The BEST Episodes of Tales of the Gold Monkey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The adventures of seaplane pilot and soldier of fortune Jake Cutter in the South Pacific of 1938. Jake, a former Flying Tigers pilot, made his home on the island of Boragora along with his one-eyed dog Jack and his mechanic Corky. Other companions were Bon Chance Louie, the local magistrate and owner of the Monkey Bar hangout, Sarah Stickney White, the bar's singer who was actually an American spy, and Dutch minister Willie Tenboom who was actually a German spy. Rounding out the cast of schemers was Princess Kogi, ruler of the nearby island of Matuka, and the samurai warrior Todo who commanded her private army.


#1 - Shanghaied

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1982

Corky is kidnapped by Princess Kogi's half brother to repair the engines of his slave ship.

star 9.14
7 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
The Lady and the Tiger

#2 - The Lady and the Tiger

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 1982

Jake is shot down and rescued by an Amish widow and her son, who hide him from the Japanese occupying their island.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
The Late Sarah White

#3 - The Late Sarah White

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 22, 1982

Jake and Corky fly to the Philippines to explore the reports of Sarah's death while on a mission involving MacArthur.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, George Geiger, Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff
Black Pearl

#4 - Black Pearl

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 1982

Jake, posing as a defecting U.S. scientist, and Sarah search for an experimental German bomb and a famed black pearl.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Bob Foster, Dennis Capps, Donald P. Bellisario, George Geiger, Paul Savage
Escape From Death Island

#5 - Escape From Death Island

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 1982

Jake and Corky are imprisoned on an island penal colony when they try to free the son of an Englishman.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: James Frawley
Writers: Peter Elliot, Stephen Katz
Trunk From the Past

#6 - Trunk From the Past

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 1982

Sarah receives a mysterious trunk from her late father and it leads her to a lost civilization.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Brady Westwater, John Pashdag
Naka Jima Kill

#7 - Naka Jima Kill

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 18, 1983

An ambitious newswoman tricks Jake into flying her to Princess Kogi's island for an interview with the Japanese defense minister, a recent target for assassination.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Andrew Schneider, Tom Greene
A Distant Shout of Thunder

#8 - A Distant Shout of Thunder

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 8, 1983

Sarah is used as a scapegoat by an island revolutionary who accuses her of removing a sacred statue from a cemetery on the island.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: James Fargo
Writers: George Geiger, Tom Greene
Mourning Becomes Matuka

#9 - Mourning Becomes Matuka

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 1, 1983

Princess Kogi hires Jake as a bodyguard after an attempt on her life during a birthday celebration.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: George Geiger, Jay Huguely, Tom Greene
Once a Tiger...

#10 - Once a Tiger...

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 1982

Jake leads the search for a downed plane flown by a former Flying Tiger transporting a prototype gunsight of interest to the Japanese.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: John Huff, L. Ford Neal
Legends Are Forever

#11 - Legends Are Forever

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 1982

A former Flying Tiger asks Jake's help in finding the fabled lost treasure of King Solomon.

star 7.67
6 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Milt Rosen, Reuben Leder
Honor Thy Brother

#12 - Honor Thy Brother

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 1982

Jake is followed by the brother of a Japanese pilot he shot down while he was still a Flying Tiger in China, and Corky struggles to avoid a prearranged marriage.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Bill Driskill, Danny Lee Cole, George Geiger, Jeff Ray
High Stakes Lady

#13 - High Stakes Lady

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 26, 1983

Jake acts as a bodyguard to a lady gambler during a high stakes poker game.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Bill Driskill
Last Chance Louie

#14 - Last Chance Louie

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 11, 1983

Louie is sentenced to the guillotine for murder, and his only defense is an old story he doesn't want to get out.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: George Geiger, Tom Greene
Ape Boy

#15 - Ape Boy

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 12, 1983

Jake and Sarah help an abandoned boy found living among the apes on an isolated island.

star 7.50
2 votes
Writers: Andrew Schneider, Bill Driskill
Force of Habit

#16 - Force of Habit

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 2, 1983

An old friend of Jake's turns up on Tagataya looking for help with a mission of mercy.

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Tom Greene
Boragora or Bust

#17 - Boragora or Bust

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 25, 1983

Jake's prospector buddy stands to lose his platinum strike to an unscrupulous businessman from the States.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: George Geiger, Tom Greene
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1)

#18 - Tales of the Gold Monkey (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1982

Freelance pilot Jake Cutter and his mechanic Corky become involved with Nazis and American Sarah Stickney White while searching the south Pacific for a mythical gold monkey.

star 7.26
42 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
The Sultan of Swat

#19 - The Sultan of Swat

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1983

Jake tries to help a former baseball hero who is accused of murdering a local girl on Boragora.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: David Brown
God Save the Queen

#20 - God Save the Queen

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 19, 1983

Jake helps foil an attempt to hijack an ocean liner carrying the Duke of Windsor.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: George Geiger
Cooked Goose

#21 - Cooked Goose

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 4, 1983

A Clipper pilot is beaten and his bride apparently kidnapped by Princess Kogi and held for ransom.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Donald A. Baer
Writers: Jay Huguely