Wes Kennedy is a cop who works long hours at night in order to spend the daytime with his two teenage kids Robin and Kevin.
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1987   1986  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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 Kevin Kennedy 13 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Robin Kennedy 13 episodes, 1986-1987
Kario Salem ...
 Detective Rick Arno 13 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Sergeant Luke Halui 13 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Detective Stanley Bumford 13 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Lt. Ed Van Duzer 13 episodes, 1986-1987
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Wes Kennedy is a cop who works long hours at night in order to spend the daytime with his two teenage kids Robin and Kevin.

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20 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Palpitar de una ciudad  »

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ABC stations in Boston, Miami and Grand Rapids declined to air this show after objecting to a scene in the pilot. The scene in question featured Wes Kennedy discussing contraceptives with his 16-year-old son. See more »

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Followed by Heart of the City: Cold Steal and Neon (1986) See more »

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A first rate show, rather controversial in its day
26 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Heart of the City" was a first rate show, and it was rather controversial in its day. I think that the reason it was first rate was that it was made by people who were willing to *let it* provoke controversy.

One talking point I still remember to this day was the double-standard the father (Robert Desiderio) used when his son had sex for the first time and when his daughter wanted to give up her virginity, too. He would sit on his son's bed, as I recall, and explain the facts of life to him and say how proud he was that his son was being so mature about this monumental decision, etc., etc. When it came to his daughter, however, it was more like, "You're grounded until your 21 for even *thinking* about sex!"

Jonathan Ward and Christina Applegate were very good as the two kids, and they had a good on-screen chemistry with Robert Desiderio. It was a family situation which was realistic, unlike some of the contrived garbage TeeVee tries to foist on us most of the time.

The police procedures were done very realistically. I still remember that (unlike most shows!) the writers managed to get the police unit designations right for radio chatter. The father, for example, was a "King" unit -- the designation for an LAPD detective.

This was a very good series and deserves to be on DVD. I have the whole series on tape, but I would *still* buy a DVD of it. BTW, as I say on the message board, sorry -- I won't make copies of the tapes for anyone. :(


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