Midnight Caller

The BEST episodes of Midnight Caller

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Follows Jack Killian, a San Francisco cop who accidentally killed his partner. After leaving the police force, he ended up the host of a late-night radio talk show--with a penchant for getting involved with the problems of his listeners.

Last Updated: 5/27/2022Network: NBC
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Twelve Gauge
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8.15
33 votes

#1 - Twelve Gauge

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/6/1988

Jack spends most of his radio show talking with a homicidal/suicidal 'spurned lover' - the man is waiting to kill his girlfriend and then himself. It's a race against time for the police to track down the location of the woman's home.

Directors: Robert Butler
Fathers and Sins
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8.07
29 votes

#2 - Fathers and Sins

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/14/1989

Jack and Devon are both struggling to come to terms with their fathers. Jack's father returns after an absence of 25 years; Devon's father suffers a heart attack and the two must mend their fences in the face of the illness.

Directors: Robert Singer
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Payback
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8.00
27 votes

#3 - Payback

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/20/1988

A female friend of Jack's from the police force is wounded in the line of duty and her partner killed. They seek comfort in each other's arms to grieve the deaths of their partners. Jack finds himself in the crossfire of the mob hit man trying to silence the only witness to the crime.

Directors: Kevin Hooks
Trash Radio
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8.00
30 votes

#4 - Trash Radio

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/24/1989

Jack finds himself being raked over the coals by a jealous competitor who has insider information on an Internal Affairs investigation, which found Jack not guilty of the charges.

Directors: Larry Gross
The Fall
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8.00
28 votes

#5 - The Fall

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/21/1989

Jack is drawn back to the neighborhood he worked in as a patrolman in response to a mother's plea to help her drug-addicted son.

Directors: Bradford May
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Ethan's Call
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8.00
27 votes

#6 - Ethan's Call

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/4/1989

Jack continues to be haunted by the night of Rusty's death. This time he has to help out Rusty's son, Ethan, who has run away from home and calls Jack to tell him so.

Directors: Matt Clark
Wait Until Midnight
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8.00
27 votes

#7 - Wait Until Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/2/1989

One of Jack's regular callers 'witnesses' a murder in her apartment building while talking to Jack on the phone. She isn't believed by the authorities because she is blind and there is no evidence that a crime has been committed.

Blues for Mr. Charlie
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8.00
27 votes

#8 - Blues for Mr. Charlie

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/9/1989

The season finale deals with the issue of gun control, and a citizen's right to bear arms. A neighborhood convenience store owner misinterprets Jack's caution to protect himself, ends up killing a man and places partial blame on Jack for the idea.

Directors: Robert Singer
But Not for Me
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7.97
30 votes

#9 - But Not for Me

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/17/1989

Jack receives a phone call from a kidnapper who informs Jack that he has taken a suspected murderer into his personal custody so he won't hurt any more women. He continues to use Jack's show as a forum for his demands. A supposed suicide is revealed to be an elaborate murder cover up.

Directors: Peter Levin
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After It Happened
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7.90
30 votes

#10 - After It Happened

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/13/1988

Jack's old girlfriend, Tina, arrives in town. She informs him she has contracted AIDS and will die. Unable to handle the hopelessness of the situation, Jack sets out to find the man responsible. Jack is shocked to see that the message of safe sex is still being ignored, despite the obvious consequences. He uses his show as a forum on AIDS awareness as well as a means of tracking down the man who infected Tina.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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No Exit
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7.80
30 votes

#11 - No Exit

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/7/1989

A young runaway, forced into prostitution, turns to Jack via his radio show for assistance in breaking away from her pimp who is involved in the white slavery market.

Directors: John Patterson
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Promise to a Dead Man
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7.80
30 votes

#12 - Promise to a Dead Man

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/7/1989

On the fortieth anniversary of one of San Francisco's most celebrated unsolved murders, Jack is drawn into a case that hits closer to home than anyone could imagine.

