Houston Knights was a television crime drama set in Houston, Texas. The show ran on CBS from 1987 to 1988 and had 31 episodes. The core of the show was the partnership between two very different cops from two different cultures. Chicago cop Joey LaFiamma, played by Michael Paré, is transferred to Houston after he kills a mobster from a powerful Mafia family and a contract is put out on him. Once there, he is partnered with Levon Lundy, played by Michael Beck, the grandson of a Texas Ranger.
Although as different as night and day, and after a rocky beginning (the two engage in a fist-fight) they form a successful partnership and become friends. This is aided to a certain extent by an event where a hitman from Chicago who holds the contract to shoot La Fiamma arrives in Houston and is ultimately killed by Lundy.
During the series, it is revealed that both La Fiamma and Lundy have their own personal demons; La Fiamma's Chicago police partner had been killed when he went ahead while La Fiamma had waited for backup to arrive. Lundy's wife had been killed by an explosion that was intended to kill him.
The theme music for the series was Texan blues-rock
style, opening with a steamy saxophone
then featuring slide guitar
work and a heavy bass line. Dennis McCarthy & George Doering composed the music for the series. Lee Ritenour
is also credited as a major contributor to the music featured in the series.
One of the key features of the show was the car driven by La Fiamma, an ice-blue 289 AC Cobra
"replicar", credited as being provided by "North American Fibreglass". The car was yet another way to demonstrate that La Fiamma didn't "fit" in Texas, as most other characters on the show drove pickup trucks (including Lundy).
The wardrobe for La Fiamma consisted of well-cut and stylish Italian label clothing, another contrast to Lundy, who was always attired in typical Texas "cowboy" clothes.
The titles of the 31 episodes are listed below, along with their original TV air dates. Although they are listed separately, the first two episodes were originally screened as a movie-length pilot. The first 9 episodes comprised the first series, the remaining 22 episodes formed series two. The first season ranked 34th out of 79 shows with a 15.1/26 rating/share.
- 1. Mirrors (1) 3/11/1987
- 2. Mirrors (2) 3/11/1987
- 3. North of the Border 3/18/1987
- 4. Houston's Hero 3/25/1987
- 5. Single in Heaven 4/1/1987
- 6. Yesterday's Gone 4/8/1987
- 7. Bad Girl 4/15/1987
- 8. Scarecrow 4/22/1987
- 9. Colt 4/29/1987
- 10. Moving Violation 9/15/1987
- 11. Heads, I Win - Tails, You Lose 9/22/1987
- 12. Desperado 10/6/1987
- 13. Gun Shy 10/13/1987
- 14. Lady Smoke 10/20/1987
- 15. God's Will 11/3/1987
- 16. Diminished Capacity 11/10/1987
- 17. Home Is Where the Heart Is 11/17/1987
- 18. Secrets 12/8/1987
- 19. Somebody to Love 12/22/1987
- 20. There's One Born Every Minute 1/2/1988
- 21. Vigilante 1/9/1988
- 22. The White Hand 1/16/1988
- 23. Sins of the Father 1/30/1988
- 24. Crime Spree 2/6/1988
- 25. Cajun Spice 2/13/1988
- 26. The Stone 2/20/1988
- 27. Burnout 2/27/1988
- 28. Love Hurts 4/26/1988
- 29. Bad Paper 5/3/1988
- 30. For Caroline 5/10/1988
- 31. The Jungle Fighter 6/7/1988
The DVD rights to Houston Knights
are owned/licensed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
, but the series has never been released.