Ironside (originally broadcast under the name A Man Called Ironside in the United Kingdom) is a Universal television series which ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to February 6, 1975. The character’s debut was in a TV-movie on March 28, 1967.
The show revolved around former San Francisco Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert T. Ironside (Raymond Burr), a thirty-five year police veteran who was forced to retire from the department after a sniper’s bullet paralyzed him from the waist down and forced him to use a wheelchair. Appointed a “special department consultant” by his good friend, Police Commissioner Dennis Randall, Ironside retained an attic floor (for living and office space) at the SFPD headquarters and made use of a specially modified and equipped police truck and later a modified van to accommodate his wheelchair. The show became a success as Ironside depended on brains and initiative in handling cases.