Hardcastle & McCormick - Season 1

ABC (ended 1986)




Episode Guide

  • Scared Stiff
    Scared Stiff
    Episode 23

    Mark and Hardcastle take a group of misfit kids to a state prison in order to scare them straight; but while they are there, they are taken hostages by prisoners who are frustrated because of the repeated abuse from the guards and the warden.

  • Really Neat Cars and Guys with a Sense of Humor
    Hardcastle & McCormick go undercover at a computerized dating service in order to find out why wealthy clients are turning up dead.
  • Did You See the One That Got Away
    Hardcastle visits a man he sent to prison for life only to find that the man never made it there.
  • The Homecoming (2)
    The Homecoming (2)
    Episode 20
    Hardcastle hides out with another old friend, recovering from his injuries, while he tries to figure out how to retrieve the evidence against the town officials. Meanwhile, Mark and Christy take refuge in an abandoned cabin.
  • The Homecoming (1)
    The Homecoming (1)
    Episode 19
    Hardcastle returns to his hometown in Arkansas for a high school reunion, only to learn from an old friend that people are being swindled out of their farms. After the friend is murdered, and his daughter asks the judge for help, Hardcastle enlists McCormick to burglarize the local land office.
  • The Georgia Street Motors
    A group of retired judges decide to take the law into their own hands by delivering their own verdicts to criminals who slipped through the system or were given lesser sentences based on technicalities or lack of evidence.
  • School for Scandal
    School for Scandal
    Episode 17
    Robert Culp guest stars as Arthur Farnel, an ex-con who runs a school leading and teaching their students how to break the law. Mark decides to go undercover in order to gather enough evidence to put him away.
  • Mr. Hardcastle Goes to Washington
    Hardcastle is up for a spot on the Supreme Court bench but some people don't want him to be chosen.
  • Whistler's Pride
    Whistler's Pride
    Episode 15
    When the judge inherits a rather short race horse, he enters it in a race only to have it kidnapped and his jockey beaten up. Could someone be that anxious to win the race at all costs?
  • Third Down and Twenty Years to Life

    A law student at a local college claims that her brother, who was sent to prison for 20 years by Judge Hardcastle, was framed for murder. He ignores her, but when someone tries to kidnap her, he reviews the case and sends Mark on an undercover investigation to the school as a football player.

  • Just Another Round of That Old Song
    Keenan Wynn guest stars as an old bank robber who was recently released from prison who attempts to locate the armored car that he had robbed in the 1940s.
  • Flying Down to Rio
    Flying Down to Rio
    Episode 12
    Hardcastle & McCormick travel to San Rio Blanco to track down a drug runner, after failing to catch him in Los Angeles.
  • Hotshoes
    Episode 11
    Mark is thrilled when he gets a shot at racing in big leagues only to learn that his sponsor's auto parts business gets their inventory from stolen cars.
  • The Prince of Fat City
    A gang member is remanded into the judge's custody and stays in the guesthouse with Mark. As several parties try and persuade Harold to give up some tapes of a psychiatrist's sessions that include clients' revealing vital damaging information.
  • Killer B's
    Killer B's
    Episode 9
    Hardcastle persuades an old friend, Buddy Ebsen to obtain a role in a movie in which the movie producer is using his films to cover up his drug smuggling operation.
  • Once Again with Vigorish
    Hardcastle & McCormick set out to assist a woman lawyer, who is an old friend of Hardcastle's, convict a mobster after he gets off on a technicality again.
  • The Boxer
    The Boxer
    Episode 7
    Boxer Kid Calico is told to throw a fight in order to keep his kidnapped father alive.
  • The Black Widow
    The Black Widow
    Episode 6
    Hardcastle wants to investigate a woman named Tina Grey. It seems that a lot men die whom she was "with". When Hardcastle goes to the police for info, a Captain Filapiano, who doesn't like Hardcastle asks him to leave. Hardcastle then tells McCormick to get close to her. As they get closer, a gangster named Joe Beiber, whom she has been seeing, and who is insanely jealous abducts them. When Hardcastle goes to Filapiano to find out what's going, he discovers that she is The Black Widow, a former prostitute turned police informant. She works for Filapiano, and part of their arrangement is that in exchange for getting info on certain criminals, she frames someone close to the criminal she is working on, or someone who had access to the info she was going to get. Beiber was her latest target but her fall guy was killed by Beiber before she could get what she was suppose to. So Filapiano suggest that they use McCormick. Hardcastle saves McCormick and Tina's implicating Filapiano and Hardcastle sets Internal Affairs on Filapiano. We also learn that years ago Filapiano shot a boy whom he claimed was armed but the boy's mother didn't believe that, Hardcastle promised her that he will find what really happened. It seems that Filapiano shot the boy and planted his backup on him.moreless
  • Goin' Nowhere Fast
    Goin' Nowhere Fast
    Episode 5
    A convict who has been having an affair with the warden's wife, escapes with her help. He then calls Hardcastle, which agitates him. He and McCormick go out to find him, clearly there is something personal between them but he is not saying what it is. Eventually, it's revealed that before Hardcastle chose McCormick, he gave this guy a try and he proved Hardcastle wrong. Now he is out and wants to get back at Hardcastle. He goes to the mansion and holds Sarah hostage but Hardcastle and McCormick arrive and apprehend him.moreless
  • The Crystal Duck
    The Crystal Duck
    Episode 4
    McCormick's friend and former cellmate robs Hardcastle's poker game to pay off a crooked parole officer who is blackmailing him.
  • Man in a Glass House
    Hardcastle is not the only one who is upset by the insulting remarks about him in a retired mobster's autobiography. The man's former associates have kidnapped his innocent son to force him to reveal the location of some physical evidence he still has, that could send them to jail.
  • Rolling Thunder (1)
    While trying to help his co-worker Flip's daughter solve her father's murder, Mark McCormick is arrested and assigned to Judge Hardcastle to work for him rounding up crooks who were freed on technicalities.