Spenser: For Hire

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    • Promised Land (Parts 1 & 2)
      Promised Land (Parts 1 & 2)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/20/85
      9.3
      Spenser is hired by wealthy businessman Harry Patterson to find his wife after she ran away. While Spenser is looking for Harry's wife he learns that Harry is being harrassed by some men employed by crime lord King Powers and also that Pam was involved in a crime that resulted in the murder of a security guard.moreless
    • The Choice
      The Choice
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/4/85
      9.1
      A pair of young thrill-killers target Spenser, accidentally shooting a bystander. Susan's ex-husband pays a visit.
    • The Killer Within
      The Killer Within
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/12/85
      9.0
      Spenser is a Private Detective who is hired by a woman to watch her sister and protect her from an old boyfriend. Susan Silverman is Spenser's girlfriend, a research assistant in a psychologist's office. Susan is elated to have been chosen by handsome Dr. Ed Howard from all the other research assistants to accompany him to San Francisco for a psychology conference. Spenser is less elated. Ed Howard enters the picture when Spenser realizes that his client has multiple personalities, she is herself and her sister. Or is she her sister and . . .she's both Diane and Donna, ok? Susan points out that this is Howard's speciality and should be the one to counsel the woman. Spenser is less than elated to bring in the doctor.moreless
    • Death By Design
      Death By Design
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      1/7/86
      8.8
      When university scientist Linda Collins hires Spenser to track down her boyfriend and recover &50,000, he encounters a drug ring and finds himself in a dangerous situation. Matters are not helped when Hawk is hired by the people that Spenser is up against.
    • Internal Affairs
      Internal Affairs
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/17/85
      8.6
      Marital infidelity and suspected involvement in a gambling ring lead to Lt. Quirk's suspension. Belson is shot during a raid. Spenser works to clear Quirk's name and catch Belson's would-be killer.
    • My Enemy, My Friend
      My Enemy, My Friend
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/4/87
      8.6
      A streetwise young kid gets involved over his head in the underworld. Spenser and Hawk try to protect him from would-be killers.
    • If You Knew Sammy
      If You Knew Sammy
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      4/4/87
      8.6
    • Hell Hath No Fury
      Hell Hath No Fury
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      4/8/86
      8.6
    • Promised Land (1)
      Promised Land (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/20/85
      8.6
      Spenser is hired by wealthy businessman Harry Patterson to find his wife after she ran away. While Spenser is looking for Harry's wife he learns that Harry is being harrassed by some men employed by crime lord King Powers and also that Pam was involved in a crime that resulted in the murder of a security guard.moreless
    • Promised Land (2)
      Promised Land (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/20/85
      8.6
      Spenser is hired by wealthy businessman Harry Patterson to find his wife after she runs away. While Spenser is looking for Harry's wife he learns that Harry is being harrassed by some men employed by crime lord King Powers and also that Pam was involved in a crime that resulted in the murder of a security guard.moreless
    • Rockabye Baby
      Rockabye Baby
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/25/86
      8.6
    • In a Safe Place
      In a Safe Place
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      2/14/86
      8.5
    • Pale Kings and Princes
      Pale Kings and Princes
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      1/2/94
      8.5
      When one of Susan's former patients, a news reporter, turns up dead on the outskirts of Wheaton, the cocaine capitol of Massachusetts, she and Spenser head out to Wheaton to find out why he was killed, with Hawk tagging along, and end up getting involved with Felipe Esteva, the head of the cocaine smuggling ring who has the entire town in his pocket.moreless
    • Children of a Tempest Storm
      Children of a Tempest Storm
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/11/85
      8.5
      Spenser kills a would-be thief in the course of thwarting a robbery. He and Susan take in the man's two children while investigating his past. Susan discovers she is pregnant.
    • At the River's Edge
      At the River's Edge
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      3/25/86
      8.5
      Spenser is hired by a 12-year-old to investigate the murder of her older sister. The brutal slaying of an ex-convict, and the machinations of a popular preacher with political ambitions factor into the investigation.
    • On the Night he Was Betrayed
      On the Night he Was Betrayed
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      11/1/87
      8.5
      Spenser helps an old friend, an alcoholic priest who tries to help homeless teenagers, when he gets involved over his head.
    • Resurrection
      Resurrection
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/3/85
      8.4
      Spenser investigates a crooked vice cop involved in the mugging of one of Susan's friends.
    • Gone Fishin'
      Gone Fishin'
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      12/6/87
      8.4
      18 year old pupil Thad asks Spenser to be his bodyguard, offering a large sum of money. Spenser doesn't take Thad up on his offer, but he does give him Hawk's phone number. Thad and Spenser are fired at. When Spenser investigates he finds that Thad wants to marry the girl that he loves, but her father does not want this.moreless
    • Among Friends
      Among Friends
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      1/10/87
      8.4
    • The Road Back
      The Road Back
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      3/21/87
      8.4
      Spenser loses all feeling in his right arm after he's shot while guarding a politician.
    • She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
      She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      3/11/86
      8.4
      Sgt. Frank falls in love with a white supremicist.
