When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

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 Marcellus Washington 40 episodes, 2002-2004
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When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

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To some he's just a cabbie... but for people in trouble this ex-cop is a hero. See more »

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27 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The church used in the series in which the priest practice's his faith is The Saint Gabriel Roman Catholic Church located in South Philadelphia See more »

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good show
1 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hack was a TV series starring David Morse that ran for two seasons. 2002-2004. Morse played Mike Olshansky, an ex-police officer who was caught Andre Braugher was with the show for two seasons as Mike's ex police partner, Marcellus. The first season included Donna Murphy as Mike's ex-wife and George Dzundza as a close priest friend of Mike's.

In season 2, Dzunda disappeared, as did his family except an occasional appearance by Mike's son. Replacing them were Matt Czuchry as a needy young man and Jacqueline Torres as Mike's next door neighbor.

The premise is that Olshansky was caught stealing money from a drug bust and lost his job as a police officer. He also refused to implicate his partner (Braugher). At the start of the series, he was still awaiting trial. His new profession is driving a cab and helping passengers who are in trouble. This often has him calling on Marcellus for help, and vice versa.

The first thing is that David Morse is excellent, creating a full, complicated character with lots of problems. The character can be abrupt and grouchy - easygoing just isn't his thing. He's still in love with his soon to be ex-wife Heather. His relationship with Marcellus goes from terrific to rotten and back again.

Filmed right in Philadelphia, Hack is a dark show with great locations

  • so often shows supposedly take place in a city - Provincetown, Boston
-- and don't. This one does, and it really adds to the episodes.

Some of the episodes are good; many are typical dramas that are predictable. What makes the sows interesting are the characters.

You have to really allow for dramatic license here, as I don't think an ex-cop who left in disgrace would be able to just hang out at the police station and actually participate in cases. And don't ask me how he made a living as his cab driving was always being interrupted.

Frankly I liked the first season better than the second because it was more focused on the people - Dzundza's conflicts with the priesthood, the tension between Mike and Heather, Marcellus' marital difficulties.

I agree with other posters, it's disappointing that this has not yet been put on DVD. I just saw it on Netflix streaming. Maybe that's a sign that it will be available soon.


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