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 Acapulco H.E.A.T. - The Complete First Season

 Acapulco H.E.A.T - The Complete Second Season

 Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television (Communication, Media, and Culture)


Show Type: Adventure/Foreign Intrigue

Theme Music: "I Feel the Heat," composed by Michael Lloyd, Tommy Oliver, and Jim Ervin; performed by Pepper Mashay

Broadcast History:

Syndicated Only

60 minutes

Produced from 1993-1994, 1996 (48 episodes)

Released in September, 1993


Ashley Hunter-Coddington..... Catherine Oxenberg

Mike Savage..... Brendan Kelly

Cat (Catherine Avery Pascal)..... Alison Armitage

Brett..... Spencer Rochfort

Krissie Valentine..... Holly Floria

Tommy..... Michael Worth

Marcos..... Randy Vasquez

Arthur Small..... Graham Heywood

Claudio..... Fabio

Mr. Smith..... John Vernon

Nicole Bernard (1996-1997)..... Lydie Denier

Joanna Barnes (1996-1997)..... Christa Sauls


This updated high-tech variation on Mission: Impossible focused on the activities of the Hemisphere Emergency Action Team (H.E.A.T.), a top-secret unit that fought international crime and terrorism from their base in a hotel in Acapulco.

The leaders of the team were Ashley, an aristocratic one-time British secret agent, and Mike, a cool former operative of the CIA.

The other members were Cat, a sexy ex-cat burglar; Brett, an attractive guy who often worked undercover; Krissie, the pretty computer expert who provided the rest of the team with useful data; Tommy, a martial arts expert; Marcos, a former Mexican cabdriver who was romantically involved with Krissie, and Arthur, the uptight guy who worked out logistics for most of their missions. Claudio was the hunky owner of the hotel where their headquarters was located and Mr. Smith, seen only via video link, was the government official who gave them their assignments.

The teams' cover was fashion photography, with Ashley and Mike as photographers and Cat and Krissie as two of their models (the same plot device was actually used by CBS a decade earlier in Cover Up). There was plenty of action and lots of beaches and bikinis - the opening credit lingered lovingly on scantily clad cast members and others on the beach. Fabio, the self-promoting romance novel model, was in those credits but was seldom seen. His acting was wooden, and he had been completely dropped from the show by early 1994.

When the series returned for its second season, only Cat and Tommy were still around. New to the cast were Joanna, their computer expert, and Nicole, a sexy former spy who had reconstituted the team to help her track down a stolen necklace. The people they worked for on the initial case provided the money to to keep the H.E.A.T. team (no longer funded by the government) operational, including all the high-tech resources they used to aid in solving cases. They were now based in Puerto Vallarta and their new cover was running Acapulco Beach Fashions, a clothing store on the beach, and selling a line of beachwear called - surprise! - "Acapulco Heat."

The second season of Acapulco H.E.A.T. was produced in 1996 for European distribution but was not aired by any stations in the U.S. It surfaced in the States for the 1998-1999 season. Both seasons' episodes were filmed on location in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.