Directors: Eric Laneuville
Baby Chase
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7.79
28 votes

#13 - Baby Chase

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/11/1989

Assisting an injured woman on the street, a young doctor is faced with every mother's nightmare when her infant daughter is abducted by a young woman whose grasp on reality is failing. Jack uses the show as a forum to track down the kidnapped child, who, on top of everything, is desperately ill and will die without her medication.

Blame It on Midnight
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7.79
28 votes

#14 - Blame It on Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/28/1989

An abused wife calls Jack's show fearing for her life. Their paths cross and they become romantically involved. The reappearance of the abusive husband throws Jack into the middle of a murder investigation - as the prime suspect.

Directors: Peter Levin
The Execution of John Saringo
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7.74
31 votes

#15 - The Execution of John Saringo

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/10/1989

Jack, Devon and Billy are forced to examine their belief in capital punishment when they are invited to broadcast the final hours of a death row inmate's life.

Bank Job
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7.73
30 votes

#16 - Bank Job

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/3/1989

As Jack's luck would have it, he goes into a bank to cash a cheque and finds himself a hostage in a bank robbery. The media and the police wait out the negotiations, all with a personal interest in Jack's well-being.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Conversations with an Assassin
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7.11
65 votes

#17 - Conversations with an Assassin

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/25/1988

Jack Killian retires from the San Francisco Police Department after accidentally shooting his partner, Rusty, in a crossfire situation. He's drawn back to the world of the living by an offer to be a late night talk radio host. A serial killer begins calling Jack, explaining the assassinations and Jack's inadvertently pulled back into the crime fighting world.

Directors: Thomas Carter
Evil is Live Spelled Backward (2)
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6.00
1 votes

#18 - Evil is Live Spelled Backward (2)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/1989

When Devon becomes a kidnap victim of the call-in killer, Zymak and Jack work together to discover that the crimes are a twisted vendetta against Jack and KJCM.

Directors: Bradford May
Tarnished Shield
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5.75
4 votes

#19 - Tarnished Shield

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1989

Jack's mentor on the police force is reunited with him under horrific circumstances. His policeman son-in-law commits suicide after calling Jack's show. Jack finds himself involved in a convoluted plot of understanding why, which has him questioning the ethics of some fellow officers.

Directors: Kevin Hooks
Based on a True Story
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4.00
2 votes

#20 - Based on a True Story

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/16/1990

The devastating San Francisco earthquake is re-enacted as Jack and Billy help citizens connect with loved ones via the radio waves, Devon has a close encounter, and Zymak and his family re-unite under tense circumstances.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Evil is Live Spelled Backward (1)
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2.00
1 votes

#21 - Evil is Live Spelled Backward (1)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1989

Jack's show is plagued by a series of on-air murders and locations of dead bodies. Jack's intuition tells him it's a serial killer but he has a hard time convincing Lieutenant Zymak.

Directors: Bradford May
Take Back the Streets
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2.00
1 votes

#22 - Take Back the Streets

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/7/1989

The drug trade hits too close to home for a San Francisco neighborhood. Their personal war on crime becomes the focus of Jack's show.

Directors: Dan Lerner
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A Snitch in Time (1)
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2.00
1 votes

#23 - A Snitch in Time (1)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/20/1990

Jack borrows Devon's car, unfortunately a young woman is killed by a hit and run driver matching Devon's car and Jack's description. The victim turns out to be the daughter of an influential retired lawyer, who wants retribution. Jack is hauled in for questioning, and becomes the pawn in a jewelry thief's deal for release.

Directors: Eric Laneuville
The Reverend Soundbite
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2.00
1 votes

#24 - The Reverend Soundbite

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/6/1990

Gang violence and police retaliation are the focal point for this episode. Zymak, accused of police brutality, is unable to come clean with his whereabouts as his marriage is disintegrating.

Directors: Peter Levin
The Hostage Game
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2.00
1 votes

#25 - The Hostage Game

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/8/1990

Jack's friend from childhood is too close to the hostage situations around the world; his brother is one of many on a hijacked plane. In retaliation, he kidnaps an official from the country claiming responsibility. He keeps regular contact with Jack via the radio show, alluding to his location.