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Written byNita Nickerson
StarringBenjamin Bratt
Calvin Levels
Don Franklin
Paris Vaughan
Joshua Cadman
Composer(s)Stanley Clarke
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Astor III Productions
MGM/UA Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 10, 1988 –
January 19, 1989

Knightwatch is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from November 10, 1988 until January 19, 1989 as part of its fall 1988 lineup. It had been promoted as an original series in light of summer reruns continuing into the fall due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike.


Knightwatch centers around the activities of the "Knights of the City", a volunteer group set up to assist law enforcement. It was largely made up of ex-gang members (and was modeled after a similar real-life group, the Guardian Angels); the program focused on its charismatic leader, Tony Maldonado (Benjamin Bratt). Operating out of donated space in the basement of a church, the group practiced martial arts and other unarmed techniques since they were not commissioned police officers and did not use firearms. Keeping young people with violent pasts from reverting to this pattern in their new-found calling was a constant challenge to Tony, as were the interpersonal relationships constantly developing among his young colleagues.

Knightwatch was a Nielsen ratings failure, due to being forced to compete with NBC's The Cosby Show and A Different World and CBS's 48 Hours. It was cancelled after 3 months on the air.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Knights of the City"TBATBANovember 10, 1988 (1988-11-10)
2"Friday Knight"TBATBANovember 17, 1988 (1988-11-17)
3"Codes"TBATBADecember 1, 1988 (1988-12-01)
4"Knight Before Christmas"TBATBADecember 8, 1988 (1988-12-08)
5"Hard Day's Knight"TBATBADecember 15, 1988 (1988-12-15)
6"Repo Man Blues"TBATBADecember 31, 1988 (1988-12-31)
7"Lost Weekend"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1989 (1989-01-05)
8"Cops: Part 1"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1989 (1989-01-12)
9"Cops: Part 2"TBATBAJanuary 19, 1989 (1989-01-19)


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