Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)

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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.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Spenser (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
 Hawk (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
 Sgt. Frank Belson (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
 Lt. Martin Quirk (47 episodes, 1985-1987)
Barbara Stock ...
 Susan Silverman (43 episodes, 1985-1988)
 A.D.A. Rita Fiore (22 episodes, 1986-1987)


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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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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During season one, Spenser lived in an abandoned firehouse just off Charles Street. Filming there was difficult and the Boston Fire Department reclaimed the site at the end of the season. For seasons two and three, Spenser lived on the top floor of an old Charlestown apartment, at the base of Bunker Hill. The interiors were shot at the FilmWorks Studios in Brighton, Mass. See more »


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 »


Followed by Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes (1994) See more »

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One of the best Crime-TV-Series ever made ...
20 January 1999 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Great, really great - in my opinion one of the best Crime-TV-Series ever made. Robert Urich plays - again - a private investigator who solves his cases with help of his friend "Hawk" (Avery Brooks, "Ben Sisko" from "Deep Space Nine"). I have not seen one episode of this TV-Series which was boring. Great stories, quite enough action, social aspects - and of course two really superb playing actors (Robert Urich, Avery Brooks). That's what makes this TV-Series from the 80's a classic one.

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