Mystery and 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.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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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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. Using his years of experience, his natural talents for observation and reasoning, and the occasional bit of help from his friend Hawk, Spenser never fails to crack the case. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Runtime:

| (pilot)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the first episodes of the first season mirror other familiar works. Season one, episode two, "No Room at the Inn" is very similar in plot to the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt (1968). This, along with the Green 1965 Mustang Spenser drives may well be an homage to Bullitt's slightly newer Mustang of the same color. Season one, episode three "The Choice", was redone similarly twenty years later when Tom Selleck reprised a similar hero of Robert Parker's, in Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Followed by Spenser: Ceremony (1993) See more »

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The Absolute Best PI Series Period!!
15 October 2004 | by MCETXCEMSee all my reviews

This was and is the best series about PI's ever, Robert Urich and Avery Brooks where what made this series great also Richard Jaeckal and Ron McLarty were great support, The episodes of the first season were the best of the series, the 2nd season had standout episodes, but was not as good as the first, the third season started to show the shows age but I can't think of a bad episode, I love a show which surprises you and causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up!!, and this show did, Hawk was such a great character and there is only one Hawk!!(Avery Brooks), This show had the human touch which is lost on shows today, this show is not dated it looks as though it was released today

It is my desire to own all three seasons on DVD someday when they are released, Robert Urich was a TV god to me and he is truly missed, this is TV to be remembered, Oh yeah Barbara Stock was OK!(No Truly great acting there) and Carolyn McCormick had bite in **Eye For An Eye** but after that she was dull and un-interesting

Over all a truly great show!!


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