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
44 votes
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The Case of the Red Faced Thespian

#2 - 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 8.35
38 votes
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Space Ranger

#3 - 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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Divorce Venusian Style

#4 - 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 8.25
8 votes
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Murder 101

#5 - 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 8.21
34 votes
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Jororo Farewell

#6 - 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
40 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 8.15
27 votes
Almost Home

#8 - 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 8.07
45 votes
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Under World

#9 - Under World

Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 5

As he's about to take off after delivering a pair of newlyweds to Maui, T.C. is offered a lot of money to deliver a briefcase to Oahu. On his approach to the Island Hoppers headquarters, he loses control of his helicopter and crashes into the ocean. After being rescued by fishermen, T.C. is rushed to the hospital, where he remains in a coma with his brother Gerald at his side. When the Coast Guard is in no rush to investigate what they consider to be a simple accident, Thomas and Gerald investigate the chopper's wreckage and discover that it was shot down. Thomas, Higgins, Rick and Gerald put their own lives in jeopardy as they set out to find who's responsible for T.C.'s near-fatal crash.

star 8.06
34 votes
Up for Grabs

#10 - 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 8.05
41 votes
I Do?

#11 - I Do?

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 17

To smoke out the thief in a large family-owned business, Thomas feigns marriage to the CEO's niece, who drives a mean limousine and can't quite make up her mind how she feels about men, marriage and Magnum.

star 8.03
45 votes
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Harder Than It Looks

#12 - Harder Than It Looks

The A-Team Season 2 - Episode 20

The rescue of a kidnapping victim looks easy until the ransom is left behind and the victim insists on bringing along one of her captors.

star 8.02
55 votes
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This is the One the Suit Was Meant For

#13 - 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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Luther Gillis: File #001

#14 - Luther Gillis: File #001

Magnum, P.I. Season 5 - Episode 10

Robin and Higgins simultaneously ask Thomas to do some investigative work, so Thomas calls on Luther to nail the man who's blackmailing Higgins over information that could have repercussions for him and an old flame in the House of Commons, while Thomas goes undercover to investigate embezzlement in a bank owned by Robin's friend.

star 7.98
34 votes
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To Snare a Wolf

#15 - 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 7.97
70 votes
Kapu

#16 - Kapu

Magnum, P.I. Season 7 - Episode 10

Magnum is working on a case before a date with Rick's visiting cousin, when he sees a young native Hawaiian girl become an accidental witness to a murder. With the gun-man after her, Magnum saves the young woman as they escape by diving into the sea, and is injured with a gun-shot wound in the process. He regains consciousness several days later on the remote, secluded island of Kapu, after being rescued by a native fisherman from the island, and suffering from a hazy memory of the incident. There is no sign of the girl, and the island natives insist that he was the only one found. Thomas tries to remember the events that lead to him being on the island, and what has happened to the girl, but as he tries to uncover the secrets of the island and its people, it begins to seem more and more as if they don't want him to find any answers or to leave... Meanwhile, the killer is still looking for the girl, to eliminate her as the only witness to the killing...

star 7.92
26 votes
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The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u

#17 - The Treasure of Kalaniopu'u

Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 9

Magnum and a group of his treasure hunting friends are held at gun-point on a cliff-top with the one million dollar prize that was the hidden object of a treasure hunt competition, organised to help promote Robin Masters' new novel by using clues from it. Thomas recounts how they winded up in this predicament: he had been hired by the woman overseeing the treasure hunt to protect her throughout the contest, after it seems that someone is prepared to go to any extent, even to kill, to win the prize money...

star 7.88
34 votes
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Flashback

#18 - Flashback

Magnum, P.I. Season 3 - Episode 7

Thomas finds himself 45 years in the past, in a dream that seems so real that at first, he is certain that Higgins is pulling some sort of practical joke on him. Trapped in this 1936 Hawaii, he is working on a case for a "dame in trouble" - a young woman who's father, a union leader, has been accused of the murder of a construction magnate. Thomas encounters 1930s versions of Higgins, Rick, and T.C. as he tries to find the evidence needed to clear the girl's father...

star 7.88
50 votes
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Visitors in Paradise

#19 - 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 7.86
22 votes
There's Just No Accounting...

#20 - 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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The Real Easy Red Dog

#21 - 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 7.71
28 votes
A Sense of Debt

#22 - A Sense of Debt

Magnum, P.I. Season 4 - Episode 8

Eager to attend a ten day Tiger home stand, Thomas convinces T.C. to finance the expenses for the trip in exchange for Thomas's collecting the $10,000 fee that T.C. was stiffed by a man from Motor City, and handing T.C. the keys to the Ferrari while he's gone; while tooling around in the car, T.C. literally runs into Leon, a fellow Vietnam vet turned professional boxer, and his young daughter Ima; feeling responsible for Leon's broken collarbone, T.C. offers to take his place in the two remaining club fights Leon needs to win to claim the purse that will lift him out of his financial difficulties; T.C.'s eagerness to substitute for Leon dims when he learns that these are bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred fights, and that there are many more than two fights he must win before collecting Leon's purse from a promoter who turns out to be crooked; back in Detroit, Thomas is having more difficulty than he anticipated collecting T.C.'s debt and attending a game, until two strangers in a bar take

star 7.71
41 votes
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Old Acquaintance

#23 - Old Acquaintance

Magnum, P.I. Season 6 - Episode 3

Thomas meets up with an old friend from high-school, Goldie Morris. He finds that she has lost her rather goofy looks from her younger days to become an attractive woman, but hasn’t lost any of her extremist protestor ways – something that comes to the fore when she voices her disapproval when learning that he is delivering some important papers on behalf of Higgins to a visiting unpopular third-world President, known for living a luxurious life while letting many of his people starve. But Goldie has a job for Thomas, hiring him to find a trained dolphin that was recently kidnapped from a local sea life park. She admits that she was part of a liberation group that took the dolphin, planning set it free, but it becomes apparent that the two men that were in on the dolphin-napping plan to use the highly-trained creature in a far more sinister plot...

star 7.71
34 votes
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The Mayor's Committee From Deer Lick Falls

#24 - 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 7.71
24 votes
The Bait

#25 - The Bait

Starsky & Hutch Season 1 - Episode 10

Starsky and Hutch work undercover as snazzy-dressed drug dealing pimps in an operation to put a heroin-pushing syndicate out of business. They spring a young woman, arrested for unwillingly acting as a drug courier, from jail, and convince her to act as a lure in a bid to trap the elusive drug kingpin at the head of the syndicate...

star 7.61
23 votes
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How the Tess Was Won

#26 - 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 7.60
142 votes
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Spaced Out

#27 - 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 7.56
9 votes
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The Battle of Canoga Park

#28 - 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 7.54
24 votes
Boragora or Bust

#29 - Boragora or Bust

Tales of the Gold Monkey Season 1 - Episode 20

Jake's prospector buddy stands to lose his platinum strike to an unscrupulous businessman from the States.

star 7.50
4 votes
Hog Wild

#30 - 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?

#31 - 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 7.44
16 votes
The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar

#32 - 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 7.35
17 votes
Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow

#33 - 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 7.30
20 votes
The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall

#34 - 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
Rancho Outcast

#35 - Rancho Outcast

The Bionic Woman Season 3 - Episode 21

Jaime is paired with a double-crossing convict who claims he can identify the criminal that the OSI is seeking.

star 6.00
2 votes