Gavilan (TV series)

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Created by Tom Mankiewicz
Starring Robert Urich
Kate Reid
Composer(s) Steve Dorff
Larry Herbstritt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (3 unaired)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Mandy Films
MGM Television
Original network NBC
Original release October 26, 1982 – March 18, 1983

Gavilan is an American adventure drama series that aired on NBC from October 26, 1982 until March 18, 1983.[1]


Robert Gavilan is a former CIA agent, who now works for the Oceanographic Institute headed by Marion Jaworski. Every now and then, someone from his past as a spy comes to him asking for his help, or on one of the jobs that he is on, somehow turns into trouble, or someone just needs his help as both as former spy or/and as an oceanographer. Milo Bentley is an old friend of his father's who stays in Robert's guest room and uses his history with his father to freeload and mooch off him.



  1. Sarah and the Buzz (10-26-1982)
  2. Pirates (11-9-1982)
  3. By the Sword (11-16-1982)
  4. A Matter of Geography (11-23-1982)
  5. The Hydra (11-30-1982)
  6. A Drop in the Ocean (12-7-1982)
  7. Designated Hero (12-14-1982)
  8. The Best Friend Money Can Buy (12-21-1982)
  9. The Guns of Harry August (12-28-1982)
  10. The Midas Keys (3-18-1983)
  11. The Diamond Goddess UNAIRED
  12. The Proteus Affair UNAIRED
  13. Rios En La Mar UNAIRED


The show was made by Tom Mankiewicz and Leonard Goldberg, who had enjoyed success with Hart to Hart. Fernando Lamas was originally cast as the conman. The lead character was named after the boxer Kid Gavilan. NBC made an order for 13 episodes but the show was taken off the air after ten episodes had aired.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 449. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Tom Mankiewicz, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood (with Robert Crane) University Press of Kentucky 2012 p 256-257

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