The BEST episodes directed by Robert Butler

Sophia
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10.00
1 votes

#1 - Sophia

I Spy - Season 2 - Episode 3

Scott's foster daughter in Rome is about to be married, and he's in a great deal of trouble.

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To Florence, with Love (1)
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10.00
1 votes

#2 - To Florence, with Love (1)

I Spy - Season 2 - Episode 11

Squiring a Leonardo to Florence.

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To Florence, with Love (2)
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10.00
1 votes

#3 - To Florence, with Love (2)

I Spy - Season 2 - Episode 12

Now, to replace the faux Leonardo in the museum with the real one in our hands.

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Elegy
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9.50
2 votes

#4 - Elegy

The Untouchables - Season 4 - Episode 8

1929.* Notorious gangster boss Charlie Radick is dying of leukemia; there'll be no mourning for him, the other overlords will be vying for his throne. All Radick wants to do is see his long-lost daughter before he dies. Ness visits Radick; Ness is afraid a gang war might break out, as rival gangs scramble to take over. Ness says, ""Turn over your books to me; names of the people in your organization, distribution points, contacts in City Hall."" Radick says while he was in prison, he left his daughter with a couple; 3 years ago she ran away. Radick tells Ness, ""Find Margaret, and I'll give you everything you ask for."" Ness never makes deals with hoods; but this time the gangster isn't asking for a break, or to plea bargain: he only wants Ness to find his daughter. Ness doesn't promise him anything, but he starts the search. Eliot Ness is getting help from Lt. Agatha Stewart and Frank-- they do some legwork, and find out Margaret Radick is now going by the name Margaret Wilson. T

World's End
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9.46
35 votes

#5 - World's End

The Fugitive - Season 2 - Episode 2

Kimble answers a classified ad from a certain Ellie Burnett, the daughter of his former defense attorney. They arrange to meet in Kansas City to discuss the information she received about a one-armed man from a private detective hired by her father. But Gerard sees the ad and knows who wrote it because he and Ellie's father were close friends and that Ellie may be in love with Kimble. While Gerard has Ellie investigated, she and Kimble find out that the one-armed man was killed in a fire only a week before. Kimble is devastated, but vows to confirm it. A little later, Ellie's private detective informs her that the one-armed man whom died in a fire was actually in prison at the time of Helen Kimble's murder. But Ellie withholds this news from Kimble and convinces him that they should leave the country, realizing that this may be her only chance at a life with him.

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Corner of Hell
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8.79
33 votes

#6 - Corner of Hell

The Fugitive - Season 2 - Episode 21

On the run from Gerard, Kimble stumbles onto private property belonging to a family of moonshiners. When Gerard gives chase on foot, he too is caught by the backwoods family, and is accused of attacking one of the girls in the family. Kimble has to decide whether or not to keep the family from killing Gerard.

Man in a Chariot
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8.76
33 votes

#7 - Man in a Chariot

The Fugitive - Season 2 - Episode 1

Kimble happens to watch a TV debate in which a once-renowned attorney, named G. Stanley Lazer, claims that he could reverse Kimble's criminal conviction if the case went back to trial. Lazer once a respected lawyer, had his license revoked after getting into a car accident years before while driving drunk in which his wife was killed. Lazer now spends his days teaching law at a small college in Harrisburg. Kimble travels to Pennsylvania and meets with Lazer and his assistant, Nancy Gilman, to enlist their help. To prove his theory, Lazer decides to conduct a mock trial with his students playing the prosecutor, defense lawyer, and jury in front of a live TV audience. But while the mock trial continues, Kimble becomes aware that Lazer is really putting himself on trial for his past misdeeds.

All the Scared Rabbits
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8.60
5 votes

#8 - All the Scared Rabbits

The Fugitive - Season 3 - Episode 7

Kimble responds to a newspaper ad for a driver and is hired to drive a certain Peggy Franklin and her 10-year-old daughter, Nancy, to California. But Kimble doesn't realize that Peggy has abducted Nancy from her ex-husband, a pathologist named Dean Franklin. Nancy innocently removes a rabbit from Dean's research lab, unaware that the rabbit has meningitis. When Nancy contracts the sickness, Kimble risks keeping his secret safe to save Nancy before she dies.

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Hill Street Station (Pilot)
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8.35
168 votes

#9 - Hill Street Station (Pilot)

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 1

Precinct Captain Furillo tries to defuse a hostage situation despite the advice of his gung-ho Emergency Action Team leader and the temperament of a self-absorbed gang leader; public defender Joyce Davenport tries to find a client who has been lost in the bureaucratic maze; Detective LaRue gets a lapful of coffee; Sgt. Esterhaus confides to Fay about his teenage sweetheart; Officers Hill and Renko are shot in the line of duty.

