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Barnaby Jones 

The exploits of milk-swilling, geriatric private eye Barnaby Jones.

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Edward Hume
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Buddy Ebsen ...  Barnaby Jones 178 episodes, 1973-1980
Lee Meriwether ...  Betty Jones 178 episodes, 1973-1980
Mark Shera ...  Jedediah Romano "J.R." Jones 93 episodes, 1976-1980
John Carter ...  Lt. John Biddle / ... 86 episodes, 1973-1980
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Storyline

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 Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Buddy Ebsen has an exciting new assignment. He's Barnaby Jones, a different kind of private eye. He's a trained criminologist who uses his head and modern science to nail his man. Lee Meriwether co-stars. (season 1)


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Trivia

Shortly after the cancellation of "The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)," Buddy Ebsen was Quinn Martin's first choice for the lead role in the show, he accepted it. See more »

Goofs

Barnaby is renowned for his scientific ability. However he has a habit demonstrated several times of blowing into the evidence bags to open them up. This would contaminate anything he put in the bag. See more »

Connections

Referenced in South Park: City on the Edge of Forever (1998) See more »

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A fun detective
14 January 2017 | by tashafferSee all my reviews

I know it's not profound TV, but I enjoyed the early murder plots of the show and Barnaby's way of making remarks that rattled the perpetrators (like a watered-down Columbo sometimes). I just bought Season One in DVD, and I enjoy seeing many big-name actors appearing and looking them up to see whether they're still alive and/or working. I will probably not purchase seasons beyond four or five, because, unlike some reviewers, I was disgruntled with the arrival of Barnaby's nephew, whose presence made the stories more contrived. I was annoyed when the later programs presented cases in which Secretary Betty was involved -- both contrived and unrealistic. The one-man show did it for me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(178 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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4:3
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