Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1984)

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Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
Mike Hammer (1984)-Cast.jpg
Premiere pilot movie
April 9, 1983
January 28, 1984
Finale May 13, 1987
Creator Larry Brody
Based on based upon characters created by
Mickey Spillane
Network/Provider CBS
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Jay Bernstein Productions,
in association with
Columbia Pictures Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 46 + 3 TV movies
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is a crime drama that aired on CBS.

The show follows the adventures of Mike Hammer, the fictitious private detective created by crime novelist Mickey Spillane, as he hunts down criminals on the mean streets of New York City. While firmly situated in the 1980s, the tone of the show also incorporated elements of classic film noir detective films, such as The Maltese Falcon. For example, each show featured the protagonist's narrative voice-over and, much like the archetypal hard-boiled detectives of years gone by, Hammer would rarely be seen without his wrinkled suit, fedora and trench coat. While his get-up made a particularly awkward fashion statement for the time, the juxtaposition of old and new was a central theme in the show. Indeed, Keach's Mike Hammer left the viewer with the impression that this detective had been somehow transported from a 1940s film set to 1980s New York City. The show's theme song "Harlem Nocturne" by Earle Hagen, a jazz tune featuring a deeply melancholy saxophone, set a gritty tone for each episode. The song proved to be one of the most popular elements of the program.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Stacy Keach Mike Hammer * * *
Lindsay Bloom Velda * * *
Don Stroud Captain Pat Chambers * * *
Kent Williams Asst. D.A. Lawrence D. Barrington * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One January 28, 1984 April 14, 1984 10
Season Two September 29, 1984 January 12, 1985 14
Season Three September 27, 1986 May 13, 1987 22


Title Network Airdate
Murder Me, Murder You CBS April 9, 1983
More Than Murder CBS January 26, 1984
The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer CBS April 18, 1986
Murder Takes All CBS May 21, 1989


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