The Green Hornet is a television series on the ABC US television network that aired for the 1966 – 1967 TV season starring Van Williams as the Green Hornet / Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. 








   The Green Hornet followed the adventures of playboy-media mogul Britt Reid, the owner and publisher of the Daily Sentinel. As the masked vigilante Green Hornet, Britt fights crime with the assistance of his martial-artist partner Kato, Britt's valet, and his weapons-enhanced car the Black Beauty with license plate V-194. On police records, the Green Hornet is a wanted criminal, but in reality, the Green Hornet pretends to be a criminal in order to infiltrate and battle the criminal gangs, leaving them and the incriminating evidence for the police's arrival. Britt's dual identity is known only to his secretary at the Sentinel, Lenore "Casey" Case and the District Attorney Frank P. Scanlon.








Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
1 "The Silent Gun" Leslie H. Martinson Ken Pettus September 9, 1966 9804
In this premiere episode, Dave Bannister is shot at a funeral with 20 witnesses present and not a shot was heard, not even from the Green Hornet's friend, the District Attorney, who was also attending. A messenger from a Brokerage House, carrying $5000 in negotiable bonds, is the Silent Gun's second victim. The Green Hornet and Kato respond in the infamous Black Beauty and hit the streets to track down the villainous culprit. 


2 "Give 'Em Enough Rope" Seymour Robbie Gwen Bagni,
Paul Dubov
September 16, 1966 9806
Joe Sweek, waiting to meet Sentinel reporter Mike Axford to sell him photos proving an insurance claim to be fraudulent, is manipulated into a nearby warehouse and murdered by a man in black swinging from a rope. The Green Hornet plans a surprise visit to the claimant, Alex Colony, to propose a partnership with him in his "accident" racket. 


3 "Programmed for Death" Larry Peerce Lewis Reed September 23, 1966 9802

After reporter Pat Allen is killed in the Daily Sentinel 's eighth floor city room by a leopard, Britt Reid finds a transmitter in a cigarette box. Later, D.A. Scanlon informs Britt of the discovery of a perfect diamond on Allen's desk. Digging around, Reid suspects that the gemologist had been working on producing synthetic diamonds, and the Green Hornet takes an interest in him.

Although the third episode aired by ABC, this is generally believed to be the series' original pilot, in part due to the fact that stars Van Williams and Bruce Lee wear angularly stylized masks rather than those molded to their faces seen in other episodes.This episode was also released as a ViewMaster stereoscopic set. 


4 "Crime Wave" Larry Peerce Sheldon Stark September 30, 1966 9803
A scientist predicts crimes with a computer that implicates the Green Hornet. 


5 "The Frog is a Deadly Weapon" Leslie H. Martinson William L. Stuart October 7, 1966 9805

Private Investigator Nat Pyle informs Britt that he has proof, for a fee, that presumed dead racketeer Glen Connors is still alive. Shortly later, Nat is found floating dead in the harbor from a possible boating accident. The Green Hornet thinks otherwise and has a special interest, because... Glen Connors framed Britt Reid's father.

Hollywood veteran Victor Jory plays the villain.
6 "Eat, Drink, and Be Dead" Murray Golden Richard Landau October 14, 1966 9807
An illegal bootleg liquor ring devised by Henry Dirk forces a stronghold on bars in the town to buy from them. As reporter Mike tries to follow a lead to the racketeers, he becomes kidnapped. To get in and save Axford, the Green Hornet approaches Dirk for a cut of his action. The bootlegger and his helicopter, from which he drops bombs on his non-conformants, is a challenge to the Black Beauty. 


7 "Beautiful Dreamer" — Part 1 Allen Reisner Lorenzo Semple, Jr.,
Ken Pettus
October 21, 1966 9808
Seems that wealthy and prominent members of the community have been executing crimes and then forgetting that they ever happened. Eventually the District Attorney and the Green Hornet find that Peter Eden, owner of the very high class spa called the Vale of Eden, has been implanting "suggestions" into his clients' subconscious minds via his treatments. 


8 "Beautiful Dreamer" — Part 2 Allen Reisner Lorenzo Semple, Jr.,
Ken Pettus
October 28, 1966 9809
Part two picks up with a Green Hornet visit and proposition for Peter Eden, owner of the Vale of Eden. After Peter uses Vanessa Vane in an almost successful attempt to double-cross the Hornet, the Hornet re-visits Eden and uses his own dream machine on Peter to foil the last crime for the evening and get him to confess everything to the police. 


9 "The Ray is for Killing" William Beaudine Lee Loeb November 11, 1966 9801
A charity art auction of fine paintings at Britt Reid's home is interrupted on live television by three masked, gun-toting criminals. The police, nearby, manage to wound one of the thieves, but before they can arrest the other two, a laser ray is unleashed on their squad car with devastating results. The Green Hornet and Kato find themselves in quite a confrontation against this portable killing machine. 


10 "The Preying Mantis" Norman Foster Charles Hoffman November 18, 1966 9810
Organized crime's "Protection" Boss Duke Slate decides it's time to acquire "the city's Chinatown district" and uses Low Sing's tong to handle his influence. Low Sing, a martial arts professional, instructs his craft to his gang using the actions of a caged Praying Mantis, analogizing its intricate moves to proper Kung-Fu application. After a kidnapping engineered by Low Sing, a challenge between Low Sing and Kato is inevitable. 


11 "The Hunters and the Hunted" William Beaudine Jerry Thomas November 25, 1966 9811
Big game hunters are using mobsters as quarry but their next target may be their most dangerous game yet, the Green Hornet. 


