Street Hawk

ABC (ended 1985)
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  • show Description
  • The Man, the Machine... Street Hawk Street Hawk is an all-terrain attack motorcycle, designed to fight urban crime. It is capable of speeds up to 300 mph and has immense firepower. Jesse Mach (Rex Smith, As the World Turns), an ex-motorcycle cop, is recruited to uphold justice driving a powerful motorcycle named Street Hawk. This show was originally going to start in the fall of 1984, but ABC shelved it with a summer hit, Call To Glory. Broadcast history: Jan 1985 - April 1985, ABC - Fridays @ 9pm Eastern/8pm Central May 1985, ABC - Thursday @ 8pm Eastern/7pm Centralmoreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Follow the Yellow Gold Road

    Aired 5/16/85

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Female of the Species (a.k.a. The Assassin)

    Aired 5/9/85

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    The Arabian

    Aired 5/2/85

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Murder Is a Novel Idea

    Aired 3/8/85

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Hot Target

    Aired 3/1/85

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Regalbuto

    Norman Tuttle

  • Richard Venture

    Leo Altobelli

  • Jeannie Wilson

    Rachel Adams

  • Rex Smith

    Jesse Mach

  • Christopher Lloyd

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Opening speech: This is Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty, now a police troubleshooter. He's been recruited for a top secret government mission to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime, capable of incredible speeds up to 300 miles an hour, and immense firepower. Only one man, federal agent Norman Tuttle, knows Jesse Mach's true identity. The man, the machine -- Street Hawk.

    • Altobelli: They're sending one of their detectives out to pick him up... Jesse: And we're to assist him... Rachel: In every possible way. Altobelli: Yeah. What, do you guys work these routines out at home or something?

    • Norman: (about Jesse's lifestyle) You know, it's just not healthy to burn the candle at both ends. Jesse: That's why the candle has two ends!

    • Jesse: You just had your last stroll in the park, punk!

    • Jesse: I know we're playing on the same team. Sometimes I wonder if we're playing the same game. Norman: Oh, sure we are. It's just that we're playing with my ball.

    • (Norman making a fuss about a minor damage on the bike) Norman: Do you see that? Jesse: See what? Norman: The crack. Jesse: What crack? Norman: That crack. Jesse: Where!? Norman: In the wheel. Jesse: I don't see it, Norman. Norman: Well of course not! It's not visible to the naked eye!

    • (Norman telling Jesse to handle the bike more carefully) Norman: You have to learn to caress it. Jesse: Caress it? Sounds like it's my dancing partner. Norman: Well, exactly! You wouldn't drop your date on the floor when you're about to dip her, would you? Jesse: Who dips!?

    • (about the Street Hawk's psych evaluation) Rachel: This guy is a real wacko. He probably had a tragic upbringing, three or four broken marriages, approaching middle age, probably never could hold a steady job. He's a loner. You know the type, a real loser. Jesse: (grinning) Well, nobody's perfect.

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    Notes (19)

    • There have been several different versions of this Pilot released on home video to various countries over the years. One of the most common versions is one for the Canadian market, where Street Hawk displays different firepower (blue electricity-like beams, instead of the usual red laser beams), some minor deleted scenes, and a couple of matte effects used for Street Hawk jumps that were not used in the broadcast version. This Canadian release appears to be from a pre-broadcast version of the Pilot, and appears as an extra on the DVD set. There is also rumour of a 60-minute version of this Pilot being released to some countries.

    • A total of 15 Steet Hawk motorcycles were made for the show. Three different models were used: - In the pilot episode, the motorcycle was a modified 1983 Honda XL500. It was designed by Andrew Probert, who was also the designer for Airwolf. - Three 1984 Honda XR500's were used to make the Street Hawk motorcycle in other episodes during the series. - 11 1984 Honda XCR250's were used in stunt scenes.

    • Jayne Modean, who plays Sandy McCoy, head of the PR department, was replaced by Jeannie Wilson (Rachel Adams) from episode 2 onwards. The network thought that Jayne Modean looked too young for the role, whereas producer Burton Armus felt Jeannie Wilson was too old for the part.

    • Rex Smith was the perfect choice for the role of Jesse Mach in the sense that, like his character, he is also a motorcycle enthusiast.

