The BEST episodes directed by Richard Benedict
#3 - The Legend
Mission: Impossible - Season 1 - Episode 20
An imprisoned member of the Nazi party, Herbert Raynor, is released from prison and is being flown (along with his daughter) to Puerto Huberra in South America, along with other Nazis. All of them are being flown there by an unknown benefactor. Briggs and Cinnamon take the Raynors' place.They and the others are introduced to Martin Bormann, now a bedridden invalid. Borman's secretary, Rudd, informs them that Bormann will lead the Third Reich to new glories. Dan ducks a murder attempt, breaks into Bormann's room, and finds that he is a mannequin with a voice provided by Rudd. Rudd has recorded tapes duplicating Bormann's voice, and the last tape will turn leadership of the party over to him. To stymie Rudd, Rollin dresses up as Bormann and is suddenly not so bedridden. Of course, Rudd knows Rollin is an imposter but can't reveal it without exposing his own ploy. "Bormann" gives orders that eliminate Rudd once and for all and end the threat posed by the Nazis.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#5 - A Joyful Noise
The High Chaparral - Season 1 - Episode 27
Ramon Novarro, silent film notable is guest star as Padre Guillermo, who flees Mexico to escape the vendetta of a twisted killer. The padre is accompanied by two nuns and Maria. John Cannon agrees to protect the group when Maria's demented fiancÃ© Ramon, who has plundered the padre's Mexican convent, arrives on the scene. Maria rides into the desert intent on sacrificing herself to prevent more bloodshed. Manolito finds Maria, but is trapped with the girl by Ramon.
#6 - Chorus Girl / Surrogate Father
Fantasy Island - Season 4 - Episode 16
In "Chorus Girl" when a dance teacher Franklin Adams gives his deaf pupil the gift of hearing, he runs the risk of losing her forever. And in "Surrogate Father" if the loving father Evan Watkins of a precocious 8-year-old daughter Amy fails to conquer his addiction to gambling, his daughter will be taken away.
#7 - Doctor from Dodge
The High Chaparral - Season 1 - Episode 9
When Billy Blue Cannon is forced into a showdown with wanted gunfighters, he is saved by a wandering dentist who proves to be fast with a gun. John Cannon returns the favor to Doc Henry by agreeing to send Billy Blue to help the dentist establish a practice in Tucson. Billy Blue is kidnapped en route and held for ransom by the gunfighters, Jacques Dubois and Kid Curry. The boy loses faith in his new friend when the dentist throws in with the crooks. John Cannon corners Doc Henry with the ransom and prepares for a shoot-out.Watch Now:Amazon
#8 - Ride the Savage Land
The High Chaparral - Season 1 - Episode 22
Buck and Manolito invade the Apache stronghold to rescuer a captive white girl. Ann, an Apache slave for five years, is rescued by Buck and Manolito as she flees from her captors, but her frail sister Olive is recaptured. John asks a passing Army detachment for aid, but the unit is massacred before it can help. Buck and Manolito ride unarmed into the Apache stronghold prepared to buy the girl's freedom, but the Apache chief and the medicine man offer to let them go free with the girl if Manolito can survive a test of courage.
#9 - Passage to Helena
The Fugitive - Season 4 - Episode 23
After being arrested in a small Montana town for a minor loitering charge, Kimble is put in jail next to a suspect in a race-related killing. A determined black deputy becomes determined to transport Kimble and the racist murderer to the state capital for arraignment. But their journey is filled with adventure and danger when they are ambushed by the killer's accomplices and are now forced to travel on foot through hostile territory.
#10 - The Lonely Way to Go
Ironside - Season 4 - Episode 6
The accountant for the Police Pension Fund confesses to the murder of his secretary, but all of the evidence suggests that he could not possibly be guilty, instead pointing to another culprit and a man merely suffering from alcohol-induced hallucinations. As always, however, the Chief does not go along merely with what is 'obvious'.Watch Now:Amazon
#12 - The Bargain
Mission: Impossible - Season 3 - Episode 10
An exiled general, Neyron, is living in his private estate in Florida. He's cut a deal with Frank Layton, a Syndicate man. In return for a big payoff of several million dollars to finance his coup, Neyron will let Layton have all gambling rights in his country when he returns to power in Suranaica. Rollin and Jim (as a billionaire financier and his aide) try to buy out Layton's hotel, but Layton finds out it's a ploy to distract Rollin from cutting a deal with Neyron over the Suranaica gambling rights. Meanwhile, Barney, Willy, and Cinnamon are on Neyron's kitchen staff and use IMF wizardry to convince him he has a disease that lets him predict the future. Neyron then foresees his murder thanks to a projection of Rollin-as-Layton and shoots Layton as he arrives to confront the general.
