memories of the ’80s – Street Hawk

W70 69In the mid 1980s, a television series tried to break into the network schedule: Street Hawk.

Created by Paul M. Belous and Robert Wolterstoff, the series was distributed by Universal and picked up by ABC TV in 1984.

But with a packed schedule, ABC decided to air it as a mid-season replacement in January 1985.

Starring Rex Smith as Jesse Mach, a former motorcycle police officer who was injured in the line of duty.

Mach is hired by a top secret government agency to become the Street Hawk, riding a souped-up motorcycle to solve urban crime.

As a former amateur dirt bike rider, Mach knows how to ride without rules and as a police officer he knows his limits but solves crimes without revealing his identity. His Honda XL500 Trailbike has all the bells and whistles.

With the cover of playing a police public relations officer by day and crime fighter by night, Mach becomes a secretive yet helpful hand to the police.

Debuting on January 4, 1985, the series ran for 13 episodes, and resulted in accompanying merchandise like a series of books from Target Books, toys, action figure and a stunt bike.

But Street Hawk didn’t capture the imagination of  viewers enough to be picked up for a full season, a one hit wonder casualty of the 1980s tv series.


About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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