The BEST Episodes of McCloud
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021
A "fish-out-of-water" cop show about a New Mexico lawman assigned to a Manhattan precinct. There's a healthy dose of matchstick-chewing and down-home phrases, but McCloud is one sharp country slicker who teaches his city counterparts a thing or two about nailing bad guys.
#1 - Encounter with Aries
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1971
The wife of an astrologer and widely-syndicated newspaper columnist is kidnapped in broad daylight.
#2 - Somebody's Out to Get Jennie
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 24, 1971
An industrial engineer is thought to have died in an air crash, and his secretary is driven into a mental hospital.
#3 - Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 23, 1970
(NOTE: For repeats, this episode was known as "Manhattan Manhunt, Part 1"). McCloud is becoming famous thanks to press coverage. It doesn't endear him to the boys in blue, who have to deal with a string of drugstore holdups.
#4 - Portrait of a Dead Girl (aka Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 17, 1970
McCloud escorts a witness from New Mexico to New York City, but loses him to kidnappers and finds himself in a murder case involving Puerto Rican nationalists, a lady novelist, a Wall Street lawyer, and a dead beauty pageant winner.
#5 - Who Says You Can't Make Friends in New York City?
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1970
(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Man from Taos, Part 1"). McCloud goes to help a lady in distress, but gets caught in a shootout that sends him back to Taos on Chief Clifford's orders. At the last minute, the Chief is kidnapped to force McCloud to act as a courier to Paris.
#6 - The Concrete Corral
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1970
(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Murder Arena, Part 1"). McCloud is assigned to shepherd the cowboys at a visiting rodeo. They're old friends, and one of them is killed by a jealous rival over a woman, it appears.
#7 - The Stage is All the World
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1970
(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Manhattan Manhunt, Part 2"). McCloud, whose new-found celebrity (thanks to an article by Chris Coughlin in the Chronicle) vexes the Department, is assigned to protect a British theatrical maven who has received letters assailing his ""filthy, obscene"" productions and threatening his life.
#9 - Walk in the Dark
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 1970
(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Murder Arena, Part 2"). McCloud complains about his assignment to rodeo detail, so Chief Clifford sends him to Special Auxiliary Force VI under the command of Sgt. Dameron, where he works to catch a murderer in Central Park.
#11 - Our Man in Paris
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 21, 1970
(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Man from Taos, Part 2"). In Paris, McCloud and a stewardess try to locate a mysterious arms smuggler with ties to an American mogul and a New York gubernatorial candidate.
#12 - Top of the World, Ma!
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 1971
A football player from Ohio who needs an operation goes to find the New York mobster who owes him money.
#13 - The Disposal Man
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 29, 1971
A nabob is menaced by a professional killer with an unknown employer.
#14 - A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 12, 1972
Stolen penicillin is diluted and sent south of the border by the director of a famous cemetery.
#15 - Fifth Man in a String Quartet
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 2, 1972
A musician is framed for the killing of his teacher, a violinist whose long-lost brother was in the mob.
#16 - Give My Regrets to Broadway
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 23, 1972
A Broadway producer is implicated in the murder of a detective investigating his business practices.
#17 - The New Mexican Connection
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 1972
A TV commentator's critique of police shootings tarnishes the department's stakeout squad, and Chris Coughlin is threatened to force the release of a murder suspect extradited to Taos by McCloud.
#18 - The Park Avenue Rustlers
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 24, 1972
As part of a pilot program, McCloud is assigned a female partner, and the two go undercover against a big-time auto theft ring.
#19 - Showdown at the End of the World
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 7, 1973
An ambitious junior executive in the mob uses fashion models to transport heroin into New York.
#20 - The Million Dollar Round Up
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 1973
A dying Roman mobster wills his ""Saracen Horse,"" a jewel-encrusted green jade treasure, to any of his criminal colleagues who can take possession of it.
#21 - Butch Cassidy Rides Again
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 14, 1973
The NYPD demonstrates a bank robbery on live closed-circuit TV, and is bushwhacked by a gang of antiquated outlaws.
#22 - The Solid Gold Swingers
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 2, 1973
While answering a high-rise apartment burglary call, McCloud stumbles on a body, which then disappears. The case leads to a VIP madam under indictment, whose girls are apparently being murdered by a serial killer.
#23 - A Cowboy in Paradise
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 1974
Just before presenting a rackets case, Chief Clifford goes to Hawaii for a police conference. Taos sends McCloud, too, and the Marshal is obliged to dragoon a vacationing N.Y. policewoman when the Chief is set up on a murder charge.
#24 - The Colorado Cattle Caper
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 24, 1974
Modern-day cattle rustlers ship lethally contaminated beef to New York.
#25 - This Must Be the Alamo
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 24, 1974
During a heat wave, Chief Clifford is called away and leaves Sgt. Broadhurst in charge. A football gambling ring that scores with ""inside dope on injuries"" loses a little black book and begins eliminating witnesses in a search for it, leading to an assault on precinct headquarters.