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Air Date: September 20th, 1985

Network: ABC

Series Summary
A private detective solves crimes in Boston.

Genres: Drama, Mystery


  • Season 3 - Episode 21 : Haunting May 7, 1988

    A serial murderer prevents Spenser from learning the truth about a child who vanished years earlier; guest Celeste Holm.

  • Season 3 - Episode 20 : McAllister Apr 30, 1988

    Racial hatred threatens to railroad a Navy officer (Steve Inwood) accused of killing his captain's daughter.

  • Season 3 - Episode 19 : Hawk's Eyes Mar 26, 1988

    After racists blind Hawk, Susan compromises her ethics to save him from a vengeful killer; guest Julia Child.

  • Season 3 - Episode 18 : Watercolors Mar 19, 1988

    Only Spenser believes a boy saw a murder in the woods, until an attempt on the youth's life convinces others; guest Bobby Orr.

  • Season 3 - Episode 17 : Company Man Mar 12, 1988

    Spenser is targeted by an assassin while investigating a ruthless corporate takeover.

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  • In many respects, "Spenser: For Hire" is just another cop show. But the characters come on strong, speak in complete sentences, bleed when cut and offer us some humanity in a medium where linen jackets and Ferraris have assumed control. It's hard not to like Spenser, and it's hard not to like "Spenser: For Hire." [20 Sep 1985] Show More

  • Mr. Urich is the perfect television-series star, appealing without being overwhelming or threatening. Show More

  • Spenser is played by Robert Urich, a capable actor who you always feel should be doing something better than he's doing, but he never does. The show is shot in Boston and has a nice cinematic look. But the writing is so bad and the role so camp that you could substitute Bill Murray for Urich and not miss a beat. Show More

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