The Renegades (TV series)
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|Written by||Steven E. de Souza|
|Directed by||Roger Spottiswoode|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes|
|Executive producer(s)||Lawerence Gordon|
|Editor(s)||John F. Link (pilot)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lawrence Gordon Productions|
|Original release||March 4 –|
April 8, 1983
The Renegades is an American action crime drama series about a street gang that becomes a special police undercover unit in order to avoid jail time. The show starred Patrick Swayze as "Bandit", the leader of the gang.
- Patrick Swayze as Bandit
- Randy Brooks as Eagle
- Paul Mones as J.T.
- Tracy Scoggins as Tracy
- Robert Thaler as Dancer
- Brian Tochi as Dragon
- Angel Granados Jr. (2-hour pilot) and Fausto Bara (post-pilot) as Gaucho
- James Luisi as Lt. Marciano
- Kurtwood Smith as Captain Scanlon
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Back to School"||TBA||TBA||March 4, 1983|
|College athletes are suspected of point-shaving.|
|2||"The Demon Dragsters"||Don Chaffay||Nancy Ann Miller||March 11, 1983|
|Car strippers use souped-up cars to evade the police.|
|3||"The Big Time"||Stephen McPheerson||Barbara Peeters||March 18, 1983|
|Prisoners are being trained to crack sophisticated safes.|
|4||"On the Pad"||Don Chaffey||Bruce Bilson||March 25, 1983|
|The team goes undercover to find out why a cop lets two extortionists go.|
|5||"Film at Eleven"||TBA||Gregory S. Dinallo||April 1, 1983|
|An 11-year-old is a witness to a holdup-murder.|
|6||"Target: Marciano"||Nicholas Corea||Barbara Peeters||April 8, 1983|
|An escaped drug pusher wants Marciano to surrender to him or else there will be a blood bath in the streets.|
After the success of the movie The Warriors, Hollywood looked to take the youth gang concept and market it to TV. In 1981, Swayze did a TV show, Return of the Rebels, about an aging motorcycle gang who get together to help a friend who owns a popular campground that is being threatened by a band of arrogant groupies. However, the show didn't catch on and was quickly canceled.
Brother team Lawrence and Charles Gordon tried to market Swayze's rebel look, combine the gang concept with a police angle and came up with The Renegades. Roger Spottiswoode directed the TV movie pilot that first broadcast on August 11, 1982 and a six-episode series was later broadcast in 1983. It had weak ratings and ABC cancelled the show.
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1982–83||6||March 4, 1983||April 8, 1983||98||N/A||N/A|
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