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The Renegades (TV series)

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The Renegades
Ad for the 1982 TV movie
GenreCrime drama
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (+ pilot)
Executive producers
EditorJohn F. Link (pilot)
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 4 (1983-03-04) –
April 8, 1983 (1983-04-08)

The Renegades is an American action crime drama television series about a street gang that becomes a special police undercover unit in order to avoid jail time.[1] The show starred Patrick Swayze as "Bandit", the leader of the gang.[2]





The two-hour television movie backdoor pilot for this series aired on August 11, 1982.

List of The Renegades episodes
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Back to School"UnknownBobby RothMarch 4, 1983 (1983-03-04)
College athletes are suspected of point-shaving.
2"The Demon Dragsters"Don ChaffayNancy Ann MillerMarch 11, 1983 (1983-03-11)
Car strippers use souped-up cars to evade the police.
3"The Big Time"Stephen McPheersonBarbara PeetersMarch 18, 1983 (1983-03-18)
Prisoners are being trained to crack sophisticated safes.
4"On the Pad"Don ChaffeyBruce BilsonMarch 25, 1983 (1983-03-25)
The team goes undercover to find out why a cop lets two extortionists go.
5"Film at Eleven"UnknownGregory S. DinalloApril 1, 1983 (1983-04-01)
An 11-year-old is a witness to a holdup-murder.
6"Target: Marciano"Nicholas CoreaBarbara PeetersApril 8, 1983 (1983-04-08)
An escaped drug pusher wants Marciano to surrender to him or else there will be a blood bath in the streets.

Broadcast history


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 premiered on August 11, 1982 and a six-episode series was broadcast in Spring 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[3] N/A N/A


  1. ^ "The Renegades". film.com. 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Roger Barr (2009). "The Renegades". I-Mockery. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  3. ^ "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved April 9, 2018.