Mystery and suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Urich ...  Spenser 65 episodes, 1985-1988
Avery Brooks ...  Hawk 65 episodes, 1985-1988
Ron McLarty ...  Sgt. Frank Belson 65 episodes, 1985-1988
Richard Jaeckel ...  Lt. Martin Quirk 47 episodes, 1985-1987
Barbara Stock ...  Susan Silverman 43 episodes, 1985-1988
Carolyn McCormick ...  A.D.A. Rita Fiore 22 episodes, 1986-1987
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Mystery/suspense series based on Robert Parker's "Spenser" novels. Spenser, a private investigator living in Boston, gets involved in a new murder mystery each episode. Using his years of experience, his natural talents for observation and reasoning, and the occasional bit of help from his friend Hawk, Spenser never fails to crack the case. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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| (pilot)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Avery Brooks (Hawk) and Samuel L. Jackson (Ned/Leroy Clancy) appeared in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987) and A Man Called Hawk (1989). See more »

Goofs

The character played by Carolyn McCormick is spelled "Rita Fiori" in the opening credits of season 2 but spelled "Rita Fiore" on a desk nameplate in various episodes. See more »

Connections

Followed by Spenser: Ceremony (1993) See more »

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The Greatest P.I. Ever...
25 November 2006 | by solutionsbyavatarSee all my reviews

Forget Sherlock Holmes. Forget Magnum. Robert Urich was Spenser (with a "s" like the poet) and his legend lives on. Spenser shaped a generation of viewers by his interpretations of character and integrity. Urich was the best and so was the character.

Spenser for Hire played on the ABC Friday night line-up at 10pm (pst) following O'Hara and Starman. The show had a grass roots following that protested its initial cancellation during the mid 1980s.

On a scale of 1 - 10, this show is an 11. Spenser displayed the wisdom of a poet, the tenaciousness of a tiger, and culinary talents of a chef all wrapped up into the body of an ex- policeman turned private investigator. He even boxed as part of his exercise. What more of a tough, clever, fast-talking bulky investigator who will turn any thing or one over to solve a case?

If you ever had an interest in mysteries (Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew) as a youth, then this series is something you may start to view, teenager through adult.


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