Ironside: Season 7, Episode 23

Amy Prentiss: Part 1 (23 May 1974)

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This feature-length conclusion to the series' penultimate season (broken into two episodes for ease of syndication, but initially run on the same evening) features minimal involvement with ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Galloway ...
Don Mitchell ...
Elizabeth Baur ...
Bill Parkins
Johnny Seven ...
Sam Burton
Joe Lee
Gene Lyons ...
Mario Roccuzzo ...
Zino (as Zitto Kazánn)
Lt. Pierce (as Donald Barry)


This feature-length conclusion to the series' penultimate season (broken into two episodes for ease of syndication, but initially run on the same evening) features minimal involvement with the usual cast, serving instead as the pilot for the short-lived Amy Prentiss (1974). The main show was often quite reactionary, in common with much tv of the period, so this tale of a hard-hitting female police chief was quite a change in gear. Perhaps too much of a change: the spin-off (launched one week later) wasn't a success, despite winning Jessica Walter an Emmy, whilst Police Woman (launched two months later) relied more upon glamour than grit and ran for four seasons. Ironside was renewed, but the writing was on the wall, and it crashed towards the close of its eighth season. Written by Steve Green

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This was the final performance of Gene Lyons (he would die six weeks after this episode's airing). The syndicated version has Lyons credited for both episodes but only appears in part one. See more »

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Complete episode title: "Amy Prentiss: AKA The Chief" See more »


Spin-off Amy Prentiss (1974) See more »

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Enter Amy Prentiss
3 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Ironside episode served as a pilot for the Amy Prentiss series with the Ironside regulars and semi-regulars worked into the plot, but only peripherally. For example Johnny Seven as Lieutenant Reese is part of a shooting board.

Jessica Walter as Amy Prentiss scores first on a civil service exam and the brass is hoping she'll turn down the promotion, but she accepts and becomes Chief of the SFPD Detective Division.

The shooting that is being investigated is by William Shatner who was pursuing a fleeing felon. Someone took a shot at him and he returned fire. But no weapon was found on the deceased.

The character of Amy Prentiss is a most conservative female. She says she wants to be addressed as Mrs. Prentiss as she is the proud widow of a war hero. She also dresses down a feminist writer who tries to create some cheap publicity over her promotion.

To be continued in the concluding episode.

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