The BEST episodes directed by Bernard L. Kowalski

My Shining Hour
star
10.00
2 votes

#1 - My Shining Hour

Jake and the Fatman - Season 3 - Episode 9

Jake helps out the actor, Tom Cody, who played his childhood idol - the Skyhawk. Tom has been reduced to an alcoholized, broke veteran plane pilot, and no one believes him when he witnesses a murder.

We'll Meet Again
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9.33
3 votes

#2 - We'll Meet Again

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 22

McCabe is showing a school class around the courthouse, when a man dressed as clown tries to kill him with a shotgun. The man misses, but gets away. McCabe goes over past convictions to see witch of them might be the would-be assassin.

The Lady in Red
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9.00
3 votes

#3 - The Lady in Red

Jake and the Fatman - Season 3 - Episode 2

Ed Delaney, an ex-cop and an old friend of McCabe, is killed when he comes close to solving ""The Lady in Red"" Murder - a 20-year-old unsolved murder case that got him fired from the police.

Where or When (2)
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9.00
2 votes

#4 - Where or When (2)

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 2

Jake goes undercover as a middle man between Rose and a rebel army wanting to buy Rose's hi-tech rifles, while Delaney finds proof that Rose isn't who he claims to be.

Night of the Blood Beast
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8.92
232 votes

#5 - Night of the Blood Beast

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Season 7 - Episode 1

Movie Plot: After a rocket crash, an alien beast starts to attack people in southern California. Also riffed was the short "Once Upon a Honeymoon." On the SOL: The 'bots attack Mike with Mace and tasers / Crow plays the trombone / Gypsy imitates the woman from the short / Crow pretends to be pregnant. In Deep 13: Dr. Forrester's mother, Pearl, has moved in with him. She forces him to do a trombone recital / Pearl makes Dr. Forrester confess to the SOL crew, but he doesn't know what he is supposed to be confessing / Pearl treats Dr. Forrester like a baby. Stinger: "Wounded animal that large isn't good." Original film made in 1958.

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The Book
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8.50
4 votes

#6 - The Book

Rawhide - Season 7 - Episode 14

Pop Stark promotes gunfights for profit. Billy his latest boy just lost. Carl Hatcher loaned Pop money. His brothers are coming to collect. Pop arranges a gunfight between Rowdy and Austin Ware, a professional gunfighter.

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More Than You Know
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8.50
2 votes

#7 - More Than You Know

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 7

Jake investigates a serial killer that leaves an orchid on all his victims, while McCabe gets his biography written.

It Never Entered My Mind
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8.50
2 votes

#8 - It Never Entered My Mind

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 19

Dr. Sloan is charged with murdering hospital director Havilland, who was investigating him and two other doctors.

Come Along with Me
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8.50
2 votes

#9 - Come Along with Me

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 8

Neely and Jake investigates a case where dead bodies are found with their livers surgically removed.

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Someone to Watch Over Me
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8.33
3 votes

#10 - Someone to Watch Over Me

Jake and the Fatman - Season 2 - Episode 8

A young woman is found dead on the beach from a drug overdose. The immediate suspect is her ex-boyfriend, Sonny, so Jake goes pick him up for questioning. But a mysterious gunman is also interested in Sonny, and tries to kill him before Jake can get to him.

Daddy's Home
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8.33
3 votes

#11 - Daddy's Home

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 14

Jake is at his niece's christening, when his long lost father suddenly appears - after being gone for 27 years. It turns out he's in trouble after stealing $50,000 from his former employer.

My Buddy
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8.25
4 votes

#12 - My Buddy

Jake and the Fatman - Season 3 - Episode 17

Jake catches a young girl picking his pocket. He tries to help her home, but she is very uncooperative. Meanwhile McCabe has problems with a murdered money counterfeiter.

You Took Advantage of Me
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8.25
4 votes

#13 - You Took Advantage of Me

Jake and the Fatman - Season 3 - Episode 23

Dr. Carmichael is charged with murdering his wife, but is given an alibi by her secretary. McCabe smells a rat and sends Jake undercover - getting a job as Carmichael's chauffeur.

The Case of the Renegade Refugee
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8.14
33 votes

#14 - The Case of the Renegade Refugee

Perry Mason - Season 5 - Episode 13

A journalist is murdered while tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal who may be posing as an executive at a company called Space Associates, Ltd.

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Let the Punishment Fit the Crime
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8.08
163 votes

#15 - Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 17

While Higgins is preparing to direct a selection of pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado' to be staged at the Estate, Thomas is hired by an attractive young woman to find her missing brother, who she claims has disappeared after joining a religious cult. The girl has musical experience and agrees to help out with rehearsals of Higgins' production while Thomas seeks out her missing brother, but Thomas uncovers more than he expects and finds himself dealing with a radical political group and an assassination attempt revolving around a visiting cast member of Higgins' production...

