Hawkins (1973)

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Hawkins is a television series which aired for one season on CBS between 1973 and 1974. The mystery, created by Robert Hamner and David Karp, starred James Stewart as rural-bred lawyer Billy Jim Hawkins, who investigated the cases he was involved in, similarly to Stewart's earlier smash hit movie Anatomy of a Murder. Despite being critically well received and winning a Golden Globe Award, the series was cancelled after one season consisting of seven 90-minute episodes. Stewart requested the cancellation since he believed that the quality of scripts and directors in television could not continuously measure up to the level to which he was accustomed with theatrical films.

Seen as part of The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies, it alternated with the TV movie adaptations of Shaft. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows 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.

  1. David Karp


Series Cast

  1. James Stewart as Billy Jim Hawkins

    James Stewart

    Billy Jim Hawkins

    8 Episodes

  2. Strother Martin as R.J. Hawkins

    Strother Martin

    R.J. Hawkins

    5 Episodes

  3. Mayf Nutter

    Jeremiah Stocker

    3 Episodes

  4. James Hampton as Earl Coleman

    James Hampton

    Earl Coleman

    2 Episodes

  5. Bonnie Bedelia as Edith Dayton-Thomas

    Bonnie Bedelia

    Edith Dayton-Thomas

    1 Episode

  6. Kate Reid as Julia Dayton

    Kate Reid

    Julia Dayton

    1 Episode

  7. David Huddleston as Joseph Harrelson

    David Huddleston

    Joseph Harrelson

    1 Episode

  8. Dana Elcar as Dr. Aaronson

    Dana Elcar

    Dr. Aaronson

    1 Episode

  9. Antoinette Bower as Vivian Vincent

    Antoinette Bower

    Vivian Vincent

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1973 • 8 Episodes

Season 1 of Hawkins premiered on March 13, 1973.

Candidate for Murder

(1x8, March 5, 1974) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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