The BEST episodes written by John Wilder

The House on Hyde Street
17 votes

#1 - The House on Hyde Street

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 22

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

Trail of the Serpent
12 votes

#2 - Trail of the Serpent

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 21

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.

The Albatross
13 votes

#3 - The Albatross

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 24

A father finds out that the man who murdered his son is released on a technicality.

I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
9 votes

#4 - I Ain't Marchin' Anymore

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 3 - Episode 5

To solve the murder of an AWOL Marine, Keller goes undercover to join a group of Vietnam War protesters.

28 votes

#5 - Timelock

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 8

Stone appears to be the only one willing to give the benefit of the doubt to a convict who is accused of a murder while out of prison on a 36-hour pass.

Bitter Wine
16 votes

#6 - Bitter Wine

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 13

A man who served 12 years in prison to protect his brother gets out only to find that the brother never told their father, a Greek restaurant owner, the truth about who should have gone to jail.

The Takers
18 votes

#7 - The Takers

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 10

The murders of a flight attendant and a nurse who were rooming together lead Stone and Keller to suspect a jewelry salesman and his wife.

Promised Land
35 votes

#8 - Promised Land

Spenser: For Hire - Season 1 - Episode 1

Spenser is hired to find the runaway wife of a wealthy businessman. Based on a story by Spenser novelist Robert B. Parker.

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The Legacy
43 votes

#9 - The Legacy

Return to Lonesome Dove - Season 1 - Episode 3

Captain Call returns to his Montana ranch with his herd of horses. He also brings his new love, Clara and her two remaining children. Call must now work on several relationships since he and son Newt are still having problems as well as Clara and her children. At the same time he must keep his ranch running smoothly and battle rival ranchers.

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The Bullet
20 votes

#10 - The Bullet

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 12

A college professor, shot accidentally while trying to pay off a blackmailer, refuses to co-operate with Stone's investigation for fear that the publicity will lose him an upcoming promotion.

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The Crime
9 votes

#11 - The Crime

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 9

The Wendells easily con the people of Centennial, while blackmailing Reverend Holly. The Wendell son, Philip idolizes Sheriff Dumire, who is investegating the disappearance and possible murder of a traveling businessman, carrying a briefcase full of money. Newly widowed Charlotte Seccombe, returns to England briefly, but returns to run the Venneford Ranch. Meanwhile, Hans Brumbaugh, with the help of Japanese laborers has built his farm into a successful potatoe farm.

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No Room at the Inn
15 votes

#12 - No Room at the Inn

Spenser: For Hire - Season 1 - Episode 2

Spenser is given an old station as a gift from the fire department for a service rendered them. The police department hires to protect a mysterious witness.

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The Passing
42 votes

#13 - The Passing

Return to Lonesome Dove - Season 1 - Episode 4

Captain Call's return to his Montana ranch sees him try to patch things up with his son Newt. Meanwhile Clara is attacked by the hired gunmen of a rival rancher and she must defend herself with her trusty six-shooter.

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The Vision
46 votes

#14 - The Vision

Return to Lonesome Dove - Season 1 - Episode 1

Return to Lonesome Dove is a sequel to the hit series Lonesome Dove. In the opening episode Captain Woodrow F. Call heads back to his Montana ranch with a heard of wild horses where he has left his unacknowledged son Newt Dobbs in charge.

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The Winds of Death
38 votes

#15 - The Winds of Death

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 11

Early 1900's, Mervin Wendell has become a real estate tycoon by selling promises on land that barely produces any growth to young naive families from the East. While Charlotte Lloyd takes up the Mexican residents' cause at defending their rights.

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The Winds of Fortune
36 votes

#16 - The Winds of Fortune

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 10

Charlotte Seccombe and Jim Lloyd fall in love, while Zendt's troubled daughter Clemma returns. The notorious Pettis gang arrive for a showdown with Sheriff Dumire. Hans Brumbaugh's Japanese laborers quit him to follow after their own dreams of owning their own farms.

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The Shepherds
39 votes

#17 - The Shepherds

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 7

The late 1800's, Hans Brumbaugh leads the farmers in the war against the wealthy ranchers and cattlemen led by Oliver Seccombe. Messmore Garrett settles in Centennial with thousands of sheep and more competition against the cattlemen. The new sheriff, Dumire can't stop the fight from both sides. Charlotte Buckland, the daughter of one of the Venneford Ranch's British owners, arrives in America and falls in love with Seccombe.

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The Forge
72 votes

#18 - The Forge

Return to Lonesome Dove - Season 1 - Episode 2

Captain Call continues his trip back to Montana. Along the journey he meets Clara Allen. Clara was once the girlfriend of Augustus 'Gus' McCrae who was also Call's late partner.

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The Storm
39 votes

#19 - The Storm

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 8

Mervin Wendell, his wife Maude and son Philip, a theatrical / professional con man comes to Centennial. Jim Lloyd is in love with Levi Zendt's beautiful, but wild daughter Clemma and pursues her. Meanwhile, the British investors have sent Scottish accountant Finlay Perkin to the Venneford Ranch to do an audit. Not able to understand Seccombe's accounting or spendage of running a cattle ranch, he accuses him of thief.

