Street Hawk was a short lived television series that aired back in 1985 on ABC. It lasted only one season and there was only 13 episodes ever made. The show was about a cop name Jessie Mach who was picked to test a top secret government project called Street Hawk. His partner Norman Tuttle, the designer of the motorcycle, was in charge of the project. Jessie would cruise the streets of L.A. on the bike while Norman sat back at command center guiding Jessie. Together they would fight crime on the Streets of Los Angeles.
Street Hawk made its debut on January 4, 1985 on ABC at 9 PM EST and lasted until May 16, 1985. It’s such a shame that this show didn’t last longer than it did. Some say the show just came a little too late. All of the other “Super Vehicle” shows such a Airwolf and Knight Rider already had their fans and there just wasn’t room left for Street Hawk. The show did however establish a cult following of fans. Who can name one show from the 80’s that only lasted 1/2 of a season that has the following that Street Hawk has today? Street Hawk was in my mind far better than both Knight Rider and Airwolf, but the show just didn’t get a chance.
Street Hawk had many guest appearance by actors that were not very known at the time but are now very famous. In the pilot episode the main “bad guy” was played by Christopher Lloyd who is famous for the Back to the Future movies. Also in the pilot episode was Robert Beltran who is known from his role on Star Trek: Voyager. In the episode “A Second Self”, Jessie’s best friend Kevin Stalker is played by George Clooney, who is now a well know actor from E.R. and several movies such as “A Perfect Storm” and “O Brother Where Art Thou“. One more famous actor who starred in Street Hawk was Dennis Frantz of NYPD Blue. He played an FBI agent in the episode The Assassin.
Not much is known about the filming and making of Street Hawk. If you have any inside info about the filming or the creation of the show, I would love to hear it.
I have also obtained a copy of an artile that ran in Superstars Magazine about Street Hawk. Click here to read it. Thanks go out to Dan for getting me a copy of the article.