Hardcastle & McCormick
was an action series that ran from 1983 to 1986 on ABC.
The show, created by Stephen J. Cannell, was essentially
a newer version of a 1980 show called Tenspeed and Brown
Shoe. Hardcastle and McCormick starred Brian Keith as
Judge Milton Hardcastle, and Daniel Hugh Kelly as Mark
McCormick. Car junkies will remember the red kit car,
called the Coyote X, which was actually modeled after
the McLaren M6GT.
of this show will remember that the tough Judge Milton
C. Hardcastle, who decides to retire, cannot let
sleeping dogs lie. In his file cabinet were over 200
cases of guilty crooks who escaped justice because of
some legal technicality, and in retirement, the Judge
planned on setting the record straight. The Judge’s
very last case is against car thief Mark McCormick, who
attempted to steal the Coyote X from his murdered
friend. McCormick strikes a deal with Hardcastle,
essentially agreeing to help Hardcastle not only capture
his friend’s murderer, but any other crook on the
Judge’s list. And the Coyote X? Of course McCormick is
allowed to keep it and use it to chase criminals around.