The BEST episodes directed by Arnold Laven

Dead Ringer
star
9.45
47 votes

#1 - Dead Ringer

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 5 - Episode 18

Steve's brush with death is followed by visions that may be the work of a spirit.

Dead Ringer
star
9.45
47 votes

#2 - Dead Ringer

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 5 - Episode 18

Steve's brush with death is followed by visions that may be the work of a spirit.

Dead Ringer
star
9.45
47 votes

#3 - Dead Ringer

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 5 - Episode 18

Steve's brush with death is followed by visions that may be the work of a spirit.

Dead Ringer
star
9.45
47 votes

#4 - Dead Ringer

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 5 - Episode 18

Steve's brush with death is followed by visions that may be the work of a spirit.

Search in the Dark
star
8.67
5 votes

#5 - Search in the Dark

Mannix - Season 7 - Episode 10

Mannix tracks down stolen jewels also wanted by a blind hood.

Game Plan
star
8.36
7 votes

#6 - Game Plan

Mannix - Season 8 - Episode 2

A kidnapper's ransom note calls for plunging in a card game.

New Orleans Menace
star
8.32
63 votes

#7 - New Orleans Menace

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 10

Tiffauges, a wealthy and sadistic Frenchman, who is used to getting whatever he wants, decides he wishes to purchase the McCain Ranch. Tiffauges' lead man, Xavier, proclaims Lucas to be muy macho, and does not believe Lucas will give in so easily. Xavier and the other men are tiring of being subjected to Tiffauges' whippings and cruel treatment. Lucas plays on the men's longing for freedom to keep his ranch.

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Home Ranch
star
8.28
100 votes

#8 - Home Ranch

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 2

Two hired hands of a wealthy cattleman, who has been using the ranch for grazing his cattle, demand that Lucas move out. When Lucas refuses, he is beaten and dragged and then the ranch house is burned down. They left Lucas and Mark with the burning house and rode off with Lucas' rifle. Leaving Mark to tend to the animals, Lucas tracks them down and confronts their boss, Mr. Jackford.

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Climb a Deadly Mountain
star
8.25
7 votes

#9 - Climb a Deadly Mountain

Mannix - Season 7 - Episode 3

An escaped convict saves Mannix's life.

Portrait of a Hero
star
8.20
4 votes

#10 - Portrait of a Hero

Mannix - Season 6 - Episode 5

An aircraft prototype is debuted under mysterious circucmstances.

Sing a Song of Murder
star
8.20
8 votes

#11 - Sing a Song of Murder

Mannix - Season 7 - Episode 9

An opera diva emerges from retirement and is met with inexplicable attempts on her life.

The Woman
star
8.13
14 votes

#12 - The Woman

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 32

An unfounded rumor causes North Fork's outspoken feminist schoolteacher to be attacked by a mob of angry townspeople.

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The Indian
star
8.13
15 votes

#13 - The Indian

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 21

U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart arrives in North Fork in search of renegade Indians suspected of the brutal killing of a Texas Ranger and his family, but the townspeople are suspicious of him when they discover that he too is an Indian.

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The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner
star
8.11
19 votes

#14 - The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner

The Big Valley - Season 1 - Episode 5

Victoria sells land to an old friend, while the Barkley boys are part of a plan to flood it!!!

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And Then There Was One
star
8.00
2 votes

#15 - And Then There Was One

Ironside - Season 5 - Episode 19

A military-issue fragmentation grenade is used in an attack on two Vietnam veterans, one of whom - a friend of Mark's - is killed. When it transpires that another of the pair's old unit has come under similar attack, the Chief sets out to trap the killer, using Ed in a cunning disguise as bait.

Silent Target
star
8.00
5 votes

#16 - Silent Target

Mannix - Season 7 - Episode 7

On vacation, Mannix discovers a hit operation.

Desert Sun
star
8.00
4 votes

#17 - Desert Sun

Mannix - Season 8 - Episode 10

Small town rules may include murder.

