Hart to Hart


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Hart to Hart is an American television series starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. The series was created by writer Sidney Sheldon and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. It ran from 1979 to 1984 on the ABC Television Network.

Premise

Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) was a self-made millionaire and the CEO of Hart Industries, a global conglomerate. His wife Jennifer (Stefanie 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.

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Screenwriter and novelist Sidney Sheldon had originally written a script for CBS entitled "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 Bond films. 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 Pleshette and Lindsay Wagner, before the producers decided to offer the role to Stefanie Powers.

 

The main title theme for the series was scored by Mark Snow.

 

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.

 

No. of seasons 5

No. of episodes 110

Production

Running time 47 minutes per episode

Broadcast

Original channel ABC

Original run August 25, 1979 – May 22, 1984

Who talked about this show

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on the creation and casting of Hart to Hart
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Leonard Goldberg on the success of Hart to Hart and why it went off the air
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Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on her appearance on Hart to Hart
01:44

Nolan Miller

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Costume designer Nolan Miller on Hart to Hart
01:47

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on the chemistry between leads Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers on Hart to Hart
00:34

Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon on writing the pilot for Hart to Hart
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Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on writing the theme song for Hart to Hart
02:56
Mark Snow on composing for Hart to Hart
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Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on producing Hart to Hart
01:41

Alan Young

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Alan Young on guest starring on the Hart to Hart reunion movie
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