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Season 1

1 :01x01 - The Golden Spiders

Jan/16/1981
A boy's report that he witnessed a woman's abduction nearly gets him killed.
Guest Stars: David Hollander (2) as Pete Drussels | Liam Sullivan as Paul Kessler | James R. Parkes as Barry Green | John Petlock as Michael Doran | Katherine Justice as Angela | Carlene Watkins as Jean Estee | Penelope Windust as Laura Fromm

2 :01x02 - Death on the Doorstep

Jan/23/1981
One of Archie's closest friends is gunned down on Nero's doorstep.
Guest Stars: Irene Miracle as Mandy Sullivan | Tim Thomerson as Brian Stoner | Walter Mathews as McNab | Stephen Parr as Paul Hendricks | Nick Angotti as Marty Thomas | Frank Coppola (1) as Al | Arlen Dean Snyder as Vance Allison | Alan Bergmann as Aaron Keller
Director: George McCowan

3 :01x03 - Before I Die

Jan/30/1981
When a mobster and a woman posing as his daughter are gunned down, Wolfe (William Conrad) must locate the man's real daughter.
Guest Stars: Tarah Nutter as Elaine Page | Char Fontane as Violet Crown | John Ericson as Arthur Pool | Eddie Fontaine as Harry Fabian | Kale Browne as Paul Shain | H.M. Wynant as Eddie Meeker | Ramon Bieri as Leo Crown
Writer: Alfred Hayes

4 :01x04 - Wolfe at the Door

Feb/06/1981
In a solicitor's office a small green lacquer box has been stolen. It belongs to a client, Patrick Pendleton. Janet Eaton hires Wolfe. She asks him, to retrieve the small box whose contents is valuable but unknown. When Archie visits Patrick, the latter is shot during the conversation.
Guest Stars: Joey Forman as Johnny Allen | Floyd Levine as Lt. Gray | Fred Sadoff as Lon Cohen | Eugene Peterson as Stephen Halstead | Richard Schaal as Patrick Pendleton | Jenny Sullivan as Rebecca Rhodes | Edward Bell (1) as Arthur Hunt | Mary Frann as Janet Eaton
Writer: Lee Sheldon

5 :01x05 - Might As Well Be Dead

Feb/13/1981
Peter Hayes receives an anonymous call: his friend Maggie was beaten again by her husband. Peter hurries into her flat. There Maggie's husband lies shot on the floor. Peter is arrested by the police under murder suspicion.
Guest Stars: Karen Montgomery as Fanny Irwin | John de Lancie as Tom Irwin | Lana Wood as Delia Brandt | Michael Currie as Mr. Feeyer | Stephen Elliott (1) as Mr. Herold | A.C. Weary as Peter Hayes | Bruce Gray (1) as Patrick Degan | Gail Youngs as Maggie Molloy
Director: George McCowan

6 :01x06 - To Catch a Dead Man

Feb/20/1981
Nero (William Conrad) endures the destruction of his greenhouse while probing the disappearance of a shipping magnate's right-hand man.
Guest Stars: Titos Vandis as Captain Anteros | Edmund Stoiber as Unknown | Lee Paul as Kesley | Charles Cioffi as Harold East | Frank Christi as Swarthy Man | Kelly Harmon as Susan | Cesare Danova as Ormond

7 :01x07 - In the Best of Families

Mar/06/1981
The rich lady Sarah Reckham turns to Nero for assistance. Her husband Barry demands again and again large sums of money from her. Although she always refuses to give money, he always manages to have money. Sarah wants to know, where Barry obtains the money from.
Guest Stars: Alex Rodine as Marko Vukcic | Juanin Clay as Annabel Frey | Robert Loggia as Arnold Dorso | Burr deBenning as Max Christy | Lawrence Casey as Barry Reckham | Linden Chiles as Calvin Leeds | Diana Douglas as Sarah Reckham
Director: George McCowan
Writer: Alfred Hayes

8 :01x08 - Murder by the Book

Mar/13/1981
On the way to visit Nero Wolfe, a lawyer named Leonard Drake loses control of his car and he crashes. He dies and the police labels the case as a suicide. However Archie discovers a connection between Drake's death and the manuscript of an author named Blake Ritchie. A manuscript reader seems to know more than she reveals.
Guest Stars: Jennifer Leak as Elizabeth Marsh | John Randolph as Joseph O'Malley | David Hedison as Philip Corrigan | Elizabeth Halliday as Miss Johnson | Ed Gilbert as Robert Phelps | Delta Burke as Jean Wellman | Walter Brooke as George Briggs
Director: Robert Kelljan

9 :01x09 - What Happened to April?