Speak No Evil
star
8.00
3 votes

#18 - Speak No Evil

Shazam! - Season 2 - Episode 6

Three boys break into their school and accidentally start a fire. They get away before they are seen, but one of the boys' dogs is seen at the school. When the boy confesses, the two other boys find out and chase him into a dangerous electrical plant. Moral: Don't ever be afraid of being called a name. As long as you're sure what you're doing is right, there's no word... no name... that can harm you.

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The Big Squeeze
star
7.92
139 votes

#19 - The Big Squeeze

The A-Team - Season 3 - Episode 15

The A-Team opens its own restaurant to lure a ruthless loan shark who has other restaurant owners terrified.

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Young Englishman
star
7.89
18 votes

#20 - Young Englishman

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 13

Lucas gets in trouble when he accuses the foreman of a neighboring ranch of rustling some of his cattle.

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The Photographer
star
7.89
17 votes

#21 - The Photographer

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 18

Abel Goss, the photographer who took Lucas' wedding photograph, is in North Fork doing a portrait of Mark standing in the street. When Goss sees Col. Whiteside and his sidekick Jamison, he recognizes them as the butchers who tortured him and others while he was captive in their prisoners of war camp. When Lucas stops him from killing them, Goss swears to kill those men. Whiteside planned to call Goss out, but he had Jamison shooting from the upstairs hotel window, as his insurance. When the shots are fired, Whiteside is dead, shot in the back, and his gun hadn't been fired. Goss is arrested and at the trial Lucas and Mark have different testimonies. Mark reenacts the scene in the street, and Lucas backs Mark's theory , using the photographic negative Goss had shot of Mark.

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Hazard
star
7.88
8 votes

#22 - Hazard

The Big Valley - Season 1 - Episode 24

A man comes to the ranch looking for Heath and gets shot by bounty hunters. It turns out he's not a friend of Heath's like he stated, in fact Heath has sworn to kill him himself.

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The Sharpshooter
star
7.87
170 votes

#23 - The Sharpshooter

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 1

Lucas McCain and his son Mark arrive in North Fork, New Mexico. Looking to start a new life, they come across a ranch to their liking, which is for sale. Lucas enters a Turkey Shoot in hopes of winning the down payment for the ranch. Jim Lewis, the man who runs North Fork, has bet on Vernon, a young gun he brought in, to win. When talk of Lucas' reputation back in the Nations circulates around town, Mr. Lewis gets nervous and he makes trouble for Lucas by threatening Mark's life.

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The Brother-in-Law
star
7.86
69 votes

#24 - The Brother-in-Law

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mark's uncle, Johnny Gibb, a big time rodeo rider, comes to visit. While Mark idolizes his uncle, Lucas discovers that Johnny is on the run from the law for an Express Office Robbery. Stacy has a bronco named Lucifer, that nobody's been able to ride for 15 seconds. Alvah, wanting to humble the almighty Mr. Stacy, asks Johnny if he'd ride Lucifer, so that he and the townsfolk could bet that Johnny would ride Lucifer for 30 seconds. Johnny agrees and then makes a deal with Stacy to throw the ride for $500.00. After spending time with Mark, Johnny decides to give the ride his best and then turn himself in to Marshal Torrance.

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See No Evil
star
7.83
2 votes

#25 - See No Evil

Mannix - Season 6 - Episode 13

A trail of evidence indicates a friend of Peggy's.

Vigilante
star
7.81
16 votes

#26 - Vigilante

CHiPs - Season 4 - Episode 19

Ponch and Jon investigate a mysterious vandal harassing Getraer and his family. They also have to get a handle on a local community patrol operation. One of its members has become a vigilante, using excessive force while trying to fight crime in remembrance of his son who was run down by a drunk driver.

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Blood Brothers
star
7.79
13 votes

#27 - Blood Brothers

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 35

Lucas McCain gives blood to save a dying man and is surprised by Marshal Torrance's odd behavior toward the man. Then three men arrive from a nearby town and demand custody of the stranger.

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Eight Hours to Die
star
7.78
72 votes

#28 - Eight Hours to Die

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 6

Judge Burton seeks "Justice" against the Hangman, who hanged his son; the Judge, who sentenced his son; and Lucas, the man who caught his son. When Judge Burton discovers that Lucas has a son, he decides that the best way to serve justice is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a son for a son. Judge Burton tied Lucas to a wagon and went to hang Mark, feeling that Lucas should feel the same agony that he had felt waiting for is son to be hanged.

