US tv series (1985; vt Falconer). Limekiln/Templar Productions in association with Universal Television for ABC-TV. Created by Paul Belous and Robert Wolterstorff. Developed by Bruce Lansbury. Directors included Richard Compton, Harvey S Laidman, and Paul Stanley. Writers included Nicholas Corea, Karen Harris, L Ford Neale, and Shel Willens. Cast includes Joe Regalbuto, Rex Smith and Jeannie Wilson. 13 55-minute episodes. Colour.
Police public relations officer Jesse Mach (Smith) has been quasi-crippled prior to the first episode by an attack from an old criminal enemy. US government agent Norman Tuttle (Regalbuto) offers him the chance to ride a prototype combat motorcycle, the Street Hawk. Mach agrees and soon finds himself going out each night fighting crime on this futuristic vehicle, which is largely Computer-controlled, capable of reaching 300 miles per hour and equipped with a laser Weapon. A special helmet allows Mach to communicate with the computer and override it as necessary. Rachel Adams (Wilson) provides his love interest. Technically, Street Hawk refers to the motorcycle alone, but became a name for the Mach/machine combination, in effect a minor Superhero. The series was presumably attempting to duplicate the success of Glen A Larson's Knight Rider (1982-1986), but proved a quick ratings failure.
Despite Street Hawk's short run, some Tied books and merchandise appeared overseas, including four UK novelizations by Jack Roberts, Charles Gale and David Deutsch. Several toy versions of the motorcycle were produced in Brazil, India and the UK, though oddly not in the USA. [GFi]
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