The BEST episodes directed by Bruce Kessler
#4 - Homecoming for a Dead Man
Barnaby Jones - Season 8 - Episode 8
At the Olympic gymnastic tryouts for young Kim Barnaby recognizes her father Richard Gibson, a man presumed dead after robbing the coin exchange ten years ago. While Barnaby is trying to find a ghost, accomplice Jordan orders Gibson alias Simmons to get rid of the private detective.Watch Now:Amazon
#5 - The Gang That Stole Manhattan
McCloud - Season 5 - Episode 2
McCloud is assigned to a film shoot, and suspects the production is a front.
#6 - This Must Be the Alamo
McCloud - Season 4 - Episode 5
During a heat wave, Chief Clifford is called away and leaves Sgt. Broadhurst in charge. A football gambling ring that scores with ""inside dope on injuries"" loses a little black book and begins eliminating witnesses in a search for it, leading to an assault on precinct headquarters.
#7 - Shivaree on Delancy Street
McCloud - Season 5 - Episode 3
A tailor wins big on the numbers, but gang wars interfere with the payout. Sgt. Broadhurst is badly wounded and numbers money is planted on him, causing him to be investigated by Internal Affairs. The tailor becomes a witness in the wars, but heads off to Miami Beach with his winnings and his shiksa fiancÃ©e, followed by two hit men and McCloud.
#8 - Death of a Friendship
Barnaby Jones - Season 7 - Episode 6
Jeff McKnight is kidnapped and his wealthy father Dan asks Barnaby to assist Paul Craig with the ransom payoff. When his friend Paul is killed after the delivery Barnaby feels guilty. He doesn't know that Paul faked his death to escape with the money and Ellie, Jeff's girl friend.Watch Now:Amazon
#9 - Charlie
Renegade - Season 2 - Episode 13
Harris and his seven-year-old daughter Charlie make the city uncertain: The gangster and his daughter live on small crimes. But then the two land unintentionally make a large coup: In a video shop they let go along a few videos, in which one a quarterly million dollar mafia money are hidden. The mafia rushes the two a professional killer on the neck. But Harris and his daughter have luck - also head money hunter Renegade is behind them ago.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#10 - Dreams
The Greatest American Hero - Season 2 - Episode 17
An act of kindness backfires when Ralph uses the suit to help a coworker with a personal project. This leads his other co-workers to take daring chances for their own shots at success. Soon, he must don the super suit not only to prevent them from ruining their lives, but also to save Bill from a vengeful, recently paroled killer.Watch Now:Amazon
#11 - Do Not Go Gentle...
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 3 - Episode 6
Entering the hospital for a routine checkup, Hardcastle discovers that he is dying from an incurable disease. Not wanting to let his friend just fade away, Mark convinces Hardcastle to live his remaining days to the fullest, Taking Mark's advice to heart, the judge, using the money he inherited from his wife, buys a one million dollar boat. Hardcastle's boating career is short lived, however, for armed men steal the boat. Although Hardcastle is initially willing to let the police handle the crime, he changes his mind after discovering that the hospital made a mistake and he is not really dying.
#12 - Angie's Choice
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 2 - Episode 22
After seeing reputed mobster Stevie Ray kill a man named Tommy Chen, former prostitute Angie Bloom goes into hiding. Before disappearing, she decides to leave Nicky and Lindsey, her young children, with Hardcastle for safekeeping. While the kids initially refuse to tell the judge their name, the judge eventually realizes that they are Angie's children. Meanwhile, Hardcastle and McCormick discover something is amiss when some men unsuccessfully try to kidnap the kids. Following a hunch, Hardcastle pays a visit on a former madam named Dolores. The hunch pays off and the judge locates Angie. Convinced that Hardcastle has her best interests in mind, Angie tells the judge the whole story. Recognizing that the best way to protect Angie is to put Stevie in prison, Hardcastle arranges for her to testify. To his regret, the officers that pick up Angie are actually Stevie's men. Upon learning the truth, Hardcastle and McCormick "convince" one of Stevie's men to tell them where to find Angie. Following up on their lead, the two men capture Stevie and rescue Angie.
#13 - The Hand-Painted Thai
The Greatest American Hero - Season 2 - Episode 11
Years ago, prisoners of war were brainwashed to respond to a code phrase. Now, someone is using them to commit acts of sabotage. Bill and Ralph investigate, but Bill inadvertently falls under a hypnotic trance, leaving the heroics up to Ralph.Watch Now:Amazon
#14 - One of the Girls from Accounting
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 2 - Episode 8
While attending business downtown, Mark rushes to the aid of a woman being attacked by men in a mail truck. While he thinks he can find safety from the police officer reponding to their call, the woman informs him the officer is actually a member of an unofficial "underground" police and they are far from being safe.
