Hardcastle and McCormick

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Hardcastle and McCormick
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Premiere September 18, 1983
Finale May 5, 1986
Creator Stephen J. Cannell,
Patrick Hasburgh
Network/Provider ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Seasons 3
Episodes 67
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Hardcastle and McCormick is a crime drama that aired on ABC.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle, an eccentric judge notorious for being strict with the law in both his duties and towards defendants, is retiring. With file drawers filled with 200 criminals who escaped conviction due to legal technicalities, the judge, inspired by his childhood hero the Lone Ranger, desires to make the criminals answer for their crimes anyway. Mark McCormick is a smart-mouthed, streetwise car thief. He faces a long incarceration for his latest theft, a prototype sports car called the Coyote X, designed by his murdered best friend. Together the judge and the car thief strike a deal: Hardcastle helps McCormick catch the murderer; McCormick agrees to be released and work as the judge's agent. In addition, McCormick is allowed to keep the Coyote, which proves to be an excellent pursuit vehicle for their needs.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast 1 2 3
Brian Keith Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle * * *
Daniel Hugh-Kelly "Skid" Mark McCormick * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3
Mary Jackson Sarah Wicks *
John Hancock Lt. Michael Delaney *
Joe Santos Lt. Frank Harper *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 18, 1983 April 1, 1984 23
Season Two September 23, 1984 April 1, 1985 22
Season Three September 23, 1985 May 5, 1986 22


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series May 16, 2008 purchase 15
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season February 14, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season August 15, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Third Season October 30, 2007 purchase 5

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