#14 - The Great Shell Game
Alias Smith and Jones - Season 1 - Episode 6
Heyes seems to be reverting to his old thieving ways when he sets up a pretty young woman to lose $10,000 in a phony horse betting operation.
#15 - The Vault
Mission: Impossible - Season 3 - Episode 23
Phillipe Pereda, finance minister of Costa Mateo has stolen $40 million from the vault of the country's president, De Varo. De Caro plans to announce the money will be used for an industrialization process. Pereda plans to frame the president for embezzlement when it is found the money is missing from the supposedly impenetrable vault, then take over the country. The IMF must stop him. Willy sneaks Barney into the vault and he gets it open and makes it look like it was robbed before setting off the alarm. Rollin (as an auditor) lets a guard see Barney before knocking him out, then knocking himself out. Pereda realizes that with this new robbery, he won't be able to frame De Caro. Cinnamon and Jim (as representatives trying to cut a deal with Pereda to buy land once he is in power) suggest he temporarily replace the stolen money with Treasury cash before De Caro confirms the theft. Pereda sneaks into the vault using an audio tape of De Varo's perfectly pitched code, he puts in the money
#16 - Absorb the Greek
Get Smart - Season 4 - Episode 19
The Chief takes up computer dating and winds up dating a gorgeous young woman. The Chief's boss (unseen) orders Max and 99 to follow the Chief to make sure that this romance is not a security risk. 99 also thinks that the Chief should be dating someone more his age, like her mother. The young woman is actually the wife of Dr. Paponickolini, who is giving the Chief a secret formula for eternal youth. The Chief arrives at Max's apartment for a dinner date with 99's mom but instead KAOS shows up and kidnaps 99's mother, thinking she's the wife of Dr. Paonickolini.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#18 - The Apes of Rath
Get Smart - Season 5 - Episode 10
Several agents have been murdered by someone with incredible strength. The only clue is an empty banana peel. It is soon deduced that the killer is an ape. CONTROL agents are receiving bananas in the mail and then being murdered, completely puzzling CONTROL. What they don't know is KAOS is using Chucko, an ape made to look like a human being, as the assassin. The plot thickens when Max receives a banana in the mail and a new agent, Chuck Armstrong, is assigned as his protector. Unfortunately, Armstrong is actually Chucko the Ape. Before Max discovers Armstrong's real identity, Armstrong reverts back to Chucko and takes 99 to the roof of Max's building, just like in King Kong.Watch Now:Apple TV
#19 - Beyond a Shadow
Ironside - Season 3 - Episode 13
An old friend of the Chief's tries to commit suicide, after local gossip and the media both blame her for the murder of her husband. Ironside is determined to find out the truth about the death, even if it means proving that his friend really is guilty.
#20 - A Bullet for Mark
Ironside - Season 3 - Episode 6
When Mark is shot, everybody assumes that the hitman was aiming for Ironside. It soon transpires, however, that Mark was the intended victim. With no apparent motive, and no clues as to who hired the assassin, can the team find the people responsible before they find out that Mark is still alive?Watch Now:Amazon
#21 - The Condemned
The Invaders - Season 1 - Episode 17
The invaders frame Vincent for the death of an owner of an electronics plant who had made discoveries about the aliens.
#23 - Stagecoach Seven
Alias Smith and Jones - Season 1 - Episode 9
A stationmaster battles for his own interests against a band of outlaws.
#24 - Moving Target
Mannix - Season 5 - Episode 18
The fictitious name on a partnership contract apparently comes to life.
#25 - All The King's Horses
Hawaii Five-O - Season 2 - Episode 10
An assassination attempt on a prominent politician, Charles Irwin, leads Five-O to Mike Finney, a former racketeer who has been clean for nine years. However, Finney insists he is innocent, and the trail of clues leads right back to Irwin.Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
#26 - The Man Who Broke the Bank at Red Gap
Alias Smith and Jones - Season 2 - Episode 17
The guys are framed for bank robbery by an embezzling banker, but they turn the tables on him by arranging for a second bank robbery to clear their names.
