Confined to a wheelchair by a sniper's bullet, former Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside (Emmy-winner** Raymond Burr
of Perry Mason
) consults for the San Francisco police department, solving major crimes with a crack team of investigators, including Detective Sergeant Ed Brown (Don Galloway
of Arrest & Trial), policewoman Eve Whitfield (Emmy-winner Barbara Anderson
of the original Mission Impossible
) and ex-con Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell
Set during the turbulent 1960s, Emmy-winning Ironside confronted the hottest issues of its time - civil rights, drugs, hippies, rock 'n' roll - topped the ratings while on NBC from 1967 to 1975, and gave television its first disabled hero. The ground-breaking inaugural season boasts original music by Quincy Jones
and an array of guest stars including Jack Lord
and Hawaii Five-O
), Susan Saint James
(Kate & Allie), David Carradine
and Kill Bill
) and Gary Collins
Available on DVD for the very first time on April 24 Ironside - Season One
includes all 28 original episodes, as well as the made-for-TV movie that started it all, in an action-packed 8-DVD box set.
* Golden Globe Nominations: Best TV Actor - Drama, Raymond Burr; 1972; Best TV Star - Male, Raymond Burr, 1969. Emmy Award Nominations: Best Song or Theme, 1974 (Won); Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series, 1973; Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Raymond Burr, 1972; Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Raymond Burr, 1971; Outstanding Series - Drama, 1971; Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama, Barbara Anderson, 1970; Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Raymond Burr, 1970; Outstanding Dramatic Series, 1970; Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Barbara Anderson, 1969; Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Raymond Burr, 1969; Outstanding Drama Series, 1969; Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama, Barbara Anderson, 1968 (Won); Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Raymond Burr, 1968; Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Raymond Burr, 1968; Outstanding Writing Achievement in a Drama, 1968.
** Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead), Perry Mason, 1961; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series, Perry Mason, 1959
DVD Contents : Disc One
Ironside - World Premiere / March 28, 1967
A unique chapter was written in the annals of television programming when viewers were given an opportunity to see a new show before it went on the air as a series. The feature-length Ironside drew almost 24 million American viewers when it aired in 1967 and began a trend in introducing a new series that continues today. In this "pilot," San Francisco Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside, is left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet.
Message From Beyond / September 14, 1967
A racetrack robbery spoils Ironside's bet on a sure winner, but it's the thief who turns out to be the biggest loser.
The Leaf In The Forest / September 21, 1967
An elusive strangler concentrates on lonely old ladies. Guest stars Barbara Barrie.
DVD Contents : Disc Two
Dead Man's Tale / September 28, 1967
A gangland murder is hidden from the press to flush out the syndicate kingpins. With guest star Jack Lord.
Eat, Drink And Be Buried / October 5, 1967
A husband fears death threats to his wife, a malicious gossip columnist. Guest stars Lee Grant and Farley Granger.
The Taker / October 12, 1967
Only the dead policeman can prove he was not "on the take." Guest stars Robert Alda and William Schallert.
An Inside Job / October 19, 1967
Two killers force Ironside to plot their escape from the police building. Guest stars John Saxon, Don Stroud and Norman Fell.
DVD Contents : Disc Three
Tagged For Murder / October 26, 1967
Five ex-GIs plot murder involving their dog tag numbers.
Let My Brother Go / November 2, 1967
A pro football player puts his reputation and his future on the line to save his worthless brother from prison. Guest stars Ivan Dixon.
Light At The End Of The Journey / November 9, 1967
A blind girl is the bait to stop a killer. Guest stars Robert Reed.
The Monster Of Comus Towers / November 16, 1967
Theft and murder in a skyscraper tower prove that an acquisitive collector knows the high price of art.
DVD Contents : Disc Four
The Man Who Believed / November 23, 1967
A beautiful folk singer dies as dramatically as she sang. Did she jump or was she pushed? Guest stars Guy Stockwell.
A Very Cool Hot Car / November 30, 1967
A sudden rise in car theft leads to a ring of wealthy hippies.
The Past Is Prologue / December 7, 1967
An escaped convict's past is revealed after 17 years as a solid citizen. Guest stars Victor Jory.
Girl In The Night / December 21,1967
Det. Sgt. Brown falls in love with a beautiful girl whose tragic life ends in murder. Guest stars Susan Saint James.
DVD Contents : Disc Five
The Fourteenth Runner / December 28, 1967
A Russian track star in the U.S. disappears. Is it for love of country or for love of a woman? Guest stars Edward Asner.
Force Of Arms / January 4, 1968
A self-appointed patriot forms a vigilante group to "aid" the police.
Memory Of An Ice Cream Stick / January 11, 1968
Ironside warns his aide to stay away from a boyhood friend who is now a parolee.
To Kill A Cop / January 25, 1968
Det. Sgt. Brown plays some hunches against heavy odds to capture a cop-killer. Guest stars Pernell Roberts and Ruta Lee
DVD Contents : Disc Six
The Lonely Hostage / February 1, 1968
A moonlighting cop heists $150,000, but it's not enough to pay the fare to freedom.
The Challenge / February 8, 1968
A chance remark in their last conversation gives Ironside the clue he needs to solve a friend's murder.
All In A Day's Work / February 15, 1968
In the line of duty, Officer Eve Whitfield kills a 17-year-old boy during an armed robbery.
Something For Nothing / February 22, 1968
Loan sharks have teeth sharp enough to kill. Guest stars James Farentino and Susan Saint James.
DVD Contents : Disc Seven
Barbara Who / February 29, 1968
A nurse's aide with amnesia, in love with Ironside, is afraid to find out her real identity. Guest stars Vera Miles.
Perfect Crime / March 7, 1968
An elusive sniper terrorizes a college and certain students become suspects.
Officer Bobby / March 14, 1968
Ironside turns babysitter when an abandoned infant provides the clue to a would-be plane bomber.
DVD Contents : Disc Eight
Trip To Hashbury / March 21, 1968
A teenage hippy dies of a beating and Det. Sgt. Brown is accused of brutality. Guest stars William Windom.
Due Process Of The Law / March 28, 1968
While investigating a murder, Ironside's aide goes too far and finds himself a suspect in the crime. Guest stars Dwayne Hickman, and David Carradine.
Return Of The Hero / April 4, 1968
Ironside cannot withhold evidence and a friend gets the death penalty. Gary Collins guest stars.