The cases of a unique bodyguard/detective who protects his clients from murder by impersonating them to draw the killer's fire.
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 Christopher Chance (8 episodes, 1992)
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 Philo Marsden (8 episodes, 1992)
Sami Chester ...
 Jeff Carlyle (7 episodes, 1992)
Signy Coleman ...
 Libby Page (7 episodes, 1992)
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A Vietnam vet named Chance sets up a unique service for people who feel their lives are threatened. For a fee, the client goes into hiding while the Human Target impersonates him, hoping to draw the killers out. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rick Springfield mentioned in an A.V. Club interview that Frances Fisher was originally cast as Libby Page but was replaced by the network after the pilot was filmed. Clarence Clemons also appeared in the pilot as Jeff Carlyle but was replaced as well. See more »

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Had lots of potential
21 June 2003 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

This could have been a great series. Great storyline, pulled from a comic book with a substantial cult following; very competent cast (especially Springfield and Coleman, both of whom paid their dues in daytime TV) with good chemistry among one another.

A previous reviewer summarized the plot fairly well. Two minor points, however:

1) Chance's fee was *10%* of the client's annual salary (not the entire annual salary) and

2) Chance and his crew were not "Five people who did not exist", they were 4 people who were well known to several governments who had hired them to protect various dignitaries, and allowed Coleman's character full access to government records, as well.



I do disagree with the characterization of the storyline as "pretty unbelievable." This was science fiction/fantasy, based on a comic book. In other words, escapist entertainment. It wasn't *supposed* to be true to life, any more than series such as "The Incredible Hulk" or "Batman". As such, I think "Human Target" hit it's mark very nicely.

Too bad ABC pulled HT after it's summer replacement run of seven episodes; perhaps with more time, it would have found an audience.


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