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The Scream of Eagles
33 votes

#20 - The Scream of Eagles

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 12

1978: Historian Professor Lew Vernor and writer Sidney Enderman arrive to do a article on Centennial. Paul Garrett, the current owner of the Venneford Ranch and a direct descendant of Pasquinel, tells them the history of the town. Morgan Wendell, son of Philip is running for the newly formed office of Commissioner of Resources and Priorities for the State of Colorado. When it is realized that Wendell is running only for the money and power, Garrett is persuaded to run against him.

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All's War, In Love and Fairs
4 votes

#21 - All's War, In Love and Fairs

The Partridge Family - Season 2 - Episode 23

The Partridge Family is eagerly anticipating their vacation after finishing a club date in Las Vegas. Reuben would like them to accept the management's offer to appear for another two weeks, but they all refuse. On the way to the hotel, the bus breaks down. They are towed in to Cal Courtney's garage and he gives them the bad news that they will have to spend the night because he doesn't have the part needed to repair the bus. The family is disappointed at having to postpone their vacation, but there is nothing they can do about it so they resolve to make the best of things. Cal's wife, Amanda, is excited and glad to have the famous singing stars staying at her place. She would like to ask them to appear at a fair for the benefit of the local Indian tribe, but she can't get up the courage and she resorts to deceiving them into staying longer. When it appears that the family will be leaving, Amanda and Cal take the Partridges to the Indian reservation with the result that they volunteer

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The Longhorns
36 votes

#22 - The Longhorns

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 6

Representing a group of British investors, Oliver Seccombe arrives in Centennial with money to start a cattle ranch. He hires John Skimmerhorn to get some men and launch a large cattle drive to the West's largest cattle ranch, the Venneford. Skimmerhorn hires R.J. Poteet, an experienced trail boss, who picks a handful of seasoned drovers and young trail hands.

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The Silent Knife
6 votes

#23 - The Silent Knife

The Rifleman - Season 3 - Episode 13

Lucas and Mark try to persuade a persecuted young mute to return stolen money.

The Wagon and the Elephant
41 votes

#24 - The Wagon and the Elephant

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 3

1845: In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, young Mennonite Levi Zendt heads out west with his bride-to-be Elly Zamm. On the wagon train and in St. Louis they meet young English writer Oliver Seccombe and Army Captain Maxwell Mercy - who is married to Lisette, Pasquinel's daughter. McKeag weds Clay Basket and adopts her half-breed daughter Lucinda. While on the wagon train, guide Samuel Purchase tries to rape Elly, causing Levi and Elly to leave it, meeting McKeag and later establish the settlement of the town Centennial.

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For as Long as the Water Flows
36 votes

#25 - For as Long as the Water Flows

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 4

Driven by the grief over his wife's death, Levi boards himself up in the desolate cabin once used by McKeag and Pasquinel in their early trapping days. Clay Basket and McKeag soon send their daughter Lucinda to bring him to their home. Eventually, Levi and Lucinda fall in love and marry. Meanwhile, Hans Brumbaugh arrives from Germany to seek gold.

The Massacre
39 votes

#26 - The Massacre

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 5

1861: War sweeps the country, the Civil War in the North and South, in the West the Pasquinel brothers, Jacques and Marcel are raiding and murdering soldiers and homesteaders. Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn, an officer in the Wyoming militia arrives in Centennial with intent on killing all Indians.

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The Yellow Apron
40 votes

#27 - The Yellow Apron

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 2

In spite of mounting tensions between the races, Pasquinel, McKeag and the Indians continue a profitable releationship in trading. Clay Basket bears Pasquinel two sons, Jacques and Marcel, while back in St. Louis, Lise gives birth to Pasquinel's daughter, Lisette. Pasquinel continues his obsessive search for Lame Beaver's gold, while McKeag and Clay Basket are secretly in love with each other, but her honor in marriage to Pasquinel won't allow her to reveal it to McKeag.

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Only the Rocks Live Forever
49 votes

#28 - Only the Rocks Live Forever

Centennial - Season 1 - Episode 1

A fiesty Quebec trapper meets Arapaho Chief Lame Beaver in his travels throughout the American West. Thus beginning a series of relationships that create a timeline of adventures from the late 1700's to the 20th century. On a trip to St. Louis to sell his wares, he encounters the wealthy silversmith Herman Bockweiss (Raymond Burr) and enters a partnership with him to bring guns and silver to the Indians. He agrees to marry Bockweiss' daughter Lise (Sally Kellerman) and leaves shortly thereafter to return to his trapping trade. He encounters and saves the life of his future partner, Alexander McKeag (Richard Chamberlain), a Scotsman attempting to escape his past. They make their way to an Arapaho camp where McKeag, who has been injured, is tended by Chief Lame Beaver's daughter, Clay Basket (Barbara Carrera). They fall in love, but she instead marries Pasquinel at her father's request. Accompanied by Clay Basket, the partners set out in search of Pasquinel's true desire - gold.

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