Hardball (1989 TV series)

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Hardball
Genre Action
Crime drama
Created by Robert Palm
Written by Paul Bernbaum
Chris Bunch
Allan Cole
Frank Lupo
Robert Palm
Burt Pearl
Directed by Rob Bowman
James Darren
Francis Delia
David Hemmings
Bruce Kessler
Guy Magar
Larry Shaw
Virgil W. Vogel
Starring John Ashton
Richard Tyson
Theme music composer Sylvester Levay
Eddie Money
Opening theme "Roll Over It" performed by Eddie Money
Composer(s) Sylvester Levay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) John Ashley
Frank Lupo
Producer(s) Paul Bernbaum
Editor(s) Nathaniel Burr Smidt
David Ramirez
Cinematography Rick Bota
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) – June 29, 1990 (1990-06-29)

Hardball is an American crime drama television series that ran on NBC during the 1989-1990 television schedule.

Synopsis[edit]

Hardball is a variation of the buddy cop genre that focused on two cops, Charlie "C.B." Battles (John Ashton) and Joe "Kaz" Kaczierowski (Richard Tyson). Battles is a 45-year-old hard-nosed veteran cop who is forced to take a desk job or retire. Battles is soon assigned a new partner, the 25-year old hotshot Kaczierowski who follows his own set of rules when dealing with criminals. The pair are soon at odds over their respective methods of law enforcement.

NBC President Brandon Tartikoff saw this series as inspired by the Lethal Weapon films and Battles was patterned after Pete Rose.

Cast[edit]

  • John Ashton as Charlie "C.B." Battles
  • Richard Tyson as Joe "Kaz" Kaczierowski
  • John Pappas as Pappas
  • Barney McFadden as Ballantine

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Robert Palm and executive produced by John Ashley and Frank Lupo.

Theme song[edit]

The series' theme song "Roll It Over", was written by Sylvester Levay and Eddie Money. Money also performed the tune.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1 "Till Death Do Us Part" (Pilot) September 21, 1989
2 "The Silver Scream" September 28, 1989
3 "The One Armed Bandit" October 13, 1989
4 "Which Witch Is Witch?" October 27, 1989
5 "The Cleveland Indian" November 3, 1989
6 "The Fighting 52nd" November 10, 1989
7 "Time Bomb" November 17, 1989
8 "Trying to Make a Living, and Doing the Best That I Can" November 24, 1989
9 "The Out of Towner" December 1, 1989
10 "The Cool Katt" April 20, 1990
11 "The Angel of Death" April 27, 1990
12 "A Killer Date" May 4, 1990
13 "A Death in the Family" May 11, 1990
14 " Sex, Cops, and Videotape" May 18, 1990
15 "Wedding Bell Blues" June 1, 1990
16 "Prescription for Murder" June 8, 1990
17 "Every Dog Has His Day" June 22, 1990
18 "The Hunt for Honus Wagner" June 29, 1990

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