Profit (1996) – House of Acquisitions

Picture this: A power hungry, psychopathic executive with a tortured past strives to climb up the corporate ladder by any means necessary. Doesn’t matter who gets in the way – they are going down.

In a nutshell that’s what FOX’s 1996 drama Profit and it’s titular character, Jim Profit (Adrian Pasdar), are all about.
With popular shows these days like Empire and House of Cards that revolve around ruthless, manipulative, backstabbing liars you love to hate or hate to love, this show would fit right in. (Profit even narrates the show himself). But apparently 1996 wasn’t ready – despite positive reviews FOX cancelled it after airing just 4 episodes due to low ratings. Total 8 were shot.

After reading how good it was I had to check it out for myself.
What a good decision that was.

Having seen the first episode I must say it was kind of a lot, but in a good way. I found myself laughing when I probably shouldn’t have been, but I gotta be honest, Pasdar’s voice in the narration is pretty funny. But the show had all kinds of drama coming from everywhere – even one certain relationship that caught me way off guard.

The pilot episode gets right into Profit’s plans for success and his underhanded tactics; they keep it moving from there. We watch as he carefully weaves his web and when everything comes together you can’t help but say, “well done, you sneaky bastard.” But I don’t want to give too much away because it’s worth watching and experiencing for yourself.

Since all 8 episodes are on YouTube I plan on finishing the series (and then crying that it’s over).

One other tidbit: enjoy watching the dated technology. In particular the snazzy computer graphics, which are not unlike those of the N64 classic GoldenEye.


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