Creators: Bruce Lansbury, Paul M. Belous and Robert Wolterstoff.
Directors: (Various including) Birgil W. Vogel, Richard Compton, Daniel Haller and Joel Zwick.
Producers: (Various including) Burton Armus, Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff and Medora Heilbron.
Writers: (Various including) Hannah Louise Sheare, Burton Armus, Deborah Dean Davis and Robert Wolterstorff.
Stars: Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto, Richard Venture and Jeannie Wilson
Released in January 1985 this short lived series lasted only until May of the same year... creating 13 quite good 50 minute episodes about a rather special motorbike.
** BRIEF IDEA **
When ex-police officer Jesse Mach, (played by Rex Smith) is chosen by federal agent Norman Tuttle, (played by Joe Regalbuto), to trial "Street Hawk", a top secret creation of a futuristic and very powerful motorbike with some hidden surprises, he soon realises that it is a lot more dangerous than he first thought.
So with the incredible power under his seat, including a top speed of 300 miles per hour and a vast array of weaponry and defensive tools on board the crime fighter takes to the streets to bring justice for all...
** IN CONCLUSION **
Well... what can you say about this 1980's wanna-be hit tv show.
The eighties tv scene was a time of futuristic vehicles which are intent on saving the world from over the top criminal activists... such as the car with attitude and the chopper with style... so there was only one vehicle missing which could be used as a futuristic type weapon... and here it is... the bike with the same as the car and the chopper, only on two wheels and slightly less popular... (lasting only one series for it's sins)... but to be honest, no one tried to add a motorboat to the list of super hero vehicles, (apart from an episode of the Simpson, which doesn't really count)
Street hawk seemed to come out in the middle of the other more popular tv series of the same type and so never really caught on...lasting only five months... maybe because of the pretty tame challenges that the man on the scooter had to over come... but in reality the show was quite entertaining and not too over the top... unless you count a motorbike jumping out of some warehouse doors every time a case came up as over the top...
The all round acting was nothing special, although Rex Smith plays the part of the heroic motorcyclist who just want to ride his precious super machine, even if he comes across as a little wooden at times... a little like Mr Bean dresses up and joins the Hells Angels for a bit...
The stunts and so called special effects are not brilliant but are good enough to keep the show crawling along, but you can sort of see why this show only lasted for one series... especially when you realise just how totally far fetched this show really is... I mean, taking a corner on Honda motorbike at over 200 miles per hour is just not right at all... no matter how much garnish you slap on it... and as for the daft effects used to try and convince the viewer that the bike was 'speeding' along doesn't really do the trick... it merely adds to the comical side of the idea.
Don't get me wrong, if you do see this advertised on some sky channel, like bravo or gold, (as I do not believe it has ever been released on DVD... or even video in the UK...? but please correct me if I'm wrong). then give it a go... it can be quite entertaining, depending on which episode you happen upon...
* Would I recommend this..?
A difficult question to answer... this show is like marmite... you either love it or hate it...
If I said yes and you hated it then please don't shout at me... but if you're a big fan of the show then don't slate me for speaking negative about it.
It failed in the 80's and would most definitely fall flat on its face if released now... but as I previously said, if you see it advertised then give it a go.. You may become addicted.
* SERIES RUNDOWN
1) Street Hawk (pilot) (January 4th)
When police officer Jesse is injured in a hit and run he ends up working behind a desk as he is deemed unfit to patrol the streets, so when Norman Tutttle offers him a chance to get back on the streets he jumps at the chance, using the newfound technology for his own advantage, avenging some wrongs.
2) A Second Self (January 11th)
When Jesse and Street hawk are involved in the death of a car thief it is not long before Jesse life is under threat by the car thieves brother... but a blast from the past could save the day. ( This episode does star the soon to be world famous George Clooney)
3) The Adjuster (January 18th)
With policeman who are really killers and some very dodgy jewels it is not long before Jesse comes up against an old foe he hasn't heard of for a long time..
4)Vegas Run (January 25th)
Bodyguarding is the name of the game in this episode as Jesse is needed to protect a witness who is giving evidence against the 'mob'... only the 'mob' will try anything to protect their racket.
5) Dog Eat Dog (February 1st)
Jesse is set a simple task of getting a rock star to appear on television but the task turns into something more sinister.
6) Fire on the Wing (February 8th)
Jesse has to investigate several arson attacks to find out who or what is causing them?
