Hart to Hart

by Michael RichComment — Updated September 22, 2023

“Hart to Hart” is a popular American TV show that aired from 1979 to 1984. The series revolves around the glamorous couple, Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, who lead an exciting double life as amateur detectives. Filled with intrigue, romance, and adventure, “Hart to Hart” captivated audiences with its thrilling storylines and charismatic characters.

Aired August 25, 1979 – May 22, 1984 in color ABC

(110) one hour episodes (5 seasons)

Created by: Sidney Sheldon
Produced By: Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg

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Theme Music

Mark Snow, Bruce Broughton and Robert Folk

Opening Narrative

“This is my boss: Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire.
He’s quite a guy. This is Mrs. H — she’s gorgeous.
She’s one lady who knows how to take care of herself.
By the way, my name is Max.
I take care of both of them — which ain’t easy; ‘cause when they met, it was murder.”


  • Robert Wagner
  • Stefanie Powers
  • Lionel Stander
  • Jonathan Hart
  • Jennifer Hart
  • Max


Like Max says during the opening credits, Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) was a millionaire who liked to solve crimes. His beautiful wife Jennifer (Stefanie Powers) who was a freelance journalist, also enjoys a good mystery. Living the jet set lifestyle, the glamorous couple spent their free time as amateur detectives and they usually found themselves involved in cases of smuggling, theft, international intrigue, or murder.

Max (Lionel Stander) is their chauffeur who also acts as their butler and chef. He gets involved in the crime fighting as well but only after objecting strenuously.

Robert Wagner had worked with both Powers and Stander previously in separate episodes of “It Takes a Thief“, Wagner’s former series, and the chemistry between the three was excellent.

Video Clip of Hart to Hart


Lionel Stander died in 1994 of lung cancer, he was 86

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The Hart’s’ had a dog which they found roaming the highway one day so they named it Freeway. In real life Freeway’s name was Charlie Gray and he was a Lowchen breed. He was rescued from a shelter and became a favorite of Stefanie Powers on the set.

When the 1993-’96 made-for-tv movies were made “Freeway” was too old for the part but one of his offspring, “Junior” was just perfect for the role.

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