Ironside

Ironside

  • TV-PG
  • 1967
  • 8 Seasons
  • 6.9  (3,136)

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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The Rolling Y
19. The Rolling Y
 
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.
The Organizer
18. The Organizer
 
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 Matter of Life or Death
17. A Matter of Life or Death
 
A lifetime of paraplegia threatens Detective Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway) when he is shot by a sniper. Part 1 of 2.
The Faded Image
16. The Faded Image
January 16, 1975
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.
The Return of Eleanor Rogers
15. The Return of Eleanor Rogers
January 2, 1975
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.
The Visiting Fireman
14. The Visiting Fireman
December 26, 1974
A British police inspector visits San Francisco for a conference, and whilst there assists his old friend Chief Ironside with an awkward investigation. It soon appears, however, that he knows more about the case than he should do, and that his involvement may have something to do with his deteriorating state of health.
Fall of an Angel
13. Fall of an Angel
December 19, 1974
A retired assassin kills the son of a mob chief, and tries to escape town after anonymously leaving his own young son in the care of Chief Ironside. The Chief soon puts two and two together, and figures out who the boy is; but he still has to find the father, before a major league gangster out for revenge can get to him first.
Speak No Evil
12. Speak No Evil
December 12, 1974
A friend of Ed's becomes the target of an assassin, but cannot shed any light on the reasons for the attempt on his life. When Ed discovers that his friend is a priest, prevented from speaking by the bounds of confession, he and the Chief attempt to discover the truth; which soon leads them to three unexplained murders amongst the city's drug dealers.
The Over-the-Hill Blues
11. The Over-the-Hill Blues
December 5, 1974
Peter Justin, a gentleman jewel thief and old adversary of the Chief's, returns from a five year stretch in San Quentin and is soon back to his old life. When a protégé frames him for a robbery and murder charge the Chief has to prove him innocent, despite his knowledge that another recent robbery is most definitely the work of Justin alone.
Far Side of the Fence
10. Far Side of the Fence
November 21, 1974
After the killing of one of his men, gangland boss Lew Parker puts out a contract on Ironside, which the undercover Ed is forced to pick up. Unable to contact the rest of the team Ed has to go along with the preparations for a heist, but when his cover is blown and he winds up a prisoner, the Chief and co must find the missing links before it is too late.
Act of Vengeance
9. Act of Vengeance
November 14, 1974
A convict awaiting parole hears that his son has been shot dead following a clash with a rival teenage gang. Although eager for vengeance he has another son to think about, and the Chief is determined to keep them both on the straight and narrow, whilst at the same time finding out who really killed the boy.
Run Scared
8. Run Scared
November 7, 1974
The Chief's god-daughter witnesses a murder whilst performing in a street-side harlequin show. On the run from the murderer, she and her boyfriend remain one jump ahead of Ironside's team; but there is an added dimension to the case which the Chief cannot at first hope to guess at, and a further reason for his god-daughter's desperate flight.
The Lost Cotillion
7. The Lost Cotillion
October 31, 1974
A series of murders appear to be connected to an old friend of the Chief's, an ageing woman from San Francisco's old rich set; and when the murders are linked to her debutante's ball and she appears to be exhibiting signs of deteriorating mental health, the odds look stacked against her. As always, though, the Chief looks elsewhere to find the truth.
Set-Up: Danger!
6. Set-Up: Danger!
October 24, 1974
When Ed returns from a holiday he finds the Chief missing, and a series of obscure clues pointing to the suggestion that he has been kidnapped. In truth Ironside has been waylaid by an old enemy, a mobster seeking his help to solve a murder, but a gang war is brewing and the Chief needs his team to find him in time to stop it erupting unchecked.
Cross Doublecross
5. Cross Doublecross
October 10, 1974
When somebody takes pot shots at Fran's hot-headed cop boyfriend, he soon comes under suspicion for a handful of assaults and two murders. All the trouble seems to be linked back to a case he investigated with his one-time partner, now turned private eye; but is it a case of cop-turned-bad, or is it something else?
Trial of Terror
4. Trial of Terror
October 3, 1974
A woman reluctantly turns to Ironside for protection after she witnesses the murder of her father, a man who was set to testify in the trial of a drug kingpin.
What's New With Mark?
3. What's New With Mark?
September 26, 1974
Mark and his girlfriend come across a murder whilst on a date, but decide to defend the killer when it transpires that he acted in self defence. During the case the pair get married, and Ed decides to move in with the Chief in Mark's place.
Raise the Devil (2)
2. Raise the Devil (2)
September 19, 1974
Clues of the murder lead Ironside and his team to a psychiatrist who hypnotizes his patients with criminal purposes.
Raise the Devil (1)
1. Raise the Devil (1)
September 12, 1974
Startling story about exorcism, witchcraft and murder. Ironside and his officers must unveil the facts of the murder of a woman who was worried about a devilish possession she believed she was under.
Description

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.Ironside is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (202 episodes). The series first aired on September 14, 1967.

Where to Watch Ironside

Ironside is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ironside on demand at Vudu and Google Play.

  • Premiere Date
    September 14, 1967
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (3,136)