Leslie Nielsen starrer “Police Squad” was to cop shows, but it goes so far overboard that it gets to be too much to digest.
Cassie (Henstridge), Shane (Williams) and D.D. (Miller) play ex-cons whom the government has enlisted to go undercover and clean up some insider dirty work. Their first case is watching over a former governor who has become a talkshow host after losing in his bid for the presidency. He is apparently an assassination target.
Dialogue and in-jokes — mostly about politics, television and show business — abound as the women race from one nasty situation to another, sizing up each person they meet as basically “bitter and resentful.” (That’s one of those in-jokes.) One rather funny bit is so slight — a crew member on a set is carrying a sheet of metal that vibrates as the dialogue shifts to what could be a major revelation. In a show with little subtlety, this moment goes a long way.