Shaft (1973–1974)

TV Series   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ... See full summary »


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4 July 2019 | tavm
| This "Shaft" TV series may have lacked the previous film series' raunchy energy but was exciting enough for what could be shown on network TV at the time
Having now seen all 7 eps of this "Shaft" TV series, I'll just say that while all were pretty exciting for what they were, they're missing the raunchy fun of the previous three theatrical films, all of which starred the cool Richard Roundtree. His friendly banter with Ed Barth as Lt. Al Rossi provide some of the best light-hearted highlights of this short-lived show. There was also a fine score during the entire series run by Johnny Pate, who also did the honors for the third theatrical film in the series, Shaft in Africa. He also nicely performs Issac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" instrumentally every time an ep begins as well as during exciting points in the series. Having just watched all previous films involving John Shaft including the 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson and Roundtree in a reduced role, I'm next gonna review the recent release of the new Shaft-also with them both-that premiered just a few weeks ago...

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9 October 1973



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