Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: January 4, 1985 – May 16, 1985
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto, Richard Venture, Jeannie Wilson, Raymond Singer, and R.J. Adams.
TV show description:
Jesse Mach (Rex Smith) is a former motorcycle cop who was injured in the line of duty and has become a police trouble shooter. His talents get him recruited to test a top secret government project — an all-terrain attack motorcycle that’s capable of speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. The motorcycle also includes a computerized command system that provides Mach with real-time information from various sources and autopilots the vehicle once it’s cleared through traffic.
Mach begins to lead a double life — a public relations officer by day and a crime-fighter by night. The only person to know his true identity is federal agent and engineer Norman Tuttle (Joe Regalbuto). He’s the vehicle’s designer and is employed by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the Department of Justice. He reluctantly chose Mach to pilot his creation but becomes impressed with his abilities.
The Man… The Machine… Street Hawk.
Episode 13 — Follow the Yellow Gold Road
Mach battles a gang of gold thieves who injured a security guard during a robbery. He gets some help from a neighborhood watch group.
First aired: May 16, 1985.
What happened next?
The series hasn’t been revived or remade.
Behind the Scenes
The series was initially scheduled to begin in the Fall of 1984 but was held until mid-season. The ratings didn’t warrant a second season.
Christopher Lloyd played the villain in the pilot episode. A young George Clooney appeared in the second episode of the series. It was one of his first television roles.