Counterstrike (TV Series 1990–1993)

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Counterstrike (TV Series 1990–1993)

After his wife is killed in a terrorist operation, international industrialist Alexander Addington assembles a private team of troubleshooters to help combat terrorism around the world.
USA
Canada
France
IMDb  7.5 /10
Creators
Creator Allan Eastman
Creator Jean-Pierre Prévost
Creator Stephen Alix
Creator Shelly Altman
Information
Release Date1990-07-01
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreAction, Adventure
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 3 nominations.
CompanyAlliance Communications Corporation, Atlantique Productions, Compagnie Française Cinématographique (CFC)
CountryUSA, Canada, France
LanguageEnglish
Peter Sinclair 66 episodes, 1990-1993
Alexander Addington 66 episodes, 1990-1993
Bennett 66 episodes, 1990-1993
Andre Mayers
Andre Mayers
J.J. 65 episodes, 1990-1993
Gabrielle Germont 43 episodes, 1991-1993
Patricia Cartier
Patricia Cartier
Helene Previn 43 episodes, 1991-1993
Hector Stone 42 episodes, 1991-1993
Nicole Beaumont 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Luke Brenner 23 episodes, 1990-1991
Suzanne Addington 23 episodes, 1990-1991

Counterstrike (1990 TV series)

Counterstrike is a Canadian/French crime-fighting/espionage television series. The series premiered on American cable channel USA Network on July 1, 1990. It ran for three seasons, airing 66 hour-long episodes in total.


Plot

After his wife is kidnapped by terrorists, international industrialist Alexander Addington assembles a clandestine team of troubleshooters to help combat terrorism around the world. He recruits Peter Sinclair from Scotland Yard to lead the team. They set up a French con artist and art/jewelry thief named Nicole Beaumont and blackmail her into joining because of her valuable criminal connections. The third teammember is Luke Brenner, an American mercenary whom they rescue from a Mexican jail. The series' other recurring characters are Bennett and J.J., Alexander's valet and pilot, respectively.

In the second season's second episode Peter and Alexander encounter a French reporter named Gabrielle Germont whom they recruit into the team to prevent her from publishing a story about them. In the season's third episode Peter and Gabrielle rescue Hector Stone, an American CIA-operative and former Navy SEAL whose cover has been blown, and invite him to join the team.

The character of Alexander's daughter Suzanne Addington, who designed the team's computer systems, was also written out of the series at the beginning of the second season. Suzanne appears in one third season episode, although played by a different actress. In her stead Alexander gets a secretary/confidante named Hélène Previn.


Cast

  • Christopher Plummer as Alexander Addington (1990–1993)
  • Simon MacCorkindale as Peter Sinclair (1990–1993)
  • Cyrielle Clair as Nicole Beaumont (1990–1991)
  • Stephen Shellen as Luke Brenner (1990–1991)
  • Laurence Ashley-Taboulet as Suzanne Addington (1990–1991)
  • Sophie Michaud as Gabrielle Germont (1991–1993)
  • James Purcell as Hector Stone (1991–1993)
  • Patricia Cartier as Hélène Previn (1991–1993)
  • Andre Mayers as J.J. (1990–1993)
  • Tom Kneebone as Bennett (1990–1993)

Episodes

Season 1 (1990–91)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Dealbreaker"Mario AzzopardiRichard OleksiakJuly 1, 1990
22"Dead in the Air"Jorge MontesiTim DunphyJuly 8, 1990
33"Now and at the Hour of Our Death"Mario AzzopardiTony DiFrancoJuly 15, 1990
44"Art for Art's Sake"Jorge MontesiJim HenshawJuly 22, 1990
55"Power Play"Mario AzzopardiAngelo Stea & Peter LautermanJuly 29, 1990
66"A Little Purity"TBATBAAugust 5, 1990
77"Son with a Gun"Paolo BarzmanChristian WattonAugust 19, 1990
88"The Lady of the Rhine"Paolo BarzmanEric WattonAugust 26, 1990
99"Knights of Aram"Jean-Pierre PrévostRichard OleksiakSeptember 9, 1990
1010"Extreme Measures"Michael ShockMichael Zettler & Shelly AltmanSeptember 16, 1990
1111"Thanos"Doug JacksonChristian WattonOctober 7, 1990
1212"Siege"TBATBAOctober 14, 1990
1313"Escape Route"Paolo BarzmanChantal RenaudOctober 28, 1990
1414"The Beginning"Allan EastmanLanden ParkerNovember 10, 1990
1515"Cry of the Children"Mario AzzopardiTony DiFrancoNovember 17, 1990
1616"Masks"TBATBANovember 24, 1990
1717"Mindbender"TBATBADecember 1, 1990
1818"Regal Connection"William FruetTony DiFrancoDecember 15, 1990
1919"Cinema Verité"René BonnièreEric WattonDecember 22, 1990
2020"Verathion"Don ShebibChantal RenaudJanuary 12, 1991
2121"The Millerton Papers"George MendelukEric WattonJanuary 19, 1991
2222"The Dilemma"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1991

