Legendary actor Jimmy Stewart came to TV in Hawkins, a mystery series about a crafty, rural-bred West Virginia lawyer. In a role similar to his starring turn in Anatomy of a Murder, Stewart won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Billy Jim Hawkins. Foreshadowing Andy Griffith's similar series Matlock, Hawkins not only tried but investigated his cases.
The show aired opposite Shaft as part of The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies during the 1973-74 season. It was CBS' attempt to create a "wheel" program similar to The NBC Mystery Movie. Despite critical acclaim and Stewart's award win, Hawkins ended after one season at the request of Stewart himself, who felt TV could not continue to provide the quality of scripts and directors he wanted to work with.