Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ... See full summary »
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Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

Director: Gordon Parks
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Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

P.I. John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay, Vonetta McGee
Shaft (1971)
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks
Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi
The Unit (2006–2009)
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Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

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Shaft (2000)
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New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Director: John Singleton
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During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett
Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black, Union Army deserter and his crippled American Indian hostage form a strained partnership in the interests of surviving the advancing threats of a racist bounty hunter and neighboring bandits.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Richard Roundtree, Roy Thinnes, Nigel Davenport
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When fellow operatives (and childhood friends) Matthew Johnson and Melvin Johnson disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) travels there to find ... See full summary »

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Stars: Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Ni Tien
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

Director: Gordon Parks
Stars: Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier
Black Caesar (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund
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Hawkins (1973–1974)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The cases of slow-talking West Virginia attorney Billy Jim Hawkins.

Stars: James Stewart, Strother Martin, Mayf Nutter
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 John Shaft (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Lt. Al Rossi (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Judie Stein ...
 Laura Parks (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different crime to solve. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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This series alternated on Tuesday evenings with Hawkins (1973) which may have led to the early demise of both series. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither one the time to build up a large viewership. See more »

Goofs

Shaft's personal car for the series is a 1973 or 1974 Dodge Charger; Silver with blue interior. However, it is easy to distinguish between the 1st Unit and 2nd unit cars. The 1st Unit (or Hero Car) that is used in the scenes with Richard Roundtree has Rallye Wheels and White-lettered tires while the 2nd unit car has Magnum 500 wheels (sans trim ring) and black-walled tires. Both cars feature vinyl top trim, but no actual vinyl top. But, the 1st unit car appears to have a sunroof while the 2nd unit car does not. Lastly, the 1st unit car has functional exterior lights while the second unit car only has functional headlamps. See more »

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Referenced in Ripley's Basque-R-Aid (2004) See more »

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This Sooooo Needs to be on DVD
8 August 2006 | by (Portland Oregon) – See all my reviews

I caught two of these episodes on TNT in the mid 90's.

Hit and Run with Anthony Geary and another, maybe Cop Killer. They were both very cool. I was quite impressed. As accessible as Shaft's Big Score.

I have no idea why it was cancelled after only 7 episodes, or why Warner Bros has not found a reason to put these episodes on 2 discs, and charge $29.99 for them. If they double side one of the discs there will be plenty of room for a interview with Richard Roundtree. With only seven episodes, they can probably interview most of the guest cast too.


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