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The Case Against Eliot Ness
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8.03
31 votes

#16 - The Case Against Eliot Ness

The Untouchables - Season 3 - Episode 23

March 4, 1933. The Windy City is getting ready for the Chicago World's Fair, also known as the ""Century of Progress"" Exposition. The 3 wealthy Endicott brothers, who jointly owned franchises at the upcoming Fair, are all rubbed out in short order. Restaurant owner Gus Dmytryk goes to the Licensing Committee, and it seems he will get the former Endicott franchises: 3 nightclubs at the Midway, and 5 other concessions. It will mean big bucks, since the Chicago World's Fair is expected to draw 50-million visitors. Ness knows that Dmytryk has been on the fringes of the rackets for years, and then District Attorney Beecher Asbury assigns Ness and his men to the case. Meanwhile, when ex-alderman Mitchell Grandin tells the Committee that Dmytryk is a bootlegger; it seems the Committee will give the lucrative franchise to Grandin instead. Later, Grandin gives Dmytryk some payoff money. Ness and Lee Hobson, trying to clean up the town, drop in on one of the hoods who has showed up (and is

The Case of the Posthumous Painter
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8.03
66 votes

#17 - The Case of the Posthumous Painter

Perry Mason - Season 5 - Episode 9

Artist Jack Culross fakes his own suicide and sees the sales of his paintings go through the roof. His only problem was that he forgot to inform his wife Edna of the scheme. After Edna sees a completed painting of Jack's that she knows he didn't finish while he was "alive" she gets wise. Edna manages to track down her "deceased" husband but they fight and she knocks him down. Then he's found dead. Edna must stand trial for murder.

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Beautiful Dreamer (a.k.a. Mickey Daytona)
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8.00
2 votes

#18 - Beautiful Dreamer (a.k.a. Mickey Daytona)

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 22

Notorious New York cop Mickey Daytona pursues the legal counsel Thomas Chetwin suspecting him of rape. Jake, who is a friend of Mickey and his old father, reluctantly teams up with Mickey. Chetwin is trapped and commits suicide.

Dear Lovesick
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7.86
7 votes

#19 - Dear Lovesick

Simon & Simon - Season 3 - Episode 14

An advice columnist hires Rick and AJ when she fears one of her regular readers is in danger.

Letter to a Duchess
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7.84
148 votes

#20 - Letter to a Duchess

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 6

Magnum is preparing for this year's big surf-ski race, while in a chance meeting, Higgins meets Lady Wilkerson, an English Duchess whom he has been smitten with after two brief encounters years before (which she does not identify him from). She is in the islands incognito, and must sell some valuable family jewels after being strapped financially, but Higgins ends up saving her from two men who accost her in an alleyway. As smitten with the woman as ever, Higgins offers her a job on the Estate, and plans to reveal his feelings towards her via a letter, but due to a mix-up and misunderstanding, she assumes the letter to be from Thomas instead, whom it becomes apparent she has eyes for, blind to Higgins' desires. But these confused matters of the heart seem trivial when the Duchess is kidnapped by the two men who had made a grab for her previously...

Legacy
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7.83
11 votes

#21 - Legacy

The Rifleman - Season 2 - Episode 11

Lucas tries to do a good deed for the old town drunk but it backfires when the drunk's son believes he inherited Lucas' ranch.

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A Spool There Was
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7.80
139 votes

#22 - A Spool There Was

Mission: Impossible - Season 1 - Episode 9

Rollin and Cinnamon go it alone to recover a reel of recording wire containing information on a chemical warfare project aimed at the U.S. The courier carrying it was killed by the enemy, and the wire is missing. The two fake a lovers' reunion and then Rollin slips out during a pre-recorded conversation. To duplicate the circumstances of the courier's demise as closely as possible, Rollin lets himself be discovered and then chased along the same route. He finds the wire, hidden in plain sight as part of a fence. He and Cinnamon plan to recover and smuggle out the wire the same way, but it is taken by a young boy looking for fishing wire. Rollin manages to recover it, and they send the wire out disguised as the wire on a balloon.

