Hart to Hart
show_name = Hart to Hart
format = Mystery
runtime = 47 minutes per episode
Robert Wagner Stefanie Powers Lionel Stander
country = USA
network = ABC
August 25, 1979
May 22, 1984
num_seasons = 5
num_episodes = 110
imdb_id = 0078622
"Hart to Hart" is an American
television seriesstarring Robert Wagnerand Stefanie Powers. The series was created by writer Sidney Sheldonand produced by Aaron Spellingand Leonard Goldberg. It ran from 1979to 1984on the ABC Television Network.
Jonathan Hart (Wagner) was a self-made millionaire and the
CEOof Hart Industries, a global conglomerate. His wife Jennifer (Powers) was a beautiful freelance journalist. Living the jetset lifestyle, the glamorous couple spent their free time as amateur detectives and in every episode they found themselves involved in cases of smuggling, theft, international espionage and, most commonly, murder. At their opulent Californian home, they were assisted by Max ( Lionel Stander), their loyal, gravelly-voiced butler, cook, and chauffeur who also helped out in their "cases". The Hart's pet dog was "Freeway", named so because he was a stray they had rescued when he was found wandering on the freeway.
Screenwriter and novelist Sidney Sheldon had originally written a script for
CBSentitled "Double Twist" about a married couple who were also both spies. The script remained unfilmed for several years before producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg decided to update the idea for a potential television series. They offered the script to screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who had by that time written several screenplays including three of the James Bondfilms. Their instruction to Mankiewicz was to update the script to make it more contemporary and viable for a potential weekly series. They also told Mankiewicz that if his draft was successful, he would also be able to direct the pilot episode himself. Mankiewicz reworked Sheldon's original script and it was renamed "Hart To Hart". Mankiewicz also made his directorial debut with the pilot episode as planned, and remained a "Creative Consultant" on the series afterwards.
Spelling and Goldberg's initial choice for the role of Jonathan Hart was
Cary Grant. However, Grant (who was 75 years old at the time) had effectively retired from acting some years earlier. They then decided to find a younger actor who might embody the same style and persona that Grant was famous for and offered the role to Robert Wagner.
Initial choices for the role of Jennifer Hart included
Suzanne Pleshetteand Lindsay Wagner, before the producers decided to offer the role to Stefanie Powers.
The main title theme for the series was scored by
The Hart's ranch-style house originally belonged to
Dick Powell, an old friend of Wagner's, and was situated in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles.
(rankings for each season in top 30)
*Season 1 (1979-80) - not in top 30
*Season 2 (1980-81) - 23
*Season 3 (1981-82) - 15
*Season 4 (1982-83) - 17
*Season 5 (1983-84) - not in top 30
In 1993, almost a decade after the series ended, Wagner and Powers teamed up again for a series of "Hart To Hart" reunion TV movies. Eight 90-minute telemovies were made in total between 1993-96:
*"Hart To Hart Returns" (1993)
*"Home Is Where The Hart Is" (1994)
*"Crimes Of The Hart" (1994)
*"Old Friends Never Die" (1994)
*"Secrets Of The Hart" (1995)
*"Two Harts In 3/4 Time" (1995)
*"Harts In High Season" (1996)
*"Till Death Us Do Hart" (1996)
Lionel Stander reprised his role as Max in five of the movies before his death (from lung cancer) in late 1994. His last ever screen appearance was in "Secrets Of The Hart", which was screened in March 1995.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainmenthas released the first two seasons of "Hart to Hart" on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. It is unknown if the remaining three seasons will be released at some point. Seasons 1 & 2 have also been released on DVD in Region 2.
United Kingdom, the show was shown on Sundays at 7.45pm nationally on the ITVNetwork for most of its run, though was later subject to regional variations.
France, the show was shown on TF1as "Pour L'Amour Du Risque" ("For The Love Of Risk").
Germanythe show was shown on ARD and later with all episodes on Pro7, Kabel 1and Das Vierteas "Hart aber herzlich", which translates to "Hard but hearty" or "Tough but hearty" and thus mimicked the original pun. The movies were shown on ProSieben.
Ireland, the show was shown on RTÉ One.
Italythe show was first shown on Rai 2 television beginning from June 1981, and then replied many times. The new Italian title is "Cuore e batticuore", which translates to "Heart and heartbeat". Since June 2007 the show is aired on La7television with the original title.
Brazil, the show was shown on Rede Globowith the title Casal 20, that translates roughly into English as "Couple 20".
Serbia, the show was shown on TV Palma.
Kenya, the show was shown on Voice of Kenya (VOK) TV now KBC TV.
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* [http://www.tv.com/hart-to-hart/show/1314/summary.html Hart to Hart on TV.com]
* [http://www.retrojunk.com/tv/videos/86-hart-to-hart/240/#intro Opening credits of the 4th season]
* [http://video.aol.com/video-category/hart-to-hart/3150 Hart to Hart on AOL's In2TV (free episode downloads)]
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