"Ironside" was one of TV's most distinctive series of the late 1960s and '70s. The drama starred Raymond Burr as a San Francisco police chief who is forced to retire from the department when a sniper's bullet bullet paralyzes him from the waist down, causing him to use a wheelchair.
With the help of a team of assistants, Ironside used his smarts to solve crimes.
NBC's new reboot of "Ironside" has a few similarities: The main character is wounded by a shooter and has to use a wheelchair, and he solves crimes with the help of a young team. The drama stars Blair Underwood in the title role.
But this is not your father's "Ironside." For one, Burr's Ironside had a driver and assistant who pushed his wheelchair. In the new version, Ironside's wheelchair doesn't even have handles. He gets around on his own power.
"He's entirely self-sufficient," said Underwood, who said he had a technical advisor who was paralyzed in a ski accident many years ago and is confined to a wheelchair. "That was very important."