Hardcastle and McCormick
Format Action/Drama
Created by Stephen J. Cannell, Patrick Hasburgh
Starring Brian KeithDaniel Hugh Kelly
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 67
Running time 60 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel ABC
Original run September 18, 1983 – May 5, 1986


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Hardcastle and McCormick

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Hardcastle and McCormick is a 1980s action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983–1986, starring Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick.The show's premise involves the retirement of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle. With file drawers filled with 200 criminals who got off on technicalities, he takes a page from his childhood hero, the Lone Ranger, and makes plans to go after these criminals. Mark McCormick is a smart-mouthed, streetwise car thief who is looking at hard time for his latest theft, a prototype sports car, called the Coyote X, designed by his murdered best friend. Together they strike a deal: Hardcastle helps Mark catch the murderer; Mark agrees to be released as the Judge's right hand man. In addition, Mark is allowed to keep the Coyote, which proves to be an excellent pursuit vehicle for their needs.


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  • Brian Keith .... Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle
  • Daniel Hugh Kelly .... Mark "Skid" McCormick
  • Mary Jackson .... Sarah Wicks (1983)
  • John Hancock .... Lt. Michael Delaney (1984–1985)
  • Joe Santos .... Lt. Frank Harper (1985–1986)
  • Nate Miller..... Stunt double for Daniel Hugh Kelly, and waiter #1 in episode 12

Coyote X

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The car that McCormick drove, the Coyote X, was not built from a Manta Montage kit car, as is the popular belief, but was based on a McLaren M6GT, though the Montage itself was an M6 replica as well. The nose, windshield doors and lower body are faithful representations of the McLaren; the rear deck, however, was a custom component, that became a feature on many Montages with damaged or removed rear windows. Most of the cars for the show were molded and assembled by Mike Fennel and Unique Movie Cars. Like many kit cars of the time, the car uses a chassis from a Volkswagen Beetle and its engine from a Porsche 914. For the second and third seasons, producers used a different Coyote, which was based on a De Lorean DMC-12, as Brian Keith had difficulty getting in and out of the original Coyote.

One significant difference is that the car's appearance does not resemble the Manta, as the front is larger than the original, making the car resemble a front-engined car. A season one car that was used in the production of Hardcastle and McCormick is currently owned by a private owner in southern New Jersey. The stunt car was reconfigured for the Knight Rider 2000 television pilot, then consequently turned into Jay Ohrberg's show car "Taz-Mobile". In April 2011, the car was sold and shipped to Texas where it will be re-bodied back to its "Coyote" configuration, retaining as many of the original Coyote pieces as possible. A season two car appeared briefly on the sixth episode of season five of Married... with Children.

Theme songs

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The opening theme song during season one of this series was entitled "Drive". It was composed by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer and sung by David Morgan. For the first part of second season, the theme song was "Back to Back", also composed by Post and Geyer but sung by Joey Scarbury (who also sang Post's theme for The Greatest American Hero). Public demand[citation needed], however, resulted in the "Drive" theme being reinstated and kept through season three. Post and Pete Carpenter scored the music for the series.

Nielsen Ratings

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  • 1983-84: #15 (18.71 rating)
  • 1984-85: #39 (15.82 rating)
  • 1985-86: #52 (13.90 rating)

Ratings courtesy of TVTango.com's ratings archive

DVD releases

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Visual Entertainment has released all 3 seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only). VEI also released Hardcastle & McCormick: The Complete Series on DVD on September 3, 2008.

DVD NameEp #Release DateAdditional Information
The Complete First Season23February 14, 2006
  • Includes 2 hr Pilot, "Rolling Thunder"
The Complete Second Season22August 15, 2006
  • All Original Music
The Complete Third Season22October 30, 2007
  • Photo Gallery
  • All Original Music
The Complete Series67September 3, 2008

It is unknown if Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release any seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick in the U.S.

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