1 9 6 6 (USA)
17 x 60 minute episodes
This ABC/Columbia crime drama series starred ex-stuntman Burt Reynolds in his first lead role in a tv series, as full-blooded Iroquois Indian (!) detective Lt John Hawk.
Assigned to the District Attorney’s Office in New York City, Hawk worked the graveyard shift (night beat) with his eager-beaver partner Detective Dan Carter (Wayne Grice) and was assigned cases by Assistant District Attorney Murray Slaken (Bruce Glover) and Assistant District Attorney Ed Gorton (Leon Janney).
While Hawk was a low-rating show (and was cancelled after only four months), it did no harm to Reynolds’ career.
Suddenly he was hot property and the gossip columnists called him the “new sensation”.
Reynolds moved back to Hollywood and the rest is history.
Lt. John Hawk
Detective Dan Carter
ADA Murray Slaken
ADA Ed Gorton