Gavilan (TV series)
|Created by||Tom Mankiewicz|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (3 unaired)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mandy Films|
|Original release||October 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||N/A||N/A|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Sarah and the Buzz"||TBA||TBA||October 26, 1982|
|2||"Pirates"||Cliff Bole||Mark Frost (teleplay), Nicholas Corea (story)||November 9, 1982|
|3||"By the Sword"||Paul Krasny and Winrich Kolbe||Chris Bunch & Allan Cole||November 16, 1982|
|4||"A Matter of Geography"||TBA||TBA||November 23, 1982|
|5||"The Hydra"||TBA||TBA||November 30, 1982|
|6||"A Drop in the Ocean"||Alan Cooke||Tom Sawyer (teleplay), Rick Edelstein (story)||December 7, 1982|
|7||"Designated Hero"||Charles Picerni||Nicholas Corea||December 14, 1982|
|8||"The Best Friend Money Can Buy"||TBA||TBA||December 21, 1982|
|9||"The Guns of Harry August"||Charles Picerni||Robert Van Scoyk||December 28, 1982|
|10||"The Midas Keys"||Paul Krasny||Bruce Cervi||March 18, 1983|
|11||"The Diamond Goddess"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
|12||"The Proteus Affair"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
|13||"Rios En La Mar"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
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.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 449. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- 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.
- Tom Mankiewicz, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood (with Robert Crane) University Press of Kentucky 2012 p 256-257