Hardcastle & McCormick

ABC (ended 1986)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 22

    A Chip Off the Ol' Milt

    Aired 5/5/86

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    The Day the Music Died

    Aired 3/31/86

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    In the Eye of the Beholder

    Aired 3/17/86

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Poker Night

    Aired 3/3/86

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    McCormick's Bar and Grill

    Aired 2/24/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian Keith

    Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle

  • Daniel Hugh Kelly

    Mark "Skid" McCormick

  • Mary Jackson

    Sarah Wicks

  • John Hancock

    Lieutenant Mike Delaney

  • Joe Santos

    Lieutenant Frank Harper

  • show Description
  • Judge Milton "Hardcase" Hardcastle - retired from Los Angeles judicial system (Superior Court). After years of working for a system that put guilty criminals back on the streets due to technicalities, he takes the law into his own hands by searching them out. Aiding him is a one time car theif now professional driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. McCormick, brought before the judge's final cast, is arrested for an "honest steal." Hardcastle gives him the choice of prison or helping him with the 200 plus cold cases. Relunctanly choosing to aid the judge, Hardcastle and McCormick start a loose friendship of justice and con in order to finally those who deserved it in prison. Original Theme - "Drive" by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter Drive! Push it to the floor till the engine screams. Drive! Drivin' like the demon that drives your beat. You're on a hard road, nobody cares If you hit the breaks. You gotta think fast, keep it in gear, One slip is all it takes. You gotta keep your wheels on the straight and narrow, If you wanna survive. Drive! Push it to the floor till the engine screams. Drive! Drivin' like the demon that drives the beat. Drive! Second Season Theme - "Back to Back" By Mike Post and Stephen Geyer Season 2 (Episodes 1-10) Two people in two different worlds Billions of light years apart. Two strangers in dangerous times Shootin' it straight from the heart. Little by little, we meet in the middle The give and the take never ends. It's kinda excitin' this fussin' and fighting Here we go acting like friends. Back to back, holdin' the line. We're over our heads, but we're in it together. Back to back, stumblin' by. We'll take it one step at a time. I had a feelin' the moment we met. You were the wrong kind of luck. You're like a bad habit that I can't forget. You've got the right kind of stuff. Original Air Times September 1983 to December 1984 - Sunday 8:00 pm December 1984 to May 1986 - Monday 8:00 pmmoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Hardcastle: Want to go for ten? Mark: No! My heart stopped almost tem minutes ago.

    • (After Hardcastle arrives to rescue Mark) Mark: I never thought I'd be glad to see you. I can tell you that.

    • Mark: I don't know Tina, you change uniforms a little fast for me.

    • (Being handed a shovel by Mannie) Mark: You think I'm going to dig my own grave! You'd better stop by the garage and let the air out of your head.

    • Mark: Tina, let's get through this with as much style as possible.

    • Pamela: Milt, I need you to help me; lord knows I hate it, but I need you.

    • Mark: This guy, Sands, has more ex-cons working for him than a jail cell has bars.

    • (To Buddy Ebsen as they begin chasing another car) Hardcastle: Well shut your eyes and hang on.

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    Notes (8)

    • Although credited, Mary Jackson (Sarah Wicks) did not appear in this episode.

    • This is the first episode in which this monolog is used prior to the opening credits: Milton C Hardcastle is a retired Judge from the Los Angels superior court. Mark McCormick an ex-racecar driver turned thief was Hardcastle’s last case. McCormick has been placed in the judge’s custody and together their going after 200 cases that walked out of Hardcastle’s courtroom on technicalities.

    • Antonio Fargas earlier co-starred in the crime drama series Starsky & Hutch in which he played Huggy Bear- a bar owner/street wise informant.

    • Buddy Ebsen earlier headlined a very successful crime drama about a private investigator in the 1970's series Barnaby Jones.

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Mary Jackson as Sarah Wicks. Sarah's character appeared 6 times throughout the whole show, all during the first season.

    • The second season began with a new theme song in place, "Back to Back," composed by Pete Carpenter and Stephen Geyer, and sung by Joey Scarbury. Executive Producer Stephen J. Cannell had commissioned the new song, but when fans protested he relented and restored the original theme beginning with the December 31, 1984 episode "Pennies From A Dead Man's Eyes."

    • This was the show's Christmas episode. Much of the soundtrack is made up of Christmas carols, Mark decorates the tree, the two exchange Christmas gifts and the show concludes with "Merry Christmas from Milt and Mark" on the screen.

    • This episode features the return of the original title theme song "Drive". The second season began with the new theme song "Back to Back". Executive Producer Stephen J. Cannell had decided to change the theme, but when fans protested he restored the original theme beginning with this episode.

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    Trivia (18)

    • When J.J. was placed in the police car his hands were handcuffed in his back. But when Hardcastle and McCormick were playing their who has the lower pulse game, J.J. who also played had his hands in front of him.

    • Mark's identification from when he was in this prison was 6789, cell block C.

    • The t-shirt Hardcastle wears reads "Hizzoner!!!", a slang contraction for His Honor.

    • The song used in the episode is "The boxer" performed by Joey Scarbury (the original version was sung by Simon and Garfunkel)

    • Hardcastle wears a t-shirt that reads "Lady Justice is a fox".

    • The license plate that Mark remembers is 552YMW.

    • The racecar Mark drives is #9 and is sponsored by Denco International.

    • Hardcastle wears a T-shirt at breakfast that reads "Take a judge to dinner and keep him for breakfast".

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    Allusions (1)

    • The title is a reference to the real life program "Scared Straight" and the Peter Falk-narrated documentary that debuted on Los Angeles' KTLA Television in 1978 as the highest rated program on all three of Los Angeles' TV stations.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • this was no knight rider

    By CAPNDEL, Jun 14, 2006

  • Hardcastle & McCormick is not just a show its about teamwork. Its about a soon to be retired judge who can not stay gone long enough. This judge Hardcastle teams up with a convict whos haveing trouble staying outta jail. They fight crime together and win.

    By kingtazzy, Oct 22, 2008

  • Nice car, thats all i can say.

    By twilightboy, Dec 21, 2006

  • Bickered a bit too much for my taste, but in the end it was a fun little show.

    By Blugis, Jul 14, 2006

  • COYOTE!!!!!!

    By furiousfunk, May 21, 2006