Midnight Caller

Midnight Caller

1988 - 1991, Crime
A guilt ridden ex-policeman becomes an all-night radio talk show host to help troubled people.

Episode Guide

  • Midnight Caller - Nighthawk's Got the Blues (Episode 62)
    Episode 62:

    Nighthawk's Got the Blues

    Tina's birthday sends Jack into depression, causing him to quit his radio show.

  • Midnight Caller - The Hostage Game (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    The Hostage Game

    A passenger's brother kidnaps a diplomat to retaliate for the hijacking of a plane by Colombian drug lords.

  • Midnight Caller - Protection (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:


    The murder of a protected federal witness leads Jack to a government conspiracy involving drugs and arms trafficking.

  • Midnight Caller - Three for the Money (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    Three for the Money

    Jack and his father (Peter Boyle) try to clear Jack's brother (Scott Valentine) of the theft of an artifact.

  • Midnight Caller - The Wrong Side of the Wall (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:

    The Wrong Side of the Wall

    An ex-convict that Killian is helping reacclimate to the outside gets involved in an ill-fated robbery.

  • Midnight Caller - The Reverend Sound Bite (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    The Reverend Sound Bite

    Zymack won't accept Jack's help to disprove a militant minister's (Cleavon Little) charge of racism.

  • Midnight Caller - A Snitch in Time (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    A Snitch in Time

    Jack cannot disprove the falsified testimony of a petty criminal who named him as the hit-and-run driver.

  • Midnight Caller - A Snitch in Time (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    A Snitch in Time

    Killian is railroaded for the vehicular manslaughter of a powerful attorney's daughter.

  • Midnight Caller - Kid Salinas (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Kid Salinas

    Jack attempts to free a young Mexican fighter from a greedy promoter.

  • Midnight Caller - Planes (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:


    Jack befriends an abandoned boy being lured by a thief who uses children to perpetrate his crimes.

  • Midnight Caller - Based on a True Story (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Based on a True Story

    Jack's show recounts the events of a recent earthquake.

  • Midnight Caller - Blood Red (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Blood Red

    Jack tries to help Deacon's girlfriend stop gambling and winds up involved in art forgery.

  • Midnight Caller - End of the Innocence (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    End of the Innocence

    A woman jailed for hiding her daughter from her abusive husband asks Jack to take the girl.

  • Midnight Caller - Someone to Love (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Someone to Love

    Jack tries to provide support to his ex-girlfriend (Kay Lenz) who is dying of AIDS.

  • Midnight Caller - Take Back the Street (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    Take Back the Street

    Jack gets involved with frightened senior citizens whose neighborhood is ravaged by drug dealers.

  • Midnight Caller - Watching Me Watching You (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Watching Me Watching You

    Jack is the only one who believes an obsessed maniac is trying to kill Devon.

  • Midnight Caller - Mercy Me (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Mercy Me

    Jack struggles with a friend's (Bruce Weitz) decision to remove life support from his comatose son.

  • Midnight Caller - Evil Is Live Spelled Backward (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Evil Is Live Spelled Backward

    Killian establishes contact with a serial killer who holds the city in fear; with Alex English.

  • Midnight Caller - Evil Is Live Spelled Backward (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Evil Is Live Spelled Backward

    Killian establishes contact with a serial killer who holds the city in fear; with Alex English.

  • Midnight Caller - Evil Is Live Spelled Backward (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Evil Is Live Spelled Backward

    Killian establishes contact with a serial killer who holds the city in fear; with Alex English.

  • Midnight Caller - The City of Lost Souls (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    The City of Lost Souls

    Killian launches an on-air crusade after a homeless ex-classmate is murdered; with G. Gordon Liddy.

  • Midnight Caller - The City of Lost Souls (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    The City of Lost Souls

    Killian launches an on-air crusade after a homeless ex-classmate is murdered; with G. Gordon Liddy.

  • Midnight Caller - The City of Lost Souls (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    The City of Lost Souls

    Killian helps a 17-year-old who claims to be his daughter find her real father, his ex-classmate.

  • Midnight Caller - The Leopard (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    The Leopard

    Thugs try to collect from Jack the $50,000 gambling debt of his father (Peter Boyle).

  • Midnight Caller - A Cry in the Night (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    A Cry in the Night

    An elderly security guard claims he followed Jack's on-air advice to shoot his drug-crazed son.

  • Midnight Caller - The Loneliest Number (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    The Loneliest Number

    Deacon thinks race is Killian's objection to his romance with Jack's sister.

  • Midnight Caller - The Added Starter (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    The Added Starter

    Killian aids the only witness to a murder linked to a blackmailed state senator (Edward Albert).

  • Midnight Caller - Blood Ties (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Blood Ties

    Killian becomes a big brother for a boy whose alcoholic father wants a second chance.

  • Midnight Caller - Can't Say N-n-no (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Can't Say N-n-no

    A singer (Roger Daltrey) trying to break a heroin addiction wants to rekindle a romance with Nicky.

  • Midnight Caller - Play Blotto and Die (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Play Blotto and Die

    Killian helps a protected witness claim a lottery prize in person.

