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Strike Force was an American action-adventure/police procedural television series that aired on ABC during the 1981–1982 television season. The program starred Robert Stack as Capt. Frank Murphy, the leader of a group of specialized detectives and police officers whose job is to stop violent criminals at any cost (usually with a hail of gunfire). Mixing elements of Stack's classic TV series The Untouchables from 20 years earlier with doses of Mission: Impossible and Dirty Harry, the series immediately provoked controversy over its violence — at one point the series was labeled the most violent in American TV history — though the series attempted to interject liberal amounts of humor into its regular characters and balanced the violence by focusing on the detectives' personal lives. For example, Stack's character is a recent divorcé who is stuck with a house that was painted pink by his ex-wife; Sgt. Rosie Johnson became a policewoman after her husband went missing in Vietnam and enjoys making jokes about her bust size.

Capt. Murphy's favorite food was chili dogs and his constant nemesis was the squad room soda machine.

Although initially popular, the novelty of the series quickly wore off; only 19 episodes were produced. According to Todd Gitlin's 1983 book Inside Prime Time, Strike Force finished a dismal 76 out of 105 shows in the Nielsen ratings for the 1981-82 season. The first episode was released on video in North America in the late 1980s.

The cast included Trisha Noble, Richard Romanus, Herb Edelman, Michael Goodwin and Dorian Harewood.

Episode list

  1. "Strike Force: Pilot" - 11/13/1981
  2. "Kidnap" - 11/20/1981
  3. "The Victims" - 11/27/1981
  4. "The Predator" - 12/4/1981
  5. "Magic Man" - 12/11/1981
  6. "Night Nurse" - 12/18/1981
  7. "The Hollow Man" - 12/25/1981
  8. "The Outcast" - 1/8/1982
  9. "Ice" - 1/15/1982
  10. "Internal Affairs" - 1/22/1982
  11. "Lonely Ladies" - 2/5/1982
  12. "Fallen Angel" - 2/12/1982
  13. "Shark" - 2/19/1982
  14. "Turnabout" - 2/26/1982
  15. "The John Killer" - 3/5/1982
  16. "Humiliation" - 3/19/1982
  17. "Deadly Chemicals" - 3/26/1982
  18. "Revenge" - 4/2/1982
  19. "Chinatown" - 4/9/1982
  20. "Death Fire" - 4/16/1982

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