#15 - Bear Bondage
B.J. and the Bear - Season 2 - Episode 16
When Bear becomes ill B.J. takes him to a vet and is subsequently told that he has died. However it turns out that the vet is secretly selling animals to a laboratory and Bear is still alive.
#16 - The Good Samaritan
The Greatest American Hero - Season 2 - Episode 19
Tired of using the suit to fight crime, Ralph decides to branch out. He tries to intervene in a battle between an old man fighting for his home and the city taking it away, but Bill has him on the hunt for bank robbers.Watch Now:Amazon
#17 - Pirates
MacGyver - Season 2 - Episode 15
While on an expedition to find a Spanish treasure fleet, Dr. Barbara Ortega's boat is hi-jacked by modern-day pirates. They steal the small amount of treasure that she has already found - including the ship's log, which is the key to finding the whole fleet - and take off. When she makes it public that she was hi-jacked, the Phoenix Foundation sends MacGyver to help. Now, MacGyver and Barbara must recover the ship's log, so she can find the treasure before the pirates do.Watch Now:Amazon
#18 - Slay Ride
T.J. Hooker - Season 3 - Episode 12
Despite being undercover dressed as Santa Claus, Hooker is finding it hard to get into the Yuletide cheer faced with his first Christmas away from Fran and the children; Stacy too, is low on Christmas spirit, after splitting up with her boyfriend. The Christmas blues set in even deeper when a drug stakeout doesn't go to plan, allowing the main target to get away. Later, after Stacy witnesses an armed hold-up by a man and woman connected with the wanted dealer, the woman is forced to abandon her young baby at a local church. As they try and get a lead on the offenders, Stacy looks after the young baby, but Hooker, Corrigan and Romano become concerned that she may be coming to attached to it too want to give it back...
#19 - Return to Devil's Hole
Alias Smith and Jones - Season 1 - Episode 7
An outlaw leader faces a dilemma; he must decide who is telling the truth, Heyes' lady friend or the man she's trying to kill.
#21 - The Monkees at the Circus
The Monkees - Season 1 - Episode 22
The four boys pitch in to save a struggling circus.
#22 - Wizards and Warlocks
The Greatest American Hero - Season 3 - Episode 10
King Abu Al-Fahad asks Ralph and Bill to help find his son, Prince Aha, who was kidnapped by Middle Eastern terrorists while playing a Dungeons and Dragonsesque game, Wizards and Warlocks. Their search leads them from Aha's college campus -- where they meet Aha's Keeper of the Clock, Joey Margolis -- to the game's author himself, Norman Fackler.Watch Now:Amazon
#23 - Jailbirds
CHiPs - Season 3 - Episode 16
First Jon then Ponch get put in jail for contempt of court when they refuse to name their informant. Getraer gets the rest of the team searching through parking violations to prove the defendant was no stranger to the raided warehouse.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#24 - Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue
McCloud - Season 1 - Episode 3
(NOTE: For repeats, this episode was known as "Manhattan Manhunt, Part 1"). McCloud is becoming famous thanks to press coverage. It doesn't endear him to the boys in blue, who have to deal with a string of drugstore holdups.
#27 - The Last Kill
Hunter - Season 1 - Episode 17
Hunter and McCall trail a hit man who leaves a napkin with a purple circle on it at the scene of each crime. Hunter believes that the killer is the husband of his former girlfriend, a former magazine model. McCall believes Hunter is focusing on the husband of his ex out of jelousy. And Hunter's ex believes her husband is cheating on her, never suspecting the true nature of her spouse's activities.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#28 - Return of the Supercycle
CHiPs - Season 3 - Episode 7
Ponch ends up in hospital when he crashes while pursuing a jewelry thief on a motorbike. Jon and Ponch think it could be Roy Yarnell, who's back in town with his own stunt show. Meanwhile, a new female officer is interested in Jon, but his colleagues think she's there to spy on them.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#29 - An Astronaut in Sheep's Clothing
I Dream of Jeannie - Season 5 - Episode 23
On Jeannie and Tony's 6 month wedding anniversary, Jeannie wants desperately to please Tony by knitting him a cashmir sweater while Tony wants to get her a string of pearls. None of which ends up being accomplished.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#30 - I've Got a Little Song Here
The Monkees - Season 1 - Episode 12
Mike is duped by a dishonest music promoter into believing that he has written a hit song.
