(1984-1987, CBS and USA)
Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) steals a military grade helicopter from its traitorous creator and uses it to fight evil with the help of co-pilots Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin O’Shannessy (Jean Bruce Scott). Archangel (Alex Cord) watches over them from a government agency known as The Firm.
Created by producer Donald Bellisario, Airwolf hit the air flying in 1984 with delightfully complex plots filled with international espionage. Subsequent seasons brought more family-friendly action, as ‘80s kids got hooked on the star helicopter, nicknamed “The Lady.” Following the third season, Airwolf essentially rebooted and moved from CBS to USA Network.
In season four, String discovers that his missing-in-action brother St. John “Sinjin” Hawke (Barry Van Dyke) is alive and on a secret mission. After String is severely injured by an unknown assailant, he’s secreted to safety (and off the show) by his brother. St. John takes over as Airwolf’s pilot, assisted by Dom’s niece Jo Santini (Michele Scarabelli) and Air Force major Mike Rivers (Geraint Wyn Davies). Jason Locke (Anthony Sherwood) replaces Archangel as the government liaison and occasional pilot.
Airwolf flew its final mission in August of 1987, but the real-life copter lived on as an emergency transport for a German hospital.
Notable guest stars: Bryan Cranston, David Carradine, Shannen Doherty, June Allyson, Tovah Feldshuh, Wings Hauser, John Ireland, David Hemmings, Christopher Connelly, Larry Linville, Marjoe Gortner, Martin Milner, Ray Wise, Joseph Campanella, John Aniston, Angela Cartwright, Clu Gulager, Arte Johnson, G. Gordon Liddy, Gregory Sierra, Tia Carrere
Created by Donald P. Bellisario. Cinematography by Howard Schwartz and Robert E. Collins (Emmy nominees). Sound editing by Michael D. Wilhoit, et al. (Emmy nominees). Makeup by Rod Wilson (Emmy winner).