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High Bleacher Man
star
7.78
9 votes

#29 - High Bleacher Man

Hunter - Season 1 - Episode 9

Hunter and McCall arrest a man named Gavin, who is a street thug. They are then shocked to learn that the D.A. has made a deal with him. It seems that Gavin can link crime boss Nate Demarest to four murders. And Hunter is not pleased with it, cause if they let Gavin go, he will kill someone eventually. After an attempt is made on Gavin, Hunter suggests that they limit the knowledge of Gavin's whereabouts to just two people, and Gavin says that he wants Hunter and McCall to be those two. Cause he knows that they only way Hunter can prove that he didn't sell Gavin out, is to take a bullet for him. And it is while they are protecting Gavin that McCall recalls an old case wherein she and her partner were investigating Demarest for murdering an undercover Fed. McCall begins by talking to the man's wife and tells about a girl named Crissy who worked for Demarest, whom her husband took an interest in. Hunter then goes to talk to a man who once worked for Demarest, Whitey McPhee. And when he g

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The Wrong Man
star
7.78
17 votes

#30 - The Wrong Man

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 27

Young Mark McCain is eager to help lawman Jay Jefferson, who has arrived in North Fork intent on killing an outlaw for the reward, whether he is the right man or not.

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The Invaders
star
7.75
8 votes

#31 - The Invaders

The Big Valley - Season 1 - Episode 16

While out counting cattle Heath comes across a dead animal. When he gets down off of his horse to investigate, he is shot by the same rawhiders who killed the cow. When they realize that he is still alive, they decide to take him back to the ranch for a finder's ""reward"". Once there they find that all of the other men are gone for at least a week, leaving the house and all within ripe for the picking.

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New Guy in Town
star
7.72
18 votes

#32 - New Guy in Town

CHiPs - Season 4 - Episode 17

An annoying rookie proves his worth when he saves Jon from death at the hands of the brother- and sister-in-law of a man the officer had imprisoned.

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Return of Verge Likens
star
7.71
14 votes

#33 - Return of Verge Likens

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Season 3 - Episode 1

Verge Likens is a farmer whose father was killed by a crooked politician named Riley McGrath. Verge returns home to avenge his father's death. He manages to get close to Riley by getting hired as an assistant at a barbershop. After asking the barber to run an errand, Verge is alone with Riley and proceeds to lather up the murdering politician for a shave. Verge vividly describes how he is planning to cut Riley's throat. When the barber returns to the barbershop he finds the door locked. He gets the police who break down the door. Inside they find Verge standing over Riley's dead body. Berge has avenged his father's death and he is not guilty of a crime. Riley died of a heart attack.

A Long Way from L.A.
star
7.67
15 votes

#34 - A Long Way from L.A.

Hunter - Season 1 - Episode 4

A gang war is in the making if Hunter can't find a witness that can provide testimony that will stop it.

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The Retired Gun
star
7.67
20 votes

#35 - The Retired Gun

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 17

Wes Carney and his wife Clair want to settle down and they figure North Fork might do fine. Wes is a well known gunfighter, who has promised Clair that he would hang up his guns for good. The Carney's want to live a simple, honest life and the Feed and Grain Store, which is up for sale, seems like it might work for them. Carney's reputation and the news that he's settling down brings troublemakers to North Fork. Lucas is the only man willing to stand as deputy with Micah. After Lucas tells the Carney's a story, Clair releases Wes of his promise and the three men take on the troublemakers. After the showdown, Clair announces that Wes will be taking the Sheriff's position he was offered in another town, if it's still available.

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The Sheridan Story
star
7.65
19 votes

#36 - The Sheridan Story

The Rifleman - Season 1 - Episode 16

Frank Blandon, a man with only one good arm, wanders on to the ranch. Lucas gave Blandon a job to "hire him and Mark a clear conscience". General Sheridan and his patrol wandered by and Lucas offered to let them stay the night at the ranch. Blandon pulled a gun on General Sheridan, as it turned out Blandon was a confederate soldier, who once had General Sheridan in his gun sight during the war. Blandon hung fire, but Sheridan did not hesitate and blew out Blandon's shoulder. General Sheridan shamed Blandon out of exacting his revenge, then lifted Blandon's spirit by praising Johnny Rebs' fighting spirit. Sheridan ordered that Blandon be taken to a hospital to have his shoulder properly mended, carrying out his Commander in Chief's last order to ""Bind up the Nation's wounds.""

