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Hardcastle & McCormick

ABC (ended 1986)



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Hardcastle & McCormick

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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 pm

Brian Keith

Brian Keith

Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle

Daniel Hugh Kelly

Daniel Hugh Kelly

Mark "Skid" McCormick

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Sarah Wicks

John Hancock

John Hancock

Lieutenant Mike Delaney

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Lieutenant Frank Harper

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  • this was no knight rider

    i am guessing that this show was meant to compete with knight rider. ha! not quite. it had a cool car do not get me wrong, but this was no knight rider. it was sad to see the actor who played hardcastle committed suicide though. this was at least an entertaing show even though i did not watch it very much.
  • 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.moreless

    When I first saw this show in the early 1980s all I remember is the red sports car The Coyote. That car could give Kitt a solid run for his money. It was so fast and it seemed like it was really a small car and could fly through the air. Here I am many years later talking about both the judge and the convict. Early in the show it seems like both can not get along at all. But in a funny sense they seem to try and outdo the other. Where there are bets involved or something off the wall. The judge and the convict fighting crime and winning together. Lets not forget about the Coyote to. Ive only seen the first season so far. If I remember right this tv show wasnt on that long but it had its moments of interest for me. And I would like to see the rest of the seasons out on dvd someday soon.moreless
  • Nice car, thats all i can say.

    There is nothing much i can say about this show, all i can say is that this program tried to be something it wasnt. Why do i like this show? Because of the car, thats all. I was like 6 when i used to watch this only because of the few seconds the beautiful whatever brand car would be on camera. My love for this car was the reason why my father bought me the very same car that the show presented. I should also say that i hate this show because one day, i left my beautiful car unattended in some canal for waters and it rolled down without me noticing it a couple of meters and somebody found it, leaving me sad for a couple of days.moreless
  • Bickered a bit too much for my taste, but in the end it was a fun little show.

    I watched for Brian Keith and stayed for Daniel Hugh Kelly. They got on so well on this show.

    If you've read my other reviews, then you might have noticed a theme. Aside from favorite actors, there's something else. Terrific chemistry. I find that I enjoy a show more when the leads really click. Whether or not they did in real life doesn't matter, though most often than not if they got along on the show, then they got along in real life too. And it's true in this case.

    Retired judge Hardcastle (Keith) and "Skid" Mark McCormick (Hugh-Kelly) work together to solve crimes. The episodes are pogniant, funny and entertaining.moreless
  • COYOTE!!!!!!

    This show was the pinnacle of buddy shows. You have a smart-alec hotshot that can drive a fast car and a lunatic old tough as nails retired judge that forces him to help him fight crime. The Coyote race car was the awesome car from the show and they updated it a couple of times. I know I paid a lot of attention to the details of that car because I wanted one SO BAD. The show was full of action, humor and great chemistry between Hardcastle and McCormack. I get the feeling that this show would have lasted longer if it were on in the 90's instead of 80's because of the sudden popularity of the buddy movies like Running Scared and Lethal Weapon. Miss the show and wish the networks could start making good shows again instead of copying anything that gets ratings on another network.moreless