Full Name: Robert Gavilan
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Former Agent

Creator: Tom Mankiewicz
Time Span: 1982 - 1983


       Robert Gavilan is a former CIA agent.
       I would normally have addressed him as a oceanographic trouble-shooter, as he sometimes implies, but that designation really does not tell much about what he does and would likely be argued by his boss at the Oceanographic Institute, Marion Jaworski. Truthfully just about anything he might say would be probably challenged by her since she seems to spend most of their little time together fussing about one thing or another regarding him.
       Yet another reason for promoting his once Agency ties is the fact that on numerous occasions, he is approached by this old associate or that one for one little job to be done. Either Jaworski is a whole lot more lenient in his 'side-trips' than she lets on or the Agency must be providing financial incentives (purely my supposition) because despite his grousing about them, he goes off on these excursions easily enough.
       When he is not returning to his old roots, the work at the Institute that Gavilan takes part in is, despite what his boss might say, is that largely of a trouble-shooter in that whenever there is anything at all out of the ordinary (i.e., non-research related) he is the one to get the call. He shows himself to be quite good at such matters as well as being an expert in underwater activities.
       He also teaches a college-level class at the Institute and being a very good looking, physically fit bachelor around 25 years old, he is extremely popular with the young female members who invariably fill his lectures. From what we see of him, though, he is very friendly with them and appreciative of their attention but not enough to partake of their obvious offers.
       Sharing his home, for reasons that even he would be hard pressed to explain, is Milo Bentley, an old friend of Gavilan's father who showed up needed temporary lodging and never left. Bently is a conman at heart and frequently getting into trouble but he has some good feelings towards Gavilan and does, a time or two, try to help out with this or that. Luckily Gavilan is good enough at his work to survive this assistance.


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:1982
Last Appearance:1983

Robert UrichRobert Gavilan [ 1 ]
Kate ReidMarion Jaworski [ 1 ]
Patrick MacneeMiles Bentley [ 1 ]

       Robert Urich was a very hot television commodity having just ended a three-year sting at Vega$. Making him another private eye like before was apparently worrisome so they gave it a twist by making him a trouble-shooter for a marine institute.
       There were 13 episodes made but only 10 of these actually got aired.


       I had loved the previous show Robert Urich was in, Vega$, so I, just a couple years younger than he at the time, watched eagerly the first episode or two. Maybe more but I cannot really remember. Since I also cannot remember any disappointment at its cancelling, I doubt its leaving affected me any. That seemed to be the case uniformly.
       I thought Urich was good at just about everything he did in front of the camera which meant that it was fun to watch him do things as Gavilan but the plots were weak and even the wonderful Patrick Macnee could not bring it up enough to last.


My Grade: B-

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Derrick B- 2020-12-17

Derrick B- 2020-12-17

It would have been a much better series if it had been more pulpish. Terrific theme song, tho.

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