Ohara (TV series)

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Pat Morita as Ohara
GenrePolice procedural
Created by
Developed byRonald M. Cohen
Composer(s)Bill Conti
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30
Executive producer(s)
  • Brian Grazer
  • Hal Sitowitz
  • Tony Wharmby
  • Roderick Taylor
  • Skip Ward
  • Ralph Riskin
Running time60 minutes
Production company/companies
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 17, 1987 (1987-01-17) –
May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)

Ohara is an American police procedural television series that first aired on the ABC television network from January 17, 1987, until May 7, 1988, starring Pat Morita in the title role of Lt. Ohara. Morita also co-created the series along with Michael Braveman and John A. Kuri. Kevin Conroy, Jon Polito, Rachel Ticotin, and Robert Clohessy also starred in supporting roles. The series was notable for being one of the first television series to have a Japanese-American actor in the leading role.


The series focuses on an unconventional Los Angeles-based Japanese American police lieutenant named Ohara (Pat Morita) who uses spirituality methods such as meditation in his home shrine to solve crimes without the use of a gun or a partner, although he would use martial arts if necessary. He often talked in the form of epigrams. He was later paired with a partner named Lt. George Shaver (Robert Clohessy) who was a more conventional cop.

Main cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Episodes list[edit]

Season 1 (1987)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBAJanuary 17, 1987 (1987-01-17)
22"Eddie"TBATBAJanuary 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
33"Darryl"TBATBAJanuary 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
44"Will"TBATBAFebruary 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
55"Toshi"TBATBAFebruary 14, 1987 (1987-02-14)
66"Terry"TBATBAFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
77"Laura"TBATBAMarch 7, 1987 (1987-03-07)
88"Jesse"TBATBAMarch 14, 1987 (1987-03-14)
99"Louie"TBATBAMarch 21, 1987 (1987-03-21)
1010"Frannie"TBATBAMarch 28, 1987 (1987-03-28)
1111"Brian"TBATBAApril 4, 1987 (1987-04-04)

Season 2 (1987–88)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
121"Y' Wanna Live Forever?"TBATBAOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
132"Artful Dodgers"TBATBAOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
143"The Sparrow"TBATBAOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
154"Fagin All Over Again"TBATBANovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
165"Take the Money and Run"TBATBANovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
176"The Intruders"TBATBANovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
187"Hot Rocks"TBATBADecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
198"And a Child Shall Lead Them"TBATBADecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
209"Silver in the Hills"TBATBADecember 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
2110"They Shoot Witnesses, Don't They?"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
2211"You Bet Your Life"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
2312"What's in a Name?"Tony WharmbyJerome LewJanuary 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
2413"Sign of the Times"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
2514"The Light Around the Body"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
2615"X"TBATBAMarch 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
2716"Last Year's Model"TBATBAMarch 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
2817"Open Season"TBATBAMarch 26, 1988 (1988-03-26)
2918"Seeing Something That Isn't There"TBATBAApril 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
3019"Hot Spell"TBATBAMay 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)

Format changes and cancellation[edit]

Following its premiere, the show was not attracting the audience ABC had hoped for. They put it through several format changes to increase the ratings. The first major change was to change title character Ohara from a lieutenant to a federal police officer; he was also paired with a partner. Later on in the season Ohara became a more conventional cop using a gun to assist him in his investigations. The second season had a final format change in which Ohara and his partner were turned into private investigators. These changes failed to improve the show's declining ratings and the show was cancelled after the second season.

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