  • Midnight Caller - Uninvited Guests (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Uninvited Guests

    Killian suspects an immigration agent (Joan Severance) of corruption and murder.

  • Midnight Caller - Her Dirty Little Secret (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Her Dirty Little Secret

    Killian uses his show to find a friend's (Ed Marinaro) wife; director Betty Thomas.

  • Midnight Caller - That's Amore (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    That's Amore

    A mobster's prized chef (Don Novello) is kidnapped by a rival to settle a score; with Jerry Vale.

  • Midnight Caller - Do You Believe in Miracles? (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Do You Believe in Miracles?

    Jack gets involved in a gang war over a statue of Jesus rumored to have shed tears.

  • Midnight Caller - With Malice Toward One (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    With Malice Toward One

    An ex-convict wants revenge for Killian's part in sending him to prison.

  • Midnight Caller - Home to Roost (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Home to Roost

    A Vietnam War orphan kidnaps a cop he blames for the deaths of his parents.

  • Midnight Caller - Ryder on the Storm (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Ryder on the Storm

    Killian tries to find a job for his hero (Robert Klein), a '60s radio iconoclast.

  • Midnight Caller - Life Without Possibility (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Life Without Possibility

    As Killian continues his broadcast inside the prison, the warden convinces the governor to send in troops.

  • Midnight Caller - Life Without Possibility (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Life Without Possibility

    Jack broadcasts his radio show from inside prison after a riot.

  • Midnight Caller - Burned Beyond Recognition (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Burned Beyond Recognition

    Jack dates Devon's former college classmate, then suspects her in a series of fiery deaths.

  • Midnight Caller - Ain't Too Proud to Beg (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Ain't Too Proud to Beg

    Protective Jack proposes to pregnant Devon, then the natural father returns.

  • Midnight Caller - Old Friends (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Old Friends

    Mercy killings occur in a nursing home where Jack's surrogate father resides.

  • Midnight Caller - The Language Barrier (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    The Language Barrier

    After young toughs harass Billy, Jack makes an on-air stand against ethnic bias and antagonizes longtime residents.

  • Midnight Caller - Tarnished Shield (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Tarnished Shield

    A policeman's on-air suicide reveals corruption in the San Francisco Police Department.

  • Midnight Caller - Blues for Mr. Charlie (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Blues for Mr. Charlie

    Jack takes the blame when a shopkeeper friend (Harold Gould) kills a supposed robber with an automatic weapon.

  • Midnight Caller - Eyeless Vision (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Eyeless Vision

    A killer (David Morse) stalks a blind listener (Meg Foster) who cannot convince police she witnessed a murder.

  • Midnight Caller - The Baby Chase (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    The Baby Chase

    Jack pleads over the air to kidnappers of a diabetic infant.

  • Midnight Caller - Ethan's Call (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Ethan's Call

    Jack relives the anguish of killing his partner when he helps the man's distraught son.

  • Midnight Caller - Blame It on Midnight (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Blame It on Midnight

    Jack tries to rescue a former college basketball player slipping into drug dealing and abuse.

  • Midnight Caller - Promise to a Dead Man (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Promise to a Dead Man

    A 40-year-old murder case reopens when the killer calls Jack's show; guests Bonnie Bartlett, George Murdoch.

  • Midnight Caller - The Fall (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    The Fall

    Jack falls for a beautiful singer (Audrey Landers) who plans to murder and frame him for it.

  • Midnight Caller - Fathers and Sins (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Fathers and Sins

    Jack's long-lost father (Peter Boyle) returns with a sob story; a heart attack fells Devon's father.

  • Midnight Caller - No Exit (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    No Exit

    Jack receives a call from a runaway whose pimp (Bud Cort) is endangering her life.

  • Midnight Caller - Trash Radio (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Trash Radio

    A TV talk-show host links Killian to an unsolved drug crime as retaliation for being embarrassed on Killian's show.

  • Midnight Caller - A Kiss for the Dying (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    A Kiss for the Dying

    Jack pleads for equity when a media mogul's son, accused of murder, appears headed for a lenient sentence.

  • Midnight Caller - The Execution of John Saringo (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    The Execution of John Saringo

    A convicted murderer (Joe Spano) invites Jack to broadcast from death row on the eve of his execution.

  • Midnight Caller - Bank Job (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Bank Job

    Jack intervenes when an embittered Vietnam War hero's bank robbery becomes a standoff with police.

  • Midnight Caller - Payback (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:


    Jack watches over a police officer (Patti D'Arbanville) who developed amnesia after witnessing her partner's murder.

  • Midnight Caller - After It Happened (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    After It Happened

    Jack's ex-girlfriend tests positive for HIV after an affair with an irresponsible man.

  • Midnight Caller - .12 Gauge (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    .12 Gauge

    Jack tries to keep on the line a distraught caller threatening to kill an unfaithful girlfriend.

  • Midnight Caller - Conversations With the Assassin (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Conversations With the Assassin

    Jack attracts the attention of a serial killer in his new job of radio call-in show host.

  • Midnight Caller - Sale Away (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Sale Away

    Jack serves as Devon's Lamaze coach and fields offers from another radio station.