- The detective drama NERO WOLFE/NBC/1981
starred William Conrad as Nero Wolfe, a 285-pound genius who loved orchids,
gourmet meals and solving crimes (without
leaving his home).
Archie Goodwin with Nero Wolfe
The program used a real operational
greenhouse, equipped with $40,000 worth of
orchids. For the filming of the series 2655
orchids were transplanted into the replica of
the Wolfe's West 35th street Manhattan residence
that rested on the back lot of Paramount Studios.