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.

License to Kill

#1 - License to Kill

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1974

Stone's ex-partner comes to town with a deadly vendetta: kill the man who murdered his son.

star 9.00
8 votes
Writers: Don Balluck, Robert Keith
The Twenty-Five Caliber Plague

#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.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Michael Russnow, Tony Kayden
Till Death Do Us Part

#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.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: John D.F. Black
Beyond Vengeance

#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.

star 8.88
8 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Robert Malcolm Young
The Drop

#5 - The Drop

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 1976

Mike thinks he's a murder target when a kidnapper specifies that he deliver the ransom money.

star 8.83
6 votes
Writers: Norman Lessing
Most Likely to Succeed

#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.

star 8.78
9 votes
Directors: William Hale
Writers: John D. Hess
The House on Hyde Street

#7 - The House on Hyde Street

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 1, 1973

When a boy disappears after school, suspicion falls on the neighborhood recluse.

star 8.69
13 votes
Writers: John Wilder
Chapel of the Damned

#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.

star 8.67
9 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Robert Schlitt
Dead Lift

#9 - Dead Lift

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 1977

A bodybuilder's short temper causes murder.

star 8.63
8 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Larry Brody

#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.

star 8.60
10 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: Albert Ruben
The Glass Dart Board

#11 - The Glass Dart Board

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 1975

A psycopathic killer uses San Francisco High-rises as target practice.

star 8.56
9 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Sean Baine
The Honorable Profession

#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

star 8.56
9 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Paul Robert Coyle
River of Fear

#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.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Robert Malcolm Young
Cry Help!

#14 - Cry Help!

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 7, 1974

A troubled teen from a broken home is suspected of shooting a friend's stepfather.

star 8.50
6 votes
Writers: Larry Brody, Leonardo Bercovici
Dead Air

#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.

star 8.50
10 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Marvin Kupfer
Hot Dog

#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.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Guerdon Trueblood
Who Killed Helen French?

#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.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Allen Reisner
Writers: Robert W. Lenski
Trail of Terror

#18 - Trail of Terror

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 1975

Keller is pursued by killers as he transports a prisoner to jail.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Jim Byrnes

#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.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Mort Fine
Act of Duty

#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.

star 8.43
14 votes
Writers: Robert Malcolm Young
Spooks for Sale

#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.

star 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Michael Douglas
Writers: Albert Ruben
Monkey is Back

#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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Richard Lang
Writers: Sean Baine
The Unicorn

#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.

star 8.36
11 votes
Writers: Jerry Ziegman, Mort Fine
Death and the Favored Few

#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.

star 8.36
11 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Gene Coon
Trail of the Serpent

#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.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Cliff Gould, John Wilder