Best TV Gunfights?


November 12, 2007, 09:00 PM
I know the topic of movie "Best Gunfight" (ie action and realism) has been beaten to death....but what about TV?

Here's my vote and no surprise the top 2 go to HBO's The Wire.

1) The Wire - season 2 - Brodie and his crew in a streetfight with some corner boys

2) The Wire - season 5 - Omar and his crew have ripped off a Barksdale stash/crackhouse. Unfortunately as they are exiting, the Barksdale gang recovers and all hell breaks loose.

3) CSI- season 7(?) - cops gets ambushed at night in a "stop-and-rob", partner hears the gunfire outside and rushes in only to face a firefight with 4 opponents.

4) K*ville - this is new - but the first few episodes show some promise with decent mayhem (afterall - its set in New Orleans :D)

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November 12, 2007, 09:06 PM
The Life Aquatic

November 12, 2007, 09:54 PM
Have about seen'em all. One of the absolute best is a recent movie, "SMOKIN' ACES". Great cast -- somewhat realistic scenarios, and anytime the .50 BMG Barret comes into play in a gun fight, especially being fired by a chick, you know it's gotta be fun. The Wild Bunch would be #2 IMO.

November 12, 2007, 09:56 PM
the latest episode of "Family Guy" where Louis and Stewie gun it out in the oval office.

November 12, 2007, 10:11 PM
Lets not foget EVERY episode of the A-Team. They rocked!!!

November 12, 2007, 10:21 PM
Some of my favorite were in the movie Ronin along with a few great car chase scenes.

November 12, 2007, 10:25 PM
Many episodes of Get Smart.

Max, in the middle of a gunfight:
"Chief, could you put a silencer on your gun? I can't hear what 99 is saying."

Funny thing is, Maxwell was a better shot than the A-Team ever was. :D

November 12, 2007, 10:41 PM
there was a very good gunfight on the season 2 NUMB3RS episode "Guns And Roses", some bad guys are trying to take down an armored car, they have AKs, shorty ARs, etc., but the good guys roll up on them in a van and jump out and engage them with their flat top M4s fitted with optical sights and vertical foregrips. (Diane Farr was using an MP5) A pretty exciting full auto running gun battle in the streets ensue, with the good guys using cars for cover, looks cool, Rob Morrow takes out the last bad guy by aiming for his ankles. Obviously this was inspired by Heat, but I thought this was almost as good.

November 12, 2007, 11:39 PM
Best TV gunfight???
Most every episode of the 1960's series COMBAT!:D

(Showing my age here a little):o

November 12, 2007, 11:47 PM
Combat and Vic Morrow
Lone Ranger
The Rifleman
Cisco Kid

Then we got a color TV and some shows were in Color

Magnum P.I.
Miami Vice



November 12, 2007, 11:55 PM
Have gun will travel

Wanted Dead or Alive

November 13, 2007, 12:22 AM
High Chapparal, since we're strolling down memory lane :)
Have Gun Will Travel
Nickel (very short run.. maybe 1/2 season)

November 13, 2007, 12:31 AM
I suspected some others recalled these and would add others.

Bonanza. I don't recall a gunfight, just situations were handled.
Some good lessons to be learned from the old shows, whether gun fights took place, or not.

Beverly Hillbillies , Granny, now I don't recall them showing, but the sound effects of her getting after someone , always seemed like someone was not doing very well on the other end of her guns...*grin*

November 13, 2007, 12:33 AM
Speaking of Grannies... let's not forget "Every which way but loose." :)

Chris B
November 13, 2007, 12:48 AM
I'd say every episode of 24. Jack Bauer once took a math test and wrote the word "violence" for every answer. Jack Bauer solves all of his problems with violence.

I like it because it's so over the top intense it's hilarious. Jack kills something like 3 terrorists an hour, empties 38 magazines per season, performs 22 press checks a day, and can operate any weapon known to man (small arms, artillery, even drone aircraft).

