Burke's Law (1963–1966)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Adventure | Crime
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 379 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 2 critic

Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. The hallmarks of this series were ... See full summary »

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 375 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 28 Jun 2012
 
a list of 66 titles
created 16 Oct 2013
 
a list of 50 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Burke's Law" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Burke's Law (1963–1966)

Burke's Law (1963–1966) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Burke's Law.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1966   1965   1964   1963  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bat Masterson (1958–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe
Honey West (1965–1966)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After the death of her father, sexy Honey West took over his high-tech private detective firm, assisted by rugged Sam Bolt and her pet ocelot Bruce.

Stars: Anne Francis, John Ericson, Bruce
The Adventurer (1972–1973)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Basically an updating of Gene Barry's "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" character, Gene Bradley is a wealthy government agent, who, posing as an American movie star, travels the globe in search of... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Barry, Barry Morse, Catherine Schell
Mannix (1967–1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood
Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
The Lucy Show (1962–1968)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance
It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne
Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A veteran cop with more than 20 years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco.

Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The submarine Seaview is commissioned to investigate the mysteries of the seas. Usually it finds more problems than answers...

Stars: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell
The Name of the Game (1968–1971)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Barry, Susan Saint James, Robert Stack
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Capt. Amos Burke / ... (81 episodes, 1963-1966)
Gary Conway ...
 Det. Tim Tilson (64 episodes, 1963-1965)
...
 Det. Les Hart (64 episodes, 1963-1965)
Leon Lontoc ...
 Henry (64 episodes, 1963-1965)
Eileen O'Neill ...
 Sgt. Gloria Ames / ... (33 episodes, 1963-1965)
Edit

Storyline

Amos Burke was a Los Angeles chief of detectives who was also a millionaire with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion, and a high-wheeling lifestyle. The hallmarks of this series were glamorous, sophisticated settings, unusual twists on formula homicide plotlines, and big-name guest stars. After a couple of seasons, its format was radically revamped. Burke left the police force and became an agent for US Intelligence. At that point, the show's name changed to "Amos Burke--Secret Agent". Burke's adventures were briefly revived in 1994, under the original title. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amos Burke, Secret Agent  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(81 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Gene Barry and Gary Conway were accomplished violinists. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the title of the show was always announced by the voice of a woman saying, VERY seductively, "Burke's Law". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Unique and Funny Cop Show
25 February 2008 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

The 64 black and white hour-long episodes of "Burke's Law" were originally broadcast from 1963-65 on ABC. The show then morphed into "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" for another 17 episodes during the 1965-66 season. And one episode "Who Killed the Jackpot" served as the introduction of the "Honey West" characters played by Anne Francis and John Ericson. Gene Barry played police captain Amos Burke, who headed up homicide while maintaining a lavish lifestyle; not because he was on the take but because he was already extremely rich and was just working for whatever intrinsic value the job provided. This was the main hook or novelty of the show, which was a weekly showcase of his lavish lifestyle (chauffeured limo with fully stocked bar, mansion, and a host of gorgeous women clamoring for his affections).

Although technically a mystery-adventure series there was a significant comedy element generated by the reactions of his detectives and his superior to Burke's displays of wealth and indulgence.

Barry was perfectly cast as the suave and sophisticated working playboy. Unfortunately the supporting cast was quite marginal and the writers never developed these secondary characters beyond the most superficial level. But this did allow room to showcase a multitude of guest stars and like "The Wild Wild West" many of these were Hollywood's hottest starlets. Especially memorable was former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley whose unexpected chemistry with Barry led to multiple appearances during the course of the series.

Unlike "Columbo", the series withheld the identity of the killer from viewers until the end although it was not disclosed in the standard "Murder She Wrote" moment of revelation. The huge popularity of "James Bond" and "The Man From UNCLE" caused producer Aaron Spelling to introduce a secret agent formula into the final season. Unfortunately what had been a unique cop show became just another silly spy series and it expired after just half a season.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Important information for newbies re: Amos Burke, Secret Agent. jonabbott56
Season Two carolmr527
Appointment TV for Girl Watchers cgculpeper
Burke's Law on DVD - An Update 11/10/07 barrysfavorite
Who Killed Purity Mather ? cshep
Boston Legal j-leitman
Discuss Burke's Law (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page