Ironside

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Ironside
Ironside-Logo.jpg
Premiere pilot
March 28, 1967
series
September 14, 1967
Finale January 16, 1975
Airs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 3 a.m. on MeTV
Creator Collier Young
Network NBC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Harbour Productions Unlimited,
Universal Television
Distributor MCA Television (1974–1996)
Universal Television Enterprises (1996–1998)
Studios USA Television (1998–2002)
Universal Domestic Television (2002–2004)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004– )
Seasons 8
Episodes 197 (3 unaired)
Origin USA

For the 2013 reboot of this series, see Ironside (2013).

Ironside is a crime drama that aired on NBC.

The show revolved around former San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside, a veteran of more than twenty years of police service who was forced to retire from the department after a sniper's bullet paralyzed him from the waist down, confining him to a wheelchair. In the pilot episode, Ironside shows his strength of character and gets himself appointed a "special department consultant" by his good friend, Police Commissioner Dennis Randall. He does this by calling a press conference and then tricking Commissioner Randall into meeting his terms.

Ironside uses an attic floor room (for living and office space) at the SFPD headquarters and made use of a specially modified and equipped Ford police truck. This is replaced in the episode titled "Poole's Paradise" after the truck is destroyed by Sergeant Brown as part of a way to frame a corrupt sheriff. At the end of the episode, the truck is replaced by a modified day van to accommodate Ironside's wheelchair. In the pilot he requests that Ed Brown and Eve Whitfield be assigned to him. He later recruits the angst-filled African-American ex-con Mark Sanger to be his personal assistant after Mark is brought in as a suspect who wanted to kill Ironside. The show became a success as Ironside depended on brains and initiative in handling cases.

Following the end of the series in 1975, a reunion movie, The Return of Ironside, was produced and aired on NBC in 1993, reuniting all of the main cast from the show's eight-season run. Series star Raymond Burr's health was ailing at that point and he had to use a wheelchair in real life, thus making his portrayal of the wheelchair-bound Ironside more realistic by then. Burr's subsequent death from kidney cancer later in 1993 ended plans for further Ironside reunion movies.

Ironside was produced by Burr's production company, Harbour Productions Unlimited, in association with Universal Television. NBCUniversal Television Distribution is the show's distributor.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Raymond Burr Robert Ironside 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Don Galloway Det. Sgt. Ed Brown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Barbara Anderson Eve Whitfield 1 2 3 4
Don Mitchell Mark Sanger 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Elizabeth Baur Fran Belding 5 6 7 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Gene Lyons Commissioner Dennis Randall 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Johnny Seven Lt. Carl Reese 4 5 6 7
Joan Pringle Diana Sanger 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 14, 1967 April 4, 1968 28 + 1
Season Two September 19, 1968 April 10, 1969 26
Season Three September 18, 1969 April 9, 1970 26
Season Four September 17, 1970 April 15, 1971 26
Season Five September 21, 1971 March 9, 1972 23
Season Six September 14, 1972 March 22, 1973 24
Season Seven September 13, 1973 May 23, 1974 25
Season Eight September 12, 1974 January 16, 1975 19

TV movie

Title Network Airdate
The Return of Ironside NBC May 4, 1993

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1 April 24, 2007 8

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Season 2 October 16, 2007 7

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Season 3 January 19, 2010 7

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Season 4 October 19, 2010 7

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Episode Collections
Season 1, Volume 1 April 24, 2007 8

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External Sites