With John Wilder Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: A Madness Most Discreet (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.4
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Spenser tries to protect a former Russian ballerina, when she hires him to help her find stolen papers, but he gets more than he bargained for once he discovers that she is a person of ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 9

2. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Angel of Desolation (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.4
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Spenser is hired by the fashion model wife of a rich bank owner who says her life is in danger. After multiple attempted murders and one successful murder, Spenser realizes that the wife is... See full summary »

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 12

3. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: At the River's Edge (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.6
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Spenser witnesses an ex convict murder a 19 year girl then kill himself. The girl's wealthy younger sister hires Spenser to find out why her sister was killed. Clues lead Spenser to a ... See full summary »

Director: David Whorf | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 9

4. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Autumn Thieves (1985)

Crime, Drama

8.2
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Spenser stumbles onto a ring of thieves while investigating a relic stolen from a museum.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 14

5. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Blood Money (1985)

Crime, Drama

8.3
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The wife of a kidnapped oil tycoon hires Spenser to deliver $1 million in ransom money to a ring of terrorists while police have the drop-off area surrounded.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 10

6. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Brother to Dragons (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.3
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Spenser is going skiing with Susan, but when he picks her up at Smithfield High School where she works, he finds out one of her students died of a heroin overdose. Spenser gets hired by the... See full summary »

Director: Sutton Roley | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 10

7. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Children of a Tempest Storm (1985)

Crime, Drama

7.8
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Spenser kills a would-be thief in the course of thwarting a robbery. He and Susan take in the man's two children while investigating his past. Susan discovers she's pregnant.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 16

8. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Death by Design (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.2
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Spenser walks into a death trap when a beautiful university scientist who makes so-called 'designer drugs' hires him to track down her gigolo boyfriend and recover $50,000.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 11

9. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Discord in a Minor (1985)

Crime, Drama

7.9
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Spenser's been hired by a conductor to find his daughter who ran away with her boyfriend. When he finds them, she tells him that her father has been molesting her. Spenser then tells her ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 16

10. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Hell Hath No Fury (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.7
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Partnering with an attractive TV news reporter, Spenser investigates the reason a newly constructed building collapsed killing a boy. He suspects the building company after data samples show suspect concrete core strength results.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 11

11. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: In a Safe Place (1986)

Crime, Drama

7.9
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Spenser searches for the father of an undocumented boy killed by an unhinged unemployed man. The trail leads Spenser into a conspiracy involving the exploitation of undocumented workers on the waterfront.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 14

12. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Internal Affairs (1985)

Crime, Drama

7.7
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Marital infidelity and suspected involvement in a gambling ring lead to Lt. Quirk's suspension. Belson is shot during a raid. Spenser works to clear Quirk's name and catch Belson's would-be killer.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 12

13. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: No Room at the Inn (1985)

Crime, Drama

8.0
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Spenser's apartment burns down, but he's allowed to move into an old fire station as thanks for saving a firefighter's life. Meanwhile, Spenser and Hawk are hired to protect the life of ... See full summary »

Director: John Wilder | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 22

14. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Original Sin (1985)

Crime, Drama

7.8
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Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a young nun, and stumbles onto a corrupt landlord.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 17

15. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Promised Land/Pilot (1985)

120 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Spenser is hired by a real estate developer with gambling problems to track down his wife, who's run away. When it becomes obvious that the wife has gotten herself in over her head with ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Robert Urich, Barbara Stock, Avery Brooks, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 31

16. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Rage (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.3
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When Spenser is trying to locate a runaway. The girl meets a psychotic man but Spenser saves her but the man escapes. He then wants to get back at Spenser and he starts by holding Susan hostage.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 15

17. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: Resurrection (1985)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Spenser investigates a crooked vice cop involved in the mugging of one of Susan's friends.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 17

18. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (1986)

Crime, Drama

8.0
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Detective Belson's ex-partner is murdered during his daughter's wedding reception. The dead cop is suspected of being involved in criminal activities, so Lt. Quirk asks Spenser to ... See full summary »

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 12

19. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: The Choice (1985)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A old man whom Spenser and Hawk knows is shot. They discover that the killer are a couple who comes from an affluent background, which they hide behind. It turns into a cat and mouse game ... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 23

20. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: The Killer Within (1985)

Crime, Drama

8.3
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Spenser is hired to protect a woman's identical twin sister from assassins, only to discover his employer suffers from a split personality.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 13

21. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: When Silence Speaks (1986)

Crime, Drama

7.2
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A deaf woman hires Spenser to find a man she had been corresponding with who had gone missing. As Spenser investigates, he realizes that the missing man is somehow involved with a gang of ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 13

22. Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Episode: A Day's Wages (1986)

Crime, Drama

7.9
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A young ex-con named Louis Harper steals from his boss, John Brady. Brady hires Spenser to prove it and Harper hires Hawk to protect him from leg-breakers. Spenser and Hawk team up to solve Louis' murder.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Urich, Avery Brooks, Barbara Stock, Ron McLarty

Votes: 12


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