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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Pilot

Sep/26/1987
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.
Guest Stars: Bill Bixby as Donald Iskin | Donna Mitchell as Charlotte Iskin | Glynn Turman as Lieutenant Caspersons | Jay Underwood as Charles Winslow | Patty Duke as Verna McKidden | David Huddleston as Charlie Bullets | Don Shanklin as Koy Steel | Lora Staley as Gail Stoltz | Carolyne Barry as Miss Sheff | Eric Server as Sgt. Marchall | Lee Lucas as Boy | Patrick Cronin as Harold Smythe | Amy Yasbeck as Doreen | Michael Muntz as Louis | Stephen Anthony Henry as bailiff | Michael Laskin as Fred Hack | Luke Andreas as Fred
Director: Corey Allen

2 :01x02 - A Killing in the Market

Sep/29/1987
Robert Conrad plays Corbett Cook, a Wall Street wizard, whose overtures to J.J. about a shady business deal become secondary when J.J. crowds him with questions about the apparent suicide of his assistant.
Guest Stars: Robert Conrad as Corbett Cook | Christianne Hirt as Marci Tipton | Tracey Olson as Todd Tipton | Trent Dolan as Shane Smith | Christine Haber as Karen Whitaker | Kim Johnston Ulrich as Daphne | Karen Elizabeth Austin as Unknown
Director: Larry Shaw

3 :01x03 - Murder In E Minor

Oct/20/1987
J.J. interrogates Pierce Morgan, a pianist, about the apparent suicide of a competition judge who was disapproving of the pianist's style.
Guest Stars: Kelsey Grammer as Pierce Morgan | Peggy McCay as Theresa | Don Hood as Lieutenant Arden | William Buck as Wickman | Bruce Harwood as Unknown | Eric Christmas as Albert | Rebecca Toolan as Unknown
Director: Kim Manners

4 :01x04 - The Blimpy Who Yelled Blue

Oct/27/1987
J.J. calls into question the "accidental" demise of a children's-book illustrator when the dead man's collaborator and heir refuses to continue his partner's charitable work.
Guest Stars: Richard Mulligan as Professor Potts | Sherry Hursey as Julie | William Frankfather as Nelson | Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Unknown
Director: Bill Corcoran
Writer: Burt Pearl

5 :01x05 - Incident at Sam September

Nov/10/1987
The military notifies J.J. that he's on his own if he goes up against the terrorist holding executives hostage at J.J.'s Middle Eastern oil refinery.
Guest Stars: Kent McCord as Lt. Col. Joseph Martin | Wolf Muser as Krueger | Nehemiah Persoff as Batulik | J. Patrick McNamara as Jannel | Julian D. Christopher as Rimler | Ty Haller as Sam Miller
Director: Lyndon Chubbuck

6 :01x06 - Gold from the Rainbow

Dec/05/1987
After J.J.'s car stalls, a Greek bearing gifts of room and board assists J.J., who tries to repay his host by helping him fight a development company.
Guest Stars: Telly Savalas as The Greek | Paul Regina as Andy Case | Christine Anton as Katrina | Raye Birk as Phil Macey | Paul Provenza as Unknown

7 :01x07 - Graveyard Shift

Dec/15/1987
Starbuck buys into a movie studio to uncover clues a decades old-murder case.
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Lewis as Slydel Toomes | John Schuck as Powell Umber
Director: Bob Bralver

8 :01x08 - The Circle Unbroken

Dec/22/1987
A shifty spiritual leader tries to frame a senator's daughter for her father's murder.
Guest Stars: Alan Rachins as Pasban Bapu
Director: Kim Manners

9 :01x09 - The 6% Solution

Dec/26/1987
An estate agent 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 divorce, 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.
Guest Stars: Robert Hooks as Lt. Lavelle Caspersons | Bibi Besch as Unknown | Patrick O'Neal as Don Chadway
Director: Zale Dalen

10 :01x10 - Murder by Design

Jan/23/1988
Starbuck investigates Brin Coltan, a scheming interior design editor, who seems to have committed the perfect murder.
Guest Stars: Jessica Walter as Brin Coltan | Jack Elam as Esco Tokay
Director: Charles Picerni

11 :01x11 - Cactus Jack's Last Call

Feb/13/1988
Con man E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner unwillingly accepts to help J.J. find the killer of their mutual friend, Cactus Jack, a gambler.
Guest Stars: Pat Corley as Cactus Jack/Cain | Stuart Whitman as Arnold Bass | Dakin Matthews as Lemay | Adam Yawrenko as Bozarth | Imbert Orchard as Justice Murphy
Director: Zale Dalen

12 :01x12 - A Song from the Sequel

Feb/20/1988
J.J. runs across a man who was framed for the murder of his father, a studio executive killed 10 years earlier.
Guest Stars: Jerry Wasserman as Jean Claude | Joe Regalbuto as Steve Capstone | John Ireland as Samuel Capstone | Jill St. John as Rachel | Silvana Gallardo as Carmelita

13 :01x13 - First You've Got To Go To The Picnic

Feb/27/1988
J.J. makes plans for a paroled felon to coach a college-football team that hasn't won its last 265 games.
Guest Stars: Joshua Bryant as Billy D. Watkins | Mykelti Williamson as Calvin Leeds | Don Michael Paul as Tommy Watkins | Roy Brocksmith as Tennyson
Director: Bruce Kessler

14 :01x14 - Permanent Hiatus

Feb/27/1988
Ted Fuller, J.J.'s Army buddy, now a talk-show host at a station J.J. owns, adds his own change to the phrase "killing the competition."
Guest Stars: Ed Nelson as Ted Fuller | Melody Rogers as Rosalind | Moira Walley as Hanna | Jackson Davies as Unknown
Director: Neill Fearnley

15 :01x15 - Rag Doll

Apr/19/1988
Jill, J.J.'s niece inquires into the apparent suicide of a friend who was looking for stardom.
Guest Stars: Michael Des Barres as Benny Bijou | Raymond O'Connor as Dicky Rich | Caryn West as Sugar

16 :01x16 - The Rise And Fall Of Joe Piermont

Jun/28/1988
J.J. has a sneaking suspicion that the collapse of a building is behind the reluctance of construction magnate Joe Piermont's son to run for governor.
Guest Stars: Barry Nelson as Joe Piermont Sr. | Joseph Hacker as Joe Piermont Jr. | Sean Morgan (1) as Paine | Phyllis Hamlin as Unknown | Coby Scheldt as Avery
Director: Bob Bralver
Warning: J.J. Starbuck guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 26, 1987
Ended: June 28, 1988
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