The BEST Episodes of Ironside

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Network: NBC

When an assassin's bullet confines him to a wheelchair for life ending his career as Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside becomes a consultant to the police department. Detective Sergeant Ed Brown and policewoman Eve Whitfield join with him to crack varied and fascinating cases. Ex-con Mark Sanger is employed by the chief as home help but eventually becomes a fully fledged member of the team also. Officer Whitfield leaves after 4 years service, and is replaced by Officer Fran Belding.

Raise the Devil (2)

#1 - Raise the Devil (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 1974

The Chief links his case with a psychiatrist, who turns out to be a psychopath with a passion for brainwashing. Before he can get his evidence together, however, Fran is taken as the next victim of the doctor's peculiar brand of therapy, and is programmed to kill Ironside. Meanwhile Susan has to face past guilt over the death of her brother before she can be safe from herself.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Anthony Lawrence, Jimmy Sangster
If a Body See a Body

#2 - If a Body See a Body

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1971

On a day out with Mark, Ed finds a body in the park, but when Homicide arrives it has gone. Teased by his rival, Homicide Sergeant Larry Mullen, Ed is anxious to prove that there really was a body, but the Chief would rather have him working on a kidnapping case with the FBI. It soon appears, however, that the two cases may in fact be the same one.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Don McDougall
Writers: Max Hodge
His Fiddlers Three

#3 - His Fiddlers Three

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 2, 1972

A violin tutor at a conservatory in San Francisco is murdered, and the suspects include an eclectic mix of talented musicians. The only clue possessed by the Chief is a message sent by the dead man to one of his students, hidden in a collection of pieces of classical music.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Alf Kjellin
Writers: Edward DeBlasio
Gentle Oaks

#4 - Gentle Oaks

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 25, 1971

A string of deaths at a convalescence home leads the Chief to go undercover as a patient, whose two children (Fran Belding and Ed) hint that they wish he were "no longer their problem". It soon appears that violence and murder are considered due care by certain members of the staff.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Robert Clouse
Writers: Michael Fisher
Five Days in the Death of Sergeant Brown (2)

#5 - Five Days in the Death of Sergeant Brown (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 14, 1972

While in Los Angeles to testify for a trial against gangster Frank Harmon, Ed is shot and falls off the balcony of his hotel room. He is then taken to the Craig Institute where he undergoes emergency surgery. Although the bullet wounds were non-life threatening, Ed suffers a broken back in the fall and some damage to his spine. The scarring leaves him paralyzed and only an experimental surgical procedure is the only option to regaining his mobility. Also, even though all the evidence points to Harmon, Ironside has doubts that he was the person responsible for the attempted hit. Also, the chief begins having flashbacks to the night he was shot and paralyzed. Written by Brian Washington

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Robert Van Scoyk
The Quincunx

#6 - The Quincunx

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 7, 1971

A successful folk trio comprising two brothers and a sister tour San Francisco, and Eve's suspicions are roused when the girl, an old school friend, disappears without a word. When the body of another young woman turns up, brutally murdered, the Chief knows that there is a connection somewhere; but which, if either, of the brothers killed the girl? The clue to their sister's whereabouts might just be in their music.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Max Hodge
Fragile Is the House of Cards

#7 - Fragile Is the House of Cards

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1973

A lawyer turns up at Ironside's door late at night, badly bruised and unable to remember what has happened to him. All that he can recall is that a man who needs rescuing is trapped in a sinking boat; but he cannot remember where the boat is, or who the man might be. The Chief begins a race against time to find the victim before it is too late.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Sy Salkowitz
Riddle Me Death

#8 - Riddle Me Death

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 1972

A man dies in what appears to be an accident, but his estranged daughter is convinced that the story is not nearly so simple. A complex Japanese puzzle appears to be the only clue to the truth and the Chief struggles to solve it alone. Meanwhile the daughter of the murdered man has problems of her own; but these can only be solved by Ed's special touch.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hayden
Writers: Edward DeBlasio
Split Second to an Epitaph (1)

#9 - Split Second to an Epitaph (1)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1968

Ironside is the only witness to a murder, but has to go into hospital for exploratory surgery immediately after the events that he witnessed. The murderer is determined that he should not leave hospital alive, and as the Chief deals with the possibility of maybe one day being able to walk again, his presence in the hospital helps various other citizens right wrongs in their lives. Meanwhile Ed, Eve and Mark deal with their own worries and fears for the Chief as the murder attempts escalate.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Don Mankiewicz, Richard H. Landau, Sy Salkowitz
Accident

#10 - Accident

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 11, 1971

Driving to the garage whilst tired, Mark knocks down an old lady, with whom he develops a close relationship. It soon seems, however, that his guilt over the affair is going to lead to some revelations about his new friend that he might rather not hear.

star 8.03
30 votes
Directors: Don McDougall
Writers: Irv Pearlberg, William Douglas Lansford
The Man on the Inside

#11 - The Man on the Inside

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 1970

When a drug pusher is arrested following a spate of botched drug raids he fingers Ironside as a gang informer. Ed is press-ganged onto a team set up to investigate the Chief, which leads to conflict with Eve. Meanwhile Ironside himself seems to be taking the investigation very calmly, which leads to concern all round.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Don McDougall
Writers: Brad Radnitz, Sy Salkowitz
Good Samaritan

