Sonny Spoon

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Sonny Spoon
Created by Stephen J. Cannell
Starring Mario Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
Jordana Capra
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15 (list of episodes)
Running time 48 minutes
Original network NBC
Original release February 12 – December 16, 1988

Sonny Spoon is a detective program aired in the United States on the NBC television network in 1988. The series was created by Michael Daly, Dinah Prince, Stephen J. Cannell, and Randall Wallace and produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions (the fall 1988 episodes were in association with NBC Productions).


Sonny Spoon stars Mario Van Peebles as Sonny, a hip, black private investigator who uses his street smarts and "cool" persona to solve crimes. He often assists, and is assisted by, Carolyn Gilder (Terry Donahoe), an attractive assistant district attorney. Additionally, Sonny was a master of disguises, and might spend part of any given episode dressed as a clergyman, an Arab tourist, or an old lady. He used his many connections on the streets and relationships with friends and informants (who were apparently attracted to him mostly by his vibrant personality, as he had little cash to share with them) to further his ends, and also the insights of his father, Mel, a bar owner (played by Melvin Van Peebles, Mario's real-life father).


  • Mario Van Peebles as Sonny Spoon
  • Melvin Van Peebles as Mel Spoon
  • Terry Donahoe as Carolyn Gilder
  • Jordana Capra as Monique
  • Bob Wieland as Johnny Skates
  • Larry Friel as Det. Bartlett


Season 1 (1988)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Sam's Private Eye" February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12)
2 "Wizard of Odds" February 19, 1988 (1988-02-19)
3 "Crimes Below the Waist" February 26, 1988 (1988-02-26)
4 "Who's Got Tonsillitis?" March 4, 1988 (1988-03-04)
5 "Semper Fi" March 11, 1988 (1988-03-11)
6 "Tough Habit" March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
7 "Too Good to Be True, Too Smart to Get Caught" March 25, 1988 (1988-03-25)

Season 2 (1988)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
8 "Never Go to Your High School Reunion" October 7, 1988 (1988-10-07)
9 "Cheap & Chilli" October 14, 1988 (1988-10-14)
10 "The Final Exam" October 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
11 "Blind Justice" October 28, 1988 (1988-10-28)
12 "Papa Rozzi" November 4, 1988 (1988-11-04)
13 "Ratman Can" December 2, 1988 (1988-12-02)
14 "Deuces Wild" December 9, 1988 (1988-12-09)
15 "Diamonds Aren't Forever" December 16, 1988 (1988-12-16)


Sonny Spoon began its run as a mid-season replacement in February 1988, and was renewed for a second season. It did not sustain its early momentum and was canceled in December 1988.

Broadcast history[edit]

Season Time slot (ET)
1987–88 Friday at 10:00 pm
1988–89 Friday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1-4)
Friday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 5-7)


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