The Best Episodes Directed by Richard Donner
#1 - The Piano
Have Gun, Will Travel Season 5 - Episode 9
European pianist Franz Lister comes to the United States to give a concert for Mona Lansing, a former saloon hostess. When Lister's piano is stolen, Mona hires Paladin to get it back.
#3 - No Trumpets, No Drums
Combat! Season 1 - Episode 32
Caje must deal with killing a Frenchman. He does this by turning his attention to the dead man's daughter, shirking his duty and worrying the squad. Sgt. Saunders must find a way to bring Caje back to reality before losing him. Saunders finds what he needs when the town is attacked by the Germans.
#4 - Wife Killer
The Fugitive Season 3 - Episode 17
Reporter Barbara Webb spots Fred Johnson, the one-armed man, in a police roundup of suspicious character during a murder investigation. Calling to mind the Kimble case with her publisher boss Herb Malone, Barbara takes a photo of Johnson and publishes it in the local newspaper. The image of the one-armed man draws both Kimble and Gerard to the town. While Gerard waits for Kimble to show up at the police station, the fugitive is outside and sees Johnson in the jail courtyard. But the one-armed man spots Kimble and escapes from the jail and steals a getaway car. Barbara spots Kimble and tells him to get in her car as they chase after the one-armed man. During the chase down a winding mountain road, the one-armed man's car crashes, and Kimble has to tend to Johnson's injuries knowing that he's the only one to clear Kimble of his wife's murder. Unable to speak because of a head injury, Johnson nodds when Kimble asks if he murdered Helen. While Kimble rests, Barbara types a confession paper
#7 - Memo from a Dead Man
Cannon Season 3 - Episode 3
Cannon's latest client is a dead man via a will.
#8 - A Drop of Blood
Have Gun, Will Travel Season 5 - Episode 12
Paladin is invited to best man at Rivka Shotness' wedding. When he arrives he finds that Billy Buckstone, the man the bride's family helped to convict, has been freed from prison and is on his way back.
#9 - Commitment
The Streets of San Francisco Season 2 - Episode 15
accidental or intentional? the killing of a cop by another cop is the theme as one of our ""81"" investigators finds himself being investigated by his own department.
#10 - In a Plain Paper Wrapper
The Fugitive Season 3 - Episode 29
Kimble, working as a bartender in a local diner, becomes involved with waitress Susan Cartwright. But their growing romance is complicated by the arrival of Susan's orphaned nephew Gary, who is trying to break into a small group of local boys. When Gary recognizes Kimble from growing up in Stafford, Gary tells them of his find and they decide to capture the fugitive with a rifle they purchase from a magazine ad. Meanwhile, Susan's social worker, Mr. Shaw, investigates Susan and her ability to raise Gary, but then focuses on Kimble.
#11 - Odds for Big Red
Have Gun, Will Travel Season 5 - Episode 4
Paladin trails a killer and bank robber to a saloon but while trying to capture him, the saloon's owner, Big Red, is shot. With the doc away, her ex starts taking bets on whether she will last till morning. Odds against her, the ex must try to save her or face Paladin's gun.
#12 - A String of Puppets
The Streets of San Francisco Season 2 - Episode 19
Det. Keller goes undercover as an ex-con musician to bust a crooked parole officer and his ring of parolees.
#13 - Death is a Double-Cross
Cannon Season 1 - Episode 12
A bridegroom's father-in-law suspects him.
#14 - Blind Circle
Have Gun, Will Travel Season 5 - Episode 14
Two years ago the Cattleman's Association put a bounty of $500 on a rustler who was never caught. Now they don't want him pursued but a bounty hunter, who seems to only care about, doesn't know or maybe he doesn't care.
#16 - Our Man in Leotards
Get Smart Season 1 - Episode 10
Enilio Naharana steals a new drug invented by CONTROL named Immobilo, in order to use it against the Ambassador of Pinerovia. Max and 99 disguise themselves in order to save the day. Dancer and rebel Enilio Naharana steals a new CONTROL drug, Immobilo, to use against the Ambassador of Pinerovia. Immobilo paralyzes people instantly and Naharana plans to use it to prevent the Ambassador from signing a treaty with the U.S. Disguised as dancers, Max and 99 try to foil a peach of a plot. Unfortunately, Max is not a dancer and he gets caught! Keep an eye out for the bass drum sequence, which is one of the funniest bits in the entire series.
#17 - The Jeopardy Room
The Twilight Zone Season 5 - Episode 29
Trying to defect, Major Ivan Kuchenko is trapped inside a hotel room with Commissar Vassiloff, a hitman, and Boris, his assistant, in the room across the street. Vassiloff has planted a bomb in the room and Ivan must find it within three hours or be blown to bits.
#18 - The Iowa-Scuba Affair
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Season 1 - Episode 2
Solo investigates the curious death of an air force man in Iowa with scuba gear, and with the help of Jill Denison (Katherine Crawford) uncovers a plan by Clint Spinner (Slim Pickens) to steal a missile- plane from a secret base under a farm.
#19 - Who'll Cry for My Baby?
Ironside Season 6 - Episode 13
The Chief meets a man whose daughter has been murdered, and who is unable to rest until the killer is found. Moved by the old man's predicament as a victim lost in the system, Ironside decides that, since one of his statistics now has a face, he will do all that he can to see justice done.
#20 - The Giuoco Piano Affair
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Season 1 - Episode 7
The continuation of "The Quadripartite Affair". Gervaise Ravel (Anne Francis) returns and Solo and Illya again enlist Marion Raven (Jill Ireland) to help them pursue her through the Andes, where the treachery of police lieutenant Manuera (James Frawley) impedes their efforts to capture Ravel.