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The Mind of Stefan Miklos
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8.35
63 votes

#10 - The Mind of Stefan Miklos

Mission: Impossible - Season 3 - Episode 13

Walter Townsend is discovered to be a double-agent: the U.S. government has leaked false information to him to give to the enemy which will cause them embarassment if believed. However, Townsend's contact Simpson has discovered the information is false and reported to his superiors Townsend is a defector. Simpson's superiors know of his jealousy toward Townsend and send their best intelligence officer, Stefan Miklos, to discover the truth of the matter. The IMF must make Miklos believe the information is true and Simpson the liar. Rollin-as-Miklos gets Simpson out and then takes Simpson's place. The IMF sets a series of clues to make Miklos belief that Townsend truly is a traitor and preparing to defect, including tickets and a passport. However, Miklos spots a planted "clue" that convinces him the IMF are doing exactly what they are doing: framing Townsend! He identifies them and then receives the information from Rollin-as-Simpson and Jim when he's spotted Jim as one of the IMF opera

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Stroke of Genius
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8.25
4 votes

#11 - Stroke of Genius

The Fugitive - Season 3 - Episode 20

Gary Keller, a promising art student, tests his new rifle by firing a random shot which instantly kills his mentor, the town minister, who happens to be driving on a road right in the line of fire. Kimble happens to be in the car after the minister gives a ride to the hitchhiking fugitive. The car crashes and Kimble hobbles away to attend to his injuries. A guilt ridden Gary wants to confess, but his father, Steve, refuses to let him do so and destroy his promising career. The police arrive on the scene and after spotting Kimble, they think he is the killer and notify Geard whom arrives in town to track him down. Meanwhile, Steve decides to take matters into his own hands by finding Kimble and hiding him so he does not implicate his son.

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Twelve Gauge
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8.15
33 votes

#12 - Twelve Gauge

Midnight Caller - Season 1 - Episode 2

Jack spends most of his radio show talking with a homicidal/suicidal 'spurned lover' - the man is waiting to kill his girlfriend and then himself. It's a race against time for the police to track down the location of the woman's home.

The Second Oldest Profession
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8.05
41 votes

#13 - The Second Oldest Profession

Hill Street Blues - Season 2 - Episode 4

Bates loses a junkie prostitute through an error in judgement; Hudson beats up his lawyer after his release on bail; Furillo and Joyce reconsider their separation; and Esterhaus ends his friendship with Mac.

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The Floyd Gibbons Story
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8.00
1 votes

#14 - The Floyd Gibbons Story

The Untouchables - Season 4 - Episode 11

Chicago, October 1932. Within minutes of the time the Globe's top reporter Carlton Edmunds was shot, Eliot Ness and his men are on the scene. Ostensibly it appears a stray bullet in a gunfight hit Edmunds; he was just a passerby in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Lee Hobson picks up 4-5 pieces of cotton batting-- the gunmen were firing blanks: except for the one bullet that hit Edmunds, who was 30 feet away. The ""gunfight"" was staged to fool the sole witness to the shooting: newsman Barney Rusch. Ness tells Barney that earlier, Edmunds had said he was working on a story about scrap metal-- a story that would tear this town wide open. Just then, a cross-country flight, from East coast to West, has a stopover in Chicago; reporter Floyd Gibbons gets out at the terminal to make some phone calls. Globe-trotting reporter Floyd Gibbons is a fast-talking, straight-shooting whirlwind of activity; not even losing his left eye in World War I slowed him down-- for more than the past do

El Paso Stage
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8.00
3 votes

#15 - El Paso Stage

Have Gun, Will Travel - Season 4 - Episode 30

Paladin decides to end the reign of terror of a psychotic town marshal.

License to Steele
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7.97
202 votes

#16 - License to Steele

Remington Steele - Season 1 - Episode 1

Private eye Laura Holt sees her fictional boss Remington Steele suddenly come to life as she is trying to protect a $2 million jewel shipment from assorted thieves.

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Hearts of Steele
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7.90
48 votes

#17 - Hearts of Steele

Remington Steele - Season 1 - Episode 14

Steele and Laura pose as a battling couple while they investigate murder attempts against an aggressive divorce lawyer.

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Steele Belted
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7.81
142 votes

#18 - Steele Belted

Remington Steele - Season 1 - Episode 6

A loser asks the agency to help him, but his alibi witness is found dead in Steele's apartment and his lawyer seems more interested in Laura than in the case.

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Broken Ballad
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7.81
25 votes

#19 - Broken Ballad

Bonanza - Season 3 - Episode 6

Adam tries to help a reformed gunman who wants only to live peacefully near Virginia City. Good story without a tidy ending. Pernell's first chance to sing on the series.

