The WORST episodes of Airwolf

Every episode of Airwolf ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Airwolf!

'Airwolf' followed the adventures of a hi-tech helicopter and its reclusive pilot, Stringfellow Hawke. Airwolf itself was a hi-tech attack helicopter, equipped with cutting-edge on-board computer, surveillance and radar systems.

Last Updated: 3/23/2023Network:USA Network
22 votes

#1 - Windows

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/20/1987

St. John and crew are under a deadline to recover a piece of stolen satellite hardware which is needed for an upcoming space shuttle flight.

Directors: Ken Jubenvill
Sins of the Past
115 votes

#2 - Sins of the Past

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1984

Dominic is distraught to hear that his daughter Sally-Anne - whom Hawke never even knew existed - has been found dead on the beach after over-dosing, in the Caribbean Island of San Remo, where Dom himself was born. Detouring in their way to a top-secret Airwolf mission for the Firm, Hawke flies Dominic to the island to attend the funeral, only for it to end in an argument with his bitter ex-wife Lila. Returning from their mission, they hear that Lila was murdered the previous night, and Dominic is arrested as the prime suspect. When Archangel is ordered not to allow Firm involvement as not to risk uncovering the secret mission, Hawke heads to the luxurious San Remo to investigate the murder for himself, and finds the island is living in the shadow of a new gambling casino, run by a very shady character with great influence in the area...

Poppy Chain
15 votes

#3 - Poppy Chain

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 7/24/1987

The Airwolf team travels around the world as they put an opium ring run by St. John's former commander out of business.

Directors: Ken Jubenvill
The Puppet Master
16 votes

#4 - The Puppet Master

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/10/1987

Locke's girlfriend is given a behavior implant module which forces her to turn Locke over to a lady scientist who uses the same procedure on Locke in order to gain control of Airwolf.

Directors: Zale Dalen
Writer: Jordan Nicht
17 votes

#5 - Malduke

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 7/17/1987

The Airwolf team is sent to stop a man who has hijacked a Japanese freighter carrying nuclear waste. The man plans to blackmail the nations of the Earth into guaranteeing all diseased persons.

Directors: Ken Jubenvill
78 votes

#6 - Blackjack

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/23/1987

Dom is killed in a helicopter accident that also severely injures String. Dom's niece, Jo, inherits and takes charge of Santini Air. The Company sends Locke to regain possession of Airwolf, he recruits Major Mike Rivers ,an Air Force pilot to help him find and fly the craft. Together they rescue St. John from a jungle prison and he and Jo round out the new Airwolf team.

Directors: Alan Simmonds
21 votes

#7 - Salvage

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/13/1987

A former female employee of the Company, who has suffered mental trauma after a Company mission went wrong, insists that she is seeing strange lights and hearing unexplained noises in the middle of the night, over her remote home and the nearby Indian burial ground in the rural town of Devil’s Ridge. Jason sends St. John and Mike to investigate, and they are just as sceptical as everyone else, putting it down to her mental troubles, but the source of the disturbances is actually a stolen super-helicopter – a third version of Airwolf called “The Scorpion” – is hidden in the area, waiting to be picked up by KGB agents...

Directors: Ken Jubenvill
Writer: A.P. Liddell
Welcome to Paradise
16 votes

#8 - Welcome to Paradise

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 8/7/1987

John comes to the aid of an old flame whose husband was killed by drug dealers.

Directors: J. Barry
Little Wolf
60 votes

#9 - Little Wolf

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/1/1986

String and Dom become involved in a custody dispute when a friend of Strings who was about to be divorced dies leaving his wife and mother to battle for his infant son.

Directors: Bernard McEveety
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The Key
18 votes

#10 - The Key

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/15/1987

The Airwolf team is sent in to stop a group that has taken control of ten Soviet and ten American nuclear missile silos and threatens to set them off unless everyone agrees to total nuclear disarmament.

Directors: J. Barry Herron
Writer: Rick Drew
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The Golden One
15 votes

#11 - The Golden One

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 7/3/1987

Jo is lured to Afghanistan by an old boyfriend who has sold her as a bride to a rebel leader.

Writer: Ray Hoagan
Watch Now:Amazon
Code of Silence
18 votes

#12 - Code of Silence

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/13/1987

St. John and Locke uncover a military cover-up when they represent opposite sides at a court martial.