    • Haunting
      Haunting
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      5/7/88
      8.3
      Spenser investigates an old child kidnapping case, the case that lost him his badge, when he tries to track down a teenage girl's biological parents.
    • Original Sin
      Original Sin
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/18/85
      8.3
      Spenser investigates the apparent suicide of a young nun, and stumbles onto a corrupt landlord.
    • The Hopes and Fears
      The Hopes and Fears
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      12/20/86
      8.3
    • An Eye for an Eye
      An Eye for an Eye
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/27/86
      8.3
      New District Attorney Rita Fiori tries to prosecute Spenser for blackmail.
    • The Long Hunt
      The Long Hunt
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/8/86
      8.3
    • Child's Play
      Child's Play
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      12/20/87
      8.3
      On the way to a football match, Spenser and Susan stop at a news stand. Shots are fired at the newsagent. Spenser tries to protect himself and Susan, but a 14 year old boy gets caught up in the fire and is killed. The boy had no weapon and was an innocent bystander. Spenser learns from Hawk that there is a professional hitman from New Jersey in town, and he has orders to kill two people - the newsagent and Spenser.moreless
    • I Confess
      I Confess
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      1/17/87
      8.3
      A man confesses to a crime that his friends say he didn't do. So Spenser is hired to prove it.
    • Play it Again, Sammy
      Play it Again, Sammy
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/30/88
      8.3
      Sammy Backlin dreams of being rich. He believes he can make his dreams come true with the publication of his memoirs. However, his memoirs expose certain truths about organized crime and Sammy soon finds himself in trouble. He asks Spenser to protect him against the assasins who are out to get him, but when the two are shot at, Spenser finds himself in hospital.moreless
    • Trial and Error
      Trial and Error
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      2/21/87
      8.3
    • Shadowsight
      Shadowsight
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      12/13/86
      8.3
    • Sleepless Dream
      Sleepless Dream
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      11/8/87
      8.3
      Spenser becomes obsessed with an apparently suicidal woman after a chance encounter on the street.
    • Thanksgiving
      Thanksgiving
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/29/87
      8.3
      Spenser's old army friend is arrested for murder. Spenser cuts his Thanksgiving trip to a Puritan village in Plymouth short to try to exonerate his friend. However, the more information that Spenser has, the more he believes his friend is guilty.
    • Discord in A Minor
      Discord in A Minor
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      10/25/85
      8.2
      Spenser is fired from a bodyguard job after his young charge is kidnapped. Spenser suspects the girl he was to protect, arranged the 'kidnapping' to escape her father, a famous conductor, who may have been molesting his daughter.
    • The Judas Goat
      The Judas Goat
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      8.2
      Spenser is hired out by Hugh Dixon to track down the killers of his wife and daughters. The ensuing investigation draws Spenser and Hawk into a huge plot involving assassination attempts on African leader Winston Boyko.
    • Consilum Abditum
      Consilum Abditum
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/15/87
      8.2
      Susan is in trouble when her claims of sexual harassment lead her college counselor to retaliate by hiring a hit man to keep her quiet. Spenser gets arrested for getting involved in a fight.
    • When Silence Speaks
      When Silence Speaks
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      2/11/86
      8.2
      When deaf advice columnist Joan Cugell stops receiving letters from a scientist with whom she has been corresponding, she hires Spenser to investigate the cause of the break in contact.
    • The Big Fight
      The Big Fight
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      2/6/88
      8.2
      Joey Falocci, Spenser's former boxing coach, asks Spenser to help with a money delivery. Spenser and Joey are ambushed and Spenser kills one of the men in self defence. Hawk and Susan believe that the ambush was aimed at Spenser but Spenser does not want to believe this.
    • Rage
      Rage
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      4/1/86
      8.2
      Spenser searches for a runaway girl. In the process of finding her, he crosses paths with deranged man who wants to get back at him.
    • A Madness Most Discreet
      A Madness Most Discreet
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/21/86
      8.2
      When Spenser is asked by a former Russian ballerina to help her, he finds that she is a subject of interest to both the American and Russian secret service.
    • Widow's Walk
      Widow's Walk
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/4/86
      8.2
      A small fishing family hires Spenser to investigate the death of their father. Spenser suspects a rival fishing family, the Almeidas.
    • Substantial Justice
      Substantial Justice
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      3/5/88
      8.1
      Theater producer Janet Cole is accused of murder. Her lawyer does not believe that she is innocent so Janet hires Spenser. During his investigation Spenser comes across a gangster family who are using the theater to launder money.
    • Mary Hamilton
      Mary Hamilton
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      2/14/87
      8.1
    • Home is the Hero
      Home is the Hero
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/22/86
      8.1
    • Brother to Dragons
      Brother to Dragons
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      2/4/86
      8.1
      Spenser is employed by teachers at a private school in Smithfield to investigate drug usage on campus. However, in the course of his investigation Spenser uncovers something far more unsettling.
    • Ceremony
      Ceremony
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      8.1
      Spenser is hired to locate April Kyle, the missing daughter of Harry Kyle, millionaire and candidate for Governor. With the assistance of Hawk, Spenser travels from Boston's "Combat Zone" to Providence and the heart of child pornography in search of one seemingly unimportant runaway whom nobody wants found.
