Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1967-09-14

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Ironside is an American drama television series that aired on NBC from October 2 to October 23, 2013 during the 2013–14 television season. It was a remake of the original television series Ironside, which ran from 1967 to 1975. It starred Blair Underwood as the title character, wheelchair-using cop Robert Ironside, the only character re-created from the original series. The remade Ironside was grittier and considerably more violent than the original, and the setting was changed from San Francisco to New York City. Ratings and reviews were unfavorable to the series, and it was canceled on October 18. Only four episodes were aired.

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The new Ironside received negative reviews. A summary on Rotten Tomatoes said, “Ironside is an unnecessary, lackluster remake that could be a decent police procedural if it wasn't so mundane and monotonous.” Brian Tallerico of HollywoodChicago called it the “Worst New Drama of 2013” and awarded it 1 star out of 5, saying: “[Ironside is] the most cliched, least believable, least fun, and just awful new drama of the year. It is aggressively bad. Avoid at all costs. Blair Underwood ... deserves better than the horrendous, uninteresting writing here. [Ironside] should be a way to explore how our physical well-being is only one part of our lives and how we approach our work, even crimefighting. It’s not. It’s just manipulative drama that hopes to make you stand up and cheer by reminding you over and over again how tough its title character remains.” Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called the title character “an unpleasant combination of macho and brusque” and the handling of his disability “thuddingly didactic” and “one that is not doing real people with disabilities any favors”. He called the storylines “bland”, the reason for Ironside's disability “predictable” and the writing “plodding”. (The backstory of Ironside's disabling wound was different in the remake than in the original series.) Robert Bianco of USA Today gave the show 1.5 stars out of 4. He called it an “atrociously clunky” remake that “jettison[ed] whatever wit and intelligence the original possessed”.

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