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Genre Drama
Written by Nita Nickerson
Starring Benjamin Bratt
Calvin Levels
Don Franklin
Paris Vaughan
Joshua Cadman
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) MGM Television
Original network ABC
Original release 11 November 1988 – 19 January 1989

Knightwatch is a television drama aired by ABC 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, undoubtedly 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.


  • Benjamin Bratt as Tony Maldonado
  • Don Franklin as Calvin Garvey
  • Paris Vaughan as Leslie Chambers
  • Joshua Cadman as Jason Snyder
  • Ava Haddad as Casey Mitchell
  • Calvin Levels as Mark 'Burn' Johnson
  • Samantha Mathis as Jacquline 'Jake' Monroe
  • Harley Jane Kozak as Barbara 'Babs' Shepard


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