    • Autumn Thieves
      Autumn Thieves
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/19/85
      8.1
      Spenser stumbles onto a ring of thieves while investigating a relic stolen from a museum.
    • Blood Money
      Blood Money
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      11/26/85
      8.0
      The wife of a kidnapped oil tycoon hires Spenser to deliver $1 million in ransom money to a ring of terrorists while police have the drop-off area surrounded.
    • Angel of Desolation
      Angel of Desolation
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      3/4/86
      8.0
    • A Day's Wages
      A Day's Wages
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/14/86
      8.0
      Spenser and Hawk blame themselves for failing to protect their respective clients from the clutches of the underworld, and vow to settle the score with a big-time racketeer and his henchmen.
    • Song of Orpheus
      Song of Orpheus
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      5/9/87
      8.0
    • Arthur's Wake
      Arthur's Wake
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      1/16/88
      8.0
      Spenser protects his old friend, former policeman Arthur Reynold, after he is attacked by two men who steal several thousand dollars. In the course of Spenser's investigation he comes across information which leads him to believe that Arthur is connected with racketeering.
    • Watercolors
      Watercolors
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      3/19/88
      8.0
      Spenser protects a child artist after the child witnesses a mob execution while painting in the forest.
    • White Knight
      White Knight
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/18/86
      8.0
    • And Give Up Show Biz?
      And Give Up Show Biz?
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      11/1/86
      8.0
    • One For My Daughter
      One For My Daughter
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      3/7/87
      8.0
      Spenser and Hawk try to protect Bo from some men to whom he owes money. Spenser gains the case because Bo was married to Hawk's ex girlfriend Callie. Bo and his daughter Jessie, both of whom are alcoholics, go on the run after Bo tries to blackmail his creditors.
    • Personal Demons
      Personal Demons
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      2/7/87
      8.0
    • The Heart of the Matter
      The Heart of the Matter
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/11/87
      7.9
      Lt. Quirk faces his mortality when he suffers a heart attack. Spenser and Hawk protect him from revenge-minded villains as he recovers.
    • Hawk's Eyes
      Hawk's Eyes
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      3/26/88
      7.9
      When Hawk is blinded by an explosion he stays with Susan for protection while Spenser investigates a radical political group.
    • Company Man
      Company Man
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      3/12/88
      7.9
      When some dynamite goes missing from a construction site, Spenser is employed to investigate. Susan keeps a secret from Spenser.
    • Skeletons in the Closet
      Skeletons in the Closet
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      1/3/88
      7.9
      Spenser is hired by Judge Jason Kingsley to find a stolen journal which contains information revealing the judge as a customer of a prostitute. While Spenser is investigating the case he learns that Hawk has been hired by the journal thief to extort money from the judge.
    • Homecoming
      Homecoming
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/27/87
      7.9
      A cop who helped send a gangster's son to prison years ago has been hiding, cause the gangster wants to get him. But now he wants to come home, so he and his father, asks Spenser to act as intermediary. While the gangster is unwilling to settle for nothing less than seeing him dead. Spenser tries to see what he can do. At the same time Spenser has to deal with Susan, who came back to town, and would like to see if they have a future, but this case is taking up all of his time.moreless
    • The Man Who Wasn't There
      The Man Who Wasn't There
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      5/2/87
      7.8
    • Murder and Acquisitions
      Murder and Acquisitions
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      1/24/87
      7.8
    • No Room at the Inn
      No Room at the Inn
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      9/27/85
      7.7
      Spenser is given an old station as a gift from the fire department for a service rendered them. The police department hires Spenser to protect a mysterious witness.
    • A Savage Place
      A Savage Place
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      7.5
      Candy Sloane, a news reporter that Spenser used to date, hires him out as backup while she investigates a credit card fraud ring that might be operating out of a previously-bankrupt movie company.
    • To the End of the Line
      To the End of the Line
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/23/88
      7.5
      At a family celebration of Sergeant Belson's, his 15 year old niece Laurie becomes unconscious and later dies in hospital of a drug overdose. Spenser and Sergeant Belson go on a hunt for the drug dealer. The dealer is an old aquaintance of Spenser's and the backer is multi-millionaire Roger Thornwood. Spenser and Belson set a trap for the men who are responsible for Laurie's death.moreless
    • My Brother's Keeper
      My Brother's Keeper
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      3/14/87
      7.5
      Spenser becomes embroiled in the seamy Vietnamese organized crime racket after a Vietnamese crime boss uses Spenser to track down a former soldier.
    • One if by Land, Two if by Sea
      One if by Land, Two if by Sea
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/29/86
      7.5
      A friend of Spenser's is shot and killed while portraying Paul Revere during a Revolutionary War re-enactment.
    • McAllister
      McAllister
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      4/30/88
      7.2
      Spenser assists a lawyer in proving the innocence of his client, a Navy seaman accused of murdering the captain's daughter. The only witness is a missing Polish sailor.
    • The Siege
      The Siege
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      1/10/88
      6.6
      Hawk and Susan along with other people are held captive in a post office.
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