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Knightwatch is a television drama aired by ABC as part of its fall 1988 lineup. It had been promoted as an original series in light of summer reruns continuing into the fall due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike.

Knightwatch centers around the activities of the "Knights of the City", a volunteer group set up to assist law enforcement. It was largely made up of ex-gang members; the program focused on its charismatic leader, Tony Maldonado. Operating out of donated space in the basement of a church, the group practiced martial arts and other unarmed techniques since they were not commissioned police officers and did not use firearms. Keeping young people with violent pasts from reverting to this pattern in their new-found calling was a constant challenge to Tony, as were the interpersonal relationships constantly developing among his young colleagues.

Knightwatch was a Nielsen ratings failure, undoubtedly due to being forced to compete with NBC's The Cosby Show and A Different World and CBS's 48 Hours. It was cancelled after only 3 months on the air.

Series Cast

  1. Benjamin Bratt as Tony Maldonado

    Benjamin Bratt

    Tony Maldonado

    9 Episodes

  2. Don Franklin as Calvin Garvey

    Don Franklin

    Calvin Garvey

    9 Episodes

  3. Harley Jane Kozak as Barbara 'Babs' Shepard

    Harley Jane Kozak

    Barbara 'Babs' Shepard

    9 Episodes

  4. Calvin Levels as Mark 'Burn' Johnson

    Calvin Levels

    Mark 'Burn' Johnson

    9 Episodes

  5. Samantha Mathis as Jacquline 'Jake' Monroe

    Samantha Mathis

    Jacquline 'Jake' Monroe

    9 Episodes

  6. Joshua Cadman

    Jason Snyder

    9 Episodes

  7. Paris Vaughan as Leslie Chambers

    Paris Vaughan

    Leslie Chambers

    9 Episodes

  8. Ava Haddad

    Casey Mitchell

    9 Episodes

  9. David Hyde Pierce as Gibson

    David Hyde Pierce


    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1988 • 9 Episodes

Season 1 of Knightwatch premiered on November 10, 1988.

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(1x9, January 19, 1989) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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