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Created byKevin Rodney Sullivan
ComposerStanley Clarke
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 10, 1988 (1988-11-10) –
January 19, 1989 (1989-01-19)

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. It struggled in its timeslot, airing against NBC's The Cosby Show and A Different World and CBS's 48 Hours. It was cancelled after 3 months on the air.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Knights of the City"TBATBANovember 10, 1988 (1988-11-10)10.4[1]
2"Friday Knight"TBATBANovember 17, 1988 (1988-11-17)10.3[2]
3"Codes"TBATBADecember 1, 1988 (1988-12-01)9.1[3]
4"Knight Before Christmas"TBATBADecember 8, 1988 (1988-12-08)8.8[4]
5"Hard Day's Knight"TBATBADecember 15, 1988 (1988-12-15)6.9[5]
6"Repo Man Blues"TBATBAN/AN/A
7"Lost Weekend"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1989 (1989-01-05)8.5[6]
8"Cops: Part 1"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1989 (1989-01-12)9.2[7]
9"Cops: Part 2"TBATBAJanuary 19, 1989 (1989-01-19)8.8[8]


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  4. ^ "Nielsen ratings". Life. USA Today. December 14, 1988. p. 3D. ProQuest 306143538.
  5. ^ "Nielsen ratings". Life. USA Today. December 21, 1988. p. 3D. ProQuest 306159082.
  6. ^ "Nielsen ratings". Life. USA Today. January 11, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306165080.
  7. ^ "Nielsen ratings". Life. USA Today. January 18, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306171627.
  8. ^ "Nielsen ratings". Life. USA Today. January 25, 1989. p. 3D. ProQuest 306147740.


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