1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 3 (Canada/France)
106 x 30 minute episodes
Hank Katts (Jesse Collins) was a canine police officer with the Bay City Police Department who was teamed with a crime-fighting German shepherd dog named Rudi.
Stories followed Hank and Rudi as they upheld the peace in a generic setting which appeared to be in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to their war against crime, the two had to deal with the stinging jibes of the guys at the precinct house who thought Hank was a total wuss because he was in the K-9 corps.
When the now-defunct Christian Broadcasting cable network later aired the series in the US, two dramatic changes were made: The title was changed to Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop and the show was marketed as an updated version of the beloved 1950s show; and the dog’s name was changed to Rin Tin Tin (with the name “Rinty ” dubbed over all mentions of “Rudi”).
Other regular characters included Hank’s widowed sister-in-law, Maggie (Cali Timmins) and her son Stevie (Andrew Bednarski).
Due to the rigorous schedule, six dogs played the main role.
The series was broadcast as Rintintin Junior in France.
A 1991 TV movie – Officer Katts and Rudy visit Paris – was aired in the US as Rin Tin Tin and the Paris Conspiracy.
Officer Hank Katts
Officer Renee Daumier
Sergeant O.C. Phillips
Officer Leah McCray
Nancy Anne Sakovich
Officer Connie Boothe