#28 - Sons
Police Woman - Season 4 - Episode 16
Rookie cop Lance Johnson is new on the beat in one of the most dangerous areas in town. He makes it a rule to become acquainted with folks there, being real friendly and helpful. One night he is lured into a trap by a local motorbike gang and severely beaten.Watch Now:Amazon
#29 - Crystal Water, Sudden Death
Man from Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 7
Schubert attempts to make a satellite weapon to knock out the Earth's communications. However, to power the weapon he needs the energy crystals protected by a forcefield under the ocean. The crystals actually power the forcefield that protects an underwater city.Watch Now:Amazon
#33 - Face of the Dragon
Hawaii Five-O - Season 1 - Episode 17
A man is found dead after having been robbed by a motorcyclist with a gun, and McGarrett is shocked to discover that the man was suffering from bubonic plague. The islands are quarantined, and the team must follow a series of clues to discover the cause of the outbreak.Watch Now:Apple TV
#34 - Pamela's Voice
Night Gallery - Season 1 - Episode 13
A harried husband murders his magpie wife only to find the arrangement less permanent than he'd hoped.
#36 - The Dream of Stavros Karas
The Virginian - Season 4 - Episode 11
Judge Garth visits middle-aged widower Stavros Karos' (Michael Constantine) who, along with his two young children, Sophie (Vicki Malkin) and Yanko (Joey Russo), is digging a well which he hopes to use to irrigate his fig trees. Charlie Cousins (Russ Conway), who owns the adjacent ranch, had for no apparent reason refused to allow Stavros to divert water from a stream on his property. The Judge takes the children to Shiloh while Stavros goes to the train station to pick up his bride to be, a woman he has never met. In town, Trampas lounges around while Randy does all the work picking up supplies and meets his friend Sam Cousins (Anthony Hayes) on the street. They both note the arrival on the train of the young, beautiful Eleni (Louise Sorel) and the two, especially Sam, try to chat her up. Stavros arrives to pick up his promised bride and does not realize Eleni is the woman as he expects someone older. He also has a run-in with Sam who derides him about the young Eleni. Sam returns homWatch Now:AmazonApple TV
#37 - Follow the Leader
The Virginian - Season 9 - Episode 11
Ritter Miley, the leader of an unschooled backwoods clan of thieves, kills a cousin who wanted to go straight. Colonel MacKenzie finds that the type of gun used in the killing was sold to only two men, Ritter and Trampas. Trampas thus tries to prove his innocence by bringing Ritter in and locating his gun, but Ritter's brothers come up with their own ideas to force his release.Watch Now:Amazon
#38 - One Hour to Kill
Ironside - Season 3 - Episode 21
Ironside becomes trapped in his office on his own, when a man comes looking for revenge. With Mark at school and Ed dragged to the opera by Eve, the Chief has to improvise a series of defences, whilst his team gradually come to realise that something is very wrong.
#41 - Dangerous Waters
The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season 3 - Episode 5
Frank and Joe Hardy journey from the South of France to the Caribbean to find a girl who disappeared while hunting for pirate treasure.
#42 - Unreasonable Doubt
Quincy, M.E. - Season 8 - Episode 5
A new pathologist (Walter Ross) is working in the lab who is disabled. When he looks into a case of electrocution of a handicapped baby (Sturge â€“ weber disease) he is convinced that the baby was murdered by its father, Quincy's friend, Gerald Preston. Quincy is alarmed at Walter's blinkered view and decides to investigate Walters findings for himself.
#44 - The Fiery Angel Affair
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Season 4 - Episode 9
In a Latin American country, Illya and Solo try to help the popular national leader, Angela (Madlyn Rhue) protect her government from the Secret Three, a revolutionary group backed by THRUSH. Solo is captured by the Secret Three, but escapes after learning that Vinay (Victor Ludlin), a friend of Angela's is plotting against her. He tells her husband, General Abaca (Joe Sirola), but the general is actually the one plotting to overthrow his wife's government and have her killed.Watch Now:Apple TV
#46 - The Peacemaker
The High Chaparral - Season 1 - Episode 25
Billy Blue Cannon quits the ranch after a quarrel with his father and leads a peace representative of the President to Cochise. On the trail Blue falls in love with Kelly's adopted Apache daughter, Moonfire. Kelly, an idealistic dreamer, meets Cochise's demands for a strip of land separating the High Chaparral from Tucson. This would cut the Cannons' supply route and threaten them with bankruptcy. John, angered by the peace terms and his son's choice of a wife, prepares to defend the ranch against the Apaches.
#47 - The Proxy Billionaire / The Experiment
Fantasy Island - Season 4 - Episode 19
In "The Proxy Billionaire" Wall Street Analyst Frank Miller gets into some very big trouble when he switches places with billionaire Avery Williams. And in "The Experiment" driven by grief Dr. Lucas Bergmann and his lonely daughter Lisa both wish to do some resurrecting of the dead.
#49 - The Hope of Elkwood
Quincy, M.E. - Season 6 - Episode 5
When a potential Olympic champion is cut down in his prime his coach is accused of negligent homicide. A young lawyer, the only man who is willing to defend him, must rely on Quincy to find evidence to clear his clients' name.