Jack Killian is an ex-cop in San Francisco. He quit the police force after accidentally shooting his partner. He was approached by Devon King, the manager of a local radio station, and ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian 61 episodes, 1988-1991
Dennis Dun ...  Billy Po 61 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Lt. Carl Zymak 61 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Deacon Bridges 47 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Devon King 44 episodes, 1988-1990
Jerado Carmona ...  Jerado / ... 30 episodes, 1988-1991
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Jack Killian is an ex-cop in San Francisco. He quit the police force after accidentally shooting his partner. He was approached by Devon King, the manager of a local radio station, and accepted a job as a talk-back host. Ever the humanitarian, Jack (together with his side-kick Billy Po) often gets personally involved with the plight of those who call his show. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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25 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Der Nachtfalke  »

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One of the earliest episodes dealt with the aftermath of AIDS, as Jack's old girlfriend (played by Kay Lenz) develops the disease, and Jack hunts down the man who infected her. The episode was eventually rewritten to show compassion for people with AIDS, and won Kay Lenz an Emmy award. See more »

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Jack Killian: [shouting, as someone is pounding at his front door, waking him up] Whoever you are, you're going to die!
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A Unique TV Show - Would Love To See It Again
1 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Here's a television program I haven't watched since it went off the air over 15 years ago, and I'd give anything to see it again on a DVD package.

Gary Cole, as "Jack Killion," was THE coolest guy on TV at that time, and I mean the kind of "cool" associated with Craig Stevens of TV's "Peter Gunn," or Steve McQueen in the 1950s and '60s movies. Cole a.k.a. "The Nighthawk" in here was just cool....what else can you say?

Jack was a combination late-night radio talk show host and an ex-cop. If I recall, he was off the force after a tragedy cost the life of his partner and the event was still haunting him. He would hear a bunch of troubled people on the radio, some needing assistance quickly or they would be a crime victim. Jack would help them out.

The atmosphere was very moody, the music was good and the whole thing was just different, very different from most "crime shows." Until I looked at the title page I couldn't remember anyone else on the show but I've never forgotten this program. I can only hope I see it again some time.


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