Heart of the City (TV series)

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Heart of the City
Heart of the city-show.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by E. Arthur Kean and
Michael Zinberg
Written by Jeremy Lew
Directed by Michael Zinberg
Starring Robert Desiderio
Jonathan Ward
Christina Applegate
Kario Salem
Branscombe Richmond
Robert Alan Browne
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original release 20 September 1986 – 2 July 1987

Heart of the City is a crime drama that aired on the ABC television network from September 1986 to January 1987.


The series focuses on the duties of a police detective in a Los Angeles-styled city who also has to take care of his two teenaged children after his wife's murder (and how his colleagues on the force chastised him for making them look bad when he solved most of his cases). This was a production of American Flyer Productions (headed by Anthony Zuiker, more recently well known for creating the "CSI" trilogy on CBS) in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

The series debuted on ABC's Saturday-night schedule in September 1986 (9pm ET/8pm CT), following two highly publicized (but short-lived) comedies: The Ellen Burstyn Show and Lucille Ball's final attempt at a TV comeback, Life with Lucy. It was the second lowest rated show that season, airing against two of NBC's Top 20 hits The Golden Girls and Amen, and also losing out to CBS's The New Mike Hammer. Heart of the City ranked 78th out of 79 shows, with a 7.2/12 rating/share. However, for many Christina Applegate fans; it become a cult classic with them. A Facebook fan group about the show was created recently.