The BEST Episodes of Cannon

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021

Network: CBS

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.

A Touch of Venom

#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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Chris Robinson
Writers: Larry Alexander
To Kill a Guinea Pig

#2 - To Kill a Guinea Pig

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 1, 1972

Prison doctor and experimental pressures.

star 9.52
33 votes
Directors: Allen Reisner
Writers: Hal Sitowitz
Perfect Fit for a Frame

#3 - Perfect Fit for a Frame

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 22, 1975

Cannon gets set up for a murder charge.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Robert Hamner
The Wedding March

#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".

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Brad Radnitz
The Reformer

#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.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Writers: Larry Forrester
Bad Cats and Sudden Death

#6 - 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.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Robert Lewin
Memo from a Dead Man

#7 - Memo from a Dead Man

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 19, 1973

Cannon's latest client is a dead man via a will.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
Trial by Terror

#8 - Trial by Terror

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 21, 1973

A mob boss on trial has the judge's daughter kidnapped.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: Larry Brody
Arena of Fear

#9 - Arena of Fear

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 19, 1973

A boxer is blackmailed into throwing a fight.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Collier Young, Meyer Dolinsky
Child of Fear

#10 - 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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Writers: Robert W. Lenski
Dead Lady's Tears

#11 - Dead Lady's Tears

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 7, 1973

A young model's death leads to many suspects.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Virgil W. Vogel
Writers: Steve Fisher
The Salinas Jackpot

#12 - 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.

star 8.33
21 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Ken Trevey
Sky Above, Death Below

#13 - 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.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Hal Sitowitz
Catch Me if You Can

#14 - 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.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: William Hale
Writers: Douglas Day Stewart
Press Pass to the Slammer

#15 - Press Pass to the Slammer

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 14, 1973

A columnist faces contempt charges; Cannon takes the case.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky
Bitter Legion

#16 - 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.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: George Bellak
The Shadow Man

#17 - 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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: Robert Lewin
The Rip-Off

#18 - 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.

star 8.06
33 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Douglas Day Stewart
The Predators

#19 - 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.

star 8.03
36 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
Stakeout

#20 - 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.

star 8.02
60 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Harold Gast
Flight Plan

#21 - Flight Plan

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 28, 1971

Cannon helps a supposed political refugee.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
The Limping Man

#22 - The Limping Man

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 14, 1973

A cop feels guilty over a man he injured.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Shirl Hendryx
Murder by the Numbers

#23 - 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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Michael McTaggart, Robert Blees
Valley of the Damned

#24 - Valley of the Damned

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 5, 1973

Airport drug smugglers frame a worker for murder.

star 8.00
31 votes
Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Writers: Carey Wilber
Lady in Red

#25 - Lady in Red

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 2, 1974

Cannon bodyguards a securities courier.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Max Hodge