B.L. Stryker

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B.L. Stryker
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Genre Detective Drama
Created by Christopher Crowe
Starring Burt Reynolds
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Running time 95-120 minutes
Production company(s) Blue Period Productions, Inc.
T.W.S. Productions, Inc.
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel ABC
Original release February 13, 1989 – May 5, 1990

B.L. Stryker[1] is an American detective drama that aired on ABC from February 13, 1989 to May 5, 1990 as part of the ABC Mystery Movie along with Gideon Oliver, Columbo and Kojak. The series was executive produced by Tom Selleck.[2]


The series starred Burt Reynolds as B.L. Stryker, a Vietnam war vet and former New Orleans cop who moved to Palm Beach, Florida to work as a private investigator. Stryker, who lived on a houseboat and drove an old Caddy, solved murders among the rich and famous. Stryker's houseboat was Coordinates: 26°42′58″N 80°02′59″W / 26.716065°N 80.049813°W / 26.716065; -80.049813 (BL Stryker Houseboat Location) located near the corner of N Flagler Drive & 3rd Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. Stryker's Cadillac featured an underdash 45 RPM ARC 2500 record player.[3]


Guest stars[edit]

Among the guest stars in the series' 12 episodes were: Loni Anderson, Elizabeth Ashley, Ned Beatty, James Best, Michael Chiklis, Dom DeLuise, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jack Gilford, Neil Patrick Harris, Doug McClure, Ricardo Montalban, Denise Nicholas, Austin Pendleton, Deborah Raffin, Helen Shaver, Maureen Stapleton and Kristy Swanson.

DVD releases[edit]

Arts Alliance America released the entire series on DVD in Region 1. Season 1 was released on February 26, 2008.[4] Season 2 was to be released on July 15, 2008 but the release was cancelled with no reason given for the cancellation.[5][6]

On September 30, 2008, Arts Alliance released B.L. Stryker: The Complete Series, a 7-disc boxset featuring all 12 episodes.[7] As of 2012, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.


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