The Riker

The Riker

In his eleven years on the San Francisco police force, Frank Riker has always been considered a "hot shot." His methods are unorthodox, but he has the best arrest record in the city. After single-handedly thwarting a bank robbery, Riker finds himself facing a departmental shooting investigation. He learns that due to political pressure, he will be forced to resign in disgrace, the "killer cop." At best, he can hope to be assigned a desk Job. Deputy Attorney General Brice Landis, who owes a great many favors to Riker, claims that he cannot change things, but he can offer Riker a chance to do what he does best. Not a man to watch the action from behind a desk, Riker accepts Landis' offer that he work undercover, infiltrating major criminal organizations. Only Landis and Riker will know the truth, thus eliminating any possibility of exposure. This also makes Riker's life a lonely one, for his former friends on the force quickly turn against the renegade cop.

Episode Info

Final: 1x05 -- Busted Cop (Apr/11/1981)

An old girlfriend asks Riker to investigate extortion threats made on her family's nightclub.

This is Episode 1 and borrowed its setting from "Urban Cowboy." An old girlfriend of Riker's who owns a country and Western bar gets into trouble because she refuses to buy protection from the mob. Along comes Riker, eager to help out. At the end of the show, the head bad guy is done in by a mechanical
Josh TaylorJosh Taylor
As Frank Riker
Michael J. ShannonMichael J. Shannon
As Brice Landis

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1x1: Honkytonk recap: Branded as a "renegade" cop, Frank Riker is actually working undercover for Deputy Attorney General Brice Landis. His first assignment is to expose Otis Trask, a
top loan shark who also runs a major arson-for-insurance racket. Naturally suspicious, Trask hires Riker. His first Job is to keep watch while Trask and his henchmen, Bruno and Elroy, rob a warehouse. Spotting a police car, Riker tries to sound his car horn, only to find it broken. To distract the police, he crashes his car into theirs, pretending to be drunk. Arrested, Riker is shocked to learn that the whole incident was a
test. Trask had gone out the back door and phoned the police himself. Riker passed with flying colors... read more.

Creator: Jerry Ludwig
Executive Producer: David Gerber
Producer: Charles B. Fitzsimons

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 14, 1981
Ended: April 11, 1981
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