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Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory
star
7.63
8 votes

#37 - Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory

The Greatest American Hero - Season 2 - Episode 20

Bill recieves hot tips on a speed factory working out of a fast food chain, and a newspaper reporter publishes pictures of Ralph flying.

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Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement
star
7.56
32 votes

#38 - Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement

Hill Street Blues - Season 2 - Episode 13

Grace asks Esterhaus for help with a barking dog; LaRue suffers a crisis of confidence about the PCP lab bust and starts drinking; Renko's family problems hurt his performance at work; Hill antagonizes everyone in his efforts to recruit for the BOC; Goldblume resorts to force to deal with landlord Sosa; and Furillo tries in vain to hold onto Walter Harmon for the death of Pam Gilliam.

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Bounty on a Barkley
star
7.50
2 votes

#39 - Bounty on a Barkley

The Big Valley - Season 3 - Episode 23

Nick falls for newcomer Layle Johnson, who is slow to respond to his attentions. Victoria discovers why - she's already married!

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Choice Cut
star
7.36
78 votes

#40 - Choice Cut

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 7

Hector Ruiz takes hostages again, this time at a supermarket; LaRue and Washington try to connect the gun that shot Hill and Renko with addict Eddie Hoban; and Cynthia Chase uses the hostage scene to stir up the local merchants.

One More Time
star
7.31
327 votes

#41 - One More Time

The A-Team - Season 1 - Episode 11

The US government recruits the A-Team to rescue a general and his daughter from guerillas in Borneo.

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Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind
star
7.30
69 votes

#42 - Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 9

The Dekker Avenue Merchants Association continues helping the police; Eddie Hoban finds himself out in the cold; Hill, Renko and Belker all have personal problems; Furillo tries to help a confused Santini decide what to do; and LaRue asks Cynthia Chase along on a dull stakeout that suddenly heats up.

The Winning Smile
star
7.30
18 votes

#43 - The Winning Smile

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 3 - Episode 14

Steve investigates a security leak that has imperiled a top-secret project.

The Winning Smile
star
7.30
18 votes

#44 - The Winning Smile

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 3 - Episode 14

Steve investigates a security leak that has imperiled a top-secret project.

The Winning Smile
star
7.30
18 votes

#45 - The Winning Smile

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 3 - Episode 14

Steve investigates a security leak that has imperiled a top-secret project.

The Winning Smile
star
7.30
18 votes

#46 - The Winning Smile

The Six Million Dollar Man - Season 3 - Episode 14

Steve investigates a security leak that has imperiled a top-secret project.

Cowboy / Substitute Wife
star
7.29
7 votes

#47 - Cowboy / Substitute Wife

Fantasy Island - Season 2 - Episode 15

In "Cowboy" Brian Kehoe complicates a happy reunion by past lies about being a rodeo star when in fact he is only a rodeo clown. In "Substitute Wife" hypochondriac Nadine Winslow seeks a new wife for her husband when she thinks she is dying.

Holiday in the Hills
star
7.27
300 votes

#48 - Holiday in the Hills

The A-Team - Season 1 - Episode 9

B.A.'s fear of flying is justified when the A-Team's plane crashes in the backwoods where they must battle mountain men to keep a man from being burned at the stake.

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It's a Desert Out There
star
7.19
175 votes

#49 - It's a Desert Out There

The A-Team - Season 2 - Episode 18

The sophisticated commando tactics used by a gang for robbing busloads of tourists suggests to the A-Team that they're preparing for a bigger score.

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Labor Pains
star
7.18
203 votes

#50 - Labor Pains

The A-Team - Season 2 - Episode 8

The A-Team helps migrant workers to organize against a landowner that is forcing them to live and work under slave-labor conditions.

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