Renegade (TV series)

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Not to be confused with The Renegades, a TV show that ran from 1982 to 1983 starring Patrick Swayze
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Genre Action/Adventure
Created by Stephen J. Cannell
Starring Lorenzo Lamas
Branscombe Richmond
Kathleen Kinmont (seasons 1–4)
Stephen J. Cannell
Sandra Ferguson (season 5)
Theme music composer Mike Post
Opening theme Theme of Renegade
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 110 (List of episodes)
Production company(s) Stu Segall Productions
Cannell Entertainment
New World Entertainment (1995–1997)
Distributor Cannell Entertainment Distribution (1992–1995)
New World Entertainment Distribution (1995–1997)
Original channel Syndication (seasons 1–3)
USA Network (seasons 4 and 5)
Original run September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19) – April 4, 1997 (1997-04-04)

Renegade is an American television series that ran for 110 episodes spanning 5 seasons, first broadcast between September 19, 1992 and April 4, 1997. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell. Executive Producers included Cannell, Stu Segall, Bill Nuss and Richard C. Okie.

The series stars Lorenzo Lamas as Reno Raines, a police officer who is framed for a murder he did not commit. Raines goes on the run and joins forces with Native American bounty hunter Bobby Sixkiller, played by Branscombe Richmond. Stephen J. Cannell also had a recurring role as the main villain, crooked police officer Donald 'Dutch' Dixon.

Sources have shown that the show was actually loosely based on the life and experiences of a bounty hunter that prowled Tennessee in the early 80's named Frank Doman


The show had the following voiceover before every episode, provided by Don LaFontaine, summarizing the plot of the series:

The Renegade theme that followed was composed by Mike Post.


Renegade is the story of San Diego police officer Reno Raines. Reno was called to Bay City, California by his good friend District Attorney Harry Wells. Harry hired Reno to work undercover, exposing corrupt police officers. In a meeting with Harry Wells and Bay City Police Lieutenant Donald 'Dutch' Dixon, Reno explains he has enough evidence to press charges of murder and robbery against Dixon's partner Buzzy Burrell. Not wanting to be implicated in any crimes, Burrell and Dixon break convicted murderer Hogg Adams from prison in order to kill Raines. Later that night, Hogg busts into Reno's hotel room, aiming for Reno, but shooting his fiancé, Valerie Prentice, instead. Hogg flees the hotel and Burrell is seen rushing in to make sure Reno is dead. Dixon arrives moments afterward and kills Burrell with Reno's weapon.

Framed for the murder of Officer Burrell, Reno Raines goes on the run. Dixon sends professional bounty hunter Bobby Sixkiller after him, but Reno instead saves his life and gains his trust. Bobby realizes that some things were not right with Dixon. Reno then works as a bounty hunter alongside Sixkiller and his sister Cheyenne (Kathleen Kinmont), while searching for Hogg's brother Hound Adams, the one person who can clear his name and bring down Dixon — a witness who, fearing for his own life, will only come forward if Reno kills Dixon, something which he is unwilling to do.

Reno travels to look for bounties, which Bobby turns in for a percentage of the reward money (knowing that Reno would be arrested if he attempts to turn the criminals in himself). He also helps people at the same time and proves the innocence of those he believes to be innocent. On many occasions, law-enforcement officers (and other people) learn who Reno really is, but never turn him in once they trust and believe him. Eventually, Dixon becomes a US Federal Marshal, giving him the ability to chase Reno with federal assistance.

As the series is coming to an end in Season 5, Dutch kills his own wife Melissa, and she dies right in Reno's arms. She knew what Dixon was doing and was ready to help turn him in. Their adult son, Donald Dixon Jr, believes the newspaper articles (from Dixon Sr's testimony) and also goes for Reno. In the final episode, Reno, Bobby, Donald Jr, and Dixon's boss Marshal Jack Hendricks, go after Dixon successfully. In the process Dixon shoots and wounds Hendricks and goes on the run. The Marshals then put out a reward for his capture. The last scene showed Reno and Bobby discussing whether to go for him now or let him see what it's like to be a wanted fugitive. They choose the former, thus although Reno's predicament is partially resolved, the full end of the story is left ambiguous.

Attempted spin-off[edit]

The season 2 finale Carrick O'Quinn was a pilot for a Renegade spin-off series with O'Quinn played by Don Michael Paul. In the Carrick O'Quinn episode, O'Quinn was head of a police commando squad who accidentally blinded a judge Sarah Jessup, a friend of Reno, whilst trying to rescue her from danger. Feeling guilty on making the judge blind, O'Quinn quit the force and helps out the blind judge without revealing who he really is.

The Carrick O'Quinn spin-off series however never eventuated. [1]


Filming Locations[edit]

The series was primarily filmed in San Diego, California and surrounding suburbs.

DVD releases[edit]

Anchor Bay Entertainment released the first three seasons of Renegade on DVD in Region 1 in 2005–2006.[2][3] Due to poor sales, no further seasons were released. In 2010, these releases were discontinued and are out of print.

On October 14, 2009, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to several Stephen J. Cannell series, including Renegade.[4] They subsequently re-released the first two seasons as individual boxed sets.

On October 12, 2010, Mill Creek released Renegade: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 20-disc set features all 110 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.[5]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 22 January 19, 2010[6]
The Complete Second Season 22 September 14, 2010[7]
The Complete Series (1–5) 110 October 12, 2010


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