The BEST Episodes of Banacek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 30, 2020

Network: NBC

Peppard played Thomas Banacek, a suave, Polish-American freelance investigator based in Boston, who solved seemingly impossible thefts (see locked room mystery). He then collected from the insurance companies 10% of the insured value of the recovered property. One of Banacek's verbal signatures was the quotation of strangely worded yet curiously cogent "Polish" proverbs. -- WikiPedia

Let's Hear It for a Living Legend

#1 - Let's Hear It for a Living Legend

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1972

When a professional football player vanishes from the field of play in front of a large crowd and millions of TV viewers, Banacek is called in by the owner of the team to solve the mystery.

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Directors: Jack Smight
Writers: Del Reisman
Project Phoenix

#2 - Project Phoenix

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1972

A $5,000,000 experimental car, and the train car it was being transported on, both disappear without a trace.

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Writers: David Moessinger
No Sign of the Cross

#3 - No Sign of the Cross

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 1972

A priceless gold cross disappears en route from Mexico to Los Angeles, despite being guarded by an army officer and handcuffed to a priest.

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Writers: Robert Presnell Jr.
A Million the Hard Way

#4 - A Million the Hard Way

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 1972

A million dollars in cash disappears from a Las Vegas casino's tamperproof display case.

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Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
To Steal a King

#5 - To Steal a King

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 15, 1972

Banacek must discover how a coin collector's priceless collection is stolen from a locked vault inside a state-of-the-art secure hotel room.

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Directors: Louis Antonio
Writers: Stephen Kandel
Ten Thousand Dollars a Page

#6 - Ten Thousand Dollars a Page

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 10, 1973

Banacek must solve a murder and the disappearance of a valuable book from a theft-proof display case.

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Writers: Paul Playdon
The Greatest Collection of Them All

#7 - The Greatest Collection of Them All

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 24, 1973

Banacek must figure out how $23 million worth of paintings vanished from a sealed truck on its way from New York to Boston.

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Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Theodore J. Flicker
The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack

#8 - The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 7, 1973

Banacek is hired to retrieve valuable stock certificates stolen from a major food company on the eve of a planned merger.

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Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross
No Stone Unturned

#9 - No Stone Unturned

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 1973

Banacek must locate a 3-ton, 3-meter-tall statue that inexplicably disappears before its unveiling.

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Writers: George Sheldon Smith, Lee Santley, Robert Van Scoyk
If Max is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?

#10 - If Max is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 7, 1973

A highly prized medical computer disappears from a lab fortified with electric fences and sensitive alarms.

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Writers: Robert Van Scoyk
The Three Million Dollar Piracy

#11 - The Three Million Dollar Piracy

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 1973

A precious jewel-encrusted coach is stolen from a sealed container as it's loaded onto a cargo ship.

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Writers: Robert Van Scoyk, Stanley Ralph Ross
The Vanishing Chalice

#12 - The Vanishing Chalice

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 15, 1974

Banacek and Carlie race to solve the mystery of a one-of-a-kind Greek treasure that disappeared from a museum gallery in front of a crowd of startled onlookers.

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Writers: Mort Fine
Horse of a Slightly Different Color

#13 - Horse of a Slightly Different Color

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 22, 1974

Banacek must figure out how a $5 million racehorse was switched for another during its morning workout.

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Writers: Jimmy Sangster
Rocket to Oblivion

#14 - Rocket to Oblivion

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 1974

An experimental rocket engine disappears from a trade show display.

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Writers: Robert Van Scoyk
Fly Me -- If You Can Find Me

#15 - Fly Me -- If You Can Find Me

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 1974

A crippled airplane makes an emergency landing on a tiny desert airstrip, only to vanish the next morning.

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Writers: Harold Livingston
Now You See Me, Now You Don't

#16 - Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 12, 1974

Banacek assists the daughter of a stage magician, suspected of grand larceny, who disappeared during his act - for good.

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Writers: Stanley Roberts