Houston Knights

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Houston Knights
Created byMichael Butler
Jay Bernstein
StarringMichael Beck
Michael Paré
Composer(s)Dennis McCarthy
George Doering
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes31
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Jay Bernstein Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 11, 1987 –
June 10, 1988

Houston Knights is an American crime drama set in Houston, Texas. The show ran on CBS from 1987 to 1988 and had 31 episodes.


The core of the series is the partnership between two very different cops from two different cultures. Chicago cop Joey LaFiamma, played by Michael Paré, is transferred to Houston after he kills a mobster from a powerful Mafia family and a contract is put out on him. Once there, he is partnered with Levon Lundy, played by Michael Beck, the grandson of a Texas Ranger.

Although as different as night and day, and after a rocky beginning (the two engage in a fist-fight) they form a successful partnership and become friends. This is aided to a certain extent by an event where a hitman from Chicago who holds the contract to shoot La Fiamma arrives in Houston and is ultimately killed by Lundy.

During the series, it is revealed that both La Fiamma and Lundy have their own personal demons. La Fiamma's Chicago partner had been killed when the partner went into a crime scene while La Fiamma had waited for backup to arrive. Lundy's wife had been killed by an explosion that was intended to kill him.


The theme music for the series was Texan blues-rock style, opening with a steamy saxophone then featuring slide guitar work and a heavy bass line. Dennis McCarthy and George Doering composed the music for the series. Lee Ritenour is also credited as a major contributor to the music featured in the series.


One of the key features of the show was the car driven by La Fiamma, an ice-blue 289 AC Cobra "replicar", credited as being provided by "North American Fibreglass". The car was yet another way to demonstrate that La Fiamma didn't "fit" in Texas, as most other characters on the show drove pickup trucks (including Lundy).

The wardrobe for La Fiamma consisted of well-cut and stylish Italian label clothing, another contrast to Lundy, who was always attired in typical Texas "cowboy" clothes.


The titles of the 31 episodes are listed below, along with their original TV air dates. Although they are listed separately, the first two episodes were originally screened as a movie-length pilot. The first 9 episodes comprised the first season, the remaining 22 episodes formed season two. The first season ranked 34th out of 79 shows with a 15.1/26 rating/share.

Season 1 (1987)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Mirrors: Parts 1 & 2"Gary Nelson & Richard LangMichael Butler & Eric Blakeney & Gene MillerMarch 11, 1987 (1987-03-11)
33"North of the Border"Mike VejarClyde Phillips & Stan BerkowitzMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)
44"Houston's Hero"TBATBAMarch 25, 1987 (1987-03-25)
55"Single in Heaven"Richard ComptonMichael AhnemannApril 1, 1987 (1987-04-01)
66"Yesterday's Gone"TBATBAApril 8, 1987 (1987-04-08)
77"Bad Girl"Georg Sanford BrownMichael AhnemannApril 15, 1987 (1987-04-15)
88"Scarecrow"TBATBAApril 22, 1987 (1987-04-22)
99"Colt"Thomas J. WrightPaul DiamondApril 29, 1987 (1987-04-29)

Season 2 (1987–88)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
101"Moving Violation"Paul KrasnyStan BerkowitzSeptember 15, 1987 (1987-09-15)
112"Heads, I Win - Tails, You Lose"Dale WhiteTeleplay by: Nancy Ann Miller
Story by: Jay Bernstein
September 22, 1987 (1987-09-22)
123"Desperado"Reza BadiyiTeleplay by: Valerie West
Story by: Deborah Arakelaian
October 6, 1987 (1987-10-06)
134"Gun Shy"TBATBAOctober 13, 1987 (1987-10-13)
145"Lady Smoke"TBATBAOctober 20, 1987 (1987-10-20)
156"God's Will"TBATBANovember 3, 1987 (1987-11-03)
167"Diminished Capacity"TBATBANovember 10, 1987 (1987-11-10)
178"Home Is Where the Heart Is"TBATBANovember 17, 1987 (1987-11-17)
189"Secrets"TBATBADecember 8, 1987 (1987-12-08)
1910"Somebody to Love"TBATBADecember 22, 1987 (1987-12-22)
2011"There's One Born Every Minute"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
2112"Vigilante"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)
2213"The White Hand"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
2314"Sins of the Father"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
  1. The White Hand January 16, 1988
  2. Crime Spree June 2, 1988
  3. Cajun Spice February 13, 1988
  4. The Stone February 20, 1988
  5. Burnout February 27, 1988
  6. Love Hurts April 26, 1988
  7. Bad Paper March 5, 1988
  8. For Caroline October 5, 1988
  9. The Jungle Fighter July 6, 1988

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