About This Show
Ironside (originally broadcast under the name A Man Called Ironside in the United Kingdom) is a Universal television series which ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to February 6, 1975. The character's debut was in a TV-movie on March 28, 1967.
The show revolved around former San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside (Raymond Burr), 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 and forced him to use a wheelchair. Appointed a "special department consultant" by his good friend, Police Commissioner Dennis Randall, Ironside retained an attic floor (for living and office space) at the SFPD headquarters and made use of a specially modified and equipped police truck and later a modified van to accommodate his wheelchair. The show became a success as Ironside depended on brains and initiative in handling cases.
Supporting characters on Ironside included Det. Sgt. Ed Brown (Don Galloway) and a young socialite turned plainclothes officer, Eve Whitfield (Barbara Anderson) whose clothes were far from plain -- she often changed stylish outfits from scene to scene. There was also delinquent turned bodyguard/assistant Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell), who subsequently became a police officer and then graduated from law school to become a lawyer late in the run of the series. Commissioner Randall was played by Gene Lyons.
By the show's fourth season, Anderson left the show over a contract dispute (at the same time she was getting married) and was replaced by another young policewoman, Fran Belding (Elizabeth Baur), who filled much the same role for four more years.
This came to an end in early 1975, due to declining ratings. Before and after the show's cancellation, the show was popular in reruns in syndication.
Created by Collier Young
Raymond Burr as Robert Ironside
Don Galloway as Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Don Mitchell as Mark Sanger
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Video: Full Ironside episode "A Very Cool Hot Car" (airdate: November 30, 1967)