The Best Episodes Directed by William Hale

Approach with Care

#1 - Approach with Care

The Fugitive Season 4 - Episode 9

Kimble meets Willie Turner, a mentaly retarded young man who is accused of hurting a child. Kimble reluctantly hides Willie at a carnival where Kimble now works. Kimble tries to persuade Willie to return to the hospital where his sister had him committed. But naturally, Willie is slow to understand what Kimble means and, on top of that, does not remember hitting the young boy he is accused of hurting. Willie's sister, Mary, as well as an attendant from the psycho ward at the local hospital, arrive searching for Willie and find him. But the attendant recognizes Kimble and calls the police. In trying to protect his new friend, Willie strikes the attendant, badly injuring him, and warns Kimble in which both men, now fugitives, take off in a stolen truck. Kimble hides out with Willie at a nearby auto wrecking lot, where he tries to persuade Willie to return to the hospital, while the sheriff and his men already on their trail.

star 9.00
3 votes
Most Likely to Succeed

#2 - Most Likely to Succeed

The Streets of San Francisco Season 4 - Episode 14

Lt. Michael Stone and Inspector Steven Keller investigate a murder committed at a all-boys prep school.

star 8.70
10 votes
Image in a Cracked Mirror

#3 - Image in a Cracked Mirror

Barnaby Jones Season 2 - Episode 23

Angie McClaine hires Barnaby to find her husband, who has disappeared and in reality is a marriage impostor that takes the identities of successful men. He marries rich Vanessa and poses as a doctor. Two people who try to unmask him are killed.

star 8.50
4 votes
Ten Dollar Murder

#4 - Ten Dollar Murder

The Streets of San Francisco Season 3 - Episode 18

Taxis across town are being robbed by a cop's son. But when one hold-up results in the murder of an undercover officer, the young man's joy ride is over.

star 8.33
12 votes
Catch Me if You Can

#5 - Catch Me if You Can

Cannon Season 2 - Episode 22

A serial killer begs Cannon to catch him before he kills again.

star 8.33
3 votes
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One Last Shot

#6 - One Last Shot

The Streets of San Francisco Season 3 - Episode 1

An alcoholic cop gets his partner killed in the line of duty, then tries to cover up his negligence before Stone and Keller uncover the truth.

star 8.27
11 votes
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Poisoned Snow

#7 - Poisoned Snow

The Streets of San Francisco Season 4 - Episode 1

Stone and Keller investigate the death of a cop who dies during a drug sting -- and tries to prevent the cop's partner from doing more damage.

star 8.08
12 votes
School of Fear

#8 - School of Fear

The Streets of San Francisco Season 4 - Episode 5

Upon learning that a teacher was shot and killed during a student scuffle at a school he once taught at, a retired history teacher (played by Maurice Evans) takes it upon himself to corral a group of his former students and hold them hostage in an empty, condemned school. There, at gunpoint, he proceeds to teach them the finer points of history.

star 7.92
12 votes
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Men Will Die

#9 - Men Will Die

The Streets of San Francisco Season 4 - Episode 4

After Jeannie's friend Nancy kills one of her rapists, Jeannie is furious at the way the justice system works. She becomes involved with an aggressive rape crisis group headed by crusading attorney Catherine Wyatt. Rapist Jack Marlin becomes a target of their efforts.

star 7.91
11 votes
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#10 - Labyrinth

The Streets of San Francisco Season 3 - Episode 22

Set in a midtown hotel, ""Labyrinth"" tells the story of a prizefighter who was supposed to throw a fight but didn't. Some representatives from the mob meet him to ""discuss the matter"" in his hotel room. He ends up beating up one of the men and throws him out the window. He beats up the other two and is shot in the process, but not fatally. He runs from the room and holding the gun he hides in another room with an adulterous couple. Stone and Keller are called in to investigate the hit man's death. The race is on: who will find the prizefighter first--the cops or the hired muscle? Included in the cast of characters is a traumatized ex-cop who quit the force and became the hotel's head of security.

star 7.90
10 votes
Before I Die

#11 - Before I Die

The Streets of San Francisco Season 2 - Episode 4

A cop (Nielsen) who finds out that he has a terminal illness, sets out to kill a racketeer (Danton) who had been his quarry for the last year and a half.

