Renegade (TV series)

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Renegade
Renegade title.jpg
Intertitle
Genre Action/Adventure
Drama
Crime
Created by Stephen J. Cannell
Starring
Theme music composer Mike Post
Opening theme Theme of Renegade
Composer(s) David Vanacore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 110 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Stu Segall Productions
Cannell Entertainment
New World Entertainment
(1996–1997)
(season 5)
Distributor Cannell Entertainment Distribution
(1992–1994)
(seasons 1-2)
Genesis Entertainment
(1994-1996)
(seasons 3-4)
New World Entertainment Distribution
(1996–1997)
(season 5)
Release
Original network Syndication (seasons 1–4)
USA Network (season 5)
Original release September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19) – April 4, 1997 (1997-04-04)

Renegade is an American television series that ran for 110 episodes spanning five seasons, first broadcast between September 19, 1992, and April 4, 1997. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell. Executive producers included Cannell, Stu Segall, Bill Nuss, and Richard C. Okie.

The series stars Lorenzo Lamas as Reno Raines, a police officer who is framed for a murder he did not commit. Raines goes on the run and joins forces with Native American bounty hunter Bobby Sixkiller, played by Branscombe Richmond. Stephen J. Cannell also had a recurring role as the main villain, crooked police officer Donald 'Dutch' Dixon.

Introduction[edit]

The show had the following voiceover before every episode, provided by Don LaFontaine, summarizing the plot of the series:

He was a cop, and good at his job, but he committed the ultimate sin—and testified against other cops gone bad. Cops that tried to kill him, but got the woman he loved instead. Framed for murder, now he prowls the badlands...an outlaw hunting outlaws...a bounty hunter...a RENEGADE.

The "Renegade" theme that followed was composed by Mike Post.

Plot[edit]

Renegade is the story of San Diego police officer Reno Raines, loosely based on Al Banks' bit-part biker tough guy character in the Terence Hill movie They Call Me Renegade (1987). Reno Raines, an ex-Army Ranger, was called to Bay City, California, by his good friend District Attorney Harry Wells. Harry hired Reno to work under cover, exposing corrupt police officers. In a meeting with Harry Wells and Bay City Police Lieutenant Donald 'Dutch' Dixon, Reno explains he has enough evidence to press charges of murder and robbery against Dixon's partner Buzzy Burrell. Not wanting to be implicated in any crimes, Burrell and Dixon break convicted murderer Hogg Adams from prison to kill Raines. Later that night, Hogg busts into Reno's hotel room, aiming for Reno, but shooting his fiancé, Valerie Prentiss, instead. Hogg flees the hotel and Burrell is seen rushing in to make sure Reno is dead. Dixon arrives moments afterward and kills Burrell with Reno's weapon.

Framed for the murder of Officer Burrell, Reno Raines goes on the run. Dixon sends professional bounty hunter Bobby Sixkiller, a former Marine, after him, but Reno instead saves his life and gains his trust. Bobby realizes that some things were not right with Dixon. Reno then works as a bounty hunter alongside Sixkiller and his sister Cheyenne (Kathleen Kinmont), while searching for Hogg's brother Hound Adams, the one person who can clear his name and bring down Dixon — a witness who, fearing for his own life, will only come forward if Reno kills Dixon, something which he is unwilling to do.

Using the alias "Vince Black", Reno travels the country to look for bounties, whom Bobby turns in for a percentage of the reward money (knowing that Reno would be arrested if he attempted to turn in the criminals himself). He also helps people at the same time and proves the innocence of those he believes to be innocent. On many occasions, law-enforcement officers (and other people) learn who Reno really is, but never turn him in once they trust and believe him. Eventually, Dixon becomes a US federal marshal, giving him the ability to chase Reno with federal assistance.

In season three, Reno goes after Dutch when he learns an $80,000 reward is out for Dixon's capture and arrest for the murder of another Bay City officer. It all turns out to be an elaborate ruse set by Dixon to trap and capture Reno, instead. Reno is arrested and put on trial for Buzzy Burrell's murder. Hound Adams agrees to testify for the defense for a very large fee that he knows who really killed Burrell, but when questioned on the witness stand, he implicates Reno, instead, as Burrell's killer. With no evidence to prove that Dutch bribed Hound to lie on the stand, Reno is found guilty of Burrell's murder and sentenced to be put to death. Deciding not to wait for his sentence to be carried out, Reno manages to escape from prison with the help of a convict who was bribed by Dixon to kill Reno. The convict, chosen by Dixon because he knew he was dying of cancer and had nothing to lose, instead gives the bribe money to his lawyer to hold on to with instructions to send to the police should anything happen to his family.

As the series is coming to an end in season five, Dutch kills his own wife Melissa, and she dies right in Reno's arms. She knew what Dixon was doing and was ready to help turn him in. Their adult son, Donald Dixon, Jr., believes the newspaper articles (from Dixon, Sr.'s testimony) and also goes for Reno. In the final episode, Reno, Bobby, Donald, Jr., and Dixon's boss Marshal Jack Hendricks go after Dixon successfully. In the process, Dixon shoots and wounds Hendricks and goes on the run. The marshals then put out a reward for his capture. The last scene showed Reno and Bobby discussing whether to go for him now or let him see what it is like to be a wanted fugitive. They choose the former, thus although Reno's predicament is partially resolved, the full end of the story is left ambiguous.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)May 17, 1993 (1993-05-17)
222September 13, 1993 (1993-09-13)May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)
322September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)May 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)
422September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)April 29, 1996 (1996-04-29)
522September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13)April 4, 1997 (1997-04-04)

Filming locations[edit]

The series was primarily filmed in San Diego, California, and surrounding suburbs.

Home media[edit]

Anchor Bay Entertainment released the first three seasons of Renegade on DVD in Region 1 in 2005–2006.[1][2] Due to poor sales, no further seasons were released. In 2010, these releases were discontinued and are out of print.

On October 14, 2009, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to several Stephen J. Cannell series, including Renegade.[3] They subsequently re-released the first two seasons as individual boxed sets.

On October 12, 2010, Mill Creek released Renegade: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 20-disc set features all 110 episodes of the series on DVD for the first time.[4]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 22 January 19, 2010[5]
The Complete Second Season 22 September 14, 2010[6]
The Complete Series (1–5) 110 October 12, 2010

Attempted spin-off[edit]

The season-two finale, "Carrick O'Quinn", was a backdoor pilot for a Renegade spin-off series with O'Quinn played by Don Michael Paul. In the Carrick O'Quinn episode, O'Quinn was head of a police commando squad, which accidentally blinded a judge named Sarah Jessup, a friend of Reno's, while trying to rescue her from danger. Feeling guilty on making the judge blind, O'Quinn quit the force and helped out the blind judge without revealing who he really was.

The Carrick O'Quinn spin-off series, however, never happened.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ Mill Creek Gets DVD Rights to 14 More Classic Stephen J. Cannell TV Programs! Archived 2011-02-14 at WebCite
  4. ^ Renegade – Complete Series Archived 2010-09-04 at the Wayback Machine.. TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-22.
  5. ^ Renegade DVD news: Announcement for Renegade – The Complete 1st Season Archived 2009-12-15 at the Wayback Machine.. TVShowsOnDVD.com (2007-05-25). Retrieved on 2010-12-22.
  6. ^ Renegade DVD news: Announcement for Renegade – The Complete 2nd Season (Mill Creek) Archived 2010-08-26 at the Wayback Machine.. TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-22.
  7. ^ http://www.torgo.us/renegade/Episode-CarrickOQuinn.htm

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