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
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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
Complete episode title: "Amy Prentiss: AKA The Chief" See more
Spin-off Amy Prentiss