Season 2 (1991–92)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Tie a Yellow Ribbon"Allan EastmanRichard OleksiakSeptember 21, 1991
242"Hidden Assets"René BonnièreTony DiFrancoSeptember 28, 1991
253"Fall From Grace"Allan EastmanRichard OleksiakOctober 5, 1991
264"It's All in the Game"Gilbert ShiltonMichael DonovanOctober 12, 1991
275"Hide and Seek"TBATBAOctober 19, 1991
286"Native Warriors"TBATBAOctober 26, 1991
297"Breaking Point"TBATBANovember 2, 1991
308"Going Home"TBATBANovember 9, 1991
319"Survival Instinct"TBATBANovember 16, 1991
3210"Night of the Black Moon"Miklos LenteTony DiFrancoNovember 23, 1991
3311"Fire in the Streets"TBATBANovember 30, 1991
3412"In the Blood"René BonnièreMichael DonovanDecember 7, 1991
3513"Village of the Damned"TBATBADecember 14, 1991
3614"Prize Package"Jorge MontesiRichard Oleksiak & Tony DiFrancoJanuary 4, 1992
3715"The Three Tramps"William FruetRichard Oleksiak & Tony DiFrancoJanuary 11, 1992
3816"Behind Bars"TBATBAMarch 14, 1992
3917"Cherchez la Femme"TBATBAMarch 21, 1992
4018"Dead Heat"TBATBAApril 4, 1992
4119"La Belle Dame Monique"Dennis BerryMartin BrossolletApril 11, 1992
4220"Ripped from the Grave"Bruno GantillonElizabeth BaxterApril 18, 1992
4321"Trigger Finger"TBATBAMay 2, 1992
4422"The Circus Ring"TBATBAMay 9, 1992

Season 3 (1992–93)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
451"I Remember It Well"Robin DavisJean-Vincent FournierSeptember 26, 1992
462"The Sting"TBATBAOctober 3, 1992
473"Til Death Do Us Part"TBATBAOctober 10, 1992
484"Bastille Day Terror"Bruno GantillonTony DiFrancoOctober 17, 1992
495"No Honour Among Thieves"Jean-Pierre PrévostMartin LagerOctober 24, 1992
506"Skin Deep"TBATBAOctober 31, 1992
517"The Curse of the Amber Chamber"Jorge MontesiJean-Vincent FournierNovember 7, 1992
528"Death S.E.A.L."TBATBANovember 14, 1992
539"Cyborg"William FruetRichard OleksiakNovember 21, 1992
5410"D.O.A."TBATBADecember 5, 1992
5511"Cat in the Cradle"TBATBADecember 11, 1992
5612"Bosnian Connection"TBATBADecember 20, 1992
5713"Betrayed"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1993
5814"Clear Cut"TBATBAFebruary 7, 1993
5915"Free to Kill"Jean-Pierre PrévostTony DiFrancoFebruary 14, 1993
6016"The Hit"William FruetJean-Vincent FournierFebruary 28, 1993
6117"French Twist"TBATBAMarch 21, 1993
6218"The Contender"Allan EastmanJean-Vincent FournierMarch 28, 1993
6319"The Raw Truth"William FruetRichard Oleksiak & Tony DiFrancoApril 11, 1993
6420"Peacemaker"TBATBAApril 18, 1993
6521"Muerta"TBATBAMay 2, 1993
6622"Bad Guys"TBATBAMay 9, 1993

Awards and nominations

  • 1992 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Simon MacCorkindale) – Nominated
  • 1992 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Christopher Plummer) – Nominated
  • 1994 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Sophie Michaud) – Nominated
  • 1994 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (James Purcell) – WON

Broadcast

Counterstrike aired in the United States on cable channel USA Network, premiering on July 1, 1990. It premiered on November 2, 1991 on CTV in Canada, and on TF1 in France on November 20, 1991. Counterstrike has since aired in reruns in Canada on Showcase and TVtropolis.


External links

  • Counterstrike at IMDb
  • Counterstrike at TV.com
  • Counterstrike at epguides.com