Spenser For Hire: The Complete First Season R
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Robert Urich stars as Robert B. Parker’s legendary Beantown gumshoe-with-a-difference, Spenser. Spenser is cut from a very different cloth than the usual round of TV detectives, a renaissance man who isn’t afraid to mix up a gourmet salad or just mix it up. Full-time bookworm and former boxer, the stylish Spenser drives a vintage Mustang that calls out his own sense of time and place - a yearning for a simpler time of ethics and standards, and diplays an appreciation of the best of the past in the present. Keeping Spenser in touch with his complex inner life is his psychologist soulmate, Susan Silverman (Barbara Stock), while the street-savvy Hawk (Avery Brooks) guides Spenser safely through Boston’s labyrinthine underworld. Richard Jaeckel costars as Spenser’s friend on the force, Lt. Quirk. Notable first season guests include William H. Macy, Chuck Connors and Shirley Knight.
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The characters in Spenser For Hire are people with depth, who respect others & life, who show genuine positive feelings for each other/other people/the world around them. The story lines tell a complete story, not snippets of info that make no sense.
The stories are not in-your-face; you have to pay attention to what is being shown. Many of today's viewers seem to have the attention span of gnats; with little ability to pay attention to anything for more than a few seconds. That is not good; the less attention you pay; the less able you become to pay attention to anything.
Spenser For Hire showed the dark side of life; but balanced that with positive reactions. The Good Old Days of TV were not perfect; but at least there was a balance of what was available to watch. I constantly search for shows such as Spenser For Hire to buy, so I can control & enjoy what I see on my TV screen.
I truly do not understand how the viewing public tolerates the type of TV and movies shown today; with the constant negative images and actions.
People like different things; so there should be a variety of choices for TV/movie viewers; not the same formula of sex, violence, disrespect for any and all things; but with different names.
If the people in charge of TV production and decision making would actually find out what folks want to see, maybe more positive TV/movies would be produced. People need to voice their objections about what they dislike about today's entertainment; it might impact the financial bottom line for those in charge. They might start to offer more choices; I say might.
As a consumer, I am just looking for some balance in what is available to view and/or buy for my personal entertainment. In today's world, that choice is extremely hard to find.
I also hope that whoever has control over Spenser For Hire decides to offer the other seasons; but with the features of subtitles, scene selection, extra features, etc.
"been there, done that!". This new series I felt was just going to have to show me that it was worthy of my viewership. It didn't take long! I fell in love with the show after just a few episodes. Mostly because of the cast and the chemistry they soon developed, and the locations around Boston that I recognized. Robert Urich and Avery Brooks were born to play opposite each other as were Urich and Barbara Stock. As Spenser and Hawk -- and Spenser and Susan, along with Sgt, Belson and Lt. Quirk, after a few episodes, I knew I was going to like this show. I loved how they used locations around the Boston area, and was amused when they (for example) were supposed to be in Boston's North End yet they actually were filming in Central Square in Lynn. Most wouldn't know that unless they were from the area. Central Square and it's surroundings look a lot like the North End, and it was probably logistically better because of traffic and also because some streets in old Boston are very tiny. No particular episode stands out as my favorite during the first season, but I love all of them. "No room at the inn", Discord in a minor (a dark episode about a troubled musical child prodigy and her equally talented father who without a doubt was ten times as troubled. "DISCORD in 'A' MINOR" as in the musical note "A-minor" -- I got it! "The killer with" is an intriguing psychological thriller intertwined with international spies. Spenser and Susan surreptitiously dropped a reference to Urich's first series (from 1969?) "Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice" a rather peculiar sitcom featuring a pair of "swingers" which I remember more for the title. "At the river's edge" co-starred a friend of Urich's, John Davidson (who also guest starred an an episode of "Vegas"), "Resurrection", and "A day's wages" just to name several. Spenser (with and 'S' instead of a 'C'): For Hire's first season was very loyal to the literary series, which featured several of Spenser's infamous underworld adversaries such as KING POWERS (played by the Rifleman's Chuck Conners) in the pilot and the episode "Children of a tempest storm"; JOE BROZ (Ray Serra), and TOM FLAHERTY (David O'Brien). The series also co-starred some memorable actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laura San Giacomo, Debra Jo Rupp, David Hyde Pierce, Kadeem Hardison, Paul Guilfoyle, Cleavant Derricks, Trini Alvarado, Marg Helgenberger, Steve Inwood, Spalding Gray, Nancy Marchand, Gerry Cooney, Dan Lauria, Jay Thomas, D.B. Sweeny, Ving Rhames, Rob Morrow, Gail Strickland, Josh Mostel, Lauren Holly, George Grizzard, Jimmy Smits, Ron Parady, Eriq La Salle, Seth Green, Angela Bassett, E.G. Marshall, Tony Shalhoub, Patricia Richardson, John C. McGinley, Andie MacDowell, Laurence Fishburne, Nancy Travis, John Spencer, John Pankow, Stephen McHattie, Brad Dourif, Jay O. Sanders, Paul Dooley, Patricia Clarkson, Andrea Thompson, Boyd Gaines, Geoffrey Lewis, Kate Burton, Shirley Knight, Earl Hindman, William H. Macy, Tom Urich, Heather Menzies-Urich, and Bobby Orr, and list goes on... Spenser: For Hire is one of the all-time greats. I wish they would bring it back because it was way too short, and I always felt there were tons more episodes to be made and seen. I also just found out Robert B. Parker was in negotiations to return the series to TNT in 2010 with a whole new cast -- and then he died and it looks like any plans for a re-boot as they say is on hold for now. Cross your fingers!
Season One is a look into my own past - remembering Boston as it was then, seeing the old Boston Garden, the streets, the area.
We moved back here in 1997, live a bit west of Boston, like to go in just to walk around the city, which is a very walkable, historic place, easy to get around.
I started reading the Spenser novels after seeing the show and have been hooked ever since. This show captures Robert Parker's characters to a T. Can't wait for Season Two!