Hart to Hart

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Hart to Hart

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Created by author Sidney Sheldon, the series started out under title Double Twist. Tom Mankiewicz was asked to revamp the script and it was soon renamed Hart to Hart. With Robert Wagner as self-made millionaire Jonathan Hart, Stefanie Powers as his journalist wife Jennifer and Lionel Stander as their trusty sidekick Max the "Hartbeat" began. Premiering on August 25, 1979, Hart was met with mixed reviews but by the end of the first season Jonathan and Jennifer Hart were household names. Guest appearances were made by everyone from Stella Stevens and Roddy McDowell to Jill St. John and Dorothy Lamour and even a cameo by Natalie Wood. The series would run for five seasons before leaving ABC in 1984. Hart to Hart is still airing in syndication in over 60 countries worldwide. In 1993 while touring together in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, RJ, Stefanie and Lionel would return to television in the first of what would be eight 2-hour Hart movies. Jokingly dubbed "Hart to Hart: The New Generation", Jonathan and Jennifer still found themselves going from one adventure to the next. The first five would air as NBC Friday Night Mysteries. Sadly, Lionel Stander died shortly after completing the fifth movie and the sixth movie saw the Harts atending Max's funeral. The final three movies aired on The Family Channel. Interesting tidbit. The last movie aired on Aug 25 1996. Exactly 17 years (to the date) of the airing of the pilot movie. ======================== Company credits Production Companies * Columbia Pictures Television * Rona II * Spelling-Goldberg Productions Distributors * American Broadcasting Company (ABC) * Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001) * Independent Television (ITV) * Sony Pictures Television (2002-) ======================== Awards American Cinema Editors, USA 1980 -- Nominated -- Best Edited Episode from a Television Series -- Bob Bring [For episode "Max in Love".] Emmy Awards 1982 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Art Direction for a Series -- James J. Agazzi (art director), Paul Sylos (art director), Bob Signorelli (set decorator) [For episode "The Hart of the Matter"] 1982 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -- Stefanie Powers 1981 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Art Direction for a Series -- James J. Agazzi (art director), Paul Sylos (art director), Bob Signorelli (set decorator) [For episode "Blue Chip Murders"] 1981 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Film Sound Mixing -- Blake Wilcox (production mixer), Robert L. Harman (re-recording mixer), William L. McCaughey (re-recording mixer), Howard S. Wollman (re-recording mixer) [For episode "'Tis the Season to be Murdered"] 1981 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -- Stefanie Powers 1980 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Art Direction for a Series -- James J. Agazzi (art director), Paul Sylos (art director), Bob Signorelli (set decorator) [For episode "Man with Jade Eyes"] Golden Globes 1984 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama -- Robert Wagner 1984 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama -- Stefanie Powers 1984 -- Nominated -- Best TV-Series - Drama 1983 -- Won -- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV -- Lionel Stander 1983 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama -- Robert Wagner 1983 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama -- Stefanie Powers 1983 -- Nominated -- Best TV-Series - Drama 1982 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama -- Stefanie Powers 1982 -- Nominated -- Best TV-Series - Drama 1981 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama -- Robert Wagner 1981 -- Nominated -- Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama -- Stefanie Powers 1981 -- Nominated -- Best TV-Series - Drama 1980 -- Nominated -- Best TV Actor - Drama -- Robert Wagner 1980 -- Nominated -- Best TV Actress - Drama -- Stefanie Powers Young Artist Awards 1983 -- Won -- Best Young Actress, Guest on a Series -- Roxana Zal 1983 -- Nominated -- Best Young Actor, Guest on a Series -- Rossie Harris ===================== [opening narration] Max: This is my boss, Jonathan Hart - a self-made millionaire. He's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H. She's gorgeous. She's one lady who knows how to take care of herself. By the way, my name is Max. I take care of *both* of them, which ain't easy; 'cause when they met... it was *murder*! (Note: Max's opening narration differs in some episodes. Most episodes have him finish by declaring "When they met, it was murder!" but some episodes have him saying "Their hobby is ... murder!") =============================== Release dates USA -- 25 August 1979 UK -- 3 February 1980 France -- 11 July 1982 Sweden -- 1 July 1983 West Germany -- October 1983 ================== Filming Locations 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio) First Christian Church, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA ========================moreless
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  • Jonathan and Jennifer Hart had everything money could buy but they wanted a little bit more out of life ...

    9.0
    Hart to Hart was one of the best crime solving duos on television. Of course it was cheesy and of course they always escaped practically unscathed, but the point is, the show was lots of fun to watch each week as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, millionaire business people, decided to become mllionaire crime fighters in their spare time.