Directors: Alan Simmonds
On the Double
17 votes

#13 - On the Double

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/22/1987

Mike and the wife of an East German double agent! pilot he had been impersonating are kidnapped at an air show in Paris.

Directors: Ken Jubenvill
Writer: Frank Kniest
Watch Now:Amazon
A Piece of Cake
20 votes

#14 - A Piece of Cake

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/27/1987

The grandfather of one of four juvenile delinquents Jo and Mike have taken camping plans on killing the rest of the camping party in order to regain custody of his grandson.

Directors: Bruce Pittman
Flying Home
20 votes

#15 - Flying Home

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 7/31/1987

Jo's ailing father aids the Airwolf team in recovering radioactive material stolen by a group of Neo-Nazi 5.

Directors: Brad Turner
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A Town for Hire
27 votes

#16 - A Town for Hire

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/6/1987

St. John is following Jo in a bi-plane as she tries out a new navigation device in a helicopter over an area of wilderness, when her helicopter is suddenly struck from the ground by a laser-beam that sends her chopper crashing down. St. John's plane is also hit, but he manages to land in the nearby town of Santa Mira before he looses consciousness. Waking up the next day in the local hospital, he is infuriated that nobody seems to believe his story and is out looking for Jo. But when he arrives at the crash-site, there is no sign of the crash ever happened, and as St. John tries to find out what is going on, he finds that the small boom town is held in some kind of grip of fear...

Directors: Patrick Corbett
Watch Now:Amazon
Storm Warning
19 votes

#17 - Storm Warning

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/29/1987

A banana republic dictator takes St. John and the family of one of St. John's friends- who had discovered that the dictator was skimming American aid- hostage on a remote island.

Directors: Brad Turner
19 votes

#18 - Deathtrain

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/6/1987

Locke does not get along with the Russian agent he has been assigned to work with to guard a train full of nerve gas that is to be destroyed.

Writer: Jordan Nicht
Mime Troupe
19 votes

#19 - Mime Troupe

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/3/1987

The Airwolf team is assigned to guard the daughter of an Interpol agent who is marked for death by terrorists.

Directors: Bruce Pittman
The Hunted
124 votes

#20 - The Hunted

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/20/1984

Santini Air is hired for a 30 day period by agents on behalf of a industrial millionaire, to be on stand-by to pilot the man on an important journey when called upon. Dominic is excited at the prospect of the high-paying job, but Hawke is more sceptical and intends to find out just why they've been given the contract. But unbeknown to any of them, Caitlin's new boyfriend is plotting to assassinate the millionaire; and matters are not helped any by some malfunctions that Airwolf is suffering...

Directors: Sutton Roley
Fight Like a Dove
164 votes

#21 - Fight Like a Dove

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/10/1984

An Israeli war crimes hunter is killed by a suspected Nazi named Hans Daubert in France. His daughter vows revenge and seeks the help of String and Dom, along with Airwolf, to bring him to justice. Complicating matters is Archangel's involvement with Daubert who is a known arms dealer selling to the powers that he chooses to in order to influence political outcomes in the world -- and Archangel is his supplier!

Writer: Burton Armus
Flowers of the Mountain
19 votes

#22 - Flowers of the Mountain

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/8/1987

A jet manufacturer sabotages his own plane that St. John is test piloting rather than let St. John reveal its inferior construction.

Directors: Randy Bradshaw
29 votes

#23 - Escape

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/30/1987

After being captured and sentenced to die, Jo's only hope for survival lies with a Soviet defector.

Directors: Patrick Corbett
Watch Now:Amazon
The Truth About Holly
147 votes

#24 - The Truth About Holly

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/1984

After Hawke rescues Dominic's niece Holly from a mobster's compound in Mexico, strange things start happening at Santini Air. At first, Hawke and Dominic assume that the mobster is trying to scare the girl, but, especially when Hawke turns down Holly's advances of romance, the incidents get worse... Meanwhile, Caitlin O'Shannessy arrives fresh from her escapade with Hawke against the corrupt Police of Pope County, and looks for work at Santini Air. He close relationship with Hawke somehow seems to fuel the incidents...

Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writer: Phil Combest
Ground Zero
18 votes

#25 - Ground Zero

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/1/1987

A Japanese Kamikaze pilot who survived being shot down by St. John's father during WWII plans on restoring his honor by killing St. John and destroying a nuclear power plant.

Directors: Alan Simmonds

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