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A Man Called Hawk is an American action drama series that ran on ABC from January 1989 until May 13, 1989. The series is a spin-off of the crime drama series Spenser: For Hire, and features the character Hawk, who first appeared in the 1976 novel Promised Land, the fourth in the series of Spenser novels by mystery writer Robert B. Parker.

A Man Called Hawk
GenreDrama
action
Based onlead character by Robert B. Parker
Developed byStephen Hattman
William Robert Yates
StarringAvery Brooks
Moses Gunn
Opening themeStanley Clarke
Avery Brooks
Lawrence "Butch" Morris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Hattman-Yates Productions
Avery Brooks Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 28 –
May 13, 1989
Chronology
Preceded bySpenser: For Hire

Avery Brooks reprised the role of Hawk in four subsequent TV movies: Spenser: Ceremony (1993), Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes (1994), Spenser: The Judas Goat (1994), and Spenser: A Savage Place (1995). Each is considered a sequel to Spenser: For Hire.

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PlotEdit

On the air for just thirteen episodes, A Man Called Hawk starred Avery Brooks as the title character, who has relocated from Boston to his hometown, Washington, D.C. The series co-starred actor Moses Gunn, who portrayed a father figure to Hawk known only as "Old Man".

CharactersEdit

HawkEdit

On Spenser: For Hire, the character of Hawk was defined by his sharp outfits, streetwise manner, sunglasses (worn even at night) and the incredibly large long-barreled Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver that he carried with him nearly everywhere. He most often acted as a street resource for his private detective friend Spenser. Notably, Hawk had a clean shaven head, well before Michael Jordan and other celebrities popularized the look in the 1990s.

After spinning off to his own series, Hawk became less of an anti-hero and more of a traditional champion of people that needed help and could not fight for themselves. A deeper personal history was developed for the character, and Hawk became more of a Renaissance man, displaying talents for boxing, chess, playing jazz, and an appreciation of fine African art.

Additionally, the character Hawk appeared in two TV movies with no connection to either Spenser: For Hire or A Man Called Hawk. In Spenser: Small Vices (1999), Hawk was portrayed by Shiek Mahmud-Bey. In Walking Shadow (2001), the role went to Ernie Hudson. See Spenser (TV movies).

ProductionEdit

A Man Called Hawk was a spin-off of the recently cancelled Spenser: For Hire, which aired on ABC from 1985 through 1988. Brooks co-wrote the theme music for the show with jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Butch Morris, the latter of whom also did most of the incidental music for the show.

The series was also filmed in Washington D.C. [1]

During the first three seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Brooks wore a full head of hair and shaved his goatee, as a means of distinguishing his character Benjamin Sisko from Hawk. However, the goatee was added to Sisko's look near the end of Season 3, and his head was permanently shaven at the start of Season 4. Also on Deep Space Nine, Sisko's old friend and mentor, Dax, was called 'Old Man' by Brooks' character.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Master's Mirror"Virgil W. VogelStephen HattmanJanuary 28, 1989 (1989-01-28)
2"A Time and a Place"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1989 (1989-02-04)
3"Hear No Evil"Stan LathanWilliam Robert YatesFebruary 11, 1989 (1989-02-11)
4"Passing the Bar"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1989 (1989-02-18)
5"The Divided Child"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)
6"Vendetta"TBATBAMarch 4, 1989 (1989-03-04)
7"Choice of Chance"TBATBAMarch 11, 1989 (1989-03-11)
8"Poison"TBATBAMarch 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)
9"Never My Love"TBATBAApril 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)
10"Intensive Care"TBATBAApril 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)
11"If Memory Serves"TBATBAApril 29, 1989 (1989-04-29)
12"Beautiful Are the Stars"TBATBAMay 6, 1989 (1989-05-06)
13"Life after Death"TBATBAMay 13, 1989 (1989-05-13)

SyndicationEdit

The TV One network resumed airing episodes of A Man Called Hawk in September 2006.

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