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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
20 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Will this class Detective show ever make it to DVD? See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 80)

Robert Urich ... Spenser (65 episodes, 1985-1988)

Avery Brooks ... Hawk (65 episodes, 1985-1988)

Ron McLarty ... Sgt. Frank Belson (65 episodes, 1985-1988)

Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Martin Quirk (47 episodes, 1985-1987)
Barbara Stock ... Susan Silverman (43 episodes, 1985-1988)

Carolyn McCormick ... A.D.A. Rita Fiore (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
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Series Directed by
Winrich Kolbe (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Virgil W. Vogel (12 episodes, 1985-1987)
David Whorf (7 episodes, 1986-1988)
William Wiard (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard A. Colla (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Harvey Hart (3 episodes, 1985-1988)
Harry Harris (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Cliff Bole (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ray Austin (3 episodes, 1986)
Bruce Bilson (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert B. Parker (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
John Wilder (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
Daniel Freudenberger (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Robert Hamilton (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bruce Murkoff (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steve Hattman (4 episodes, 1986-1988)
William Robert Yates (4 episodes, 1986-1988)
Alex Gansa (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Howard Gordon (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lee Goldberg (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Norma Safford Vela (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert M. Young (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
David Abramowitz (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Bielak (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Carren (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Petryni (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom Chehak (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nelson Costello (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
William Rabkin (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joan H. Parker (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
William Robert Yates .... executive producer / senior supervising producer / ... (58 episodes, 1985-1988)
Michael J. Maschio .... producer / supervising producer: Boston (36 episodes, 1985-1988)
Steve Hattman .... supervising producer / executive producer (35 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mark Horowitz .... associate producer / co-producer (35 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Wilder .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Juanita Bartlett .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dick Gallegly .... producer: Boston / producer (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Elizalde .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Hamilton .... producer: Los Angeles (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Fisher .... supervising producer (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Cleve Landsberg .... producer: Boston (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Walter Brough .... co-producer (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Original Music by
Steve Dorff (55 episodes, 1985-1988)
Larry Herbstritt (55 episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Salim (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
Ronald M. Lautore (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dick Wormell (15 episodes, 1985-1988)
Mark S. Westmore (15 episodes, 1986-1988)
Diane Adler (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Clay Bartels (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
William P. Magee (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Janet Weinberg (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gary Griffin (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Casting by
Donna Isaacson (53 episodes, 1985-1988)
John S. Lyons (53 episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Tracy Bousman (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Art Direction by
Tracy Bousman (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
George B. Chan (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Richard D. Kent (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bryan Thetford (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tom Bugenhagen (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Told (7 episodes, 1986)
Joanne MacDougall (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ernest Misko (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
 
Series Makeup Department
Barbara Maggi .... makeup artist (49 episodes, 1985-1988)
Mona Orr .... hair stylist (37 episodes, 1985-1987)
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Phillipe .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Production Management
Bob Jeffords .... unit production manager (30 episodes, 1986-1988)
Dick Gallegly .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Cleve Landsberg .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Lyon .... first assistant director / second assistant director (33 episodes, 1986-1988)
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Whorf .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bob Jeffords .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1985-1987)
Cathy A. Roszell .... second assistant director (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jay Tobias .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stephen Lofaro .... second assistant director / first assistant director (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mitchell Bock .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven Tramz .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alice Blanchard .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1986)
Anthony Brand .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1986)
Peter L. Bergquist .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1987)
Nelson Cabrera .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1985)

William Cosentino .... first assistant director: second unit / second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Bobbie Frankel .... scenic artist (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bill Dietz .... property master (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Coleman .... property master (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
Beverly Hadley .... property master (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sam Loreno Sr. .... property master (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Clark King .... sound mixer (38 episodes, 1985-1987)
Keith A. Wester .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gene Eliot .... sound editor (10 episodes, 1985-1988)
Larry Kaufman .... sound editor (10 episodes, 1985-1988)
Walter Newman .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1985-1988)
Sid Lubow .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1985-1988)
Vincent Connelly .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Randy Nite .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ron Tinsley .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Don Crosby .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Michael John Bateman .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Richard Kite .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kam Cooney .... special effects coordinator (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator (36 episodes, 1986-1988)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (7 episodes, 1985)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 1986)

Shelley Cook .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Lori Seaman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Rick Seaman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Reilly .... key grip (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
Casey Jones .... dolly grip (22 episodes, 1985-1986)

Barbara Hanania .... assistant camera (unknown episodes, 1985-1988)
Larry Orlick .... assistant camera (unknown episodes, 1985-1988)
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera (unknown episodes, 1985-1988)
Peter Salim .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1985)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1986)
Scott Rathner .... additional first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
William M. Weberg .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting: Los Angeles (38 episodes, 1985-1987)
Herb Mandell .... casting: Boston (38 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ann Baker .... casting: Boston (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Carol Larkin .... extras casting (3 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Gore-Misko .... supervising costumer / costumer (64 episodes, 1985-1988)
Ernest Misko .... costume supervisor / costumer (28 episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bill Stich .... sequence editor (1 episode, 1985)
Bill Zabala .... sequence editor (1 episode, 1985)

Linda Renaud .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jay Alfred Smith .... music editor (26 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jeff Harris .... music editor (21 episodes, 1985-1988)
Donald Harris .... music editor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Transportation Department
William Winn .... transportation coordinator (65 episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Other crew
Barry Fitzsimmons .... production assistant (64 episodes, 1985-1988)
Alexandra Decker .... location manager (54 episodes, 1985-1988)
Robert B. Parker .... consultant (54 episodes, 1985-1988)
Sandy Dvore .... main title design (52 episodes, 1985-1988)
Don Shelley .... location auditor (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
Janet Valette .... production coordinator (26 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mary Mlodzinska .... production coordinator (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Scott McAboy .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lynne Twentyman .... script supervisor (21 episodes, 1986-1988)
Robert Bielak .... executive script consultant (20 episodes, 1986-1987)
Janice Welch .... assistant to executive producer (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Norma Safford Vela .... story editor / executive story editor (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bruce Murkoff .... story editor (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bill Sheally .... location auditor (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Cheri Herbert .... script supervisor (17 episodes, 1986-1988)
Joanne Small .... script supervisor (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
Nancy E. Barr .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 1986)
Ruth Whittle .... production accountant (7 episodes, 1988)
Sidney Gecker .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1986-1988)

Joseph Calabrese .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
Christopher Landry .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Williams .... location manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Michael Dukakis .... the producers wish to acknowledge the cooperation and support of (1 episode, 1985)
 

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Runtime:
60 min | USA:90 min (pilot)
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Trivia:
The firehouse was also used by the Boston Fire Department until around 1984 as the home of Engine Company 10.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Will this class Detective show ever make it to DVD?, 30 November 2005
Author: nuffsaid-2 from United States

Fans: Quite often I go on-line to check for the much anticipated release of this intelligent detective series. So far my face is dragging the ground. I loved this show when it was on and could not for the life of me understand why it was canceled. Let us not go there. So shows the fans just loved seemed to generate no love with the network Execs. I guess wit, intelligence, and great plots are not where we are going. And by the way only the the late Robert Eurich could ever play the character of Edmond Spenser, and Avery Brooks as Hawk. Never knew if Hawk had another name, like Jason, or Daniel etc.

But if there is a petition we can sign to try to get Spenser: For Hire on DVD somebody please point the way, and I will be sure to add my name.

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