|Theme music composer||Dominic Frontiere|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Aaron Spelling Productions|
|Original release||April 2, 1981 –|
May 21, 1982
Strike Force is an American action-adventure/police procedural television series that aired on ABC during the 1981–1982 television season, and was produced by Aaron Spelling Productions. The program starred Robert Stack as Capt. Frank Murphy, the leader of a specialized unit of 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 television series The Untouchables from 20 years earlier with doses of Mission: Impossible and Dirty Harry , Strike Force immediately provoked controversy over its violence – at one point the series was labeled the most violent in American TV history.[ citation needed ] The series attempted to balance the violence by interjecting liberal amounts of humor into its regular characters and focusing on the detectives' personal lives. 
Notable guest stars during the series run included:
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Richard Lang||Lane Slate||November 13, 1981|
|Five bizarre and brutal decapitations bring together the Sheriff's Department, LAPD, and the Highway Patrol as a special strike force. Headed by Captain Frank Murphy, the force begins their investigation -- their only clue is that each victim served on the jury of an embezzlement case.|
|2||"Kidnap"||Lawrence Dobkin||Michael Fisher||November 20, 1981|
|The team is tipped off about a kidnapping by Frank's ex-partner, a souse who claims he also witnessed a murder. This episode was directed by Lawrence Dobkin, who portrayed gangster Dutch Schultz in three episodes of Stack's ABC series The Untouchables ,  and who also directed another Strike Force episode — "Fallen Angel". |
|3||"The Victims"||Lane Slate||Lane Slate||November 27, 1981|
|The Force gambles that money will motivate a woman to set up her colleagues in crime.|
|4||"The Predator"||Richard Lang||Calvin Clements Jr.||December 4, 1981|
|Murphy plays on the emotional insecurity of a sadistic rapist who stalks his victims in supermarkets.|
|5||"Magic Man"||Richard Lang||E. Nick Alexander||December 11, 1981|
|A dealer uses marijuana and pills to lure teenagers into pushing harder drugs to their friends.|
|6||"Night Nurse"||Cliff Bole||Michael Fisher||December 18, 1981|
|Patients have been dying inexplicably at four hospitals — including the one where Klein is taken following a heart attack.|
|7||"The Hollow Man"||Richard Lang||William Douglas Lansford||December 25, 1981|
|A bomber sends Klein a photographic clue to his next target, and then pays him a visit.|
|8||"The Outcasts"||Don Chaffey||Story by : T J. Miles|
Teleplay by : T J. Miles & Gene Hanson
|January 8, 1982|
|Strobber shoots a teenage robber whose racist partners swear revenge in a taped message left on the body of a slain Black cop.|
|9||"Ice"||Cliff Bole||Jeffrey Bloom||January 15, 1982|
|An international hit man plays cat and mouse with Frank, who has 48 hours to determine his target.|
|10||"Internal Affairs"||Bob Sweeney||Les Carter||January 22, 1982|
|Clues in a string of jewelry-store robberies point to on-duty policemen -- and the captain of Internal Affairs — who try to pin the crimes on Gunzer.|
|11||"Lonely Ladies"||Bob Sweeney||William Hopkins||February 5, 1982|
|The common element in a series of rape-murders is that the victims were last seen in singles bars.|
|12||"Fallen Angel"||Lawrence Dobkin||Story by : Robert Brennan|
Teleplay by : Joe Gores
|February 12, 1982|
|A murderous cult is alerted to a police investigation by the mayor's premature press conference.|
|13||"Shark"||Cliff Bole||Story by : Ron Friedman & George R. Hodges|
Teleplay by : Ron Friedman
|February 19, 1982|
|Muggings of the elderly go unchecked until a councilwoman is murdered trying to stop an attack.|
|14||"Turnabout"||Cliff Bole||Story by : Fenton Hobart Jr.|
Teleplay by : Calvin Clements Jr.
|February 26, 1982|
|A mobster's right-hand man uses Murphy's ex-wife to contact him about becoming a government-protected witness.|
|15||"The John Killer"||Don Chaffey||Story by : F. Michael Johnson & E. Byrne|
Teleplay by : Michael Fisher & Calvin Clements Jr.
|March 5, 1982|
|Conventioneers are being murdered by someone masquerading as a call girl.|
|16||"Humiliation"||Robert Gist||Bill Stratton||March 19, 1982|
|Young muggers out on bail terrorize witnesses scheduled to testify against them.|
|17||"Deadly Chemicals"||Charles Picerni||Story by : William Douglas Lansford|
Teleplay by : Bill Stratton
|March 26, 1982|
|Prison escapees hijack a military van, unaware of the contents: refrigerated germ-warfare cultures.|
|18||"Revenge"||Don Chaffey||Rick Kelbaugh||April 2, 1982|
|A high-school girl left for dead by kidnappers provides the break in a series of abductions.|
|19||"Chinatown"||Mike Vejar||Calvin Clements Jr.||April 9, 1982|
|Gunzer and his girlfriend are wounded by hit men and the street talk is the girl was the target.|
|20||"Death Fare"||Don Chaffey||Story by : Glen Olson & Rod Baker|
Teleplay by : Bill Stratton & Michael Fisher
|April 16, 1982|
|A policeman's widow is terrorized by phone calls from a man who claims to be her husband trying to avenge his "death".|
Although initially popular, the novelty of the series quickly wore off;  only 19 episodes were produced, plus the 90-minute pilot.  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. 
Another factor in the series' demise was the competition: ABC pitted Strike Force against the successful CBS soap-opera Falcon Crest , which had, as its lead-in, the then-number one show on television, Dallas .
The first episode of Strike Force was released on video in North America in the late 1980s.[ citation needed ]
As of 2018, there has been no official DVD release of this series, though there have been several requests for its release,[ citation needed ] and bootleg copies have circulated in the "collectors market" for the last three decades since Strike Force's cancellation.     
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