7) Chinatown Memories (February 15th)
An old girlfriend of Jesse's turns up pleading for help when her parents are under threat due to a mysterious statue
8)The Unsinkable 453 (February 22nd)
When a mix up at a prison is discovered Jesse soon realises that the escaped prisoner is heading for more sinister dealings than anyone realised.
9)Hot Target (March 1st)
Norman is seduced by an old girlfriend, only for things to turn nasty as Jesse uncovers some rather high powered firepower whilst chasing gunrunners.
10) Murder is a Novel Idea (March 8th)
When a book naming a killer is about to be published Jesse has to protect the author from the man responsible before it is too late.
11) The Arabian (May 2nd)
With the murder of a stable hand and some suspicion of horse swapping Jesse son becomes involved, only he has competition with an insurance agent.
12) Female of the Species (May 9th)
Also known as the Assassin... When a hitman seeks revenge for what he calls a miscarriage of justice it is up to Jesse and a reluctant friend to bring justice.
13) Follow the Yellow Gold Road (May 16th)
Street hawk shows signs of fatigue whilst Jesse is chasing some so called vigilantes who have stolen some gold...
This was and still is one of my best childhood memories! You could say it was just another 80s saturday afternoon action tv series just to cover difffernet modes of transport! (nightrider-car, airwolf-chopper) But it was the coolest bike ever! The story was about a cop called jesse mach, who was a police biker, he than gets assigned to ride 'Streethawk' a futureristic bike that can jump, filp, fire lasers and go as fast as ya like... brilliant. Jesse works with 'norman' the guy who developed the bike and is the typical nervous wreck about his bike and jesses gungho manner, norman watches everything jesse does from basecamp with the help of cameras in jesses helmet and other fantasic gadjets. Together they bust crime while doing wheelies, stoopies and jumping everything in front of them and making it look good. Even though Nightrider had the 'Hoff' abd 'Kit', Streethawk still rules in my eyes! It a shame it never was released on a box set!?!
STREETHAWK was a KNIGHT RIDER-style show but instead of featuring a futuristic car it instead featured a futuristic motorbike. The show aired for only 13 episodes in 1985, but us still fondly remembered by aficionados of 1980s action television.
The plot had a cop called Jessie who tested a governmental project known as 'Streethawk' (surprise, surprise). The bike was able to go at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour thanks to the wonderful new technology of 'hyperthrust' and carried a variety of weapons, including a rocket launcher! Jessie would cruise the streets of Los Angeles on Streethawk fighting crime.
STREETHAWK was a fun show but was not a patch on KNIGHT RIDER or even THE A-TEAM. However if you like that kind of cheesy 80s television then you will no doubt enjoy the show. It has not as yet been officially released on DVD, although a quick search on ioffer.com will turn up some unofficial DVD copies.
Street Hawk came out at the time that Knightrider was extremely popular and I guess to cash in on this success. The strange thing is that after all this time I know which series I'd prefer to watch? Street Hawk! Where as Knightrider looks very dated now and the story very silly, Street Hawk, though dated looks a lot better and has suffered less. The idea is silly, a high tech motorcycle equipped to the hilt to defend society. Jesse Mach is a police cop that takes on the secret identity of Street Hawk under the supervision of Norman Tuttle. Together they help fight crime and make the world a safer place! It's very silly but also very enjoyable. The acting is, as you would expect, a little dodgy and the story lines go from straightforward crime stories to outlandish, over the top plotlines but it's all done in such a way that you can't help enjoy it. It may not be first rate TV, but it is still very entertaining even after 15 years. Watch it if you can, then watch Knightrider and you decide which looks worse.
For those who never saw this series in the 80's, Street Hawk is a custom-made $3million motorbike capable of speeds over 300mph and vertical jumps of 30m. It is jet-black and driven by ex-motorcycle cop Jesse Mach, backed up in the control room by Norman Tuttle (portrayed as your typical geek). Jesse Mach was injured in the pilot episode so was taken off active duty and placed in the police PR dep't. The FBI recruit him for a secret project and rebuild his damaged knee (he wears a brace at work to maintain the limp). From then he goes fighting crime on StreetHawk using the Turbo thrust (330mph), particle ray (laser) and guns and missiles built into the faring of the bike. Although this is a highly unbelievable story it kind of crosses a number of bridges. It should appeal to Knight Rider, Airwolf and Chips fans and is also loyal to the original super-hero line (mild-mannered clerk by day, superhero by night). Unfortunately they only made one series, which is now being aired on Bravo, but this is well-worth watching if you like superhero/vigilante/police tv series'.