November 13, 2007, 01:29 AM
I really enjoyed Miami Vice. Crockett's Bren 10 was awesome and on at least one raid he carried a Steyr AUG. Most of the early shootouts were done pretty well.

There was a show called 'Police Story', that had revolving characters. Some of it felt real and some gun play popped up.

Hill Street Blues occasionally did it right. They came up with some strange story lines just to hook viewers I guess.

Remember "Simon and Simon", "Mannix", "Hawaii 5-0"? Then there was a period in the 70's and later that cop shows became cute and fun. What the hell was that about. McMillan and Wife, stuff like that.

My fav thou was Powers Booth in a mini series called "Phillip Marlow". I believe it was on HBO. Tough guys and nice guns from my favorite period, hammerless Colts, Lugers, Mausers, long barrel 38's and Thompsons.

November 13, 2007, 01:35 AM
I cringe every time a .50 Browning is used in a crime on T.V. or film. All I can think is, "You see Senator, how these evil huge rifles are used in crimes."

Having said that, I'll top out the list with Heat, Collateral, and Miami Vice, directed by Michael Mann and trained by Andy McNabb.

November 13, 2007, 06:25 AM
For one of the most unrealistic gunfight scenes check out the garage gunfight in the movie 'City Heat' starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Renolds.

November 13, 2007, 10:04 AM
Not a TV show, but Open Range had a really good gunfight at the end of it.

November 13, 2007, 11:06 AM
My favorite is Silverado...When Mal (Danny Glover) shoots the bad guy on the roof of the bunkhouse, I thought I saw something, so I did a frame-by-frame...The puff from the 'hit' appears to come from the guy's crotch! Kostner's two-at-once is great, and Kevin Kline's one-on-one with Brian Denehey is well done and believable. My favorite line in the movie was Glover's "I don't wanna kill you, and you don't wanna be dead".

November 13, 2007, 11:58 AM
Let us stay with the TV - and not thread drift to movies please.


Remember "Simon and Simon", "Mannix", "Hawaii 5-0"? Then there was a period in the 70's and later that cop shows became cute and fun. What the hell was that about. McMillan and Wife, stuff like that.

Times were changing, the typical roles and norms were changing.
i.e. Mannix, had a black secretary, named Peggy, and drove a Barracuda.
This differed from the normal white secretary and driving sensible sedan.

Hill Street Blues showed interaction of Cops, wives, families and others, not just catching BGs, also the strains of marriage , kids, and all.

McMillian & Wife, showed a different perspective of LE than most had thought about. Politics. It also showed a husband and wife, interaction and using each others talents.

Remember , this was "entertainment". NO Internet, Not a lot of what we have now.
Vietnam had been going on for some time, and reports were not Real Time as they are now. That car showed in many neighborhoods to report one was fallen, and everybody watched to see where "that" car would stop.
Hearts would stop, and hands hesitate going to the door, they did not want "that" telegram.

Get home from work, kids did homework, dinner and dishes done, and kids snuggle up, parents snuggle up and be entertained.
They did not nit-pick guns, knives , they had had enough of Green Cars with a Chaplain, and Telegrams, and Body Bags and...

Some good shows on common sense, how to not be a victim, how to not get conned, and so much more. Guns were part of these of shows, still thinking, accessing and figuring out was so much more.

Columbo, did he ever show his gun?

Then shows got stupid.
Two plainclothes cops , Undercover, driving a Red Torino with a white racing strip, driving as they did everywhere, and always a shoot out.

November 13, 2007, 12:00 PM
The reason animal rights activists are more passionate about fur than leather is because it's safer to harrass rich women than bikers...
Oh, I like that one........:evil:

Mr White
November 13, 2007, 12:09 PM
I was watching an old episode of The Office last night and Michael was in an improv acting class and in every scene he was in, he pretended to be an FBI agent and burst thru the door with a gun and shot everyone. It was hilarious!

