Series: Ironside (1967)
Ironside is a 1967-1975 Crime and Punishment Series whose main character is wheelchair-bound chief detective Robert T. Ironside, played by Perry Mason star Raymond Burr.Seasons 1-3 are currently available on Hulu. The first four seasons are available via DVD on Region 1, while the entire series is available in Australia.A remake was launched in fall 2013, starring Blair Underwood - and lasted four episodes (out of nine produced).
Tropes featured include:
- Awesome McCool Name: Detective Robert T. Ironside.
- Banana in the Tailpipe: Used to fill the car with carbon monoxide and knock out its inhabitants.
- Does Not Like Shoes: "The Man Who Believed" and "Once More for Joey" both feature Ironside investigating the mysterious deaths of hippie musicians who were known for going barefoot.
- Cross Over: With The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (also produced by Raymond Burr's company Harbour Productions Unlimited).
- Exotic Detective: Ironside.
- Genius Cripple: Ironside himself.
- The Generation Gap: Considering that the series takes place in San Francisco during The Sixties and The '70s, this trope is inevitable.
- Market-Based Title: When The BBC bought this for the UK it was billed as A Man Called Ironside for no apparent reason.
- Pilot Movie
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Two in a row at the end of the seventh season - "Riddle At 24,000" (about a crime-solving doctor played by Desi Arnaz) and the two-parter "Amy Prentiss: AKA The Chief" (revolving around San Francisco's first female chief of detectives, played by Jessica Walter). Dr. Durango (the name of the proposed former series) didn't sell, but Amy Prentiss joined the lineup for The NBC Mystery Movie the following season.
- Reunion Show: 1993's The Return Of Ironside (sadly, Raymond Burr passed away not long after it first aired).
- San Francisco: The series' setting.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: When Barbara Anderson (who won an Emmy for playing Eve Whitfield) left the series to get married, Elizabeth Baur - that's her in the page image - took over as Fran Belding.
- Syndication Title: It was syndicated as The Raymond Burr Show.
- Tyop on the Cover: In "The Man Who Believed", guest character Samantha Dain is misspelled as "Samantha Dian" onscreen.