"Ironside" was groundbreaking for having a character who was physically challenged, but rose above his situation to do his job, using his brain, rather that a lot of action. Granted, Chief Ironside initially relied heavily on his team to help him, but as the series progressed, he became more independent. The show was also, one of the first TV shows to feature an Afro-American actor in a co-starring role. Not all of the episodes were consistently rated high as far as the interest, but Raymond Burr gave a very convincing and sometimes powerful performance as Robert T. Ironside. His portrayal of a gruff, inpatient, sarcastic detective hid the softer, caring side of the character, which sometimes was revealed to his team,. Don Mitchell as Mark, Don Galloway as Ed, Barbara Anderson as Eve, and later Elizabeth Baur as Fran helped to round out the stories with their performances showing loyalty and friendship to the Chief. They also were featured in some of the episodes. Also, the humorous moments in the episodes brought enjoyment as well. For people today, some of the series would be somewhat dated, but the subjects that were tackled on the series are just as relevant. Generally, "Ironside" is more than just an average series.
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