Sword of Justice (1978–1979)

TV Series  |   |  Adventure
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 41 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The weekly adventures of wealthy playboy soldier-of-fortune Jack Cole.

0Check in




1979   1978  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tabitha (1976–1978)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tabitha Stephens is the daughter of Samantha and Darrin Stephens (from the series "Bewitched"). Like her mother, she's got natural witchly powers, but now she's all grown up.

Stars: Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart
McCloud (1970–1977)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sam McCloud is a Marshal from a Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.

Stars: Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon, Terry Carter
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi
Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene
Red State (2011)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman
B.J. and the Bear (1978–1981)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A trucker and his pet monkey travel the highways of America, getting into various adventures and misadventures along the way.

Stars: Greg Evigan, Eric Server, Linda McCullough


Complete series cast summary:
 Jack Cole (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Hector Ramirez (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Arthur Woods (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Federal Agent Buckner / ... (10 episodes, 1978-1979)


Dack Rambo plays millionaire playboy Jack Cole, who, after the death of his parents, is framed on charges of embezzlement. In prison, Cole learns various tricks of the criminal trade - lockpicking, safe-cracking, electronic surveillance, etc. Upon his release, Cole uses his wealth and his newly learned talents to help others, leaving his calling card, a "sword of justice", at the scene. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

10 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espada de la justicia  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Trademark: During each show, the villain would get four playing cards distributed anonymously. The cards were the threes of the various suits, with the spade three always coming last. In the pilot and the opening credits of each show, Jack Cole plays solitaire and deals himself four threes in succession, to match his three years of imprisonment. The cards are marked on the back with a Jack Cole quotation, ending with "The spade is the sword of justice. Its rapier marks the end." See more »


Jack Cole: The spade is the sword of justice. Its rapier marks the end.
[Jack Cole's catch phrase, spoken in voiceover as the villain reads the back of the three of spades just before being arrested]
See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Strangely watchable
19 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I was a teenager, i would excitedly await each episode each week on British TV. Part of the delight about it was the ingenuity of the way that he would take down the criminals that he was challenging, rather than the standard punch up and corner the baddie in the control room that is common in the genre (cf James Bond). Indeed, Jack Cole wold usually find a way to ensure that the villains would turn on each other or defeat themselves.

For a TV series that lasted only 9 episodes, it certainly went out on a high note with Blackjack, regarded by many as the best episode. After Union funds have been embezzled to finance a mob-run Casino, the Feds have the problem that by the time they audit the books, the Casino will have been able to repay the money. Cole's solution? Stop the Casino repaying the money by bankrupting it on its own Blackjack table. His plan is so ingenious that it is said to have scared various real life Casinos in Las Vegas who realised that it might actually be possible.

As a period piece, it is also glorious to watch.

The one sad fact about the show though is that it is utterly unobtainable now. If only they would bring it out again as some sort of cult classic.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sword of Justice starnight6907
sword of justice smeisel007
Discuss Sword of Justice (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page