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A Man Called Hawk 1989

  • 1989-05-13T00:00:00-04:00
  • ABC (US)
  • 1989-01-28T03:00:00-05:00
  • 60 mins
  • 13 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama
A Man Called Hawk is a spin-off of the Robert Urich drama Spenser: For Hire. Hawk, played by Avery Brooks, moves back to his hometown of Washington, D.C. Hawk is tough and streetwise, a man who is erudite with a booming baritone voice who dresses fly while fighting crime -- despite the fact that he lacks the "official" credentials to do so. His mentor and father figure is the "Old Man." Although many critics dismissed Brooks' portrayal in the series as stiff and one-dimensional, Brooks himself described Hawk as "a contemporary, mythological brown hero." Although steeped in mystery, Hawk was clearly very proud of his heritage -- his home was filled with African sculptures and artifacts. We also learn that Hawk is a Vietnam War veteran, a former boxer and is skilled at playing jazz piano. The series premiered in January 1989 as a mid-season replacement. Its ratings suffered and the show was cancelled after just one season.

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Well, there is the mediocre to bad acting, the not very ambitious writing. And than there is Avery Brooks whose portrayal of Hawk made this worth watching for me. That and the fact that I like those kind of characters. The loner with the mysterious past.
You will also recognize a lot of familiar faces playing roles on this show. A lot of whom have long become stars in there own right. One thing I can never get into my head watching shows from that period: did people really wore such ridiculous clothes. I do remember shoulder pads but those look like a quarterbacks. Maybe I'm just blocking it out.

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