November 13, 2007, 12:25 PM
I remember an episode of Barnaby Jones where Buddy Ebsen pulls a gun on a perp and says "Don't try it I'm a good shot!"

November 13, 2007, 12:36 PM
heart of gold-the battle at the whorehouse.
war stories-when zoe, wash, jane and book go rescue mal! (plus its the first time river shoots a gun!)
serinity- deal gone bad.
our mrs. reynolds- "i swear by my pretty floral bonnet"
the really sad part is i didn't have to pull out the dvds to get episode names and i could go on, and on...
A bullet runs through it- the 2 part episode on season six.
*can't remember episode- shooting scene with grissom, same episode cathrine shoots bad guy and saves grissoms life.
Horatio Cane annoys the hell out of me when he talks, but the man has good position when he shoots
episode when their is the armored car hiest "they always do..."
BEST GUN SCENE- when callie goes into her gun locker and says "be still my heart".
NOIR- jap anime. pretty much every episode has a great gun battle.
i need to stop now

November 13, 2007, 12:37 PM
Tour of duty.

The Hound
November 13, 2007, 07:03 PM
Alias had some good gun fights. Can't beat a hot chick firing a weapon.

Let's see....

La Femme Nikita had some cool weapons and gun scenes too.

November 13, 2007, 07:07 PM
Apparently, I'm not watching enough tv - I haven't heard of half the stuff you guys are naming. Firefly? I get my gun fights from the History Channel and the Military Channel, though, but they don't count I guess.

Edit - oh yeah, La Femme Nikita, okay, that's a good one.

Bazooka Joe71
November 13, 2007, 07:11 PM
The Life Aquatic

Even though its a movie, its the best response yet!:D

My pick is for McGuyver...Oh wait.:confused:

November 13, 2007, 07:39 PM
sm, Columbo didn't even carry a gun.
TV Gunfight --- Magnum P.I., not really a gunfight, but Magnum shoots a unarmed ) spy who blew up his buddy Mac. Out of character for Magnum but a neat TV moment. Also Homicide Life on the Streets, shoot-out in the squad room when suspect pulls a gun.

November 13, 2007, 07:46 PM
New Shows?
Heck if I know.

My '79 model 13" TV with rabbit ears , one manually set channels, volume , etc (before remote) did not survive the last move.
Mostly used to watch old movies and educational VHS tapes on VCR.
So I have not personally owned a TV in I forget how many years.

Back when I was married, the entertainment deal was opened up from time to time to watch a old movie or something. It stayed closed more than open.
Stepson used his TV, in his room, mostly old re-runs or movies he wanted to rent.

That is the show I was trying to think of earlier with Andy Griffith, wife used to watch him from time to time if the mood struck...Lawyer show...
Another one that could think and access...

November 13, 2007, 07:55 PM
Since I've only seen it on TV I'm gonna say the Kevin Costner, Robert Duval movie Open Range.

The gunfight at the end was freakin' great. Even with totally unreal stuff like blowing people back 10' when shot with a SXS Shotgun thru thick wooden walls. Don't matter - sheer excitement.

My favorite part? The beginning of the fight when Costner and Duval are walking up to the Bad Guy and his cronies. Costner starts walking toward them and asks while on the move of the hired gun, "are you the one who shot my friend?". The guy barely has time to answer when without missing a lick or a step and cool as a cucumber Costner pulls out his gun and puts a bullet dead center and right above the bridge of the gunny's nose droppin' him like a rock. Man that was cool.

November 13, 2007, 08:58 PM
I don't think anyone has mentioned Hawaii Five O it often had magical gun play in which the bad guy was never killed he was always hit "just right" and the shot from a snubbie always dead on target without fail often without even aiming.:rolleyes:

Book em Danno.:neener:

November 13, 2007, 10:27 PM
Amazing what them snubbies could at 100+ yds on moving targets!


November 14, 2007, 06:26 AM
The Getaway - the original - in the hotel. The momentary lull when McQueen runs into and meets eyes with the mob guys is priceless.

