The Hat Squad

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The Hat Squad
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Genre Crime drama
Written by Stephen J. Cannell[1]
Bill Nuss
Directed by Rob Bowman
Composer(s) Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Stephen J. Cannell[1]
Bill Nuss
Location(s) Vancouver
Cinematography Brenton Spencer
Rodney Charters
Editor(s) Casey O. Rohrs
Chris G. Willingham
Jimmy Giritlian
Running time 1 hour
Production company(s) Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 16, 1992 (1992-09-16) – January 23, 1993 (1993-01-23)

The Hat Squad is a crime drama television series that ran for only one season on CBS, during the 1992–1993 season.[1] 13 episodes were made, but only 11 of them aired.


Police officer Mike Ragland and his wife Kitty have adopted three boys whose parents' lives were taken by violence; having been told stories about the police "hat squads" of the past, the three boys grew up to become an elite police unit called The Hat Squad, dressed in street clothes and fedoras. They consist of Buddy, who was just a baby when his father died; Rafael, who doesn't carry a firearm and uses a wide variety of methods to subdue criminals; and Matty, who is studying to become a lawyer.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 "Pilot" Rob Bowman Stephen J. Cannell September 16, 1992 (1992-09-16) 48000
The Squad's first case involves catching a murderer who is terrorizing the only witness, a young boy.
2 "The Widow Maker" * * September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23) 48101
Matt is beaten up by a cop who moonlights as a killer. They devise a plan to capture this killer, but things are not a clear-cut as they seem to be.
3 "92 Seconds to Midnight" Rob Bowman Bill Nuss September 30, 1992 (1992-09-30) 48102
Raffi goes undercover to protect a little girl when her father is forced out of his retirement from crime by a robber planning a two-million-dollar subway heist.
4 "Family Business" Kim Manners Stephen J. Cannell October 28, 1992 (1992-10-28) 48105
It's a family feud when the Hats clash with a family of extortionists that uses strong-arm tactics. An additional obstacle: saving the family's tormented youngest member from a life of crime.
5 "Phoenix Rising" Vern Gillum * November 4, 1992 (1992-11-04) 48103
The guys must act quickly when a deranged explosives expert escapes from prison and targets Mike, the cop who put him behind bars for murder.
6 "Ten" * * November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11) 48107
Bad brothers blow away Buddy's buddy, leaving a young boy fatherless, so the Hats scramble to confront the hit men before they leave town.
7 "Rest in Peace" * * December 9, 1992 (1992-12-09) 48109
Buddy travels to Las Vegas as he tracks a mob boss he thinks murdered his natural father. But the killer is closer to home, as is someone who has a contract to kill Buddy.
8 "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous" Kim Manners Bill Nuss January 2, 1993 (1993-01-02) 48106
The team must protect a murder witness from a killer who is also the heir to a fortune. Meanwhile, Rafael is mistaken for the "Kissing Bandit."
9 "A Dog's Life" * * January 9, 1993 (1993-01-09) 48110
Frustrated by a canine capable of detecting smuggled drugs, a drug lord puts a bounty on the dog's life. The DEA sniffs out The Hat Squad to protect the dog, but the brothers can't help but sink their teeth into the larger case.
10 "Dead Man Walking" Kim Manners * January 16, 1993 (1993-01-16) 48113
The Hats get a tip from a death row inmate about some bad cops. They must get the evidence against the cops before the cops find them.
11 "The Liquidator" Brad Turner * January 23, 1993 (1993-01-23) 48114
The Hats are called on to protect a woman from a mob-hired hit man.
12 "Frankie Stein" Kim Manners David Greenwalt Unaired 48108
Matt gets in trouble when he tries to prove that recently released criminal Frankie Stein is committing armed robberies.
13 "The 12th Victim" * * Unaired 48115
A serial killer threatens a blind psychiatrist, and the team is assigned to protect her.


  1. ^ a b c Rosenberg, Howard (September 16, 1992). "TV REVIEW : 'The Hat Squad' Is Not a Good Fit". The Los Angeles Times. 

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