The main character, Gabriel Bird, was a former Chicago police officer, who, over twenty years prior, had been wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his partner. In fact, he shot his partner because he saw that the partner was about to murder an innocent family in cold blood during a police raid. This incident in the character's background was inspired by the 1969 death of Fred Hampton, who was shot and killed during a raid upon his residence conducted by Chicago police and other law enforcement personnel. On the show, the street on which the raid involving Bird had occurred was identified as "Hampton Street".
When Bird is released, he starts working as a private detective, hired by the lawyer who had helped free him.
A revamped version of this show was called Pros and Cons.
|James Earl Jones||Gabriel Bird||1|
|Laila Robins||Victoria Heller||1|
|Brian Grant||Jamil Duke||1|
|Dylan Walsh||Louis Klein||1|
|Madge Sinclair||"Empress" Josephine Austin||1|
|Season One||September 12, 1990||June 6, 1991||22|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series