#12 - Good Samaritan

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 23, 1971

Ed is shot during a raid on a jewellery store, and his life is saved by a stranger who vanishes as soon as the authorities arrive on the scene. When it later transpires that the stranger is a soldier gone AWOL following the murder of a colleague, Ed is determined to prove him innocent of all charges.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers: Frank Telford
License to Kill

#13 - License to Kill

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 2, 1971

A policeman is killed, and his murderer is subsequently shot by the dead man's partner; and when it transpires that both officers were at the Police Academy with Ed, Ironside becomes involved. When he begins investigating, the Chief discovers that the second death was no murder, but a set up.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Donn Mullally
But When She Was Bad

#14 - But When She Was Bad

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 30, 1971

The Chief is sure that a man just released from prison is responsible for the murder of a policeman, but as determined as he is to prove it, the man in question is equally determined that it will never be proved. With this in mind he persuades a woman of dubious reputation to become close to Ironside, so that she can assassinate him.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Alvin Boretz
Unreasonable Facsimile

#15 - Unreasonable Facsimile

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 6, 1972

A string of bank robberies are being committed, all with the exact hallmarks of a certain thief recently released from prison. Having a liking for the ex-con, however, the Chief wishes to believe in his innocence, and sets out to prove that it may be a copycat who is responsible for the raids.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Merwin Gerard
Find a Victim

#16 - Find a Victim

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 13, 1972

A Mob numbers racket suffers a series of robberies, but is understandably unwilling to report the thefts. The Chief, feeling that he knows who might be the guilty party, sets out not only to stop the robberies, but also to get to the thief before the Mob metes out their own form of justice.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers: Irv Pearlberg
And Then There Was One

#17 - And Then There Was One

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 20, 1972

A military-issue fragmentation grenade is used in an attack on two Vietnam veterans, one of whom - a friend of Mark's - is killed. When it transpires that another of the pair's old unit has come under similar attack, the Chief sets out to trap the killer, using Ed in a cunning disguise as bait.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Arnold Laven
Writers: Fred Freiberger
Death by the Numbers

#18 - Death by the Numbers

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 27, 1972

A string of murders is committed, and in each case the victim has a numbered disk in their possession. After number four is found dead, it transpires that the Commissioner is the owner of disk number six; and the Chief disguises himself as number five - an irascible artist to whom he bears a striking resemblance - in order to keep him alive.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Francine Carroll
Achilles' Heel

#19 - Achilles' Heel

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 17, 1972

The son of a judge involved in a fraud case is framed for the murder of a young actress, in the hope that this will force a lighter sentence in the fraud trial. The Chief sets out to ensure that justice can be done, whilst at the same time protecting an innocent young man from ruining a career he has not yet had a chance to embark upon.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Raymond Burr
Writers: Frank Telford
The Savage Sentry

#20 - The Savage Sentry

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 21, 1972

A man with an uncanny ability to tame vicious guard dogs commits a series of robberies in San Francisco. The Chief has a plan to stop him, but it calls for a dog of his own and a willingness to put himself right in the line of fire.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: William Douglas Lansford
Cold, Hard Cash

#21 - Cold, Hard Cash

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 14, 1972

When the team gets word of a kidnap plot, Ed goes undercover as the wheel man; but he soon finds himself battling with a fellow gang member who wants the victim dead, and is happy to kill Ed too if he gets in the way. Meanwhile the Chief struggles to gain the trust of the victim's mother, a film star whose head is being kept firmly in the clouds by her manager.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Stephen Lord
Split Second to an Epitaph (2)

#22 - Split Second to an Epitaph (2)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1968

Ironside is the only witness to a murder, but has to go into hospital for exploratory surgery immediately after the events that he witnessed. The murderer is determined that he should not leave hospital alive, and as the Chief deals with the possibility of maybe one day being able to walk again, his presence in the hospital helps various other citizens right wrongs in their lives. Meanwhile Ed, Eve and Mark deal with their own worries and fears for the Chief as the murder attempts escalate.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Leonard Horn
Writers: Don Mankiewicz, Richard H. Landau, Sy Salkowitz
The Sacrifice

#23 - The Sacrifice

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 1968

A policeman friend of Ironside and the team is the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Is he really guilty, though, or is the evidence just a little too damning?

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: Abner Biberman
Writers: Gerald Sanford
Too Many Victims

#24 - Too Many Victims

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1970

A policeman's daughter crashes her car after taking cannabis, and her father sets out to catch the man who sold her the stuff. When it becomes apparent that he has framed the man responsible, the task falls to Ironside to decide whether to charge a known pusher or an old and trusted cop who has clearly gone off the rails.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Irv Pearlberg
Love, Peace, Brotherhood, and Murder

#25 - Love, Peace, Brotherhood, and Murder

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 18, 1971

The team is at a theatre to watch the rehearsals of a play Ironside has some money invested in, when one of the actors is found dead. Two attempted murders soon follow, and the Chief has his work cut out for him trying both to find the guilty party and to save the play.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Robert Earll, Sy Salkowitz