14. Mike Hammer
Mike Hammer was a hard boiled private detective created by fiction writer Mickey Spillane. The first Mike Hammer series featured Darren McGavin as Mike. This first series ran for 78 episodes with each episode lasting one-half hour. The filming was in black and white. This series ran from 1957 to 1959.
In 1984 Stacy Keach appeared in a new Mike Hammer series which ran for 24 episodes of one hour each. Hammer worked in New York City chasing down criminals. Even though it was the 80s Hammer wore a fedora, trench coat and wrinkled suit all reminiscent of times past. Thankfully Mike Hammer had no use for the political correctness running wild today. He would make comments to woman that could be taken several different ways. Woman were attracted to Mike Hammer and he regularly wound up with a different woman in his bed during each show.
At the insistence of Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer carried a 45 caliber pistol since that is what Mike Hammer carried in all the novels written by Spillane. During the shows the bad guys may very well be killed by that 45 pistol. The Mike Hammer shows were more violent than other detective series.