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B.A.D. Cats
Written by
  • Al Martinez
  • David Harmon
  • Shorty Rogers
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerEverett Chambers
CinematographyArchie R. Dalzell
  • Michael F. Anderson
  • Terence Anderson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original release
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.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Bernard L. KowalskiAl MartinezJanuary 4, 1980 (1980-01-04)
2"The Good-Time Girls"UnknownUnknownJanuary 11, 1980 (1980-01-11)
3"I Want It or You"UnknownUnknownJanuary 18, 1980 (1980-01-18)
4"Life and Death of a Beauty Queen"UnknownUnknownJanuary 25, 1980 (1980-01-25)
5"Semi-Paradise"UnknownUnknownFebruary 1, 1980 (1980-02-01)
6"Let's Put Sam Away"UnknownUnknownFebruary 8, 1980 (1980-02-08)
8"Die, Cheerleader, Die"TBDTBDUNAIRED