|Created by||Elliott Baker, based on his novel Pocock & Pitt|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Global Television Network|
Robert Cooper Productions
|Distributor||Orion Television Distribution|
|Original network||Global (Canada)|
|Original release||September 24, 1986 –|
March 9, 1988
Adderly is a Canadian television adventure-drama series which aired from 1986 to 1988. It was broadcast on both Canadian TV and on CBS in the United States. it starred Vancouver-born Winston Rekert as "charming and witty V.H. Adderly," an operative working for an obscure government intelligence agency.
Adderly was based on series creator Elliott Baker's novel, Pocock & Pitt.
- Winston Rekert as V.H. (Virgil Homer) Adderly
- Jonathan Welsh as Melville Greenspan
- Dixie Seatle as Mona Ellerby
- Ken Pogue as Major Jonathan B. Clack
V.H. Adderly (Rekert) is a secret agent for an organization known as the I.S.I (International Security and Intelligence). Before the series begins, an enemy agent, Victor Barinov, crushes Adderly's left hand with a medieval mace during an interrogation in East Germany. Adderly loses the use of the hand, and since he is no longer considered useful as an active agent, he is reassigned to the I.S.I.'s tiny Department of Miscellaneous Affairs, located in a small basement office. This is meant to be a sort of "good service" reward for Adderly, as his supposedly cushy Miscellaneous Affairs job is mostly concerned with mundane in-house administrative paperwork. During the series, Adderly consistently finds ways to use his vague, non-specific status as a representative of "Miscellaneous Affairs" to actively investigate anything the I.S.I. has overlooked, and regularly goes above and beyond his mundane duties to uncover and neutralize dread plots that the larger organization has failed to investigate.
Miscellaneous Affairs is officially run by Melville Greenspan (Welsh), a man fastidiously devoted to bureaucracy and unwilling to allow Adderly the freedom to pursue his outside interests. The only other departmental staff member is Mona Ellerby (Seatle), Greenspan's over-qualified secretary who is addicted to adventure and romance novels. Greenspan's superior is Major Jonathan B. Clack (Pogue), who is in charge of the I.S.I. as a whole, and is responsible for Adderly's reassignment from active field operations to Miscellaneous Affairs.
Through the course of the 44-episode run, Adderly repeatedly demonstrates his ability to perform the duties of an active field agent, even saving the life of Major Clack himself. This only confirms to Clack that Adderly is an important asset at his current post. It is implied that Clack may have created the Department of Miscellaneous Affairs to allow Adderly the freedom and flexibility to pursue various cases which the I.S.I. couldn't normally handle.
Season 1 (1986–1987)
|1||1||Hit-Man Complex||24 Sep. 1986|
|2||2||Mailman||1 Oct. 1986|
|3||3||Critical Mass||8 Oct. 1986|
|4||4||A Change of Mind||15 Oct. 1986|
|5||5||Backfire||22 Oct. 1986|
|6||6||Rich Kid||29 Oct. 1986|
|7||7||Capture the Flag||5 Nov. 1986|
|8||8||Nina Who?||12 Nov. 1986|
|9||9||The Dancing Lesson||19 Nov. 1986|
|10||10||Adderly with Eggroll||26 Nov. 1986|
|11||11||Brotherly Love||3 Dec. 1986|
|12||12||Secrets of the Sun||7 Jan. 1987|
|13||13||A Matter of Discretion||14 Jan. 1987|
|14||14||Nemesis||4 Feb. 1987|
|15||15||Year of the Tiger||11 Feb. 1987|
|16||16||Who Do, Voodoo||18 Feb. 1987|
|17||17||Miscellaneous News||25 Feb. 1987|
|18||18||Tiers of Interment||4 Mar. 1987|
|19||19||Running Backwards||8 Apr. 1987|
|20||20||Class of '87||29 Apr. 1987|
|21||21||Mirror Man||13 May 1987|
|22||22||A Far, Far Better Thing||27 May 1987|
Season 2 (1987-1988)
|1||23||Speed of Light||7 Aug. 1987|
|2||24||Run to Darkness||14 Aug. 1987|
|3||25||Eye in the Sky||21 Aug. 1987|
|4||26||To Better Days||28 Aug. 1987|
|5||27||Blood Feud||4 Sep. 1987|
|6||28||The Perils of Mona||11 Sep. 1987|
|7||29||Midnight in Morocco||30 Sep. 1987|
|8||30||The Bridge||7 Oct. 1987|
|9||31||Headhunter||14 Oct. 1987|
|10||32||Code Name: Chipmunk||28 Oct. 1987|
|11||33||Spymaster||11 Nov. 1987|
|12||34||Requiem||18 Nov. 1987|
|13||35||Horse Cents||25 Nov. 1987|
|14||36||Debbie Does Dishes||2 Dec. 1987|
|15||37||The Man Who Didn't Know Too Much||9 Dec. 1987|
|16||38||Deathwatch||23 Dec. 1987|
|17||39||Covert Agenda||20 Jan. 1988|
|18||40||The Game||10 Feb. 1988|
|19||41||Adventures in Bodysitting||17 Feb. 1988|
|20||42||The Interrogation||24 Feb. 1988|
|21||43||See How They Die||2 Mar. 1988|
|22||44||Point of No Return||9 Mar. 1988|
Adderly aired from September 1986 through May 1987 (its first season) in the 11:30pm CBS Late Night slot on the CBS network. For the second season (beginning in August 1987), the show's popularity prompted CBS to run episodes in prime time, but there was little promotion and the show didn't do well in the ratings. CBS moved the show back to the 11:30pm time slot in September 1987 where it remained until the series ended. Canadian broadcasts of the series did not commence until January 1987.
- Eirik Knutzen. "Manual Labor Finally Paid Off for Rekert." Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 2, 1987, p. TV2.
- Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
- Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.