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Spenser:for hire

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Red1, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Red1

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    Does anyone remember this late 80's tv series? :confused:

    I am a big fan of the 'Spenser' novels by Robert B. Parker,
    and enjoyed this tv show.It starred the late Robert Ulrich
    (he of 'Vegas' fame - 70's tv series).

    It wasn't the best piece of television but was entertaining
    and Ulrich played Spenser quite faithfully to the books character.

    The last time I remember seeing this was the early 90's on BBC1.

    I've seen a few TV movies that were made in the 90's shown on
    the Hallmark channel and Channel 5.But never seen the original
    series repeated.

    I'm hoping regular fountains of TV knowledge Garret or Pooch
    may be able to remember this programme and also let me know
    if you can get hold of the series on dvd/vhs.

    Anyone with memories of this show or info. about it please feel free
    to contribute.

    The floor is yours guys(and gals?) :thumbsup:

    Red1
     
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    I definitely remember the programmes but haven't seen them since the first time round sorry....
     
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    I remember "Vegas" and watched "Spencer" as well.
    Took my ages to figure out where I had seen Avery Brooks (Ben Sisko DS9) until he shaved off the hair and he turned into a "Hawk". :)

    Robert Ulrich was just one of the actors that was never a major star but turned up all over the place and could carry any TV series with ease.
    I liked him a lot in the short lived series "The Lazarous Man" shown on SKY1 many years ago.

    Wouldn't mind seeing either Vegas or Spencer again and who could forget his appearence in "Soap".
     
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    Robert Urich was the first person to be put in The Last Curtain Call Of The Late here. I remember the start of the show titles him eating spaghetti and slurping one up.
    I also remember his main squeeze (Barbara Stock) left the show for a season, but came back the following.
    I liked Hawk he was one guy not to mess with.

    Once again it is a shame they US imports are a dirty word I use to watch the show reguly on the BBC.

    Just went here to listen to the theme tune but Real Player seems to be acting up
     
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    I found this one better for the music.
     
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    Excellent links Garrett,Thanks.

    Red1
     
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    Just been looking up something on YouTube and found these, almost started an new thread asking if any one else would like to see the series again. Use to be great late night viewing before popping of to bed. Damn good detective series.

    I found the 3 different theme tunes for the 3 series. Its a wonder that spaghetti did not whip one of his eyes out.

    Sad he died only aged 55:(

    Also sad to say Red , the auther of the books was based on Robert B. Parkerpassed away last year

    YouTube - ‪Spenser for hire intro‬‏

    YouTube - ‪"Spenser: For Hire"- Season 2 Intro‬‏

    YouTube - ‪Spenser: For Hire-Season-3-Titles-1‬‏
     
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    Aaah that takes me back, loved that show as a kid but boy does it make me feel old now. :)
     
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    Great show, I used to watch it all the time. I can't think of any other shows set in Boston, other than Cheers of course.
     
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    Wasn't The Practice and the spin off Boston Legal set in Boston.
     
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    I've read all of his Spenser books, and even the one he finished for Raymond Chandler (Poodle Springs?). The TV series was good, it would be good to see them again to see if they have aged well. I always got the impression that. in the books, Hawk was a mean bad ass to cross but at the same time fiercely loyal to Spenser.
     
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    Just had a look on Amazon last night and cant see the first in the series at a normal price, and from one of the review it says the later books are not as good and the one I was looking at said the book was full of padding, short chapters, chapters ending with a few lines on a page and new ones starting a way down the next. Also Hawk neither being used or hardly used at all.:(
     
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    Yes, I was sad to hear about Robert B. Parker passing away. IMHO, In the right hands the spenser books (especially some of the earlier ones) could be made in to a decent new TV series or even a movie.
     

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