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.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
2,907 ( 195)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1988   1987   1986   1985  
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vega$ (1978–1981)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous, depending upon the point of view. This show is also notable for perhaps ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Urich, Bart Braverman, Phyllis Davis
Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

Stars: William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell
A Man Called Hawk (TV Series 1989)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This series features the character from Spenser for Hire. This time he is the star. We find Hawk now in Washington. D.C., and there he is called upon to help those who need his help or ... See full summary »

Stars: Avery Brooks, Moses Gunn, Angela Bassett
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983–1987)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The adventures of a housewife and a spy whom she fell in with.

Stars: Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland
Cannon (1971–1976)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman
Hunter (1984–1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
Riptide (1984–1986)
Action | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three vietnam veterans (Nick Ryder, Cody Allen and Murray Bozinsky) now work as private eyes in sunny southern California. Nick and Cody are the muscles and Murray is a computer wizard of ... See full summary »

Stars: Perry King, Joe Penny, Thom Bray
Hardcastle and McCormick (1983–1986)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A retired judge and his last defendant follow up on cases that were dismissed due to technicalities.

Stars: Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos
Simon & Simon (1981–1989)
Action | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver
Lou Grant (1977–1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The trials of the former TV station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff.

Stars: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams
Baretta (1975–1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The cases of maverick undercover New York City detective Tony Baretta.

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts
Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spenser  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (pilot)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The firehouse was also used by the Boston Fire Department until around 1984 as the home of Engine Company 10. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Followed by Walking Shadow (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Absolute Best PI Series Period!!
15 October 2004 | by (Morgans Point Resort, TX) – See all my reviews

This was and is the best series about PI's ever, Robert Urich and Avery Brooks where what made this series great also Richard Jaeckal and Ron McLarty were great support, The episodes of the first season were the best of the series, the 2nd season had standout episodes, but was not as good as the first, the third season started to show the shows age but I can't think of a bad episode, I love a show which surprises you and causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up!!, and this show did, Hawk was such a great character and there is only one Hawk!!(Avery Brooks), This show had the human touch which is lost on shows today, this show is not dated it looks as though it was released today

It is my desire to own all three seasons on DVD someday when they are released, Robert Urich was a TV god to me and he is truly missed, this is TV to be remembered, Oh yeah Barbara Stock was OK!(No Truly great acting there) and Carolyn McCormick had bite in **Eye For An Eye** but after that she was dull and un-interesting

Over all a truly great show!!


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page