ABC really wanted this series to work, so much so they kept changing int's format trying to find an audience. When the series premiered it's star was a cop unlike any seen on American Television. Lt. Ohara was a Japanese-American ppoliceman in L.A. who almost never used a gun, preferred patience and persuasion to violence, and didn't even drive a car. A widower, he had a traditional shrine in his home, belived in daily meditation, and was always ready with a sage saying like "When the going gets tough, the wise get help !" His fellow officers were skeptical, but Ohara's patient methods worked most of the time, and when they didn't, he could use martial arts. Ohara's friend Gussie ran the White Orchid Restaurant where the Lieutenant could often be found when not on duty.
In the fall of 1987 the format was changed and the entire cast, with the exception of Pat Morita, was dropped. Ohara was assigned to a federal task force headed by a determined lady D.A. Teresa Storm, and his new partner was a brash young officer named Shaver. Though still contemplative, Ohara had suddenly become a more conventional cop. He now used a gun & drove his own car, though when on assignment Shaver did the driving in his aging convertable.
After becoming frustrated by law enforcement system's bureaucracy, resulting in the murder of a close friend, The Lieutenant and his partner both resigned from the force and became private eyes. This was the final change, and the series was cancelled.
It was actually a rather good, unusual cop series that couldn't survive the network or itself !!
Another one bites the dust !!!!
Pat Morita as Lt. Ohara
Kevin Conroy as Capt. Lloyd Hamilton
Jon Polito as Capt. Ross
Madge Sinclair as Gussie Lemmons
Richard Yniguez as Det. Jesse Guerrera
Catherine Keener as Lt. Cricket Sideris
Jack Wallace as Sgt. Phil O"Brien
Robert Clohessy as Lt. George Shaver
Rachel Ticotin as Asst. U.S. Atty. Teresa Storm
Meagen Fay as Roxy
A TOTAL OF 29 or 30 EPISODES MAKE UP THIS SERIES (Exact total is unsure)
THIS 6 DVD SET CONTAINS 20 OF THE ORIGINAL ONE HOUR EPISODES
• Season 1
1 1-01 186061 17/Jan/87 Eddie
4 1-04 186065 07/Feb/87 Will
5 1-05 186063 14/Feb/87 Toshi
6 1-06 186066 21/Feb/87 Terry
7 1-07 186067 07/Mar/87 Laura
8 1-08 186068 14/Mar/87 Jesse
9 1-09 186069 28/Mar/87 Frannie
10 1-10 186070 04/Apr/87 Brian
• Season 2
11 2-01 186261 03/Oct/87 Y' Wanna Live Forever?
12 2-02 186263 10/Oct/87 Artful Dodgers
13 2-03 186264 24/Oct/87 The Sparrow
14 2-04 186265 07/Nov/87 Fagin All Over Again
15 2-05 186266 14/Nov/87 Take the Money and Run
16 2-06 186262 21/Nov/87 The Intruders
17 2-07 05/Dec/87 Hot Rocks
18 2-08 186270 12/Dec/87 And a Child Shall Lead Them
22 2-12 186272 23/Jan/88 What's in a Name?
24 2-14 186274 06/Feb/88 The Light Around the Body
25 2-15 186275 05/Mar/88 X
28 2-18 30/Apr/88 Seeing Something That Isn't There
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