Mystery/suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.

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 Spenser (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
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 Hawk (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
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 Sgt. Frank Belson (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
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 Lt. Martin Quirk (47 episodes, 1985-1987)
Barbara Stock ...
 Susan Silverman (43 episodes, 1985-1988)
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 A.D.A. Rita Fiore (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
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Mystery/suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode. Using his years of experience, his natural talents for observation and reasoning, and the occasional bit of help from his friend Hawk, Spenser never fails to crack the case. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The dark country/western bar was actually the main bar area of The Channel, the largest nightclub in Boston at the time. The lights were kept dim to help hide the club's stage and massive PA system. See more »

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The character played by Carolyn McCormick is spelled "Rita Fiori" in the opening credits of season 2 but spelled "Rita Fiore" on a desk nameplate in various episodes. See more »

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Referenced in Hangin' with Mr. Cooper: Private School (1993) See more »

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The best PI show ever produced!
6 September 2001 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Here's what can happen when intelligent people put together a show and keep up the quality thru its run. Spenser, though it only lasted three short seasons was a witty, intelligent, and suspensful show. The chemistry between Ulrich and Brooks (Spenser and Hawk) made the show...It was shown those two guys (while often dissagreeing about things) genuinly respected and cared about each other. The show was superbly shot in and around Boston, though a few locations (the abandoned Navy Yard especially) were used a bit to often, but at least it was Bosten, and not LA. The only weak link was Barbara Stock. Her continual "hampster in heat" acting mared the series, and Carolyn MacCormick (as Rita Fiori) was a far more interesting love interest for Spenser. Like "Harry-O" (w/ David Janssen) Spenser's adventures ended far to soon.


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