Tom Fury
November 14, 2007, 12:53 PM
I catch the show infrequently here in the UK, but did notice she seems to have upgraded from a S&W 3913/Ladysmith to some sort of .45. Seems to be more authentically comfortable with it than her colleagues. She rocks, tho!
Cheers, TF

The Wiry Irishman
November 14, 2007, 08:48 PM
Big second for Firefly. Also had lots of people carrying guns around as part of their everyday life without being portrayed as evil.

November 14, 2007, 09:43 PM
CRIME STORY: "Set in 1960s Chicago and Las Vegas in which the police force wage an uncompromising war on the Mob. Chicago police lieutenant Mike Torello wages an epic battle against organized crime in Michael Mann's arresting combination of cops and robbers, prime time soap, and film noir. Like Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, Torello and his Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have a formidable opponent..."

In one epsoode, one of the cops had a BAR and lit-up a bad guy in a casino elevator after the door closes! All the other characters had plain-jane 1911s, or Colt wheel guns.

November 14, 2007, 10:46 PM
Heck, the coolest thing about Crime Story to me was that very sexy 1960 Imperial convertible...

November 15, 2007, 08:54 AM
Firefly gets a +1 for me, every time
as for the best firefight on TV, my first thought would be a1980-90's movie with michael Gross on the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. The firefight takes up the last half hour of the movie, and very viscerally (for made for TV) showed just how out-gunned those agents were.

November 15, 2007, 09:12 AM
Best gun fight that never happened on a tv show...NYPD Blue..when knocking on the door of a perp andy says:"open up,or I'll throw a shot through the door."I love that line.

November 15, 2007, 10:06 AM
not sure if it's been posted yet, but i'm confident there hasn't been a more intense, realistic, graphic, protracted gun battle on the tube since the post-bank-robbery melee in "Heat". AND they had galils !!
but that's not an actual TV show, so i'm gonna say ANY old detective show where the guy with the snub-nose .38 took out the guys with the machine guns !!

November 15, 2007, 11:31 AM
Nobody has mentioned the Unit? What's the deal with that? Dark Side of the Moon was pretty much the best TV gunfight ever. .50 BMG bolt action long range shooting against an M2HB, US Army using M4s, M16s, M203s, M240s and other assorted arms against attacking terrorists charging them with AKs. Night attack, defenders throwing up flares to illuminate area. Really good effects. I'm pretty sure the episode alone had a thread dedicated to it.

November 15, 2007, 11:49 AM
I guess I'm the only person who ever watched Third Watch. Oh well..

November 15, 2007, 12:17 PM
The best gunfight scene EVER was from Police Squad when Frank Drebin and the perp were shooting it out from about 3 feet apart. Then when they both run dry they begin throwing revolvers at each other.

November 15, 2007, 12:17 PM
Nope,ClickClickD'oh, you're not the only one to watch "3rd Watch" it did have some excellent fire fights in it. Sully on the school bus in the garage/ work yard & the young officer who plants the round between the eyes of the oppo that took the EMS worker hostage.....and quite a few other good ones!
As far as "The Unit" goes how about the take down of the airliner in episode 1 or the stand-off/ duel w/ the sniper in the Central American town. This show has also had some good ones in it. Anybody remember "The Agency" & "Raines" they had a couple of good shoot-outs also......

November 15, 2007, 12:23 PM
Planet Terror, purely because of its ridiculous exaggeration and unbelievability. I mean come on, the guy must have fired at least 50 rounds from his revolver without reloading once. And The chick had an M203/M16 attached to her leg that shot fire balls when a grenade was launched.

November 15, 2007, 02:42 PM
Recent three-parter on South Park .. when the bad imagination creeps got loose, they wiped out about three dozen characters, mostly with full auto weapons .. best show on TV


when they kick at your front door,
how you gonna come?
with your hands on your head
or on the trigger of your gun?

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