Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: Houston Knights

Created by Michael Butler and Jay Bernstein, 1987’s Houston Knights was a buddy cop show with a difference – they weren’t buddies. Instead we got Eddie and the Cruisers meets The Warriors as Michael Paré and Michael Beck teamed up as tough Chicago cop Joey LaFiamma (Paré), and Levon Lundy (Beck) – the grandson of a Texas Ranger. They meet after LaFiamma is transferred to Houston after he kills a mobster from a powerful Mafia family and a contract is put out on him. The show ran for two seasons with a total of 31 episodes.

The differences between the two cops are played out across each episodes from their volatile beginnings that included them violently brawling through to constantly arguing. A mutual respect does begin to build between them though, especially after a hitman from Chicago who holds the contract to shoot La Fiamma arrives in Houston. During those events Lundy shoots and kills the hitman.


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