Hardball (1989 TV series)

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Genre Action
Crime drama
Created by Robert Palm
Written by Paul Bernbaum
Chris Bunch
Allan Cole
Frank Lupo
Robert Palm
Burt Pearl
Directed by Rob Bowman
James Darren
Francis Delia
David Hemmings
Bruce Kessler
Guy Magar
Larry Shaw
Virgil W. Vogel
Starring John Ashton
Richard Tyson
Theme music composer Sylvester Levay
Eddie Money
Opening theme "Roll Over It" performed by Eddie Money
Composer(s) Sylvester Levay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) John Ashley
Frank Lupo
Producer(s) Paul Bernbaum
Cinematography Rick Bota
Editor(s) Nathaniel Burr Smidt
David Ramirez
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
NBC Productions
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) – June 29, 1990 (1990-06-29)

Hardball is an American crime drama television series that ran on NBC during the 1989–90 television schedule.


Hardball is a variation of the buddy cop genre that focused on two cops, Charlie "C.B." Battles (John Ashton) and Joe "Kaz" Kaczierowski (Richard Tyson). Battles is a 45-year-old hard-nosed veteran cop who is forced to take a desk job or retire. Battles is soon assigned a new partner, the 25-year-old hotshot Kaczierowski who follows his own set of rules when dealing with criminals, the pair are soon at odds over their respective methods of law enforcement.

NBC President Brandon Tartikoff saw this series as inspired by the Lethal Weapon films and Battles was patterned after Pete Rose.


Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Robert Palm and executive produced by John Ashley and Frank Lupo.

Theme song[edit]

The series' theme song "Roll It Over", was written by Sylvester Levay and Eddie Money. Money also performed the tune.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Till Death Do Us Part" David Hemmings Frank Lupo September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
2 "The Silver Scream" TBA TBA September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28)
3 "The One Armed Bandit" Guy Magar Paul Bernbaum October 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)
4 "Which Witch Is Which?" TBA TBA October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27)
5 "The Cleveland Indian" TBA Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
Story by: Burt Pearl
November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03)
6 "The Fighting 52nd" David Hemmings Paul Bernbaum November 10, 1989 (1989-11-10)
7 "Time Bomb" TBA TBA November 17, 1989 (1989-11-17)
8 "Trying to Make a Living, and Doing the Best I Can" TBA TBA November 24, 1989 (1989-11-24)
9 "The Out of Towner" TBA TBA December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01)
10 "The Cool Katt" TBA TBA April 20, 1990 (1990-04-20)
11 "The Angel of Death" TBA TBA April 27, 1990 (1990-04-27)
12 "A Killer Date" TBA TBA May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04)
13 "A Death in the Family" TBA TBA May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)
14 "Sex, Cops, and Videotape" TBA TBA May 18, 1990 (1990-05-18)
15 "Wedding Bell Blues" TBA TBA June 1, 1990 (1990-06-01)
16 "Prescription for Murder" TBA TBA June 8, 1990 (1990-06-08)
17 "Every Dog Has His Day" TBA TBA June 22, 1990 (1990-06-22)
18 "The Hunt for Honus Wagner" TBA TBA June 29, 1990 (1990-06-29)

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