Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ...
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A grand jury witness, who was to testify against a mobster, is killed by a grenade at the courtroom. Also killed is a friend of Shaft who was at the courtroom to get married. Shaft is determined to ...
New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Steven Byzinsky is convinced he's a blaxploitation superhero. Like Shaft, Dolemite and Black Belt Jones before him, he's keeping' the streets safe for the brother and trying to stay one ... See full summary »
Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different crime to solve.Written by
This series alternated on Tuesday evenings with Hawkins (1973) which may have led to the early demise of both series. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither one the time to build up a large viewership. See more »
Shaft's personal car for the series is a 1973 or 1974 Dodge Charger; Silver with blue interior. However, it is easy to distinguish between the 1st Unit and 2nd unit cars. The 1st Unit (or Hero Car) that is used in the scenes with Richard Roundtree has Rallye Wheels and White-lettered tires while the 2nd unit car has Magnum 500 wheels (sans trim ring) and black-walled tires. Both cars feature vinyl top trim, but no actual vinyl top. But, the 1st unit car appears to have a sunroof while the 2nd unit car does not. Lastly, the 1st unit car has functional exterior lights while the second unit car only has functional headlamps. See more »
This "Shaft" TV series may have lacked the previous film series' raunchy energy but was exciting enough for what could be shown on network TV at the time
Having now seen all 7 eps of this "Shaft" TV series, I'll just say that while all were pretty exciting for what they were, they're missing the raunchy fun of the previous three theatrical films, all of which starred the cool Richard Roundtree. His friendly banter with Ed Barth as Lt. Al Rossi provide some of the best light-hearted highlights of this short-lived show. There was also a fine score during the entire series run by Johnny Pate, who also did the honors for the third theatrical film in the series, Shaft in Africa. He also nicely performs Issac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" instrumentally every time an ep begins as well as during exciting points in the series. Having just watched all previous films involving John Shaft including the 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson and Roundtree in a reduced role, I'm next gonna review the recent release of the new Shaft-also with them both-that premiered just a few weeks ago...
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