Pilot
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7.79
395 votes

#23 - Pilot

Mission: Impossible - Season 1 - Episode 1

IMF team leader Dan Briggs assembles his team for the first time. The mission: to recover two nuclear warheads belonging to General Rio Dominguez from a hotel vault in Santa Costa. Jim and Willy sneak safecracker Terry Targo into the vault, who figures out how to get out. The team then captures Dominguez but Targo's fingers are broken in the attempt. With no other alternative, Briggs has himself and Dominguez put into the vault, and Briggs threatens to enter a random combination if Alicio doesn't tell him the code. Dominguez breaks. With the bombs defused, Willy takes the warheads out of the vault. Briggs remains behind and uses the information Targo gathered earlier to get out during a fireworks distraction set off by Barney. Briggs and the rest of the team make a desperate race for safety and get onto a plane heading to safety seconds before the military can catch up to them.

The Enormous Fist
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7.75
4 votes

#24 - The Enormous Fist

Rawhide - Season 7 - Episode 2

When Fred Grant slugs Favor he hits him back. Fred falls hitting his head against a fencepost and dies. There is an inquest. Favor has to deal with the widow and her three kids.

Death Lends a Hand
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7.72
553 votes

#25 - Death Lends a Hand

Columbo - Season 1 - Episode 4

A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail scheme. The client then hires the detective to assist Columbo in the search for the killer.

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The Thirty-Year Pin
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7.69
35 votes

#26 - The Thirty-Year Pin

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 2

When a police officer is fatally shot 3 days before he is due to retire, Stone undertakes a relentless search for the killer.

Paradise Blues
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7.67
160 votes

#27 - Paradise Blues

Magnum, P.I. - Season 4 - Episode 15

T.C. drags a reluctant Magnum along to the newly-opened club of an old flame – a beautiful jazz singer who he fell in love with in Vietnam – who has just moved to the islands. Thomas doesn’t dislike the woman, but insists to T.C. that trouble always follows her wherever she goes – but T.C., still infatuated with the girl, refuses to listen. But sure enough, the woman is in trouble, searching for a man who owes her $18,000 and mixed up with Detroit drug dealers that are out to kill her...

Goodbye (1)
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7.67
3 votes

#28 - Goodbye (1)

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 9

Jake gets in trouble with a group of crooked LA cops when he discovers a body in the water while fishing on Maui. They intercept Jake's call about the body, and hide it before dispatching someone to pick it up. Frustrated, Jake starts investigating the man who received his call about the body.

The Mansion
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7.67
6 votes

#29 - The Mansion

Baretta - Season 1 - Episode 9

After an undercover policewoman is killed, Baretta poses as a fugitive gangster in order to infiltrate a mansion that the syndicate runs as a house of illicit pleasures.

On the Fly
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7.66
90 votes

#30 - On the Fly

Magnum, P.I. - Season 7 - Episode 15

T.C. is giving Thomas helicopter flying lessons when he is shot. With T.C. hospitalised, Mac appears on the scene, "volunteering" his services to stand in running Island Hoppers. But it seems that the assailants were actually gunning for Magnum, after a week previously, somebody impersonated him when trying to blackmail a Mexican Mafia King. With Magnum marked as a dead man as a result of the mistaken identity, confusion and chaos reigns, and as per usual, Mac 'just happens' to be in the middle of it all...

The Case of the Pathetic Patient
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7.62
38 votes

#31 - The Case of the Pathetic Patient

Perry Mason - Season 5 - Episode 7

Perry finds himself defending Dr. Wayne Edley who has been accused of committing two murders.

Big Iron
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7.55
118 votes

#32 - Big Iron

Knight Rider - Season 2 - Episode 24

While investigating the theft of heavy-duty construction equipment. Michael and KITT are pushed into a quarry and buried with tons of gravel.

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The Case of the Grumbling Grandfather
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7.54
38 votes

#33 - The Case of the Grumbling Grandfather

Perry Mason - Season 4 - Episode 27

A young man has his head turned by, whatelse, a woman. In his haste to protect her, and her good name, the source of her pain turns up dead.

Fade in to Murder
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7.53
346 votes

#34 - Fade in to Murder

Columbo - Season 6 - Episode 1

Ward Fowler, who plays debonair television detective Lieutenant Lucerne, has a reputation for being a difficult actor. His series is a hit, however, so the network and studio executives again and again capitulate to his demands. Although separated, husband and wife team Sid and Claire Daley continue to produce the Inspector Lucerne program. Claire continually advises everyone else to go along with their stars demands. Not even Sid knows that Claire is blackmailing Ward. Claire discovers Ward in Canada. She knows he deserted from the United States Army during the Korean War. If that information got out ,it would ruin Ward's career. When Claire takes a phone call in Ward's trailer, the actor overhears her saying she’ll be getting a sandwich at Tony’s Deli. Ward gets to Tony’s Deli just after Claire disguising himself with a ski mask and bulky parka he pretends to be a hold up man.