    Each episode brought a new case to crack, which they inevitably did with the help of their Houseman, Max, and their cute little dog, Freeway.



    The show was predictable but extremely watchable and they attracted some great guest stars over the years.



    If you haven't seen it, gett hold of the DVDs and watch some 1980s style crime fighting!moreless
  • Absolute tosh, and I love it!

    10
    Now look me in straight the eye and tell me you don’t love this show. Having been obsessed with ‘The Thin Man’ films since birth, it seems only natural that I transferred my affections to this series when it hit our screens in the late 70s/early 80s.



    Jonathan and Jennifer are the ideal couple: sharp witted, wry and happily married. When they found themselves in some truly ludicrous situations, be it embroiled with international drug smugglers, jewel thieves or dubious dog food manufacturers, they never lost their humour or verve.



    The fundamental reason for the success of this series, despite its ridiculous premise, is the amazing rapport between the show’s two stars: Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Like Powell and Loy, their wisecracking seemed to come naturally and you never once questioned the authenticity of their relationship. They seemed very comfortable together. In times of trouble, and there were many, Jonathan was always there flailing around with some unscrupulous miscreant while Jennifer stood on the sidelines playing the archetypical ‘damsel in distress.’ Lara Croft she may not have been but that didn’t matter; who said chivalry was not allowed to exist in the 1980s?



    The weakest point has to be the plot. Actually, ‘plot’ ought to be used in the loosest sense term when referring to this show. It was more like a dubious concoction of implausible coincidences. Each week the Harts would find themselves caught up in some form of espionage, murder or fraud, purely by accident. Quite how Jonathan had time to run such an internationally successful company is beyond belief. Again though, does it really matter? Not in my book. As the series progressed things got more bizarre, and I loved it even more. In today’s world of reality television and self-promoting celebrities, there is a dire need for inconsequential escapism where ‘the baddies’ are quashed after one hour, not put on the front cover of some magazine.



    Yes it is exceptionally cheesy, but that was what the 80s and escapism are all about. No, I have not had a cup of altitude too many, I simply love this show!moreless
  • Not bad.

    5.2
    This was the most amazing show of all times, and still stands the test of time. I only wish it's syndication was more accessible. Being that I work in an entertainment facility, I was privy to have a real conversation with Mr Wagner while he waited to go on stage. He and his wife, Jill, did their rendition of "Love Letters". It was the most beautiful thing. They are really down to earth people. Mr Wagner told me that during the time of "Hart to Hart" was the best time in his life. "That show was really good to us" was his comment. He was quite fixated on telling me about his newest "Austin Powers" project in the works. I and a few others spoke with him and Jill after the show as well. What separated these folks from the other acts, are the fact that they aren't actors, they are movie stars.moreless
  • A rich couple of detectives.

    9.7
    Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) and his wife Jennifer (Stephanie Powers) play detectives in this show. Jonathan a self made millionaire owns a multi-million dollar company. Jennifer, his wife, was a very talented writer. They are joined by a butler named Max who is also there driver and long-time friend of Jonathan’s. They live in Los Angeles in a mansion. They solve cases from murder to extortion. When they aren't solving mysteries they travel all over the world. Jonathan likes to play poker with his friends and Max. They also have parties at their house and have a many rich friends. This was a very good story.moreless
  • In this episode, the kids stage \"Operation Alice,\" a procedure that leaves their beloved maid with one kidney and about ten percent less of her small intestine. While some viewers might find the scene in the operating room a bit unpleasant, we can stillmoreless

    6.8
    It\'s no coincidence that \'modern television\' is said to have begun in 1969. Sherwood Schwartz, the genius behind \"Gilligan\'s Island,\" came up with the novel idea of using children in a TV series, setting the stage for every family show made since. In this first episode, we get to see how it all started, with Mike & Carol\'s wedding merging two half-families into that most perfect of TV families, so perfect that, within a year, even they would forget how it all started, never again to refer to their step-status. But what about the hidden messages? Why, for instance, ismoreless
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  • THIS WEEK'S ROUNDUP HAS SOME GOOD LAUGHS ON OFFER WITH THE RELEASE OF MY NAME IS EARL, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, AND THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW. GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA OF HART TO HART, 8TH & OCEAN, AND FOOTBALLERS' WIVES. THEN THRILL TO THE ACTION OF ROAR, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, GHOST HUNTERS, SEASON 2.5 OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, AND THE FIRST SEASON OF THE UNIT.

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    Drama, Suspense

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    80s, Crime, Detectives, Murder & Mayhem, characters with double lives