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The television show Ironside is a gritty and realistic drama that focuses on Detective Robert T. Ironside who becomes paralyzed from the waist down after a targeted assassination attempt. The incident ends the twenty-plus year career of the San Francisco Police Department Chief of Detectives. From his injuries, Ironside becomes confined to a wheelchair and has to leave the force. Ironside is determined to keep doing what he loves to do, which is to solve crimes, and gets the Police Commissioner to appoint him as a special police department consultant.

Robert Ironside makes his home on the attic floor of the Police Department and asks for Sergeant Ed Brown and Officer Eve Whitfield to join him. Ironside also hires Mark Sanger, a delinquent, as a bodyguard and personal assistant. At first, Sanger is a suspect in the shooting, but Ironside rules him out as a suspect and hires Sanger to drive him around in a modified and specially equipped van. Eventually, Sanger attends law school, graduates and becomes a police officer and a full member of Ironside's elite crime-fighting team. Later on in the series, Mark Sanger marries.

Before becoming a hit television series, Ironside was a made-for-television movie that aired in March of 1967. From September 1967 to January 1975, Ironside aired on NBC and starred Raymond Burr as Ironside. The series co-starred Don Galloway as Sergeant Ed Brown, Barbara Anderson as Officer Eve Whitfield and Don Mitchell as Mark Singer. Due to a contract dispute, Barbara Anderson left the show after the fourth season. She was replaced by Elizabeth Baur who starred as Officer Fran Belding.

Ironside was created by Collier Young and was well-received by television audiences across America. It was one of the most popular crime-dramas of that era and enjoyed an eight year run. During the eight years it was on the air, Ironside remained a top-rated series. Television audiences were not the only ones to award the show. Raymond Burr was nominated for six Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his performances as the witty and highly intuitive Detective Ironside.

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8 Seasons, 198 Episodes - Ended
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  • A young man befriended by the Chief is framed for a series of cattle rustlings near to the ranch owned by his father. Ironside and Ed head out for the ranch to try to prove him innocent, whilst at the same time helping him to convince his father that his artistry is an acceptable career.

  • Mark and Ed go undercover as gangsters at a big meeting designed to unite the small time hoods of California's underworld under one leader. With the help of Ironside, himself posing as a businessman staying at the same hotel, the pair set out to trap the would-be crime kingpin, by helping him to dig his own grave and destroy any chance of gangland unity.

  • A lifetime of paraplegia threatens Detective Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway) when he is shot by a sniper. Part 1 of 2.

  • Ed befriends the daughter of the judge presiding over his latest case, only for the girl to come to him in fear for her father's life. It seems she is overreacting to a series of accidents, but events soon suggest her suspicions may be correct; especially after it turns out that her father's new wife has old Underworld connections she thought she had left behind.

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'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family' Cancelled: Who's Next?

The pruning of new TV series continues, as NBC cancels two of its freshman shows. The network plans to use the vacated time slots for very specific purposes; another new series and a returning show will fill the holes beginning in early 2014.

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