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No Big Thing
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7.51
435 votes

#35 - No Big Thing

Knight Rider - Season 1 - Episode 8

Devon lands in a small-town lockup on a misdemeanor, but his predicament becomes deadly after a fellow prisoner is killed by the cops. Devon's the only one who knew the man was in jail. Town name is Lindhurst Flats.

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Blind Spot
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7.50
136 votes

#36 - Blind Spot

Knight Rider - Season 2 - Episode 5

Michael investigates a businessman who's exploiting illegal aliens. A blind woman is the only witness.

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This Case is Closed (2)
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7.49
64 votes

#37 - This Case is Closed (2)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim is ordered off the case but this proves difficult after the fiancé Jim was investigating is found dead and the mob and the FBI still want answers, so Jim must track the real killer...

This Case is Closed (2)
star
7.49
64 votes

#38 - This Case is Closed (2)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim is ordered off the case but this proves difficult after the fiancé Jim was investigating is found dead and the mob and the FBI still want answers, so Jim must track the real killer...

This Case is Closed (2)
star
7.49
64 votes

#39 - This Case is Closed (2)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim is ordered off the case but this proves difficult after the fiancé Jim was investigating is found dead and the mob and the FBI still want answers, so Jim must track the real killer...

This Case is Closed (2)
star
7.49
64 votes

#40 - This Case is Closed (2)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim is ordered off the case but this proves difficult after the fiancé Jim was investigating is found dead and the mob and the FBI still want answers, so Jim must track the real killer...

The Case of the Injured Innocent
star
7.49
44 votes

#41 - The Case of the Injured Innocent

Perry Mason - Season 5 - Episode 10

A really weird courtroom confession scene highlights this episode about the murder of a race car driver.

Chariot of Gold
star
7.42
157 votes

#42 - Chariot of Gold

Knight Rider - Season 1 - Episode 18

Michael investigates the mysterious deaths of members of an exclusive club for geniuses, involved in an archaeological dig.

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This Case is Closed (1)
star
7.42
96 votes

#43 - This Case is Closed (1)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 6

While investigating the fiancé of Warren Jamison's daughter, Jim experiences some strange events which include kidnapping by the mob and the FBI who are anxious to get a statement - it all relates back to Jim's recent trip to Newark...

This Case is Closed (1)
star
7.42
96 votes

#44 - This Case is Closed (1)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 6

While investigating the fiancé of Warren Jamison's daughter, Jim experiences some strange events which include kidnapping by the mob and the FBI who are anxious to get a statement - it all relates back to Jim's recent trip to Newark...

This Case is Closed (1)
star
7.42
96 votes

#45 - This Case is Closed (1)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 6

While investigating the fiancé of Warren Jamison's daughter, Jim experiences some strange events which include kidnapping by the mob and the FBI who are anxious to get a statement - it all relates back to Jim's recent trip to Newark...

This Case is Closed (1)
star
7.42
96 votes

#46 - This Case is Closed (1)

The Rockford Files - Season 1 - Episode 6

While investigating the fiancé of Warren Jamison's daughter, Jim experiences some strange events which include kidnapping by the mob and the FBI who are anxious to get a statement - it all relates back to Jim's recent trip to Newark...

The Case of the Missing Melody
star
7.41
49 votes

#47 - The Case of the Missing Melody

Perry Mason - Season 5 - Episode 3

Perry and Della attend the wedding of Polly Courtland to Eddy King. The ceremony is halted at the altar when Polly begins screaming, "No! No!" and hurriedly exits the church. It seems as though Polly had spotted slimy George Sherwin holding an envelope containing photos of her younger sister checking into a Las Vegas hotel with a musician named Bongo White. Sherwin plans to ruin Polly and her family's reputation unless she gives up Eddy for him. Sherwin's plan comes a cropper when he's found shot to death. Eddy King is arrested for the crime.

Playback
star
7.38
367 votes

#48 - Playback

Columbo - Season 4 - Episode 5

An inventor video tapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, to give himself an alibi.

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A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken
star
7.36
152 votes

#49 - A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken

Magnum, P.I. - Season 5 - Episode 22

Thomas is hired by Jack Damon, Carol’s Uncle, to find his seventeen-year-old daughter Becky, who has been missing for two months, after leaving home against his wishes to pursue a career as a dancer. After a little investigating, Thomas finds that the last person known to have seen the girl was her former boyfriend Darryl Jacobs – who is now behind bars after being involved in a stolen guns deal that went bad. Magnum decides the only way to find out from Jacobs what happened to Becky is to go undercover as a convict at the prison farm where Jacobs is being detained...

An Exercise in Fatality
star
7.32
438 votes

#50 - An Exercise in Fatality

Columbo - Season 4 - Episode 1

A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident

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