Strike Force
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Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • E. Duke Vincent
  • Elaine Rich
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 2, 1981 (1981-04-02) –
May 21, 1982 (1982-05-21)

Strike Force is an American action-adventure/police procedural television series that aired on ABC during the 1981–1982 television season, and was produced by Aaron Spelling Productions. The program starred Robert Stack as Capt. Frank Murphy, the leader of a special unit of specialized detectives and police officers whose job is to stop violent criminals at any cost (usually with a hail of gunfire). Mixing elements of Stack's classic television series The Untouchables from 20 years earlier with doses of Mission: Impossible and Dirty Harry, the series immediately provoked controversy over its violence – at one point the series was labeled the most violent in American TV history – though the series attempted to interject liberal amounts of humor into its regular characters and balanced the violence by focusing on the detectives' personal lives.

Cast

Main cast: (L to R) Richard Romanus, Trisha Noble, Michael Goodwin, Dorian Harewood; (seated) Robert Stack
Main cast: (L to R) Richard Romanus, Trisha Noble, Michael Goodwin, Dorian Harewood; (seated) Robert Stack

Although initially popular, the novelty of the series quickly wore off; only 19 episodes were produced, plus the 90-minute pilot.[9] According to Todd Gitlin's 1983 book Inside Prime Time, Strike Force finished a dismal 76 out of 105 shows in the Nielsen ratings for the 1981–82 season.[10] The first episode was released on video in North America in the late 1980s. Another factor in the series' demise was the competition: Strike Force was pitted by ABC against the successful CBS soap-opera Falcon Crest, which had, as its lead in, the then # 1 show on television, "Dallas".

As of 2018 there has been no official DVD release of this series, though there have been several requests for its release and bootleg copies have circulated in the "collectors market" for the last three decades since its cancellation.[1][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Composers (incomplete listing): Dominic Frontiere (1.1, and series theme), John E. Davis,[citation needed] Allyn Ferguson, Mark Snow, Nelson Riddle (1.15).

Guest stars

Notable guest stars during the series run included:

Episodes

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No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Richard LangLane SlateNovember 13, 1981 (1981-11-13)
2"Kidnap"Lawrence DobkinMichael FisherNovember 20, 1981 (1981-11-20)
3"The Victims"Lane SlateLane SlateNovember 27, 1981 (1981-11-27)
4"The Predator"Richard LangCalvin Clements Jr.December 4, 1981 (1981-12-04)
5"Magic Man"Richard LangE. Nick AlexanderDecember 11, 1981 (1981-12-11)
6"Night Nurse"Cliff BoleMichael FisherDecember 18, 1981 (1981-12-18)
7"The Hollow Man"Richard LangWilliam Douglas LansfordDecember 25, 1981 (1981-12-25)
8"The Outcasts"Don ChaffeyStory by : T J. Miles
Teleplay by : T J. Miles & Gene Hanson
January 8, 1982 (1982-01-08)
9"Ice"Cliff BoleJeffrey BloomJanuary 15, 1982 (1982-01-15)
10"Internal Affairs"Bob SweeneyLes CarterJanuary 22, 1982 (1982-01-22)
11"Lonely Ladies"Bob SweeneyWilliam HopkinsFebruary 5, 1982 (1982-02-05)
12"Fallen Angel"Lawrence DobkinStory by : Robert Brennan
Teleplay by : Joe Gores
February 12, 1982 (1982-02-12)
13"Shark"Cliff BoleStory by : Ron Friedman & George R. Hodges
Teleplay by : Ron Friedman
February 19, 1982 (1982-02-19)
14"Turnabout"Cliff BoleStory by : Fenton Hobart Jr.
Teleplay by : Calvin Clements Jr.
February 26, 1982 (1982-02-26)
15"The John Killer"Don ChaffeyStory by : F. Michael Johnson & E. Byrne
Teleplay by : Michael Fisher & Calvin Clements Jr.
March 5, 1982 (1982-03-05)
16"Humiliation"Robert GistBill StrattonMarch 19, 1982 (1982-03-19)
17"Deadly Chemicals"Charles PicerniStory by : William Douglas Lansford
Teleplay by : Bill Stratton
March 26, 1982 (1982-03-26)
18"Revenge"Don ChaffeyRick KelbaughApril 2, 1982 (1982-04-02)
19"Chinatown"Mike VejarCalvin Clements Jr.April 9, 1982 (1982-04-09)
20"Death Fare"Don ChaffeyStory by : Glen Olson & Rod Baker
Teleplay by : Bill Stratton & Michael Fisher
April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16)

References

  1. ^ a b "Strike Force (1981)".
  2. ^ a b "Straight Shooter Robert Stack Pounds a Tough 'strike Force' Beat – Vol. 17 No. 15". April 19, 1982.
  3. ^ "Watch Strike Force Season 1 Full Episodes".
  4. ^ amajor2002 (November 22, 2008). "Patsy Ann Noble - Accidents Will Happen". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.[dead YouTube link]
  6. ^ sallie6 (August 26, 2011). "♫ Patsy Ann Noble ★ Mama ♫". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ thecountofbasie (July 31, 2010). "Patsy Ann Noble - If You Wanna Be More Than Friends". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Sarasota Journal - Google News Archive Search".
  9. ^ "Strike Force TV show". November 13, 2011.
  10. ^ Gitlin, Todd. Inside Prime Time. New York: Pantheon, 1983.
  11. ^ "STRIKE FORCE starring Robert Stack - COMPLETE".
  12. ^ "STRIKE FORCE: The Complete T.V. Series 1981-1982 Robert Stack & Trisha Noble ..."
  13. ^ "Strike Force". November 13, 1981 – via IMDb.
  14. ^ "Strike Force - The TV IV".
  15. ^ "STRIKE FORCE: The Complete T.V. Series 1981-1982 PG Robert Stack Mystery DVD for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area (2SKZRM) : Sell.com". Archived from the original on August 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "STRIKE FORCE starring Robert Stack - COMPLETE". Archived from the original on October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ cinemobile (June 26, 2010). "strike force pilot teaser" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ a b "Lawrence Dobkin". IMDb.