#31 - The Homecoming (2)
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 1 - Episode 20
Hardcastle hides out with another old friend, recovering from his injuries, while he tries to figure out how to retrieve the evidence against the town officials. Meanwhile, Mark and Christy take refuge in an abandoned cabin.
#34 - Alias Micky Dolenz
The Monkees - Season 1 - Episode 25
Micky's resemblance to a mobster lands him in hot water.
#36 - The Homecoming (1)
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 1 - Episode 19
Hardcastle returns to his hometown in Arkansas for a high school reunion, only to learn from an old friend that people are being swindled out of their farms. After the friend is murdered, and his daughter asks the judge for help, Hardcastle enlists McCormick to burglarize the local land office.
#37 - Chopper
Kolchak: The Night Stalker - Season 1 - Episode 15
The strange disappearance of an antique motorcycle is the first indication of trouble. What follows are a rash of murders where each victim is decapitated with superhuman force by what witnesses report is a headless motorcyclist. As Kolchak investigates, he discovers that the victims were all members of a cycle gang back in the 50's. A prank they played on a rival gang member, Harold "Swordsman" Baker, resulted in his unintentional decapitation. Baker's ghost killed several of their gang back in the 50's until his head was reunited with the rest of his corpse. However, the cemetary where Baker was interred was dug up and his head and body separated once more. Now, Kolchak must reunite the head and body once more before the headless cyclist finishes off the gang.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#41 - The Crystal Duck
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 1 - Episode 4
Teddy, McCormick's cellmate in prison, is out on parole. He has been staying with Mark in the guesthouse, without Hardcastle's knowledge or permission. Now, his parole officer, Quinlan, informs him that due to a minor infraction, he has the power to send him back to prison, unless he pays him a thousand dollars a week. While at the guest house, he overheard Hardcastle telling McCormick that they are going to play cards with some other judges. While they are playing, someone breaks in a robs them, and he is wearing the watch that McCormick lent to Teddy. When Hardcastle and McCormick go home McCormick tells Hardcastle that Teddy's the robber and he has been staying with McCormick in the guest house, they also discover that the guest house has been robbed also. One of the judges discovers that the robber is Teddy and learning that he McCormick were cellmates, suspects that McCormick was in on the robbery, and has him arrested. Teddy returns and is caught by Hardcastle, who in turn gets M
#42 - Murder in the Courthouse
Diagnosis Murder - Season 3 - Episode 4
Dr. Sloan suspects a cunning D.A. in the murder of an acquited defendant.
#43 - Seavers, Dead or Alive
The Fall Guy - Season 5 - Episode 7
The tables are turned when Colt is framed and becomes a fugitive.
#44 - The Chaperone
The Monkees - Season 1 - Episode 9
The boys host a chaperoned party so that Davy can date the daughter of a strict retired general.
#47 - Nashville Pirates
The Fall Guy - Season 3 - Episode 9
Colt encounters a case of piracy when he goes after a bounty in Nashville. He performs "The Unknown Stuntman."
#48 - Never My Love
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 2 - Episode 5
Mark attends the funeral of an old friend, only to be surprised later to receive a message from her on his answering machine. After searching for evidence to her supposed "death," Mark and the judge find political reasons may be to blame for her disappearance.
#49 - D-Day
Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 2 - Episode 4
After finding his sister-in-law missing and her apartment ransacked, Hardcastle discovers that she had been secretly following her professor in hopes of earning extra credit in a police procedures course.
#50 - Nitro
Mission: Impossible - Season 3 - Episode 21
General Zek of Karak is opposed to a peace treaty between his country and Agir, and is working with a munitions maker named Ismir Najiid to start a war by destroying King Said during his announcement of the treaty. The IMF must stop Zek and Najiid for good. The two conspirators hire Aristo Skora, a terrorist, to plant the explosives and incriminate Agir. Barney as a systems analyst sets up Najiid's factory's alarm system so Rollin can sneak in and steal the nitro from Najiid with Willy's help while letting himself be seen. Meanwhile, Jim has identified Cinnamon to Zek as an ally of "Hakim", the Agirian terrorist Rollin is pretending to be. Rollin and Willy grab the real Skora and then Rollin-as-Skora tells Zek their plan won't work. The IMF let Zek follow Cinnamon to an unconscious "Hakim" (actually a drugged and masked Skora) who has the nitro and a radio-controlled truck so Zek takes over his plan which he believes is the Agirians. Meanwhile Najiid has been drugged during Said's spee