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Ironside (1967–1975)

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Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Robert T. Ironside / ... (195 episodes, 1967-1975)
Don Galloway ...
 Det. Sgt. Ed Brown / ... (195 episodes, 1967-1975)
Don Mitchell ...
 Mark Sanger / ... (195 episodes, 1967-1975)
Barbara Anderson ...
 Officer Eve Whitfield / ... (105 episodes, 1967-1971)
Elizabeth Baur ...
 Fran Belding / ... (89 episodes, 1971-1975)


Ironside is confined to a wheel chair (an attempted assassination left him paralyzed). With his former assistants Brown and Whitfield (later Belding) and former delinquent (and later lawyer) Mark, he combats crime for the San Francisco police from his mobile office (a van) while leaving a pot of chili cooking back at headquarters. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

14 September 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Did You Know?


Steven Bochco, who would later became one of the most successful television producers of the 1980's and 90's, worked on the series very early in his career. He had been hired by Executive Producer Frank Price at the start of the first season to write a few extra minutes worth of scenes in the first six episodes, which were too short. After looking at these episodes, Bochco asked Price if it was really necessary for him to do this for all six because he didn't think the show would last that long. According to Bochco, Price was not happy with the remark and this was the start of a strained relationship between the two of them that continued when Price was in charge of Universal Television and Bochco was a writer there. See more »


Robert T. Ironside: I... LIKE... burned toast.
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Crazy Credits

Gene Lyons plays San Francisco Police Commissioner Dennis Randall. However, on some closing credits, Lyons is listed as "The Commissioner". See more »


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Great detective series
7 August 2007 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I purchased the complete first season not knowing what to expect out of this old TV show. I was pleasantly surprised because the writing and acting is quite well done. Raymond Burr, like some other actors features a screen presence and charisma that are shared by very few people nowadays. This TV show is no exception -- Raymond Burr was good at playing the character where he was tough as nails on the outside, but a marshmallow on the inside. A particularly good episode showing this talent is "Officer Bobby" from the first season. There is also a fair amount of humor in the script, and it comes across very nicely. The only really "dated" thing about the show is Barbara Anderson's hair -- nowadays it looks really funny.

What impressed me partly was how beautiful San Francisco was in 1967. In every episode, they show a portion of San Francisco, and it is stunning! Very different from Columbo or other 70s TV shows that show Los Angeles. Los Angeles is ugly. Every single shot of San Francisco is breathtaking in this series.

Plus, there are some VERY famous guest stars in the first season. One is a household word by now. I won't spoil it for you who have not watched these yet. Overall, an excellent series. Highly recommended, even for kids.

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