A Man Called Hawk : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 28, 1989
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  • Summary: Avery Brooks reprises his role of streetwise crime-fighter Hawk in this Washington D.C.-set spin-off from Spenser: For Hire that lasted for just 13 episodes. Moses Gunn co-stars as Hawk's father figure, known only as "Old Man" (DS9 fans: now you know where that comes from!), while notableAvery Brooks reprises his role of streetwise crime-fighter Hawk in this Washington D.C.-set spin-off from Spenser: For Hire that lasted for just 13 episodes. Moses Gunn co-stars as Hawk's father figure, known only as "Old Man" (DS9 fans: now you know where that comes from!), while notable guest stars include Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and Wesley Snipes. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Aug 7, 2014
    80
    The new show is very violent, in bursts, in between all the poetry and music. I don't know why, but violence bothers me less when its mixed with lyrical scripts like in "A Man Called Hawk." It's like Shakespeare on TV. ... Any script becomes Shakespeare when Brooks gets his vocal cords around it; pearly words float out of the TV. [27 Jan 1989]
  2. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Aug 7, 2014
    60
    The title role of the hourlong show is played with insinuating relish by Avery Brooks. ... Now the series ... has to find some scripts worthy of the character.
  3. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    It's standard fare, not worth staying home for. [26 Jan 1989]
  4. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    Previously icy, menacing, aloof and fascinating, [Hawk] is now mostly noise and bluster, a swaggering, gun-toting pontificator, as ready with an aphorism as with a bullet, a "Shaft" rehash. ... Within the context of "Spenser," there was already a cartoonish aspect to the figure of Hawk. Now all restraint has been dropped, and Hawk has become a parody of himself. Brooks has done better work. [27 Jan 1989]
  5. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Tom Green
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    An economy of Hawk worked well in Spenser. But to feature the character in almost every scene quickly turns enigma into transparency. [27 Jan 1989]
  6. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 7, 2014
    20
    Strives hard for dumbfounding inscrutability, and achieves it. [28 Jan 1989]