J.J. Starbuck

NBC (ended 1988)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Everyone's A Critic
    • That Old Black Magic
    • The Rise And Fall Of Joe Piermont
      The son of a weathy construction kingpin is reluctant to run for governor. As J. J. sees it, his hesitation is tied into the recent collapse of a building.
    • Rag Doll
      Rag Doll
      Episode 15
      J.J.'s niece goes undercover in Los Angeles to investigate the "suicide" of one of her high school friends who left to become a star and became involved in oil wrestling, counterfeit films, and drugs.
    • The 6% Solution
      The 6% Solution
      Episode 14
      A realtor finds success in selling houses to a couple, getting his 6% commission, then ordering one of his agents to seduce one member of the couple to break up their marriage. After the break up, the couple sells their house and the realtor gets his 6% again; then he sells each of member of the couple another place and gets another 6% from those sales.

      When one of his disgruntled clients and one of his former agents plan to report his activities, the realtor decides to take them out. His plan involves getting the agent to go to the client's house and on the night of a party, he goes there via helicopter and he programs his phone to forward a call from a client to the man's house. When he gets there he shoots the client and afterwards the client calls him and after speaking to him the realtor arrives and he shoots him, making it appear like a murder-suicide. J.J. who is a friend of the client arrives for the funeral and comforts the wife and he can't help but wonder why the realtor is so eager to sell her house. He tells J.J. that he doesn't know how to fly a helicopter. J.J. then discovers his business practices and has the women whose marriages he destroyed confront him. And J.J. breaks his phone call alibi but still has to prove that he can fly a helicopter, so he asks a friend on the police department to chase him and make him get into a helicopter and fly it. He is then arrested.moreless

    • First You've Got To Go To The Picnic
    • Gold From The Rainbow
      J.J. helps a man whose business is being threatened by some developers and it appears that one of the developers is his son whom he is estranged from.
    • Cactus Jack's Last Call
      J.J. was with an old friend when someone tried to run them over; J.J. was injured while his friend was killed. An old friend of his friend, E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner, tries to find out what happened. With J.J.'s help, they discover that a bet he convince his friend to make is the motive behind the murder.moreless
    • The Circle Broken
      The Circle Broken
      Episode 10
      A shifty spiritual leader (Alan Rachins) tries to frame a senator's daughter for her father's murder.
    • A Song From The Sequel
      An ex-convict becomes the coach of a college football team on a 20-year losing streak
    • Murder By Design
      Murder By Design
      Episode 8
      Starbuck investigates a scheming interior design editor (Jessica Walter) who seems to have committed the perfect murder.
    • Incident At Sam September
      Starbuck attempts to free American executives who are being held hostage aboard a Persian Gulf oil rig.
    • Permanent Hiatus
      Permanent Hiatus
      Episode 6
      A sleazy TV talk show host kill his competitor's assistant in order to frame her for murder. J.J. comes to the aid of the lady
    • The Blimpy Who Yelled Blue
      Starbuck attempts to prove That a phony children's book author murdered his ghostwriter.
    • Graveyard Shift
      Graveyard Shift
      Episode 4
    • Murder In E Minor
      A competitive pianist plays dissonant notes as J.J. sounds him out about the apparent suicide of a competition judge who was critical of the pianist's style.
    • A Killing in the Market
      Robert Conrad plays a Wall Street wizard whose overtures to J.J. (Dale Robertson) about a shady business deal become secondary when J.J. crowds him with questions about the apparent suicide of his assistant.
    • Starbuck (Pilot)
      Starbuck (Pilot)
      Episode 1
      Dale Robertson plays eccentric Texas billionaire JJ Starbuck who pokes his nose into other people's business in the name of justice. In the opener, JJ travels to Beverly Hills where a wealthy businessman is suddenly cleared of his wife's murder by a bodybuilder, who claims the death was the accidental result of a lovers' quarrel.moreless