    • Guest star Christopher Lloyd, who plays the bad guy Anthony Corrido in this episode, is best known for his role as the goofy Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future movies. He also provided the voice for the same character in the spin-off animated series.

    • The movie-length pilot was 90 minutes long (including commercials).

    • Tangerine Dream was responsible for most of the music heard in the series. In this episode we hear their electronic versions of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark and The Eagles' Desperado.

    • Guest star Robert Lipton (Burton Levine) and Rex Smith have both starred in As The World Turns but not during same time periods. Lipton played Dr. Jeff Ward in 1978-1984 and Smith would later star as Darryl Crawford in 1991-1993.

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    Trivia (36)

    • Highlight below for a SPOILER: This is the second consecutive episode in which one of Jesse's good friends dies.

    • This episode introduces the character of Rachel Adams (Jeannie Wilson) who is the head of the PR department where Jesse works. In the pilot, the PR department was run by Sandy McCoy (Jayne Modean).

    • Nitpick: In the pilot, Norman says Jesse should use a cane and wear a device on his knee so that it looks like he's limping. Yet in this episode he is hopping around like nothing is wrong. Wouldn't other people notice that his knee has suddenly healed?

    • The Street Hawk helmet has a device inside it that alters the voice of the driver so that his identity is not revealed.

    • Nitpick: All the furnishings are intact and the lights are on inside the building that is just about to be demolished.

    • Sybil Danning is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Nitpick: When Jesse had the mugger cornered in the park, why wouldn't he just give the old lady's handbag back to her? The punk almost got away again, until a group of joggers turned up -- very conveniently since it was 5:30 in the morning!

    • Goof: Outside the court house when Jesse closes his helmet visor, the entire camera crew is reflected from his black helmet.

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    Allusions (12)

    • (entering the Street Hawk commander center for the first time) Jesse: I don't believe this place! Wow! Looks like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. This is a reference to the Federation starship Enterprise in Star Trek. Incidentally, guest star Robert Beltran, who plays Jesse's best friend Marty Walsh, would later star in another series of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Voyager.

    • Jesse: (as he takes Norman roller skating) Exploring new territories, boldly go in places no engineer has ever gone before... This is a reference to (and Jesse's parody of) the opening spiel in Star Trek, " explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilization, to boldly go where no man has gone before."

    • Jesse: Deborah Shain is the hottest thing to hit the charts since Madonna. This is a reference to pop singer Madonna whose second album, Like a Virgin, was released in 1984.

    • The Tong are mafia type secret societies of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. A Tong is made up of members of the same family, e.g. in this episode, the Chen Tong is made up of members of the Chen family.

    • (about the police catching the Street Hawk) Altobelli: It's just a matter of time. Reporter #2: Didn't the Sheriff of Nottingham say the same thing about Robin Hood? This is a reference to the legend of Robin Hood, an outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor. The Sheriff of Nottingham was in charge of capturing Robin Hood, but he was able to trick the sheriff and not get caught.

    • Norman: He's (Gault) got a M79. M79 is a grenade launcher, first used during the Vietnam War.

    • Pickwick Drive-In The Pickwick Drive-In, established in 1949, was an actual drive-in theater on West Alameda, in Burbank, CA. It was closed and torn down in 1989. The movies advertised at the drive-in are Terror on the Aisles (1984) and Scarface (1983).

    • Elizabeth: (to Garcia, the hotdog vendor) Make us your special hotdog, with garbanzo and chili. Garbanzo is the Latin American Spanish word for chickpeas.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)

    By KeeganGovende, Dec 22, 2011

  • What a joy. As man and boy, loved the whole Street Hawk ethos, Lets have another series! Or perhaps even a film!

    By si1978, Feb 24, 2007

  • A two wheeled knight rider with machine guns! It's an eight year old's dream (in 1985). This show was a big hit in Italy (we like to ride motorbikes there). It only gets a grade over 5, because I was 7 years old when it was on.

    By Mikeybillz, Jan 31, 2007

  • Oh, how I wish Street Hawk would have had a longer run.

    By D-LinkUK, Dec 11, 2006

  • A motorbike riding vigilante who made sure criminals got what they deserved.

    By mjf_80, Aug 31, 2006