#21 - Home Sweet Hut
Gilligan's Island Season 1 - Episode 2
A hurricane is coming, so the Castaways must quickly build one large community hut in which to weather the storm. However, they soon get on each-others nerves, so they later decide to branch out and build individual huts.
#23 - The Quadripartite Affair
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Season 1 - Episode 3
In Yugoslavia, Solo and Illya are aided by Marion Raven (Jill Ireland) in stopping Gervaise Ravel (Anne Francis) and her partners from using a fear gas to overthrow various governments. While two of them are captured, two of them escape, and the story continues in "The Giuoco Piano Affair"
#26 - He Who Digs a Grave (1)
Cannon Season 3 - Episode 1
A writer is down for the murder of his wife and her lover, but she's left a contradictory note. ""Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?""
#28 - The Case of the Gambling Lady
Perry Mason Season 8 - Episode 26
Peter Warren owns a novelty company and is divorcing his wife, who has developed a gambling habit. She becomes involved in a scheme to pass chips at Nevada casinos with evidence Peter made them. When she is murdered, Peter is charged.
#29 - The Night of the Returning Dead
The Wild Wild West Season 2 - Episode 5
Agents West and Gordon investigate a mysterious Confederate "ghost" rider.
#32 - The Terbuf Affair
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Season 1 - Episode 14
On vacation Solo is asked by an old love interest, Clara Valdar (Madlyn Rhue) to help her smuggle Gypsy leader Emil (Jacques Aubuchon) out of Terbuf with evidence that the corrupt head of the secret police, Colonel Morisco (Alan Caillou), has been embezzling foreign aid money with the aid of the repulsive Major Vicek (Albert Paulsen).
#33 - He Who Digs a Grave (2)
Cannon Season 3 - Episode 2
Cannon begins to see a doubtful situation. ""The houses he makes last till doomsday.""
#35 - The Night of the Bars of Hell
The Wild Wild West Season 1 - Episode 22
West, posing as a prison inspector, hunts for clues to a pillaging outlaw band. When things don't go as planned, Arte's special talents are required.
#36 - The Night of the Murderous Spring
The Wild Wild West Season 1 - Episode 27
West helps a powerfully built girl carry her trunk, not knowing it contains his shrewd enemy, the diminutive, giggling Dr. Loveless. What devious plan to take over the world does he have this time?
#38 - Guilty Conscience
The Rifleman Season 4 - Episode 27
No one's more surprised than Micah when newcomer Leota Carraway claims he's her long-lost husband and the father of her child.
#39 - The Case of the Missing Button
Perry Mason Season 8 - Episode 1
A man's campaign to prove his estranged wife an unfit mother is interrupted when he's arrested for murder.
#40 - The Voice of Silence
Wanted: Dead or Alive Season 3 - Episode 20
Josh is hired by Frank Hagen to protect his deaf-mute daughter Carol Hagen while he's away on business. During Josh's stay at the Hagen Farm, he encounters a strange drifter and former bank robber named Harry Brice accompanied by his criminal partners.
#41 - Showdown
Tales from the Crypt Season 4 - Episode 8
A gunman being is chased down by another quickdrawing gunslinger in an old abandoned western town. The gunman wins the duel but he soon learns a new meaning to the phrase ""ghost town"" as the spirits of all his victims come back to haunt him.
#42 - One for the Morgue
Kojak Season 1 - Episode 3
Kojak is suspicious of anonymous tips implicating an underworld boss in the attempted assassination of his rival(Art Metrano).
#43 - Sounds and Silences
The Twilight Zone Season 5 - Episode 27
A man's wish to listen to loud noise backfires.
#44 - Washington 4, Indians 3
Get Smart Season 1 - Episode 6
Indians threaten to use a bomb if they don't get all of their land back. Smart then goes into their camp and foils their plan. While on his three-week vacation Agent 43 is confronted by a group of rebel Indians. They demand the return of all Indian lands or they will fire their secret weapon on Washington. Max calls an all-out alert, though we're not sure if it's because of an Indian attack or because he doesn't get three weeks vacation. Once saturation bombing of Arizona is discarded as a plan, Max and 99 mount 'em up and head out to disarm the secret weapon. Max, disguised as a Papawahsee, infiltrates the camp. The Papwahsee is actually the Indian word for fiancee and Max is forced to romance Chief Red Cloud's daughter to fulfill his assignment. A jealous 99 raids the camp to prevent Max from kissing the daughter and tries to prevent the Indians from launching their secret weapon, a giant arrow.
#45 - From Agnes - with Love
The Twilight Zone Season 5 - Episode 20
A computer technician must deal with the queen of all femme fatales: a computer named Agnes who wreaks havoc on his love life.
#46 - Deadly Image
The Rifleman Season 4 - Episode 22
Lucas has double trouble: his lookalike is tearing up the town.
#47 - Milly's Brother
The Rifleman Season 4 - Episode 30
A veteran returns with tales of heroism and the fate of Milly's brother in the Civil War.
#48 - The Day the Town Slept
The Rifleman Season 4 - Episode 29
The town of North Fork becomes a haven for outlaws when suave Ben Judson smooth-talks his way into the marshal's job.
#49 - The Debt
The Rifleman Season 4 - Episode 23
Mark learns that the prisoner Micah is escorting to the gallows is the man that saved his life three years previously.
#50 - Cream of the Jest
Have Gun, Will Travel Season 5 - Episode 34
Paladin travels to Santa Fe on a personal errand - to purchase one of the last authentic pieces of early Santa Clara pottery. On his return, he rides into a town that has a resident practical joker whose wife enlists/hires him to stop her husband from playing one too many jokes on a local gambler.