Mar/20/1981
Nero's coworker Saul Panzer stands under murder suspicion. The corpse of his friend, a night club singer, was rescued from the East River. Naturally the eccentric detective risks to prove Saul's innocence.

There are some Hitchcock overtones in this mystery, at least in the beginning: a former underwater strip-tease artist's body is found floating in the East River. And as the intrepid detective probes the murder, one of his prime suspects turns out to be the decedent's boyfriend — the coroner.
Guest Stars: Gavin Mooney as Inspector Croff | Mario Roccuzzo as Artz | Robert Carraway as Tom Stewart | Thaao Penghlis as Paul Cummings | Julie Carmen as Lydia | Deborah Fallender as Julie Keen | Richard Anderson as Chester Winslow

10 :01x10 - Gambit

Apr/03/1981
Wolfe's brownstone is bugged and booby-trapped by a paroled electronics expert with a grudge. The man deems Nero guilty of turning him and a group of spies in for having sold secrets to the Germans during the war.
Guest Stars: Darren McGavin as John Brademan | Patricia Davis as Dana Groves
Director: George McCowan

11 :01x11 - Death and the Dolls

Apr/10/1981
Harlan Davidson has died in the explosion of his ship. His daughter visits Nero Wolfe. She accuses her stepmother of having planned the putative accident with her lover Neil.
Guest Stars: Robin Strand as Jed Thurman | John McLiam as Jason Krell | Len Birman as Neil Stryker | E.J. Andre as Maurice Koslow | Ben Piazza as Harlan Davidson | Christine Belford as Melanie Davidson | Maria Mayenzet as Laura Davidson
Director: Gerald Mayer

12 :01x12 - The Murder in Question

Apr/17/1981
Nero has a new client: Carol Wharton who comes along worried about her husband, a prosecutor. Two murder attempts have been committed on the former public prosecutor. Shortly after, Carol's car overthrows slides down a slope and rises in flames.
Guest Stars: Karen Fredrik as Harriet | Ted Hartley as Frank Carlson | Diane Shalet as Valerie Jensen | Dale Robinette as Garry Bartlett | Norman Alden as George Miller | Troas Hayes as Helen Carlson | John C. Reilly as David Wharton | Lucinda Dooling as Ellen Miller
Director: George McCowan

13 :01x13 - Blue Ribbon Hostage

May/05/1981
A burglar filches from Nero the best piece from his orchid collection. A day later Morthy Barbridge is caught and confesses to be the thief. He asks Wolfe for help. As a consideration he wants to return him the orchid again.
Guest Stars: Bobbi Jordan as Verna Barbage | Fil Formicola as Solly Sorrento | David Young (1) as Carl Loring | Michael Pataki as Burt Tracten | Kenneth Tigar as Morty Barbridge | Barry Nelson as Andrew Dunaway | Simone Griffeth as Lois Dunaway
Director: Ron Satlof
Writer: Dick Nelson

14 :01x14 - Sweet Revenge

Jun/02/1981
Five years has spent bank robber Clay Baylor in the prison. Private detective Nero has sent him there. Now the crook wants revenge. He hires two killers who should neutralize the eccentric snooper.
Guest Stars: David Hollander (2) as Pete Drossos | Eddie Firestone as Willie | Paul Koslo as Daniel Maters | Anthony Costello as Charles Ceretti | Roz Kelly as Corey Baylor | Ed Lauter as Clay Baylor | Dick Ryal as Herbie
Director: George McCowan
Writer: Ben Roberts
Warning: Nero Wolfe (1981) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Mystery
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 16, 1981
Ended: June 02, 1981
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