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Old July 17 2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

I recently watched the 'new' Bionic Woman because I adore me some Michelle Ryan and it got me wanting to watch the old Bionic-verse shows. However, I don't have the time to sit through all eight seasons and six films so I am looking for an 'essentials' list of episodes compiling the best of both series and bringing together plotlines as much as any show from the 70s has recurring plotlines. There doesn't seem to be much of anything online listing the best episodes aside from a bunch of people screaming 'BIGFOOT!' which isn't as helpful as it might seem. lol

When I was a kid I was a huge fan of Star Trek as well as a host of other action/adventure/sci-fi shows (including The Fall Guy, Incredible Hulk, Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Dukes of Hazard) but never had the opportunity to watch the Bionic shows growing up because they were a bit before my time.

So what would you consider the top 10-30 'essential' episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman?
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Old July 17 2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

I used to love both of those shows when I was a kid.

It's been a very long time, though. One Bionic Woman episode I remember is when she's fighting some kind of automatic defense computer. I don't remember the name, but that one sticks out.

And of course, the ones where they introduce and spin off Jamie Summers.
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Old July 17 2013, 04:44 PM   #3
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

Just avoid any episodes where Lee Majors sings his "Jamie love song". Truly awful.
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Old July 17 2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

Fembots. any episode with fembots. The 7 million dollar man episode of 6 Million Dollar Man.

That's all I can remember since seeing them when I was 7, oh, and BIGFOOT!
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Old July 17 2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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One Bionic Woman episode I remember is when she's fighting some kind of automatic defense computer. I don't remember the name, but that one sticks out.
"Doomsday is Tomorrow," a 2-parter by series creator Kenneth Johnson, exercising his tendency toward, err, pastiche by pitting Jaime against a computer that's essentially HAL from 2001. A pretty good one despite that, though, with Jaime trying to convince the computer not to launch a nuclear war. I remember finding it very powerful when I was young, although I don't know what I'd think of it now.
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Old July 17 2013, 06:00 PM   #6
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One Bionic Woman episode I remember is when she's fighting some kind of automatic defense computer. I don't remember the name, but that one sticks out.
"Doomsday is Tomorrow," a 2-parter by series creator Kenneth Johnson, exercising his tendency toward, err, pastiche by pitting Jaime against a computer that's essentially HAL from 2001. A pretty good one despite that, though, with Jaime trying to convince the computer not to launch a nuclear war. I remember finding it very powerful when I was young, although I don't know what I'd think of it now.
There was no such tendency and in the end it was all a fake out to try and get the world's leaders talking.
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Old July 17 2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

The Six Million Dollar Man:

Day Of The Robot
Burning Bright
The Seven Million Dolar Man
Return Of The Robot Maker
The Bionic Woman(2 parter)
The Return Of The Bionic Woman(2parter)
The Bionic Criminal
The Secret Of Bigfoot(2parter)
The Return Of Bigfool(2 parter the second part was a Bionic Woman ep.)
Death Probe(2 parter)
Bigfoot V
Return Of The Death Probe(2 parter)

The Bionic Woman:

Welcome Home Jaime(2 parter)
Mirror Image
Kill Oscar(3 parter with part 2 being a Six Million Dollar Man ep.)
Tomorrow Is Doomsday(2 parter)
Deadly Ringer(2 parter)
Fembots In Las Vegas(2 parter)
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Old July 17 2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

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The Six Million Dollar Man:

Day Of The Robot
Burning Bright
The Seven Million Dolar Man
Return Of The Robot Maker
The Bionic Woman(2 parter)
The Return Of The Bionic Woman(2parter)
The Bionic Criminal
The Secret Of Bigfoot(2parter)
The Return Of Bigfool(2 parter the second part was a Bionic Woman ep.)
Death Probe(2 parter)
Bigfoot V
Return Of The Death Probe(2 parter)

The Bionic Woman:

Welcome Home Jaime(2 parter)
Mirror Image
Kill Oscar(3 parter with part 2 being a Six Million Dollar Man ep.)
Tomorrow Is Doomsday(2 parter)
Dealy Ringer(2 parter)
Fembots In Las Vegas(2 parter)
Agree. Excellent episodes.
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Old July 17 2013, 09:46 PM   #9
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Fembots
Bigfoot
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Old July 18 2013, 12:06 AM   #10
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

Start with the original Six Million Dollar Man TV movie first. Still one of my favorites.
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Old July 18 2013, 12:32 AM   #11
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The pilot movie has its points of interest (especially the really authentic test-flight sequence, which was clearly made with USAF and/or NASA cooperation), but is also rather slow-paced. It's more drama than action, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but I feel its story just kind of fizzled out at the end. Also it's not quite in continuity with the subsequent series: Steve Austin is a civilian test pilot rather than an Air Force colonel as in the series, and the bionics program is initiated by Oliver Spencer (Darren McGavin) rather than Oscar Goldman as in the original book and the series.

The other two pilot movies are skippable, basically James Bond knockoffs produced by schlockmeister Glen Larson, but the third movie is better than the second.
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Old July 18 2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

Sweet! Thank you for the replies. I was trying to make a list on my own using the episode ratings in imdb but it was tough not knowing if the episodes contained some kind of continuity that made something later make sense or simply just avoid spoiling it for myself.

Also, I can only assume that the reunion movies from the 80s and 90s are a vital part of the overall continuity, right?
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Old July 18 2013, 01:10 AM   #13
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That last sentence was sarcasm, also, BIGFOOT!
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Old July 18 2013, 03:06 AM   #14
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The only thing interesting about the reunion movies is seeing Sandra Bullock early in her career.
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Old July 18 2013, 03:22 AM   #15
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Re: Essential Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Episodes

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The pilot movie has its points of interest (especially the really authentic test-flight sequence, which was clearly made with USAF and/or NASA cooperation), but is also rather slow-paced. It's more drama than action, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but I feel its story just kind of fizzled out at the end. Also it's not quite in continuity with the subsequent series: Steve Austin is a civilian test pilot rather than an Air Force colonel as in the series, and the bionics program is initiated by Oliver Spencer (Darren McGavin) rather than Oscar Goldman as in the original book and the series.

The other two pilot movies are skippable, basically James Bond knockoffs produced by schlockmeister Glen Larson, but the third movie is better than the second.
Actually I liked the pacing. The accident at the beginning, surgery and recovery in the middle along with Steve's struggle to accept what had happened to him, followed by a mission. I thought that the slow-pacing in the middle gave the viewer time to sympathize with Steve Austins plight. I was riveted by it as a kid when I first saw it and still enjoy it when I see it today. It wasn't quite as silly and unbelievable as the series was IMO.
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