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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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Cast

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 John Carter ...  Lt. John Biddle / ... 83 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барнаби Джонс See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(178 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Buddy Ebsen was 64 years old when the show started. See more »

Goofs

Occasionally a car may run off a cliff or crash and then explode. Gasoline is volatile but not explosive, so there is no reason for the cars to explode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cannon: The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 1 (1975) See more »

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I Loved the Feel of this Show
14 August 2005 | by EclecticCriticSee all my reviews

I remember watching this show as a kid and finding it immensely enjoyable. I watched it in reruns during summer afternoons (cue nostalgic music), though I can't recall the exact years that I caught it. Probably the early 80s. I was young enough where the formulaic nature of the show that has been mentioned in other reviews here didn't taint the show in any way for me. I didn't watch the show religiously and it has been a long time since I saw any episodes, but the thing that sticks with me about it is the casual, laid-back atmosphere, the cast's charm-particularly Buddy Ebsen's-and, yes, Barnaby regularly running down much younger men on foot. Of course, my memory could be playing tricks on me. I just watched a movie, "Coach", with Cathy Lee Crosby, that I had watched in the late 70s and found enormously erotic, and I couldn't believe how tame and unerotic (with the exception of one kiss) it was, proving that you can't go home again. If this series is ever released on DVD, I'll probably buy it, hoping that maybe this time I will be able to go home again. My fear is that, having seen so many TV shows and movies since then, the formulaic nature of the show will be more apparent to me, which could make the show get tiresome in a hurry.


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