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The Informer
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7.80
786 votes

#20 - The Informer

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 1

At Stalag 13, a German prisoner-of-war camp, Colonel Robert Hogan and his fellow cohorts are a subversive group with many hidden talents. However, a spy has been planted amongst the men by the Germans. And when he learns of the gang's subversive operations, "Hogan's Heroes" must act fast to discredit him.

Can World War III be an Attitude?
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7.76
88 votes

#21 - Can World War III be an Attitude?

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 4

Furillo backs LaRue in the bribery case brought by Macafee; Hill and Renko bust a car thief who's a mechanical whiz; and Esterhaus sees Grace in a new light when they share a crisis at the station house when the Presidential visit is cancelled and gang revenge is feared.

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Double Shock
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7.73
406 votes

#22 - Double Shock

Columbo - Season 2 - Episode 8

A wealthy man is murdered; his twin nephews stand to inherit, but which one committed the crime?

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Hi Diddle Riddle
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7.69
832 votes

#23 - Hi Diddle Riddle

Batman - Season 1 - Episode 1

While the Riddler maneuvers Batman into being sued, the Dynamic Duo investigate the supervillain's concurrent scheme.

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Tempered Steele
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7.68
174 votes

#24 - Tempered Steele

Remington Steele - Season 1 - Episode 2

Laura tackles a case of industrial espionage in a family-owned business while Steele enlists an old pal to help him install a burglar alarm.

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Pilot (1)
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7.66
376 votes

#25 - Pilot (1)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 - Episode 1

Clark Kent works in disguise with fellow newspaper reporters Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen to prevent Lex Luthor and Dr. Antoinette Baines from sabotaging Earth's first orbiting space station.

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The Encounter
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7.66
178 votes

#26 - The Encounter

The Twilight Zone - Season 5 - Episode 31

A World War II veteran and a Japanese-American gardener battle each other over a war that ended more than 20 years ago.

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The Dust Bowl Cousins
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7.66
50 votes

#27 - The Dust Bowl Cousins

The Waltons - Season 1 - Episode 12

The Walton's distant cousins arrive on the mountain and immediately upset everyone's life by their shiftless dishonest ways.

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Hold That Tiger
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7.65
638 votes

#28 - Hold That Tiger

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 2

When Colonel Klink boasts that the Nazis' new Tiger Tank will lead the Germans the victory, Colonel Hogan devises a plan to get his hands on one of the vehicles, have it disassembled, send its blueprints to the Allies, and reassemble it --- right under Klink's nose.

The Menagerie (1)
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7.64
1116 votes

#29 - The Menagerie (1)

Star Trek - Season 1 - Episode 11

Spock kidnaps his former captain, the crippled Christopher Pike, and heads for a quarantined planet, putting his career and Kirk's life on the line.

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The Menagerie (2)
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7.62
1217 votes

#30 - The Menagerie (2)

Star Trek - Season 1 - Episode 12

Spock's court-martial continues as he attempts to justify his abduction of Pike, the theft of the Enterprise, and his heading for a planet declared forbidden by Starfleet.

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The Enemy
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7.62
13 votes

#31 - The Enemy

The Invaders - Season 2 - Episode 5

Despite Vincent's warnings, a nurse tries to help an injured alien survivor of a saucer crash.

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The Ancient Warrior
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7.60
93 votes

#32 - The Ancient Warrior

Kung Fu - Season 1 - Episode 15

Ancient Warrior, an aged Indian accompanied by Caine, seeks burial in his sacred, ancestral land. But the burial site is located dead center in a violent, Indian-hating town called Purgatory.

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Pilot
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7.60
455 votes

#33 - Pilot

Moonlighting - Season 1 - Episode 1

After an embezzling accountant leaves her penniless, ex-model Maddie Hayes decides to sell the few failing businesses she still owns, among them a detective agency. But private eye David Addison wants to keeps his job, so he persuades a reluctant Maddie to form a partnership. Their first case gives them little to go on: Maddie gets a broken watch from a dying man.

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Chains
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7.57
123 votes

#34 - Chains

Kung Fu - Season 1 - Episode 9

Caine is imprisoned at an army outpost, and escapes... chained to his hulking, mountain-man cellmate, and are persued by a relentless sergent. Who is determined to collect the reward offered for Caine's capture.

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Presidential Fever
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7.56
114 votes

#35 - Presidential Fever

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 2

Hill and Renko meet again for the first time since their shooting; Esterhaus tries to avoid Grace Gardner, the new police decorator; two transfer officers get themselves into trouble; Belker pursues rapists in the park; and Furillo must deal with Fay's demands for more money and an impending Presidential visit.

