The Best Episodes Directed by Ivan Dixon

Basket Case

#1 - Basket Case

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 15

T.C. and Magnum train their respective junior basketball teams for an upcoming game. T.C.'s team seems to have the advantage until Magnum meets a plucky teenager with a great game, and persuades her to join his team. Magnum and Higgins take a shine to the girl, and discover that her foster parents are criminals who are using her as a pawn in running their con games.

star 8.40
38 votes
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Space Ranger

#2 - Space Ranger

The Greatest American Hero Season 3 - Episode 8

One of Ralph's students invents a radio telescope capable of decoding Russian satellite messages. The KGB tries to steal his system. When that maneuver fails, they decide to kill him before he can share his discovery with the CIA.

star 8.33
3 votes
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The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

#3 - The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

Magnum, P.I. Season 4 - Episode 12

Higgins sustains a concussion hours before the guests are to arrive for a charity gala at the estate, and begins to lapse in and out of believing he is famed Shakespearean actor Sir Fearing Pangborn; Thomas enlists Rick and T.C. to cover security for the event while he takes up the slack left by Higgins's injury, and has his hands full when all the guests, dressed as famous characters of the 1920s in keeping with the gala's "Great Gatsby" theme, begin to arrive hours ahead of the appointed time; a crime wave breaks out when someone dressed in the same Charlie Chaplin costume as Rick is seen fleeing from a guest's room moments before thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry are reported missing and an addled Higgins is the prime suspect in the murder of one of the guests; as he begins to realize that people and events are not what they seem, Thomas takes his inspiration from the six-hour First Annual KHKU Agatha Christie Film Festival he viewed the previous night to solve the crimes a

star 8.30
33 votes
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Murder 101

#4 - Murder 101

Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 8

At the urging of the students in the private investigation class that Thomas is teaching at a local college, Thomas takes on the investigation into the disappearance of a fellow student’s fiancé as the class’s field work. The teacher and his pupils soon discover that while the student’s fears that her fiancé is having an affair are unfounded, this anything-but-textbook case involves a man sought after by both sides of the law for trying to prevent a crime.

star 8.22
32 votes
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Jororo Farewell

#5 - Jororo Farewell

Magnum, P.I. Season 4 - Episode 11

The Crown Prince of Jororo accompanies his teammates when their baseball team comes to Hawaii to play T.C.'s team, and takes up residence on the estate as a safety precaution against the death threats he's received. Thomas strikes up a friendship with the boy, who is eager to escape the ever watchful eyes of his bodyguards and governess, and who has a nasty habit of escaping whenever the opportunity presents. When terrorists attempt to assassinate the young prince, Thomas goes all out to protect him from his father's enemies, who turn out to be closer than anyone imagined.

star 8.18
34 votes
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Almost Home

#6 - Almost Home

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 11

When a plucky cocktail waitress is denied permission to scatter her late father's ashes at the Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour, and faces arrest if she tries to do so, Lt. Maggie Poole advises the woman to contact Magnum. Soon, Thomas finds himself investigating a forty-year-old court martial ruling that decided the woman's father was AWOL during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour...

star 8.16
38 votes
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Kill the Messenger

#7 - Kill the Messenger

The Rockford Files Season 5 - Episode 5

Jim helps Dennis who, while studying for his promotion to Lieutenant , is handed the murder investigation of the Deputy Police Cheif's wife...

star 8.08
26 votes
Divorce Venusian Style

#8 - Divorce Venusian Style

The Greatest American Hero Season 3 - Episode 1

Bill and Ralph can't agree on anything, and keep fighting. Ralph decides to quit the partnership, and gives to suit to Bill. Ralph takes a bullet meant for Bill, and the aliens drive them to Palmdale for a meeting. The American Nazi Party gets their hands on the suit, and after the aliens give Ralph and Bill a tour around their old condemned planet; the pair is told to try harder of suffer the same fate as their old planet did. They also give them another instruction book and, now they have to get the suit back.

star 8.00
7 votes
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This is the One the Suit Was Meant For

#9 - This is the One the Suit Was Meant For

The Greatest American Hero Season 3 - Episode 3

Pam has had enough and is convinced that as long as Ralph has the suit, there can be no relationship between them. Ralph promises her a week away from all the problems and the suit, and from Bill Maxwell. Ralph and Pam's vacation plans fall through so Bill sends them to a beautiful resort to get away from it all. Bill, of course, has alternate reasons to send them there than just being Mr. nice guy. Bill secretly tags along with the suit and convinces a very hesitant Ralph to hologram into a criminal ring that has stolen some very special government equipment, a spyplane to be exact, citing "This is the one the suit was meant for!" Ralph actually succeeds in foiling the plans of the criminals, leaves Bill to tidy up the mess, and gets back to Pam in time so as she doesn't even notice he's gone. All is well? Not so. With the suit still on, Ralph is hit on by a friends wife. Pam, of course, walks in on them. So not only does Pam catch Ralph in the arms of another woman, he is wearing the suit

star 8.00
5 votes
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To Snare a Wolf

