The BEST Episodes of Jake and the Fatman
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2020
District attorney J.L. McCabe strikes down on the crime in Los Angeles together with his special investigator Jake Styles and assistant D.A. Derek Mitchell.
#1 - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 5, 1989
Jake investigates a robbery of a transportation company, and gets involved with its owner.
#2 - Dancing in the Dark
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 1989
A cat burglar robs a hotel while McCabe is hosting a district attorney convention there. The immediate suspect is Harry McGuinn, a recently released cat burglar. He insists that he is innocent, and tries to help Jake solve the robbery.
#3 - My Shining Hour
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 1989
Jake helps out the actor, Tom Cody, who played his childhood idol - the Skyhawk. Tom has been reduced to an alcoholized, broke veteran plane pilot, and no one believes him when he witnesses a murder.
#4 - God Bless the Child
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 1990
Two siblings kill their parents when their father threatens to remove them from the will.
#5 - 'Round Midnight
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 1990
Jake isn't very happy when his friend's Porsche is taken at gunpoint. He tracks down the robber, but holds off when he finds the carjacker associating with an infamous jewel thief. So posing as an alarm cracker, Jake goes undercover to find what their target is.
#6 - Pretty Baby
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 27, 1991
Cindy O'Malley, a friend of Jake's, is witness to a murder, but is spotted by the killer and he chases her and shoots her. McCabe & Co has to take care of her baby while they try to find her and the killer.
#7 - Nevertheless
Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 1991
Todd Kurtin kills his wife in an alley, and makes it look like a mugger assaulted her. But the story doesn't convince McCabe, who prosecutes Kurtin - even though the case is weak.
#8 - Come Closer to Me
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 8, 1992
A trio of high-class pickpockets gets in trouble when they pick a mafia hitman's pocket and get a piece of paper with his next target on it.
#9 - You'll Never Know
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 26, 1992
A doctor is murdered, and is discovered to have been making child pornography. The prime suspect is Elliot Edwards, a city council member with a spotless record.
#10 - It All Depends on You
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 1989
Derek gets his first case - a drunk driver who assaulted a police officer. But the driver is a powerful man, and suddenly Derek's main witness lies and the judge dismisses the case.
#11 - Out of Nowhere
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 1989
Jake and the FBI go after Victor Potemkin, a suspected drug smuggler. But when they raid his house they find no drugs, but Jake finds someone he knows - a woman who disappeared overnight just as he was about to propose to her.
#12 - The Tender Trap
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 1990
Derek's uncle reveals he's about to get married. But Derek becomes suspicious because the bride is nearly half his uncle's age, and starts digging into her past.
#13 - We'll Meet Again
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 24, 1991
McCabe is showing a school class around the courthouse, when a man dressed as clown tries to kill him with a shotgun. The man misses, but gets away. McCabe goes over past convictions to see witch of them might be the would-be assassin.
#14 - Side by Side
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 17, 1989
McCabe and the son of a friend go fishing, and discover a bomb on the their boat. Unable to disarm it they jump in the sea and swim to a nearby island. Meanwhile Jake and Derek presume they're dead, and go looking for the bomber.
#15 - The Lady in Red
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1989
Ed Delaney, an ex-cop and an old friend of McCabe, is killed when he comes close to solving ""The Lady in Red"" Murder - a 20-year-old unsolved murder case that got him fired from the police.
#16 - The Way You Look Tonight
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 1989
A young lady is acquitted for killing her mother, and wants to hire Jake privately to find the killer. Jake turns it down because he's on his way to a vacation, but then McCabe refuses to let him take any days off. So Jake quits his job and takes the assignment.
#17 - In the Still of the Night
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 3, 1990
Derek gets Jake to look into things, when the sister of a good friend is arrested for possession of drugs. She says they were planted by her mother-in-law, who is angry with her son for trying to take control of the family company, and at her for marrying him.
#18 - You Turned the Tables on Me
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1990
After several failed raids on mafia boss Everett Ashford, it appears the PA's office has a leak. Evidence starts to point to Leigh Perry, a rising star in the PA's office and the head of the organized crime division.
#19 - I Ain't Got No Body
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 7, 1990
A woman disappears when looking into her mother's death at a health resort. Jake and LA cop Karen Stetson go undercover at the resort, posing as a married couple.
#20 - You're Driving Me Crazy
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 4, 1990
McCabe prosecutes a man for murdering his wife, when the man's story about them being assaulted by gang members doesn't check out.
#21 - My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 2, 1990
Jake and Derek negotiates with a slightly paranoid man who has evidence against a crocked oil company, while McCabe gets a visit from a young woman claiming to be his daughter.
#22 - Danny Boy
Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired May 9, 1990
When a gang marks him for death, Daniel joins a group about to escape from the prison. To insure his cooperation the escapees frame him for murder.
#23 - Chinatown, My Chinatown
Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired May 16, 1990
Jake investigates the murder of a journalist working in Chinatown. He gets help from Chinatown cop Tommy Min Tang, the son of the local godfather.
#24 - Exactly Like You
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1990
A friend of McCabe is killed execution style. A witness identifies Lyle Wicks as the murderer, and Wicks confesses. But several parts of his confession don't add up, so Jake continues the investigation.
#25 - Only You
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 1990
Jake goes under cover investigating industrial espionage, trying to find the top man. Things get complicated when an acquaintance for LA comes to visit.