The BEST Episodes of Daktari

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Network: CBS

Daktari (Swahili for "doctor") was a television series that aired on CBS from 1966 to 1969, featuring Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy, a veterinarian at the fictional Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior in East Africa. The show followed the work of Dr. Tracy, his daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller), and his staff, who were frequently forced to protect animals from poachers and local officials. Tracy's pets, a cross-eyed lion named Clarence and chimpanzee Judy, were also popular characters. Daktari was based upon the 1965 film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion, which also starred Thompson as Dr. Tracy.

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The Hostages

#1 - The Hostages

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 19, 1966

Clarence the lion and Judy the chimp are kidnapped and held for ransom.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Andrew Marton
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky, Stephen Kandel
Trail of the Cheetah

#2 - Trail of the Cheetah

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 8, 1966

While Janet Lorne is visiting Wameru, an escaped murderer is reported in the vicinity.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Andrew Marton
Writers: Alan Caillou, Stephen Kandel
Return Of The Killer, Part 1

#3 - Return Of The Killer, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 22, 1966

After escaping from prison, Roy Meadows, a wounded killer, heads for Wameru to receive medical aid.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Andrew Marton
Writers: Richard Carlson
Return Of The Killer, Part 2

#4 - Return Of The Killer, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 29, 1966

Held at gunpoint, Paula must try to remove a bullet from escaped killer Roy Meadows.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Andrew Marton
Writers: Richard Carlson
Predator of Wameru

#5 - Predator of Wameru

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 18, 1966

Dr. Tracy sets out after a poacher, who has set dozens of animal traps all over the reserve.

star 7.00
29 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky, Stephen Kandel
Leopard of Mdala Gorge

#6 - Leopard of Mdala Gorge

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 15, 1966

A professional hunter joins an archaeological expedition, with the job of killing all predatory animals near the camp.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Otto Lang
Writers: Arthur Weiss
Judy And The Hyena

#7 - Judy And The Hyena

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 26, 1966

Judy the chimp, who was once bitten by a hyena, gets nervous, scared and agitated when she sees Paul and Jack bring in an injured hyena pup. Dr. Tracy has a difficult time keeping Judy calm enough so he can treat the hyena.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: S.S. Schweitzer, William Clark
The Elephant Thieves

#8 - The Elephant Thieves

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 1966

A baby elephant heads for Dr. Tracy's study center after a trapper kills its mother.

star 6.97
34 votes
Directors: Otto Lang
Writers: Robert Lewin
The Killer Lion

#9 - The Killer Lion

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 25, 1966

A game guard's old pet lioness's increasing irritability culminates in an attack on a farmer.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Otto Lang
Writers: William Clark
Judy and the Astro Chimp

#10 - Judy and the Astro Chimp

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1967

Dr. Tracy faces a predicament when Judy the chimp trades places with another chimp who has been trained for the astronaut program, who has somehow made its way into the compound and gotten lost.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Malvin Wald
Adventure of the Lions Cubs

#11 - Adventure of the Lions Cubs

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 1, 1966

Dr. Tracy and Jack Dane come across three lion cubs whose mother has been snared in a poacher's trap.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: William Clark
The Diamond Smugglers

#12 - The Diamond Smugglers

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 1966

Dr. Tracy pays a visit to two Frenchmen who say they are paleontologists, but who are actually diamond smugglers.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers:
The Chimp Who Went Ape

#13 - The Chimp Who Went Ape

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 1966

Judy the chimp angers a family of wild chimpanzees when she brings an injured young chimp to the study center.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Otto Lang
Writers:
The Killer Dog

#14 - The Killer Dog

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 15, 1966

A foul-tempered farmer has trained his German Shepherd dog to attack any and all animals from the Wameru reserve. Paula and Jack Dane find the animal caught in a poacher's snare, rescue it, and take it back to Dr. Tracy to be treated and, more importantly, re-trained—a prospect that's not likely to sit well with the dog's owner.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: William Clark
The Maneater Of Wameru

#15 - The Maneater Of Wameru

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 5, 1966

A magazine photographer looking for a story lures a hostile tribe of poachers onto the Wameru reserve, thinking that she will get some dramatic pictures to go with the story.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Michael Adams
Crisis At The Compound

#16 - Crisis At The Compound

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 12, 1966

Dr. Tracy treats an injured leopard and releases it into the wild, but a visiting trade commissioner who wants to hunt for big game sets his sights on the leopard for his trophy. Dr. Tracy sets out to derail his plans.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Malvin Land
Wall Of Flames, Part 1

#17 - Wall Of Flames, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired May 3, 1966

Warned against hunting on the Wameru reserve, a hunter starts a fire to drive the animals out.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Andrew Morton
Writers:
Wall Of Flames, Part 2

#18 - Wall Of Flames, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired May 10, 1966

Paula and Jack face the dangers of a brush fire started by an unscrupulous hunter.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Andrew Morton
Writers: Stephen Kandel
Judy And The Gun-runners

#19 - Judy And The Gun-runners

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 17, 1966

Dr. Tracy lends a helping hand to Dr. Akubar, a gunrunner posing as an archaeologist.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Andrew Marton
Writers: Richard Carlson
The Return of Clarence

#20 - The Return of Clarence

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1966

Clarence the lion, normally a gentle soul, starts acting oddly after receiving a blow to the head in a jeep accident, becoming edgy, hard to control and growling at everybody. Dr. Tracy suspects that the blow has given Clarence amnesia, a diagnosis seemingly confirmed when Clarence suddenly takes a nasty swipe at Paula.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: William Clark
Deadline to Kill

#21 - Deadline to Kill

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1966

A rancher releases cattle in a plan to entice lions and leopards to kill them, thus giving the rancher an excuse to drive Dr. Tracy from the area and claim the reserve's land. Dr. Tracy must round up the cattle before the big cats become livestock killers.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: John Florea
Writers: Andrew White
Daktari's Last Hunt

#22 - Daktari's Last Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1966

A big-game hunter, angry at Dr. Tracy for closing off the Wameru reserve to hunting, stalks Dr. Tracy and Judy the chimp through the wild, trying to prove that Dr. Tracy will have to kill an animal to survive.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: John Florea
Writers: Stephen Kandel
Judy's Hour of Peril

#23 - Judy's Hour of Peril

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1966

Judy the chimp switches the vial used for her regular fever shot, causing Paula to accidentally inject her with a deadly virus. Judy then wanders off into the wild. Her human and animal friends race against time to find her and give her the necessary antidote before it's too late.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: John Florea
Writers:
Cheetah at Large

#24 - Cheetah at Large

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1966

The Emir of Asambana's prize cheetah is sick, and may not be able to race in an important contest with a rival tribe. The Emir threatens to cut off the Wameru reserve from using the water on his property unless Dr. Tracy cures his cheetah in time for the race.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: D.D. Oldland, Malvin Wald
The Test

#25 - The Test

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1966

Mike searches in the jungle for a tribal chief's son, who has fled into the bush in an attempt to prove to everyone that he's not a coward.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Lawrence Louis Goldman