The BEST Episodes of Cannon
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2021
Frank Cannon is a tough, middle-aged, portly ex-cop turned private eye. A gourmet, with expensive tastes, he mostly took cases at a substantial fee so he could afford indulging in personal luxuries. He was a shrewd investigator, dedicated, clever and despite his bulk, was not afraid of getting physical if he had to.
#1 - A Touch of Venom
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 22, 1975
A group of terrorists have drugged Cannon with a poison, giving him 72 hours to give them a defector and receive the antidote or die.
#2 - To Kill a Guinea Pig
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 1, 1972
Prison doctor and experimental pressures.
#3 - Perfect Fit for a Frame
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 22, 1975
Cannon gets set up for a murder charge.
#4 - The Wedding March
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 19, 1975
Cannon and a female vice squad officer who's on leave after being viciously beaten while undercover posing as a prostitute go after this same man who has previously beaten prostitutes to death while playing the music "The Wedding March".
#5 - The Reformer
Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 7, 1976
Frank Cannon takes up the case when it appears that the head of a newspaper is being framed for the murder of a prostitute.
#6 - Flight Plan
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 28, 1971
Cannon helps a supposed political refugee.
#7 - Bad Cats and Sudden Death
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1972
That's about as unlucky as you can get. An assistant DA investigating a car theft ring is framed for his wife's murder.
#8 - Memo from a Dead Man
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 19, 1973
Cannon's latest client is a dead man via a will.
#9 - Trial by Terror
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 21, 1973
A mob boss on trial has the judge's daughter kidnapped.
#10 - Arena of Fear
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 19, 1973
A boxer is blackmailed into throwing a fight.
#11 - Child of Fear
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1972
Called in to find a missing rancher, Cannon attempts to discover why the farm hands have been replaced with security guards.
#12 - Dead Lady's Tears
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 7, 1973
A young model's death leads to many suspects.
#13 - The Salinas Jackpot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1971
Tom Skerritt plays Dude Donaldson: dressed as rodeo clowns, he and an accomplice rob a rodeo (rather brutally, killing half-a-dozen people). Cannon is summoned to figure out what's going on, after authorites spend 6 weeks and come up with nothing. There's a home movie taken at the time of the robbery, in the vicinity of the buliding... Cannon and the others watch this film over and over, like the Zapruder film, and eventually it dawns on Cannon that the clowns may be involved. He tracks a clown suit to a Texan who died in Vietnam the previous winter... the man's widow (Sharon Acker) is less than forthcoming... though her young son (Vincent Van Patten) gives Cannon some leads... Skerritt took the suit from the widow's barn and used it in the robbery. Skerritt goes to Acker's house and threatens her and her son against saying anything to Cannon...Cannon senses what's going on, and after almost being snipered by Skerritt...finally subdues him with a bear hug.
#14 - Sky Above, Death Below
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1972
Cannon seeks the only witness to the murder of a trade union boss: a draft dodger on his way to the Yukon.
#15 - Catch Me if You Can
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 7, 1973
A serial killer begs Cannon to catch him before he kills again.
#16 - Press Pass to the Slammer
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 14, 1973
A columnist faces contempt charges; Cannon takes the case.
#17 - Bitter Legion
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1972
Hired to find a missing husband, Cannon infiltrates a paramilitary gang that's planning a major heist.
#18 - The Shadow Man
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 22, 1972
When a real estate tycoon disappears with a fortune in bonds, Cannon is hired to investigate.
#19 - The Rip-Off
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 1972
The burglary of his apartment leads Cannon to a computer-controlled freight train robbery.
#20 - The Predators
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1972
The death of an undocumented immigrant puts Cannon on the trail of a human trafficking ring.
#21 - Stakeout
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1972
A girl wounded during a bar robbery denies knowing the shooter even though she was his date.
#22 - Death is a Double-Cross
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 7, 1971
A bridegroom's father-in-law suspects him.
#23 - The Nowhere Man
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 14, 1971
Should the weapons manufacturer be judged by its bookeeper?
#24 - The Limping Man
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 14, 1973
A cop feels guilty over a man he injured.
#25 - Murder by the Numbers
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 28, 1973
A blackmailer's murder brings his Swiss wife to America, and Cannon discovers still more dealings.