IMDb > "The Hat Squad" (1992)

"The Hat Squad" (1992) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1992-1993


User Rating:
7.5/10   84 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
View company contact information for The Hat Squad on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
16 September 1992 (USA) See more »
Bullet proof. See more »
A cop and his wife adopt three young boys whose parents were cops and/or killed in the line of duty... See more »
User Reviews:
The 90's version of "Bonanza" See more (6 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 8)

Don Michael Paul ... Buddy (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

Nestor Serrano ... Rafael (7 episodes, 1992-1993)

Billy Warlock ... Matt Matheson (6 episodes, 1992-1993)

James Tolkan ... Mike Ragland (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bruce Robbins (6 episodes, 1992-1993)

Janet Carroll ... Kitty (5 episodes, 1992-1993)

Series Directed by
Kim Manners (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rob Bowman (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bill Nuss (2 episodes, 1992-1993)

Series Produced by
Bill Nuss .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Stephen J. Cannell .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Charles Grant Craig .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Original Music by
Mike Post (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Cinematography by
Rodney Charters (1 episode, 1992)
Brenton Spencer (1 episode, 1992)
Series Film Editing by
Chris G. Willingham (2 episodes, 1992)

Jimmy Giritlian (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Lucy Cavallo (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Production Design by
Richard Hudolin (1 episode, 1992)
Craig Stearns (1 episode, 1992)
Series Art Direction by
Byron King (1 episode, 1992)
Series Set Decoration by
Barry W. Brolly (1 episode, 1992)
Barry Kemp (1 episode, 1992)
Series Costume Design by
Christopher Ryan (1 episode, 1992)
Martha Wynne Snetsinger (1 episode, 1992)
Series Makeup Department
Jan Newman .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1992)
Dianne Pelletier .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1992)
Roy Sidick .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1992)
Brenda Turner .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1992)
Series Production Management
Gary Winter .... executive in charge of post-production (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzan Derkson .... trainee assistant director (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
Brett Dowler .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1992)
Robert Petrovicz .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1992)

Vince Deadrick Jr. .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Michael Bethune .... head set dresser (12 episodes, 1992-1993)

Max Matsuoka .... first assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Marta McLaughlin .... assistant property master / buyer (unknown episodes)
Kimberley Regent .... property buyer: 1992 (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Gordon Anderson .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1992)

William Jacobs .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Dean St. John .... adr foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Jak Osmond .... special effects first assistant (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Andrew Chamberlayne .... special effects (2 episodes, 1992)

Bob Comer .... special effects first assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer (5 episodes, 1992-1993)

Lou Bollo .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lauro Chartrand .... stunt double: Matt (unknown episodes)
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Duane Dickinson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
David Jacox .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Scott Nicholson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Lee Sollenberger .... stunt double: Frankie Stein (unknown episodes)
Lance Turner .... assistant stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Rob Wilton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Stroburg .... rigging gaffer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bill Molnar .... grip (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Gary J. Williams .... key grip (11 episodes, 1992-1993)

Geoffrey James Dixon .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Peter Golden .... casting executive (2 episodes, 1992)
Carol Kelsay .... casting: Vancouver (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Music Department
Jay Kleinberg .... music editor (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Transportation Department
James Perenseff .... transportation coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Other crew
Ian Zweig .... chef (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Kandis Armstrong .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ken Hovgaard .... craft service / craft service: second unit (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Grace Curcio .... assistant: Mr. Cannell (2 episodes, 1992)

Abraham Fraser .... location production assistant (unknown episodes)
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in (unknown episodes)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The 90's version of "Bonanza", 26 November 2003
Author: tulliac from Toronto, Ontario CAN

I just recently pulled out my "Hat Squad" videos (11/03). I was certainly glad I taped the entire series for my future viewing pleasure and it truly is a pleasure.

It's a shame this brilliant show had such an unbrilliant time slot (Saturday night) or it would have become a classic. Ah, but I digress.

The story goes that police officer Mike Ragland and his wife grief counselor Kitty, became foster parents to three unrelated boys who's parents had been murdered. They grew up to follow in their foster father's footsteps and became an elite squad who emulated crime fighters like the Untouchables. This storyline was intreging enough but when you add the emotional attachment and genuine love that brother's share you have a wonderfully entertaining series.

Don Michael Paul played the eldest son Buddy Capatosa. Buddy epitimized leadership and honor. He was a man who was fairly aware of his good looks but never seemed to pay much attention to it. This quality alone, made him simply irristable to women and he usually had no trouble have them flock to him like sheep. Buddy had a long fuse but once it had burned to its end... watch out. But, his charming side was what shone most often and to keep his younger siblings in line, he'd regularly order them to "drop and give him fifty".

Nestor Serrano played the middle son Rafael Martinez. Raffy believed he was devestatingly handsome but this fact did nothing to gain him female companionship of any kind. It became a family joke that poor Raffy couldn't get a date if his life depended on it. But, despite his lack of girlfriends he was a loyal and intense person who despised guns. He used anything he could get his hands on to fight - a magazine, a playing card. Just about anything would do.

Billy Warlock play the next to youngest boy Matthew Mathison. Matty was simply the most comfortable around woman and they did back flips to get his attention. Matty attended law school and was the brains of the trio.

He had it all.

Mike and Kitty also fostered another young boy named Darnell. He was in his early teens and absolutely adored his older foster siblings.

The "Bonanza" connection is that golden formula of the tight family unit that would die for one another. The strongest bond is between straight men and "The Hat Squad" was the just that... three men who loved each other dearly.

The strong cast and storylines were beautifully filmed (obviously in Vancouver) by X-Files Rob Bowman. And the soundtrack... second to none. If you ever get the chance to see an episode, I for one highly recommend it.


Was the above review useful to you?
See more (6 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "The Hat Squad" (1992)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The New Hat Squad billypilgrimkilledme
Looking for Screencaps spencer1984
help?? anthony-housby
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Public Enemy Blood In, Blood Out Touch of Evil Bad Boys Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
IMDb TV section IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button