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B.A.D. Cats
Crime drama
Written byAl Martinez
David Harmon
Shorty Rogers
Directed byBernard L. Kowalski
Sutton Roley
Ted Post
StarringAsher Brauner
Steve Hanks
Michelle Pfeiffer
Vic Morrow
LaWanda Page
Jimmie Walker
ComposersBarry De Vorzon
Andrew Kulberg
Mundell Lowe
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producersDouglas S. Cramer
Aaron Spelling
ProducerEverett Chambers
CinematographyArchie R. Dalzell
EditorsMichael F. Anderson
Terence Anderson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 4 (1980-01-04) –
November 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)

B.A.D. Cats is an American action/police drama that aired on ABC from January until February 1980 on Friday nights at 8 PM Eastern time. The series stars Asher Brauner, Steve Hanks, and Michelle Pfeiffer in one of her first major acting roles.

The acronym B.A.D. Cats stood for 'Burglary Auto Detail, Commercial Auto Thefts'.


Nick Donovan (Brauner) and Ocee James (Hanks) were two former race car drivers who joined the LAPD as part of the B.A.D. C.A.T. squad (which stood for Burglary Auto Detail Commercial Auto Thefts). Using their superior driving skills, the two mainly saw fit to run the bad guys off the road rather than question them. Their superior, Captain Nathan (Vic Morrow) publicly chastised the two, but privately encouraged their "loose cannon" style. Officer Samantha Jensen (Pfeiffer) would occasionally lend a hand when a more feminine approach was called for. Also seen were Ma (LaWanda Page), who owned a bar which the boys frequented, and Rodney (Jimmie Walker), a former car thief trying to get on the straight and narrow.



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No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"January 4, 1980 (1980-01-04)
2"The Good-Time Girls"January 11, 1980 (1980-01-11)
3"I Want It or You"January 18, 1980 (1980-01-18)
4"Life and Death of a Beauty Queen"January 25, 1980 (1980-01-25)
5"Semi-Paradise"February 1, 1980 (1980-02-01)
6"Let's Put Sam Away"February 8, 1980 (1980-02-08)
7"Bomb!"October 25, 1980 (1980-10-25)
8"Die, Cheerleader, Die"November 1, 1980 (1980-11-01)
9"Death Car"November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08)
10"Running Home"November 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)