HAWK starring Bert Reynolds


HAWK was a short-running TV show, a police story with a twist. John Hawk (played by Burt Reynolds) was a full-blooded Iroquois employed as a special detective with the New York City District Attorney's office. With partner Dan Carter (played by Wayne Grice), Hawk was assigned to all sorts of different cases, ranging from murder to arson to organized crime. Because of his background, he occasionally dealt with racism inside and outside the department. Together, the officers will come face to face with crime, murder and racism. Premiered: September 8, 1966 Last Aired: December 29, 1966,

"Hawk" had a brilliant core idea of filming a detective series on location in New York City at night. Making the central character an American Indian and casting 30-year old Burt Reynolds as Lt. John Hawk were also extremely smart moves. (David Carradine was also considered for the role of Hawk.) This show had enormous promise.

"Hawk" was created by Emmy winner Allan Sloane ("Teacher, Teacher", "East Side, West Side", "The Breaking Point"). Sloane also wrote several strong episodes. The executive producer was Hubbell Robinson ("Boris Karloff's Thriller", "87th Precint"), who always strove for quality.

The stories were literate and intriguing (coming from the same people who were doing "The Defenders" and the other top dramatic shows of the day.) The casting of guests was impeccable, often drawing from the fine pool of actors working out of New York City. Some of the guest stars were Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall,  Scott Glenn, , Diane Baker, James Best, Bert Convey, Elizabeth Ashley, Kim Hunter and Lou Antonio.

"Hawk" was an excellent effort, and should have lasted longer. With just a little tweaking of the main character, this could have been one of the TV’s finest cop shows. Indeed, the premise of "Hawk" was so good, it could be remade as a series today.

DO NOT MUTILATE OR SPINDAL - Gene Hackman
THE LONG LEAD CRONICLES - Diane Baker
GAME WITH A DEAD END - Bert Convey & Lynda Day George
THE THEORY OF THE INNOCENT BYSTANDER - Robert Duvall & Hamilton Murray
THE MAN WHO OWNED EVERYONE - Edward Binns
THE SHIVERING PIGEON - Lou Antonio
H IS A DIRTY LETTER - Elizabeth Ashley
WALL OF SILENCE - Scott Glenn & Kim Hunter
BLIND MAN’S BLUFF - James Best

HAWK starring Bert Reynolds - Classic TV Shows
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