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by Ernest Tidyman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Production company||MGM Television|
|Distributor|| Turner Entertainment Co. |
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
|Original release||October 9, 1973 –|
February 19, 1974
|Followed by||Shaft (2000 film)|
Shaft is a series of television films that aired along with Hawkins and other TV films during 1973–74 television season on The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies . Broadcast every third week, the series is a continuation of the three films beginning with Shaft (1971), starring Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft and Ed Barth as Al Rossi; Barth replaces Angelo Gnazzo, who portrayed the character in Shaft's Big Score! (1972).
Because it was aired on over-the-air television, CBS felt that the narrative needed to be toned down. Now instead of opposing the police, Shaft worked with them, creating conflicts with Hawkins starring cinema legend James Stewart, another police series with a starkly different viewership. The show was cancelled after one season. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows—Shaft and Hawkins—appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither one the time to build up a large viewership.A further contributor to its ratings failure was competition from other crime drama series starring African-American private investigators, NBC's Tenafly and ABC's Get Christie Love! . Richard Roundtree himself has publicly expressed his disdain for the small-screen version of Shaft.
|Nº||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Enforcers"||October 9, 1973|
|2||"The Killing"||October 30, 1973|
|3||"Hit-Run"||November 20, 1973|
|4||"The Kidnapping"||December 11, 1973|
|5||"Cop Killer"||January 1, 1974|
|6||"The Capricorn Murders"||January 29, 1974|
|7||"The Murder Machine"||February 19, 1974|
- This table only shows characters that have appeared in three or more films in the series.
- A dark grey cell indicates that the character was not in the film or that the character's presence in the film has yet to be announced.
|The Enforcers||The Killing||Hit-Run||The Kidnapping||Cop Killer||The Capricorn Murders||The Murder Machine|
|John Shaft||Richard Roundtree|
|Lt. Al Rossi||Ed Barth|
|The Detective||Rudy Doucette||Rudy Doucette||Rudy Doucette|
|The Hood||Arnold Roberts||Arnold Roberts|
|Laura Parks||Judie Stein||Judie Stein|
|The Pit Boss||Nick Borgani|
|The Sportsman||Robert Strong||Robert Strong|
|Marshall Cunningham||Robert Culp|
|Det. Sgt. Lew Turner||Richard Jaeckel|
|Gerald Felk||Kaz Garas|
|Juan Otero||Rafael Campos|
|Charles Dawson||Noah Keen|
|Judge McCormick||Dean Jagger|
|Gordon Dana||Charles Boyd|
|Walter Anderson||Maurice Hill|
|Stan Burgess||Harv Selsby|
|Dr. Helen Connors||Jeanne Sorel|
|Sister Elizabeth||Diana Webster|
|Jane Cunningham||Barbara Babcock|
|Cathy Cunningham||Melissa Sue Anderson|
|Court Member||Dusty Cadis|
|Court Member||Bill Hickman|
|Don Lewis||Richard Lawson|
|Diana Richie||Ja'net DuBois|
|Kyle Bruckner||Leonard Frey|
|Sergeant Duff||Michael Ansara|
|Sonny Bruckner||Michael Pataki|
|Stanley Hollister||Henry Beckman|
|Archie McGill||Ron Soble|
|Victor Perrine||Jared Martin|
|Captain Rigano||Val Avery|
|Jack Benjamin||Louis Guss|
|Mrs. Richie||Royce Wallace|
|Selma Thomas||Jacque Lynn Colton|
|Judge Graves||Michael Fox|
|Judge Weinberg||Jack Bernardi|
|Courtroom Spectator||Al Beaudine|
|Court Clerk||Billy Beck|
|Court Reporter||Dick Cherney|
|Tom Oliver||Howard Duff|
|Marcus Lowell||Percy Rodrigues|
|Ann Lowell||Judy Pace|
|David Oliver||Tony Geary|
|Paul Hanson||Don Matheson|
|Clifford Grayson||Tony Curtis|
|Charles Harris||Nicky Blair|
|Pit Boss||Ted Jordan|
|Mrs. Pattion||Shirley Anthony|
|Joseph La Cava|
|Club Patrons||Eddie Garrett|
|Eddie Simmons||Charlie Picerni|
|Pit Boss||Hank Robinson|
|Elliot Williamson||Paul Burke|
|Nancy Williamson||Karen Carlson|
|Matthew Potter||Nicholas A. Beauvy|
|Sheriff Bradley||Frank Marth|
|Deputy Walter||Philip Kenneally|
|Deputy Daley||Erik Holland|
|Deputy Milton||Frank Whiteman|
|Mr. Tolliver||Stephen Coit|
|Cab Driver||Joseph Petrullo|
|Bank Customer||Robert Casper|
|Wally Doyle||George Maharis|
|Officer Charles Tyler||James A. Watson Jr.|
|Tom Donegan||Richard Schaal|
|Marcia Tyler||Kim Hamilton|
|Capt. Brian Brewster||Darren McGavin|
|Dr. Meyer||Gene Elman|
|Helen Rossi||Mitzi Hoag|
|J. L. Teague||Don Knight|
|Gil Kirkwood||David Hedison|
|Joanna Kirkwood||Cathy Lee Crosby|
|Harry Praeger||Robert Phillips|
|Fire Investigator||Bert Freed|
|Frank Lucas||Arthur O'Connell|
|Bank Clerk||June Dayton|
|Bank Officer||Dean Harens|
|Nicky||Jo Ella Deffenbaugh|
|Police Officer||David Armstrong|
|Franklin Carter||George Bryson|
|Richard Quayle||Clu Gulager|
|Louise Quayle||Fionnula Flanagan|
|Henry Kassner||Mills Watson|
|Gerald Wallace||Joe Warfield|
|Frank Higget||Sheldon Allman|
|Higget's Bodyguard||Sid Haig|
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