Hawk (TV series)

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Reynolds as John Hawk.
Genre Crime drama
Created by Allan Sloane
Written by Allan Sloane
Edward Adler
Don Mankiewicz
Albert Ruben
Directed by Sam Wanamaker
Richard Benedict
Paul Henreid
Alexander Singer
Starring Burt Reynolds
Wayne Grice
Bruce Glover
Leon Janney
Theme music composer Kenyon Hopkins
Nelson Riddle
Composer(s) Kenyon Hopkins
Nelson Riddle (one episode)
Shorty Rogers (one episode)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Hubbell Robinson
Producer(s) Paul Bogart (producer)
Stan Schwimmer (associate producer)
Kenneth Utt (associate producer)
Location(s) New York City
Editor(s) Norman Colbert
Arline Garson
Murray Solomon
Donald W. Starling
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Screen Gems
Distributor Screen Gems
Columbia Pictures Television
Colex Enterprises
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television (current)
Original network ABC
Original release September 8 (1966-09-08) – December 29, 1966 (1966-12-29)

Hawk is a crime drama series starring Burt Reynolds, which aired on ABC from September 8, 1966 to December 29, 1966. The series was Reynolds' first starring role in a television series since leaving Gunsmoke the previous year.


Reynolds stars as police lieutenant John Hawk, a full-blooded Iroquois working the streets of New York City as a special detective for the city's District Attorney's office. Hawk is assisted by his African American[1] partner, Dan Carter (played by Wayne Grice). Hawk and Carter deal with various common cases such as murder, organized crime and arson. While facing the brutal daily life of being a detective, Hawk's native heritage and ancestry has also caused him to be subjected to discrimination and racism, both on the streets and in the office.

Many of the scenes were filmed on location in New York City, with some interior scenes filmed at the Filmways Studios in East Harlem.

The series also co-stars Bruce Glover as Assistant D.A. Murray Slaken, and Leon Janney as Assistant D.A. Ed Gorton.

Notable guest stars who appeared in this series include Gene Hackman, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Diana Muldaur, Scott Glenn, Diane Baker, James Best, Bert Convy, Elizabeth Ashley, Kim Hunter and Lou Antonio.

While his character is a full-blooded Native American, Reynolds himself has some Cherokee blood from his father's side.[2]

Repeat broadcasts[edit]

Despite being a short-lived series, repeats of Hawk have resurfaced at least three times, as a way to present Reynolds' early work before he became a successful movie celebrity:

  • Repeats of Hawk aired on NBC in the summer of 1976, to capitalize on Reynolds' success in the same manner as CBS did with his later series, Dan August, in 1973 and 1975.[3]
  • Hawk would later be syndicated to local stations in 1984 through Colex Enterprises.[1]
  • More recently, episodes of the series have appeared on the digital multicast network GetTV.[4]


Episode # Title Air date
1 "Do Not Mutilate or Spindle" September 8, 1966 (1966-09-08)
Hawk is on a case of a murdered office worker, with its possible link being a religious fanatic named Houston Worth (Gene Hackman).
2 "The Longleat Chronicles" September 15, 1966 (1966-09-15)
Hawk falls in love with a girl involved in a murder (Diane Baker).
3 "Thanks for the Honeymoon" September 22, 1966 (1966-09-22)
Hawk tries to prove that a man is innocent of murder.
4 "Game with a Dead End" September 29, 1966 (1966-09-29)
Hawk searches for a missing girl. Guest stars include Bert Convy.
5 "Death Comes Full Circle" October 6, 1966 (1966-10-06)
With the help of his shrewd lawyer, a hit and run killer avoids prosecution. Guest stars include Martin Sheen.
6 "The Theory of the Innocent Bystander" October 13, 1966 (1966-10-13)
Hawk is in search of a stolen limousine. But its contents is even more valuable -- $1 million in securities. Guest stars include Robert Duvall.
7 "The Man Who Owned Everyone" October 20, 1966 (1966-10-20)
Hawk catches a crook, known to have friends in the political arena. Diana Muldaur guest stars.
8 "How Close Can You Get?" October 27, 1966 (1966-10-27)
A Shakespearean actor receives anonymous letters from a murderer, telling him of his heinous crimes.
9 "The Living End of Sisterbaby" November 3, 1966 (1966-11-03)
A model gets murdered, and Hawk suspects that the murderer works in the upper ranks of the business. Guest-starring Vincent Gardenia.
10 "The Shivering Pigeon" November 10, 1966 (1966-11-10)
Hawk is in search of a stool pigeon (Lou Antonio), hoping that he finds him before the mob does.
11 "Ulysses and the Republic" November 17, 1966 (1966-11-17)
Hawk's old friend, Ulysses, was murdered in his apartment building; it is up to him to find out who was responsible.
12 "Legacy for a Lousy Future" November 24, 1966 (1966-11-24)
Hawk tries to recover $250,000 that a crook has hidden before he was sent to prison.
13 ""H" is a Dirty Letter" December 1, 1966 (1966-12-01)
Hawk searches for the ringleader in New York City's heroin trade. Guest stars include Frank Converse.
14 "Some Devil Whispered in His Ear" December 8, 1966 (1966-12-08)
A killer threatens customers at an East Side bar.
15 "The Hands of Corbin Claybrooke" December 15, 1966 (1966-12-15)
Hawk looks for answers when an artist is framed for murder.
16 "Wall of Silence" December 22, 1966 (1966-12-22)
Hawk reaches out to a mentally disabled girl, who was an only witness to a murder. Guest stars include Kim Hunter.
17 "Blind Man's Bluff" December 29, 1966 (1966-12-29)
Hawk is on a hunt for a murderer with an unusual motive -- all his victims were cab drivers with 7-year-old daughters. Guests include James Best.


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