Hawkins (TV series)

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James stewart hawkins 1973.JPG
Stewart as Billy Jim Hawkins.
Genre Mystery
Created by Robert Hamner
David Karp
Starring James Stewart
Strother Martin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 90 minute
Original network CBS
Original release October 2, 1973[1] – September 3, 1974[1]
Preceded by Hawkins on Murder (1973)

Hawkins is a television series which aired for one season on CBS between 1973 and 1974. The mystery, created by Robert Hamner and David Karp, starred James Stewart as rural-bred lawyer Billy Jim Hawkins, who investigated the cases he was involved in, similarly to Stewart's earlier smash hit movie Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Despite being critically well received and winning a Golden Globe Award (Best Actor in Television Drama Series, Stewart), the series was cancelled after one season consisting of seven 90-minute episodes. Stewart requested the cancellation since he believed that the quality of scripts and directors in television could not continuously measure up to the level to which he was accustomed with theatrical films.

Seen as part of The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies, it alternated every third week with the TV movie adaptations of Shaft, along with other TV movies. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither one the time to build up a large viewership.

Arena Productions produced Hawkins in association with MGM Television.[2]


James Stewart as Billy Jim Hawkins
Strother Martin as R. J. Hawkins


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9. Pp. 254-255.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 365.

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