12 "Deadline for Death" Seymour Robbie Ken Pettus December 2, 1966 9812
After a rash of wealthy homes are burglarized shortly after reporter Mike Axford writes a feature on them, he becomes so suspicious he places himself at the next possible home to be targeted, only to find himself being arrested and put behind bars, for suspicion of murder when the home's butler is killed in the robbery. D.A. Scanlon is so convinced of Axford's guilt that only the Green Hornet is willing to investigate Mike's photographer. 


13 "The Secret of the Sally Bell" Robert L. Friend William L. Stuart December 9, 1966 9813
"The Sally Bell," a cargo ship with $2 million in narcotics en route to the U.S. from Hong Kong, is initially lost with her crew at sea, now mysteriously shows up at a salvage yard. The only survivor, Gus Wander, knows "The Secret" of her special cargo with only one big problem — he's currently unconscious due to a blast from the Hornet Sting. 


14 "Freeway to Death" Allen Reisner Ken Pettus December 16, 1966 9815
Britt Reid orders Mike Axford to team up with the Green Hornet to uncover the ringleader in an insurance scam. Mike reluctantly agrees, but later tries to expose the ringleader alone, leaving it up to the Green Hornet & Kato to save him before it is too late. 


15 "May the Best Man Lose" Allen Reisner Judith & Robert Guy Barrows December 23, 1966 9814
It's election time again and District Attorney Scanlon is running although someone wants to permanently remove him from the ballot. 


16 "The Hornet and the Firefly" Allen Reisner William L. Stuart December 30, 1966 9817
An arsonist wreaks havoc setting fire to buildings at the stroke of midnight. The Green Hornet and the District Attorney work behind the scenes to aid the Commissioner to put a stop to this hot situation. The commissioner refuses to enlist the aid of a retired top arson investigator because his work previously cost him an eye, but reporter Mike Axford suggests to Britt Reid that the Sentinel can put him to work. Unfortunately, Mike is in for a very big surprise. 


17 "Seek, Stalk and Destroy" George Waggner Jerry Thomas January 6, 1967 9816
A tank crew who served together in Korea steals a tank to free their former captain from prison before he is executed for the murder of their ex-commanding officer. It's up to the Green Hornet & Kato to stop them before they can accomplish their goal, and uncover the real killer. 


18 "Corpse of the Year" — Part 1 James Komack Ken Pettus January 13, 1967 9818
A carbon copy of the Green Hornet's Black Beauty attacks a Daily Sentinel delivery truck and terminates its driver right in front of Britt Reid. Then the Sentinel offices have an explosive visit from a Green Hornet impostor, leading the real Hornet on a cat and mouse chase of his shadow car disrupting Sentinel deliveries. Celia Kaye guest stars as Melissa Neal. 


19 "Corpse of the Year" — Part 2 James Komack Ken Pettus January 27, 1967 9819
After another death—of Simon Neal, publisher/owner of the Daily Express—by the phony Green Hornet, part 2 begins with Britt Reid bringing on-board the Express 's previous employee, Dan Scully, to help investigate Simon's termination. After finding out from Sabrina Bradley, Managing Editor of the Daily Express, that Simon had a copy of Black Beauty produced for the Press Club's Masquerade Ball, the real Green Hornet sets a trap with her help. 


20 "Ace in the Hole" William Beaudine Stan Silverman,
Robert Lees
February 3, 1967 9820
When Mike Axford unexpectedly shows up at a meeting of mobsters Phil Trager, Steve Gant and...the Green Hornet, he gets shot. The Hornet fools the other two into believing Mike has been killed and tries to manipulate them into taking each other out. The plan may fail and cost Axford, the Green Hornet, and Kato their lives when the reporter reveals that he is still very much alive. 


21 "Bad Bet on a 459-Silent" Seymour Robbie Judith & Robert Guy Barrows February 10, 1967 9821
Britt Reid must figure out how to get medical attention for a wound he received as the Green Hornet, as well as how to stop two cops who are using silent alarm calls for their own profit. 


22 "Trouble for Prince Charming" William Beaudine Ken Pettus February 17, 1967 9822
After the Green Hornet prevents the assassination of Prince Rafil, his blonde American fiancée Janet Prescott is kidnapped and the prince is ordered to abdicate in order to save her. 


23 "Alias The Scarf" Allen Reisner William L. Stuart February 24, 1967 9823

When a wax museum's figure of The Scarf, an infamous strangler from 20 years ago, is replaced in the center display spot by effigies of the Green Hornet & Kato, the waxen form of Scarf seemingly comes to life and starts attacking people. Using the museum researcher's manuscript about the Scarf, the Green Hornet & Kato attempt to snare the killer before he claims any more victims.

Horror film star John Carradine plays the researcher.
24 "Hornet Save Thyself" Seymour Robbie John Tait March 3, 1967 9824

As a surprise birthday party begins for Britt, a handgun given as a present to Britt seemingly discharges itself, fatally shooting ex-employee Eddie Rech. In a reverse of his usual situation, Britt Reid hides from the police by becoming the Green Hornet.

There is no "Produced by..." credit on this episode.

25 "Invasion from Outer Space" — Part 1 Darrell Hallenbeck Arthur Weingarten March 10, 1967 9825
The arrival of visitors from outer space seemingly coincides with an Air Force convoy transporting top secret electronic equipment and an H-Bomb missile warhead. Having Britt's secretary Casey taken hostage makes the situation very touchy. Brett King guest stars in this episode, his last screen role, as Major Jackson. 


26 "Invasion from Outer Space" — Part 2 Darrell Hallenbeck Arthur Weingarten March 17, 1967 9826
Part 2 begins with the Green Hornet using his tracking signal to close in on the visitors from outer space and their mystery. 

This is the last episode. 

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