star 7.86
14 votes
Siege of Terror

#12 - Siege of Terror

Kojak Season 1 - Episode 1

When a Brinks Truck heist goes bad and a hostage situation arises, Kojak races against the clock to difuse the situation. He has two hours to free the hostages from three robbers (Harvey Keitel, James J. Sloyan, Jude Farese) in an Army surplus store.

star 7.86
90 votes
No Pockets in a Shroud

#13 - No Pockets in a Shroud

Cannon Season 1 - Episode 10

A newly-discovered heir comes home, and finds you can't get blood from a stone, and you can't take it with you.

star 7.83
6 votes
Girl in the River

#14 - Girl in the River

Kojak Season 1 - Episode 5

Kojak fears the strangler of seven women has returned when a girl dies in a bizarre manner.

star 7.82
50 votes
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#15 - Crossfire

The Streets of San Francisco Season 2 - Episode 18

Stone and Keller suspect there is more to a string of college campus shootings than meets the eye.

star 7.73
11 votes
The Spores

#16 - The Spores

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 7

Vincent is horrified to learn the invaders are using strange seed spores that after cultivated will develop into full-grown aliens.

star 7.50
14 votes
Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay

#17 - Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay

Night Gallery Season 2 - Episode 9

A college professor suspects that his visiting aunt is an ancient witch--with designs on inhabiting his wife's body.

star 7.44
29 votes
A Lonely Place to Die

#18 - A Lonely Place to Die

Cannon Season 1 - Episode 9

A murder is witnessed, but the body disappears.

star 7.43
7 votes
The Day the Sky Fell In

#19 - The Day the Sky Fell In

The Time Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 4

Tony and Doug land in the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on December 6, 1941, and see three men burning files. They talk their way out and Tony goes to find his father, who disappeared during the bombing. Cmdr. Newman is initially skeptical, but Tony convinces him with family knowledge no one else could know. The Japanese agents get wind of Tony and Doug's knowledge, capture the pair, and interrogate them for information. They don't break, and manage to escape. Meanwhile, Cmdr. Newman is at Naval HQ checking out Tony's warning, and the Project staff realize that if the young Tony (who was also present at Pearl Harbor) isn't rescued, then "their" Tony will vanish. Tony manages to convince the housekeeper, Mrs. Neal, to flee to the mountains with her child and Tony, and then he goes to rescue his father. They head to Naval HQ but a barrage hits and Cmdr. Newman is killed. An unexploded bomb lands, and the Project staff use the Tunnel to delay it long enough for the travellers to get clea

star 7.42
60 votes
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#20 - Betrayed

The Streets of San Francisco Season 2 - Episode 2

A young executive stole money from his company, he then robs a bank to replace it. The robbery goes wrong and a security guard is killer and his live in client happens to be working at the bank that day as a part time teller.

star 7.41
17 votes
Hang Tough

#21 - Hang Tough

The Streets of San Francisco Season 5 - Episode 16

A narcotics cop (Beatty) who has only four months to go till retirement, roughs up a drug pusher (Campos) and plants a knife on him. In the cop's efforts to cover this up, blackmail and murder ensue. A parallel story has to do with uncovering the ""Tucson connection"", a major drug ring operating in San Francisco.

star 7.40
5 votes
The Organization

#22 - The Organization

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 20

David Vincent joins forces with the mob when the aliens inadvertently take their illegal shipment of drugs.

star 7.36
11 votes
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To Catch a Dead Man

#23 - To Catch a Dead Man

Barnaby Jones Season 1 - Episode 2

Wealthy married Philip Carlyle persuades unwitting Mike Hartney to sail his cabin cruiser with a time bomb aboard. After the explosion Phil is believed to be dead and can begin a new life with his mistress Diane. Julie hires Barnaby to search for her friend Mike.

star 7.33
6 votes
The Diary

#24 - The Diary

Night Gallery Season 2 - Episode 22

A vicious gossip columnist receives a gift diary that appears to write its own fearful entries--before the events occur.

star 7.29
19 votes
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The Revenge of Robin Hood

