Gavilan (TV series)

Gavilan is an American adventure drama series that aired on NBC from October 26, 1982 until March 18, 1983.[1]

Created byTom Mankiewicz
StarringRobert Urich
Kate Reid
Patrick Macnee
Composer(s)Steve Dorff
Larry Herbstritt
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (3 unaired)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Mandy Films
MGM Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 26, 1982 –
March 18, 1983


Robert Gavilan is a former CIA agent, who now works for the Oceanographic Institute headed by Marion Jaworski. Every now and then, someone from his past as a spy comes to him asking for his help, or on one of the jobs that he is on, somehow turns into trouble, or someone just needs his help as both as former spy or/and as an oceanographer. Milo Bentley is an old friend of his father's who stays in Robert's guest room and uses his history with his father to freeload and mooch off him.


US Television RatingsEdit

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982-83 13 October 26, 1982 March 18, 1983 90[2] N/A N/A


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Sarah and the Buzz"TBATBAOctober 26, 1982 (1982-10-26)
2"Pirates"Cliff BoleMark Frost (teleplay), Nicholas Corea (story)November 9, 1982 (1982-11-09)
3"By the Sword"Paul Krasny and Winrich KolbeChris Bunch & Allan ColeNovember 16, 1982 (1982-11-16)
4"A Matter of Geography"TBATBANovember 23, 1982 (1982-11-23)
5"The Hydra"TBATBANovember 30, 1982 (1982-11-30)
6"A Drop in the Ocean"Alan CookeTom Sawyer (teleplay), Rick Edelstein (story)December 7, 1982 (1982-12-07)
7"Designated Hero"Charles PicerniNicholas CoreaDecember 14, 1982 (1982-12-14)
8"The Best Friend Money Can Buy"TBATBADecember 21, 1982 (1982-12-21)
9"The Guns of Harry August"Charles PicerniRobert Van ScoykDecember 28, 1982 (1982-12-28)
10"The Midas Keys"Paul KrasnyBruce CerviMarch 18, 1983 (1983-03-18)
11"The Diamond Goddess"TBATBAUNAIRED
12"The Proteus Affair"TBATBAUNAIRED


The show was made by Tom Mankiewicz and Leonard Goldberg, who had enjoyed success with Hart to Hart. Fernando Lamas was originally cast as the conman. The lead character was named after the boxer Kid Gavilán (often spelled Kid Gavilan in US). NBC made an order for 13 episodes but the show was taken off the air after ten episodes had aired.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 449. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ Tom Mankiewicz, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood (with Robert Crane) University Press of Kentucky 2012 p 256-257

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