Airwolf (1984–1986)

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As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

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 Stringfellow Hawke (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Michael Coldsmith Briggs III / ... (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Dominic / ... (55 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Caitlin O'Shannessy (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
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Airwolf is the most sophisticated helicopter imaginable (flies halfway round the world, outruns jet planes). Stringfellow Hawke is its pilot, essentially blackmailing a secret US agency into finding his brother (lost in Vietnam) while he flies dangerous assignments for "The Firm." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In order for Airwolf to fly with it's weapons deployed, they needed special permission from the FAA. Even though they were props, the FAA insisted on it. See more »

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Le Van 'Half-Pint' Hawke: I was so scared for you.
Stringfellow Hawke: They were no match for the Lady.
Michael Archangel: Come 'on Marlene; there must be something out here that desperately needs our attention.
Stringfellow Hawke: You know Half-Pint, How about coming and living with me? I'll make you part of the family, like Caitlan and Dom.
Le Van 'Half-Pint' Hawke: But what if your brother comes back, and it turns out he's not my dad?
Stringfellow Hawke: I'll be your dad.
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String and Dom kicked @$$ when they showed 'em The Lady
9 August 2003 | by (Blackburn, England) – See all my reviews

Of course, Airwolf was one of the premier action shows of the 80s and was more believable than the sugar-coated antics of Knight Rider and A-Team, because it was set in the world of espionage and Stringfellow killed LOADS of bad guys when he battled them in The Lady. The series started off as a spy thriller with Airwolf duking it out with Russians, German terrorists, war criminals, renegade US agents and hardened mercenaries. If I remember rightly, ITV showed these episodes on Friday nights at 7pm back in November '84.

When the 2nd season kicked in, they moved it to an afternoon Saturday slot. This is when a new co-pilot Caitlin was introduced. She wasn't bad, and they still did good intrigue episodes such as the gripping thriller Moffatt's Ghost, Fallen Angel and HX-1 (Once A Hero was a spectacular actioner), but gradually, the series became cornier, as the Airwolf team began helping out ordinary people and there were some soapy stories such as String falling for a rock singer. They also started using stock footage in some episodes, more so in the third season.

The 3rd season got off to a cracking start with the menacing Horn Of Plenty. Richard Lynch did a good job as the manipulative Van Horn and Caitlin proved she could be a bad*** as well. Other top episodes were Airwolf II, Annie Oakley and Deadly Circle, but as I said before, they started over-using stock footage from previous series and the stories were becoming slushy. Despite this, Airwolf was arguably the best action-packed thriller on the small screen during the Reagan era.


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