Spenser: For Hire

Series Summary
Spenser, a Boston private eye, tackles a different case each week with the occasional assist from his buddy Hawk. At the local police department, Spenser has a friend in gruff Lt. Martin Quirk. On the rare occasions when he issn't working, Spenser spends time with his girlfriend, Susan, a school guidance counselor.

Air Dates: 1985 - Present

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Network: ABC

  • Season 1, Ep. 23 : Hell Hath No FuryApr 8, 1986

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    Spenser takes up the cause of a man whose son died in the collapse of an apartment building; guest Linda Thorson.

  • Season 1, Ep. 22 : RageApr 1, 1986

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    Susan and Spenser get involved in a hostage situation when a killer abducts a teenager who witnessed his crime.

  • Season 1, Ep. 21 : At the River's EdgeMar 25, 1986

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    Spenser discovers a murdered debutante was a follower of a charismatic evangelist (John Davidson).

  • Season 1, Ep. 20 : She Loves Me, She Loves Me NotMar 11, 1986

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    Spenser investigates old friend Sgt. Belson, whose partner, now dead, may have been taking bribes.

  • Season 1, Ep. 19 : Angel of DesolationMar 4, 1986

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    Complications arise after an ex-model hires Spenser to protect her, and her Boston patrician husband is shot.

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  • 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

  • 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

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