The BEST Episodes of The Streets of San Francisco
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
The show revolved around two police officers who investigated homicides in San Francisco. The center of the series was a veteran cop and widower, Lt Mike Stone (Karl Malden), who had more than 20 years of police experience and was now assigned to the Homicide Detail of SFPD's Bureau of Inspectors. He was partnered with a young, energetic partner, Assistant Inspector Steve Keller (Michael Douglas), a college graduate, age 28, who had no police experience. Stone would become a second father to Keller as he learned the rigors and procedures of detective work.
#2 - The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 1974
A single .25 caliber pistol affects many lives in a single weekend.
#3 - Till Death Do Us Part
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1976
Stone must protect a former book keeper's wife (Jessica Walter), in order to have her testify against several high profile mobsters who want her dead because of the evidence she has against them.
#4 - Beyond Vengeance
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 8, 1973
after spending ""a lousy"" 12 years in prison for a rape / torture / murder, a young punk returns to san francisco to seek revenge against mike stone who was the arresting officer. for starters, the guy murders a girlfriend of mike stone's daughter..... so the killer is REALLY a sicko. the episode spends quite a lot of time on the supposed legal manuvers of the suspect to harrass without going over the line and getting arrested. its okay for hollywood, but the techniques used were fairly shallow and not really something that could be used and especially today. all ends well, though, and mike's daughter says 'bye daddy' as she rolls out on her busride back to her college in AZ.
#6 - Most Likely to Succeed
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 18, 1975
Lt. Michael Stone and Inspector Steven Keller investigate a murder committed at a all-boys prep school.
#8 - Chapel of the Damned
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 17, 1974
Stone and Keller work to crack a kidnap case where the mother is friends with an alleged psychic.
#9 - Dead Lift
Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 1977
A bodybuilder's short temper causes murder.
#10 - Endgame
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 23, 1975
When Keller is injured by a gangster, Stone's thirst for vengeance results in his demotion to a beat cop.
#11 - The Glass Dart Board
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 1975
A psycopathic killer uses San Francisco High-rises as target practice.
#12 - The Honorable Profession
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 15, 1976
Robert Reed plays a ficticious doctor. During Act IV he packs up to leave town. The well-written episode begs the question whether Reed's character did more good than harm posing as a doctor.. Contributor: frank91165, nelsonexpert State: New
#13 - River of Fear
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 13, 1975
A twelve-year-old girl sets out to prove that he stepfather killer her mother.
#15 - Dead Air
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 13, 1975
A radio host is accused of murder when a woman who threatened him dies.
#16 - Hot Dog
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 1976
Inpector Stone and Robbins go after a gang of thieves who use motor cycles to make there get away.
#17 - Who Killed Helen French?
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 1977
The police learn that a victim of spousal abuse has been leading a double life.
#18 - Trail of Terror
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 1975
Keller is pursued by killers as he transports a prisoner to jail.
#19 - Superstar
Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 4, 1976
Stone clashes with an abrasive NYC cop who is on the trail of his partner's killer.
#20 - Act of Duty
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 18, 1973
Roommate (played by Brenda Vaccaro) of a slain police officer agrees to be bait in a rape investigation. After Mike Stone kicks her off the case, she continues on her own, hurtling headlong into peril.
#21 - Spooks for Sale
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 11, 1975
The death of a night-watchman during a burglary puts Stone and Keller into the midst of a spy-vs.-spy conflict between high-tech industrial espionage firms.
#22 - Monkey is Back
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 1977
As a dare to try to win a spot among a gang of high school thugs in the 1950's, Charley Belasco commits a crime that sends him to prison for 20 years. Upon his release, he goes on a murderous rampage to hunt down the the high school thugs who spurned him.
#23 - The Unicorn
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 5, 1973
A priest (Fr. Scarne) won't tell Stone where a murderer (Abel Hoffman) is hiding. Stakes are raised by drug smugglers looking for a stolen shipment of heroin.
#24 - Death and the Favored Few
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 14, 1974
Stone and Keller investigate the murder of a society publisher whose method was to coerce subscriptions from wealthy clients by blackmailing them. The investigation leads the detective to a wealthy woman and her daughter, who were among the ones being blackmailed and who still have secrets to hide.
#25 - Trail of the Serpent
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 22, 1973
A gang takes Mike Stone hostage after killing a policeman in an attempt to flee from a grocery store robbery. They want to trade Stone in for their leader, Buddy Sims.