All classic episodes rated by users on IMDb

by Mr. Mike Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:17 pm

Here are the first 20 episodes in order of popularity. There the usual "classic" episodes there, but also a couple of others which are unexplained...

Over Fifty? Steal
'V' for Vashon: The Father
'V' for Vashon: The Son
'V' for Vashon: The Patriarch
Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever
One Born Every Minute [???]
Nine Dragons
Chain of Events
One Big Happy Family
The Jinn Who Clears the Way
The Listener
Draw Me a Killer
Death with Father
Rest in Peace, Somebody
Trouble in Mind
Death Is a Company Policy
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
Murder Is a Taxing Affair
Tour De Force, Killer Aboard [???]

by ringfire211 Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:02 am

Actually "One Born Every Minute" is an excellent episode. It doesn't quite make my top 5 for season 6 because that was such a strong season, but generally speaking it qualifies as top 5 material. That whole bunco scheme and how each con artist in that whole operation plays his role is riveting to watch. It's also heartbreaking when the poor sucker tosses himself off the balcony after realizing he's been duped. The expression on his face when he realizes what happened really hits you in the gut. It's also an episode I had never seen in reruns until I got the season 6 DVD so it was a special treat to finally see it.

What I don't get is what "Chain of Events" is doing on that list. It's a good episode (and perhaps edgy for its time) but it's far from being any kind of a classic. What's even more bizarre is that there isn't a single episode from the first 2 seasons. You've gotta be kidding me! How is this episode on the list but not "The Box" or "Deathwatch" or "Yesterday Died" or "Singapore File"?

Also where the heck is "Candy and a Gun" and "I'll Kill 'Em Again" and "Nightmare in Blue" and "Secret Witness" and "The Ransom"?

by todd Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:41 am

Also agree regarding "One Born Every Minute", which was also one of my favorites.

Agree that "I'll Kill 'Em Again", "Nightmare in Blue", and "Yesterday Died..." should all be near the top.

I agree that "Tour De Force, Killer Aboard" is a weird choice.

by todd Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:45 am

Bottom 20 are interesting, in that all are from seasons 10-12.

The worst-rated episode from seasons 1-9 is "To Hell With Babe Ruth", which I agree was pretty bad. That was 23rd worst rated.

by ringfire211 Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:01 am

Actually I'm a fan of "Tour De Force". The killer is pretty cold-blooded, especially the way he kills that lovely lady that he gets close to in the bird park. I also really dig the finale with him scaling the Ilikai (great scenery below!) and then him getting blasted point blank through the window before plunging down below. It might not make my all-time favorites list but it's still a very good one. Better than "Chain of Events" too! And how about that Charlie Chan line from one of the suspects in regards to Chin Ho?