CBS (ended 1993)


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A ninja-trained former Special Forces agent retires to Hawaii and uses his skills to help those in need and to search for his long-lost son, while avoiding assassins sent to kill him by his former associates in the Black Dragon clan. He is assisted by an eccentric private investigator named Jablonski.
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  • Great show prematurely cancelled

    This was a brilliant show and cancelled waaaaay too soon!

    I suspect some ninja connections to the CIA didn't appreciate the take on it and vetoed the show.
  • Tv.com error!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Someone has mixed Raven US tv series with UK Raven.

    Raven US !!!RULES!!!
  • Cool ninja series.

    It's kinda like magnum p.i. meets the karate kid. it has the feel of a hardy boys or a nancy drew murder mystery. it is set in hawaii and full of intense ninja action scenes. Jeffrey Meek and Lee Majors are a cool crime fighting duo. This show never bores, each week is a new story with a different set of characters that don't relate to the next. one thing that might look cheesy about this show is that jonathan raven seem to get a new girlfriend each week, yet he never gets serious enough with anyone of them. but to set that discomforting subplot aside, this show is a show that's completely watchable and never fails to entertain.moreless
  • Willing suspension of disbelief ... Lee Majors and Jeff Meek ... I\\\'ll suspend.

    Missed this the first time around. An online friend sent me tapes (ancient and venerable tapes). I wish they would re-run this on a cable station I get. The characterization was excellent, the friendship between Raven and \\\"Ski\\\" was well done and well delineated. I truly wish it had not been replaced half way through the 1st real season with another show, also martial arts oriented, with a bigger name. I think there was room for both the edgier Raven and the big name in Texas. The continuity of background needed refining. Other than that, the exploration of the ex-ninja, ex-assassin (they never beat around the bush on that one), searching for a son he\\\'s never seen was well done. I really enjoyed the show, and the actors seemed to work very well together. There were holes in the idea that needed exploration and I wish the writers had hit some of those holes instead of always concentrating on \\\"rescue the damsel in distress of the week\\\". That\\\'s what fan fiction is for. While I don\\\'t expect Raven to resurface in any form ever again, it was indeed a show that had great promise and should have been given a better chance to show what it could do. The biggest miss on this was not enough exploration of Raven\\\'s \\\"ninja\\\" training, including briefly alluded to mystic abilities. On the whole, a good show that should have survived longer than it did.moreless
  • Jonathan Raven (Jeffrey Meek) and Herman "Ski" Jablonski (Lee Majors) were an awesome combination in this series. Raven, the former Special Forces/Black Dragon ninja working with his eccentric P.I. pal "ski" while searching for Jonathan's son and avoidingmoreless

    This show was ahead of it's time in many ways. It created a team of friends, yet held onto the mystique set out in the begining with the Black Dragon theme.

    I had never seen Jeffrey Meek before this and I found that he played the part well, and I have wondered why he did not get another series after this one. Lee Majors was wonderful as "ski" the eccentric alcohol fan who gets into trouble or gets his pal Raven out of trouble on a regular basis. As a combo they worked well together.

    The search for his son kept him going and the people that they met on the way benfitted from the experience...and those of us watching on a weekly basis enjoyed the journey.

    If you like ninja/action series with a lot of sarcastic comedy/witt thrown in...you will enjoy this series.moreless