Barnaby Jones was a former private eye who temporarily came out of retirement to track down the killer of his son Hal, who had taken over the family business. After bringing Hal's murderer to justice (with the assistance of fellow CBS gumshoe Frank Cannon), Jones decided retirement just wasn't his bag after all, and rehung his shingle with the assistance of daughter-in-law Betty, who ran the office and Barnaby's personal crime laboratory, and (later) young distant cousin Jedidiah, who did the cases' legwork. Written by
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This show was unintentionally funny to the core and sometimes down right superb with a touch of detective know-how. It should have been called as "Jed Clampett:Private Eye". But in all aspects,Barnaby Jones was one of the best of the Quinn Martin produced cop shows of the 1970's but with it had heart. However,this show was a far cry for Buddy Ebsen who played millionaire Jed Clampett for nine seasons on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and it was a change in character for a guy who was approaching his age with this and advancing quickly. Where else can you see a milk drinkin', clean livin' elderly man for one who wants to avenge his son's death by becoming a P.I.,who was always out of breath in some of the episodes chasing and apprehending evil doers and others who were braking the law?
Always a bit of suspension and it shows. Yet despite all of this,the show was a big hit with its audience which originally ran for seven successful seasons and was a huge ratings winner for CBS-TV from 1973-80,producing 169 episodes all in color. However,Jones had his secretary helped him out on cases and was always into the fray(played by Lee Meriwether)of some baddie and psychopath and in just about some of the episodes was always in a sticky situation and it was up to Barnaby and his nephew Jedidah Jones(played by Mark Shera-to whom the producers and CBS attempted to lured in younger viewers and a teenage audience to boost ratings)to get her out of a tight spot since his nephew had the moves and he was a cop! But Barnaby could take out any lowlife punk that came his way,so he didn't need no one's help for this since he had a good sucker punch for his age! Catch the episodes where Buddy Ebsen is chasing criminals and runs out of steam is a hardy laugh-out riot.
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