Hardball (1989 TV series)

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Crime drama
Created byRobert Palm
Written byPaul Bernbaum
Chris Bunch
Allan Cole
Frank Lupo
Robert Palm
Burt Pearl
Directed byRob Bowman
James Darren
Francis Delia
David Hemmings
Bruce Kessler
Guy Magar
Larry Shaw
Virgil W. Vogel
StarringJohn Ashton
Richard Tyson
Theme music composerSylvester Levay
Eddie Money
Opening theme"Roll Over It" performed by Eddie Money
Composer(s)Sylvester Levay
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive producer(s)John Ashley
Frank Lupo
Producer(s)Paul Bernbaum
CinematographyRick Bota
Editor(s)Nathaniel Burr Smidt
David Ramirez
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Columbia Pictures Television
NBC Productions
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) –
June 29, 1990 (1990-06-29)

Hardball is an American crime drama television series that ran on NBC from September 21, 1989 to June 29, 1990, during the 1989–90 television schedule.


Hardball is a variation of the buddy cop genre that focused on two cops, Charlie "C.B." Battles (John Ashton) and Joe "Kaz" Kaczierowski (Richard Tyson). Battles is a 45-year-old hard-nosed veteran cop who is forced to take a desk job or retire. Battles is soon assigned a new partner, the 25-year-old hotshot Kaczierowski who follows his own set of rules when dealing with criminals. The pair are soon at odds over their respective methods of law enforcement.

NBC President Brandon Tartikoff saw this series as inspired by the Lethal Weapon films and Battles was patterned after Pete Rose.


Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Robert Palm and executive produced by John Ashley and Frank Lupo.

Theme song[edit]

The series' theme song "Roll It Over", was written by Sylvester Levay, Mark Spiro, and Eddie Money. Money also performed the tune.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Till Death Do Us Part"David HemmingsFrank LupoSeptember 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
2"The Silver Scream"Larry ShawTeleplay by: Burt Pearl & Paul Bernbaum
Story by: Burt Pearl
September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)
3"The One Armed Bandit"Guy MagarPaul BernbaumOctober 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)
4"Which Witch Is Which?"TBATBAOctober 27, 1989 (1989-10-27)
5"The Cleveland Indian"David HemmingsTeleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
Story by: Burt Pearl
November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03)
6"The Fighting 52nd"David HemmingsPaul BernbaumNovember 10, 1989 (1989-11-10)
7"Time Bomb"TBATBANovember 17, 1989 (1989-11-17)
8"Trying to Make a Living, and Doing the Best I Can"TBATBANovember 24, 1989 (1989-11-24)
9"The Out of Towner"TBATBADecember 1, 1989 (1989-12-01)
10"The Cool Katt"TBATBAApril 20, 1990 (1990-04-20)
11"The Angel of Death"TBATBAApril 27, 1990 (1990-04-27)
12"A Killer Date"TBATBAMay 4, 1990 (1990-05-04)
13"A Death in the Family"TBATBAMay 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)
14"Sex, Cops, and Videotape"TBATBAMay 18, 1990 (1990-05-18)
15"Wedding Bell Blues"TBATBAJune 1, 1990 (1990-06-01)
16"Prescription for Murder"TBATBAJune 8, 1990 (1990-06-08)
17"Every Dog Has His Day"TBATBAJune 22, 1990 (1990-06-22)
18"The Hunt for Honus Wagner"TBATBAJune 29, 1990 (1990-06-29)

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