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Double Jeopardy
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7.55
60 votes

#36 - Double Jeopardy

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 5

Neal continues to investigate Macafee's life as a way of clearing LaRue; Belker and several others go undercover dressed as women to catch a rapist; Esterhaus broods over his two women; and Goldblume questions his ability after losing a jumper.

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The Trial
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7.53
15 votes

#37 - The Trial

The Invaders - Season 2 - Episode 6

A man seek's Vincent's aid after he is arrested and put on trial for murder after the incineration death of an alien.

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Signed, Steeled, & Delivered
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7.53
92 votes

#38 - Signed, Steeled, & Delivered

Remington Steele - Season 1 - Episode 4

Laura and Steele spend the weekend trying to keep a CIA researcher alive and on time for his wedding.

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Publish or Perish
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7.50
468 votes

#39 - Publish or Perish

Columbo - Season 3 - Episode 5

A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.

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The Eddie O'Gara Story
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7.50
2 votes

#40 - The Eddie O'Gara Story

The Untouchables - Season 4 - Episode 7

Chicago. Right after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. (February 14, 1929.) Ness and his men are scouring Chicago, looking for Bugs Moran.  Ness says there used to be 2 gangs in town, now there's just one.  Ness figures if they get to Moran first, maybe he'll talk-- he might just be mad enough to give them the information they need. Someone else looking for Moran is Eddie O'Gara, a small-time hood who has been on the run for the past 3 years; he's decided to come home. Eddie's brother Vince, a trolley driver, isn't happy to see him; but Eddie's mom welcomes him back with open arms. Eddie finds Moran at his old hideout: a big storage room in the lakefront Midway.  But Moran is ready to blast him; O'Gara was a punk until Moran made him a highly-paid gangster, and 3 years ago Eddie double-crossed him.  Eddie fast-talks his way out of it.  Moran has lots of money, but no gang; Eddie can get him a new gang, but he'll need lots of money.  So they decide to work together-- but Moran warns

The Late Inspector General
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7.48
551 votes

#41 - The Late Inspector General

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 4

To prevent Colonel Klink from being transferred to the Russian front, Hogan and his men attempt to convince a visiting Inspector General that the Colonel is a cold, heartless disciplinarian. But their plan backfires when, as a result, Klink is promoted to a post in Berlin!

Politics as Usual
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7.47
96 votes

#42 - Politics as Usual

Hill Street Blues - Season 1 - Episode 3

Hill and Renko decide to split up as a team; LaRue is offered a bribe by a drug dealer who turns out to be a cop; Furillo tries to negotiate with the gangs to ensure a peaceful Presidential tour; Belker agrees to a blind date; and Fay is arrested in a hot tub.

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Sun and Cloud Shadow
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7.42
118 votes

#43 - Sun and Cloud Shadow

Kung Fu - Season 1 - Episode 8

Caine brokers a settlement between a landowner and Chinese miners, but the landowner adds an unacceptable condition to the deal. Meanwhile, a karate master intends to capture Caine.

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Oh How We Met the Night That We Danced
star
7.41
112 votes

#44 - Oh How We Met the Night That We Danced

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Season 1 - Episode 5

Rob and Laura Recall how they met.

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Happy Birthday, Adolf
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7.39
263 votes

#45 - Happy Birthday, Adolf

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 17

The British plan to bomb a strategic German beach on Hitler's birthday, unaware that a major gun emplacement is at the site and the Allied planes will be sitting ducks. Hogan and his crew must figure out how to silence the guns in order for the air raid to be a success.

Pilot (2)
star
7.38
126 votes

#46 - Pilot (2)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 - Episode 2

Clark Kent works in disguise with fellow newspaper reporters Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen to prevent Lex Luthor and Dr. Antoinette Baines from sabotaging Earth's first orbiting space station.

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Kommandant of the Year
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7.38
562 votes

#47 - Kommandant of the Year

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 3

A Secret rocket bomb developed by the Germans is being hidden at Stalag 13. When an Allied scientist is sent to photograph and sabotage the weapon, Hogan and his men plan a distraction ---- in the form of a bogus "Kommandant of the Year" ceremony for the clueless Colonel Klink.

Smack in the Middle
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7.37
592 votes

#48 - Smack in the Middle

Batman - Season 1 - Episode 2

The Riddler fashions a mold of the face of the unconscious Robin. He contacts Batman with two more riddles. The Riddler tells Batman if he can solve the riddles, he'll know where Robin is.

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Panic
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7.36
14 votes

#49 - Panic

The Invaders - Season 1 - Episode 14

The invaders and Vincent race to capture a wounded alien whose touch brings on freezing death.

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The Man of Steel Bars
star
7.26
189 votes

#50 - The Man of Steel Bars

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 - Episode 10

Superman is banished when the citizens of Metropolis blame him for causing abnormally hot temperatures.

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