Airwolf is an American action military drama television series that centers on a high-technology military helicopter, code-named Airwolf, and its crew. The show follows them as they undertake various exotic missions, many involving espionage, with a Cold War theme. It was created by Donald P. Bellisario and was produced over four seasons, running from January 22, 1984, until August 7, 1987.
The first three seasons' main cast consisted of Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, and Alex Cord, with Jean Bruce Scott added as a regular in seasons two and three. The program originally aired on CBS and after the original series was cancelled, a fourth season, with an entirely new cast and on a much smaller budget, was filmed in Canada for the USA Network.
The show's distinctive musical score, which was originally orchestral, but shifted to more synthesizer-based arrangements early in the second season, was composed and mainly conducted by Sylvester Levay. Udi Harpaz conducted the scores for many later second- and third-season episodes.