#10 - To Snare a Wolf

Airwolf Season 1 - Episode 12

Archangel warns String about a zealous government bureaucrat named D.G. Bogard who will stop at nothing until he finds Airwolf. Dom and Hawke take time out from shooting a military training film to hide Airwolf in a different location before it can be discovered, but Bogard catches on to their ruse and tracks Hawke back to the new hideaway. To complicate things, an eager pilot tails Dom and Hawke in an effort to convince Santini that she deserves a job working for his company.

star 7.98
66 votes
Up for Grabs

#11 - Up for Grabs

Black Sheep Squadron Season 1 - Episode 8

Vella la Cava is taken over by the Japanese, in anticipation of a surprise visit from General MacArthur. The morning starts out as TJ and Casey go fishing before the camp is taken over. The rest of the camp sleeps, except for Anderson and Hutch. They hear Meatball making noises in the jungle and go to investigate. The noise wakes Pappy, but it's too late. Everyone is awakened by the Japanese soldiers and herded into the sheep pen. Pappy does what he can to warn TJ and Casey by turning the squadron flag upside down and playing reveille. As TJ and Casey return to camp, they discover the Japanese. TJ overhears their plans to capture General MacArthur and creates a diversion so Casey can get to his plane and try to warn the general. He makes it into the air and tries to send a message, but it's garbled and MacArthur's plane can't read him. Soon after, Casey is attacked by zero's and has to jump before the message was delivered. On the ground, the Japanese commando in charge grabs G

star 7.92
38 votes
Visitors in Paradise

#12 - Visitors in Paradise

Quincy, M.E. Season 2 - Episode 4

Quincy and Danny go on a fishing holiday to the beautiful lakeside town of Paradise, free from their troubles of restaurant managing and Dr. Asten. Almost as soon as they have started fishing a young woman pulls her boat alongside them and thanks Quincy for coming to investigate her mother's murder! Quincy has no idea what she is on about but is affected by her pleading and agrees to look into it.

star 7.90
21 votes
Spaced Out

#13 - Spaced Out

Wonder Woman Season 3 - Episode 14

Diana must find a stolen laser crystal that has been hidden somewhere at a science-fiction convention, before the bad-guys do.

star 7.86
7 votes
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There's Just No Accounting...

#14 - There's Just No Accounting...

The Greatest American Hero Season 2 - Episode 18

Bill convinces the parents of a kidnap victim to pay the ransom, certain that Ralph can recover it when he saves their little girl. Ralph finds himself being audited by an overzealous IRS agent who's convinced he took the ransom money. Meanwhile, Ralph and Bill keep getting shot at in drive-by shootings, but by who?

star 7.86
7 votes
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How the Tess Was Won

#15 - How the Tess Was Won

Quantum Leap Season 1 - Episode 5

August 5, 1956: As a veterinarian in rural Texas, Sam's mission appears to be winning the love of an heiress to a large ranch. Sabotaged by another suitor, Sam fails and finds that his true goal was to save the life of a sick piglet, and to help an unnamed cohort with a task he's performing.

star 7.62
128 votes
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The Real Easy Red Dog

#16 - The Real Easy Red Dog

The Rockford Files Season 2 - Episode 7

Nothing is as it seems when Rockford is duped by a beautiful private eye who uses him as a decoy to deceive the police. What starts off as a suicide investigation leads to stolen jewels, missing babies and murder.

star 7.56
25 votes
The Battle of Canoga Park

#17 - The Battle of Canoga Park

The Rockford Files Season 4 - Episode 3

Danger appears on Rockford's doorstep when a gun he hid in a cookie jar appears at the scene of a brutal crime.

star 7.48
21 votes
The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls

#18 - The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls

The Rockford Files Season 4 - Episode 9

A group of small-town citizens are hiding a much bigger crime when they hire Rockford first to find their fire truck—and then to find and dispose of one of their former residents.

star 7.48
21 votes
Hog Wild

#19 - Hog Wild

The Greatest American Hero Season 2 - Episode 4

A motorcycle gang steals the super-suit, and tries to use it to take over a town. It only works on Ralph, so they must force HIM to do their dirty work while holding Bill captive.

star 7.47
15 votes
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With the French Heel Back, Can the Nehru Jacket Be Far Behind?

#20 - With the French Heel Back, Can the Nehru Jacket Be Far Behind?

The Rockford Files Season 5 - Episode 13

While investigating the death of a young model, Jim keeps stumbling into the murder of a jet setting model and the connection between them and a fashion house about to sport a new line...

star 7.27
15 votes
The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall

#21 - The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall

The Rockford Files Season 4 - Episode 20

Hazing rituals at a local fraternity get fatally out of control when Rockford's young friend and an Arab student are murdered.

star 7.19
16 votes
The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar

#22 - The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar

The Rockford Files Season 5 - Episode 14

Have Jim and a passenger are arrested after guns are found in a car Jim is suprised to learn his passenger has got off scott free and enlists the help of a Secretary who is concerned about the disapearance of one of her staff...

star 7.19
16 votes
Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow

#23 - Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow

The Rockford Files Season 5 - Episode 7

Jim is taken before a family of Arabs who want to know why his client hired him to find thier missing daughter. JIm must find the client, the daughter and figure how the cas eis contected to a Real Estate broker...

star 7.16
19 votes