The Renegades

Not to be confused with Renegade, a 1992–97 syndicated action/adventure series starring Lorenzo Lamas.
For other uses, see Renegades.
The Renegades

Ad for the 1982 TV movie
Genre Crime drama
Created by Executive Producers
Lawerence Gordon
Charles Gordon
Directed by
Roger Spottiswoode
Written by Steven E. de Souza
Rick Husky
Starring Patrick Swayze
Kurtwood Smith
James Luisi
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes
  • Pilot (2 hours)
  • 6 episodes[1]

(list of episodes)

Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Lawrence Gordon Productions
Paramount Television
Original network ABC
Original release March 4 (1983-03-04) – April 8, 1983 (1983-04-08)

The Renegades is an American mystery crime drama series about a street gang that becomes a special police undercover unit in order to avoid jail time.[2] The show starred Patrick Swayze as "Bandit", the leader of the gang.[1]



The two-hour television movie backdoor pilot for this series aired on August 11, 1982.

List of The Renegades episodes
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Back to School"TBATBAMarch 4, 1983 (1983-03-04)
College athletes are suspected of point-shaving.
2"The Demon Dragsters"TBATBAMarch 11, 1983 (1983-03-11)
Car strippers use souped-up cars to evade the police.
3"The Big Time"TBATBAMarch 18, 1983 (1983-03-18)
Prisoners are being trained to crack sophisticated safes.
4"On the Pad"TBATBAMarch 25, 1983 (1983-03-25)
The team goes undercover to find out why a cop lets two extortionists go.
5"Film at Eleven"TBATBAApril 1, 1983 (1983-04-01)
An 11-year-old is a witness to a holdup-murder.
6"Target: Marciano"Nicholas CoreaBarbara PeetersApril 8, 1983 (1983-04-08)
An escaped drug pusher wants Marciano to surrender to him or else there will be a blood bath in the streets.

Broadcast history

After the success of the movie The Warriors, Hollywood looked to take the youth gang concept and market it to TV. In 1981, Swayze did a TV show, Return of the Rebels, about an aging motorcycle gang who get together to help a friend who owns a popular campground that is being threatened by a band of arrogant groupies. However, the show didn't catch on and was quickly canceled.

Brother team Lawrence and Charles Gordon tried to market Swayze's rebel look, combine the gang concept with a police angle and came up with The Renegades. Roger Spottiswoode directed the TV movie pilot that first broadcast on August 11, 1982 and a six-episode series was later broadcast in 1983. It too didn't do well and due to weak ratings ABC pulled the show.

Director Roger Spottiswoode, screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, and producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon went on to make the film 48 Hrs. Several years later, the Gordon brothers and de Souza created the Die Hard franchise.[3] Lawrence served as President of 20th Century Fox from 1984 to 1986. The brothers then formed Largo Entertainment.


  1. 1 2 Roger Barr (aka: -RoG-) (2009). "The Renegades". I-Mockery. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  2. "The Renegades". 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  3. Michael Cieply (September 20, 2008). "Battle Over 'Watchmen' Surrounds a Producer". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
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