#25 - The Revenge of Robin Hood

The Time Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 16

Doug and Tony show up in June 1215 when the Earl of Huntington is trying to convince King John to sign the Magna Carta. Doug is captured along with Huntington when the King gets surly and orders their torture. Tony manages to rescue Doug and they flee where they meet up with Huntington's men: Little John, Friar Tuck, and the Merry Men. Using their knowledge of modern-day chemicals, Doug and Tony help the rebels while trying to get hold of a homing post that the Project staff has sent back to them to enact a rescue. With the time travellers help Huntington and his men capture King John and force him to sign the Magna Runnymede! The homing post fails to work and the two are swept off.

star 7.17
45 votes
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Web of Death

#26 - Web of Death

Kojak Season 1 - Episode 2

A fellow cop Nick Ferro kills his wife's lover and tries to cover it up.

star 7.17
59 votes
The Possessed

#27 - The Possessed

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 17

An old college buddy sends David Vincent an urgent message, without any further details other than that it is important. When David arrives, Ted has been brain washed so that he can no longer remember why in the world he'd wanted to see his friend. It soon becomes obvious that the aliens are using mind control of some sort.

star 7.17
12 votes
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The Death Trap

#28 - The Death Trap

The Time Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 12

The guys land in Baltimore on February 22, 1861, in a barn where a group of conspirators and followers of Abolitionist John Brown are meeting. They are mistaken for fellow collaborators, but the Pinkertons break up the meeting. Doug is captured while Tony escapes with brothers Jeremiah and Matthew. They still plan to blow up Lincoln, who is enroute to his inauguration. While Doug tries to convince Pinkerton he is innocent, Tony tries to persuade the brothers not to go through with there plan, but Jeremiah is determined. Tony manages to escape but Pinkerton doesn't believe him either. The two manage to convince Pinkerton there is a bomb and go to look for it. The Project staff have spotted the bomb and brought it to the future to disarm it, accidentally scooping up the conspirators' other, younger brother David. They convince David to delay the bomb before having to send him and the bomb back. As Lincoln departs, Tony, Doug, and brother Matthew manage to convince Jeremiah that his cause

star 7.06
46 votes
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Crack of Doom

#29 - Crack of Doom

The Time Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 6

On the island of Krakatoa in 1883, time travelers Doug and Tony try to convince a British scientist that the volcano is about to erupt in one of history's biggest explosions.

star 7.00
80 votes
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Two Men Named Laredo

#30 - Two Men Named Laredo

The Virginian Season 3 - Episode 17

The Virginian hires some workers to help drive some cattle to Shiloh from Cheyenne, among whom is an easy going and timid hand who reads Shakespeare named Eddie Laredo (Fabian). Eddie accepts a full-time job at Shiloh but he is razzed by locals, including the unsavoury Bojo Sanders (Rayford Barnes) and saloon girl Molly Weems (Elizabeth McRae), because he likes literature. Bojo is murdered and Molly testifies that Eddie killed Bojo but because of her unsavoury reputation the charges are dismissed. Molly Weems is also killed and Trampas sees Eddie riding away from the scene. It looks like Eddie is guilty and will face the death penalty despite the efforts of Judge Garth to defend him.

star 7.00
2 votes
That Saunders Woman

#31 - That Saunders Woman

The Virginian Season 4 - Episode 27

The Virginian, attempting to recover money Shiloh spent on diseased cattle, becomes embroiled in a blackmail attempt and finally murder. A pretty woman is involved who was just released from prison for murder and is the talk of Medicine Bow.

star 7.00
1 votes
The Captive

#32 - The Captive

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 13

A Russian ambassador summons David Vincent after he finds that a burglar caught inside the embassy is an alien.

star 7.00
12 votes
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The Vise

#33 - The Vise

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 22

Racist issues arise between David Vincent and the Baxters, a black couple, when David produces evidence that another African American in line for an important position with the space program is actually an alien.

star 7.00
8 votes
The Pursued

#34 - The Pursued

The Invaders Season 2 - Episode 25

The aliens’ experiments with artificial human emotions go awry when one of their subjects, prone to homicidal rages, defects to David Vincent’s side.

star 6.31
13 votes
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A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank

#35 - A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank

Night Gallery Season 2 - Episode 28

An unscrupulous medicine man in the Old West promises restored health—or a resurrection—to a poor farmer's dying daughter.

star 5.83
10 votes