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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:
Strong casting and production values made the TV series "Spenser" worth watching 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
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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60 min | USA:90 min (pilot)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The firehouse Spenser lives in during the first season was also used in What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) and the Boston portion of "Real World, The" (1992).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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: Office Space (#7.11)" (2013)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Strong casting and production values made the TV series "Spenser" worth watching, 23 September 2010
Author: Gary M. James from United States

Several weeks before posting this review, I visited Boston for the first time. While riding the city's MBTA Red Line across the Longfellow Bridge, I could not help but hum variations of the theme song from "Spenser: For Hire," which aired over 25 years ago. I never read the Spenser books written by Robert B. Parker so I have no idea if the show ever captured the essence of the novels. The series never ranked in the top 20 and was switched to several time slots during the show's three seasons. The show's major strengths were Robert Urich as Spenser, Avery Brooks as Hawk and the incredibly strong on location production values that made the show better than some current and past detective shows, depending on the episode.

Some episodes, especially within season 1, had strong, intriguing plot twists that kept my interest. Three of my personal favorites were "The Choice," (which starred Patricia Clarkson and Sam Robards as thrill killers), "When Silence Speaks" (with Phyllis Frelich as a newspaper columnist who hires Spenser to locate a letter writer) and "Discord in a Minor," in which the teenage daughter of the city's symphony director tries to run away with the son of a local crime boss.

The show was far from perfect. Both of Spenser's love interests, Susan Silverman (played by Barbara Stock, seasons 1 and 3) and Rita Fiori (played by Carolyn McCormick, season 2) were generally thankless, underdeveloped roles. Arguably, both actresses tried their best with the material given but, more often than not, the dynamic between Spenser and Hawk was more interesting. In addition, several episodes depended more on chase scenes and stunts instead of correcting plot deficiencies, great stunt work notwithstanding.

I watched "Spenser: For Hire" on SlashControl.com and, as of this post, over 50 of the show's 65 episodes are available for streaming. Overall, the show was a nice diversion and a better-than-average detective series.

Update (6/14/2012): Sadly, with AOL ending SlashControl.com, Spenser: For Hire is not being streamed as of this update. I hope Warner Brothers will reconsider and stream and/or release the program on DVD in the future.

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