Ohara (TV series)
Ohara is an American television series that first aired on the ABC television network from January 17, 1987, until May 7, 1988, starring Pat Morita in the title role of Lt. Ohara. Morita also co-created the series along with Michael Braveman and John A. Kuri. Kevin Conroy, Jon Polito, Rachel Ticotin, and Robert Clohessy also starred in supporting roles. The series was notable for being one of the first television series to have a Japanese-American actor in the leading role.
Pat Morita as Ohara
|Created by||Michael Braveman|
John A. Kuri
|Developed by||Ronald M. Cohen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Imagine Television|
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||January 17, 1987 –|
May 7, 1988
The series focuses on an unconventional Los Angeles-based Japanese American police lieutenant named Ohara (Pat Morita) who uses spirituality methods such as meditation in his home shrine to solve crimes without the use of a gun or a partner, although he would use martial arts if necessary. He often talked in the form of epigrams. He was later paired with a partner named Lt. George Shaver (Robert Clohessy) who was a more conventional cop.
- Pat Morita as Lt. Ohara
- Robert Clohessy as Lt. George Shaver-season 2.
- Kevin Conroy as Capt. Lloyd Hamilton-season 1.
- Jon Polito as Capt. Ross-Season 1.
- Madge Sinclair as Gussie Lemmons.-Season 1.
- Catherine Keener as Lt. Cricket Sideris.-Season 1.
- Rachel Ticotin as Asst. U.S. Atty. Teresa Storm-Season 2.
- Meagen Fay as Roxy-Season 2.
Notable guest stars
- Brandon Lee appeared in the Season 2 episode "What's in a Name" which first aired on January 23, 1988 as Kenji, the evil son of a yakuza godfather. This was Lee's first and only appearance in a television series and his only acting role as a villain, although in Kung Fu: The Movie, his character was possessed and forced to be evil for most of the movie.
- Other guest stars in the series included Michael Des Barres, Nana Visitor, Mitch Pileggi, Benicio del Toro, and Shannon Tweed.
- "Pilot" (January 17, 1987)
- "Eddie" (January 24, 1987)
- "Darryl" (January 31, 1987)
- "Will" (February 7, 1987)
- "Toshi" (February 14, 1987)
- "Terry" (February 21, 1987)
- "Louie" (February 28, 1987)
- "Laura" (March 7, 1987)
- "Jesse" (March 14, 1987)
- "Frannie" (March 28, 1987)
- "Brian" (April 4, 1987)
- "Y' Wanna Live Forever?" (October 3, 1987)
- "Artful Dodger" (October 10, 1987)
- "Sparrow" (October 24, 1987)
- "Fagin All Over Again" (November 7, 1987)
- "Take the Money and Run" (November 14, 1987)
- "The Intruders" (November 21, 1987)
- "Hot Rocks" (December 5, 1987)
- "And a Child Shall Lead Them" (December 12, 1987)
- "Silver In The Hills" (December 19, 1987)
- "They shoot Witnesses Don't They" (January 2, 1988)
- "You Bet Your Life" (January 16, 1988)
- "What's in a Name?" (January 23, 1988)-Brandon Lee appeared in this episode.
- "Sign Of the Times" (January 30, 1988)
- "The Light Around the Body" (February 6, 1988)-Rachel Ticotin last episode in the series. At this episode, Ohara decided to quit the force and become a private eye with Shaver.
- "X" (March 5, 1988)
- "Last Year's Model" (March 12, 1988)
- "Open Season" (March 26, 1988)
- "Seeing Something That Isn't There" (April 30, 1988)
- "Hot Spell" (May 7, 1988)
Format changes and cancellation
Following its premiere, the show was not attracting the audience ABC had hoped for. They put it through several format changes to increase the ratings. The first major change was to change title character Ohara from a lieutenant to a federal police officer; he was also paired with a partner. Later on in the season Ohara became a more conventional cop using a gun to assist him in his investigations. The second season had a final format change in which Ohara and his partner were turned into private investigators. These changes failed to improve the show's declining ratings and the show was cancelled after the second season.