Barnaby Jones

CBS (ended 1980)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 22

    The Killin' Cousin

    Aired 4/3/80

  • S 8 : Ep 21

    Deadline for Murder

    Aired 3/27/80

  • S 8 : Ep 20

    The Silent Accuser

    Aired 3/13/80

  • S 8 : Ep 19

    The Final Victim

    Aired 3/6/80

  • S 8 : Ep 18

    Death Is the Punchline

    Aired 2/21/80

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Meriwether

    Betty Jones

  • Buddy Ebsen

    Barnaby Jones

  • Mark Shera

    Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones (1976-1980)

  • William Shatner

    Phil A. Carlyle/ Fred Williams

  • James Hong

    J.F. Chen

  • show Description
  • Barnaby Jones began as a mid-season replacement for CBS beginning on Sunday, January 28, 1973, and continued with a successful run until its final episode aired on Thursday, April 3, 1980. 178 color episodes were filmed in Hollywood. This series focused around a retired private detective, Barnaby Jones, who had passed his private investigation business to his son, Hal. When Hal was murdered while on a case, Barnaby came out of retirement to track down his son's killer. Hal's widow, Betty, worked with Barnaby as his invaluable assistant on cases. In the fall of 1976, Barnaby's cousin Monroe was murdered while in Los Angeles for the purpose of tracking down his partner's killer. This storyline served as the backdrop for the introduction of Monroe's son, law student Jedediah Romano Jones, who preferred to be called J.R. After the case was solved, J.R. remained in Los Angeles working for Barnaby while he studied law until the end of the series. Out of all of Quinn Martin's series, this one had the second-longest run. Only The F.B.I. had a longer run. Here is a list of time slots that Barnaby Jones held during its 7 1/2 year run: January 1973 to June 1974: Sundays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. July to September 1974: Saturdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. September 1974 to August 1975: Tuesdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. September to November 1975: Fridays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. December 1975 to November 1979: Thursdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. December 1979 to September 1980: Thursdays from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (41)

    • Barnaby: I hope for your sake that boy is alright. You have done enough to hurt the Jones family already.

    • Barnaby: Who would have known Cahill qualified for a black belt in karate, I may have had trouble with him myself.

    • J.R.: I'm sorry, am I interrupting? Barnaby: Yes, but I am getting use to it.

    • Barnaby: Mrs. Ross, this is Jedediah Jones. J.R.: is J.R. How do you do? Barnaby: The J is for Jedediah, that is pure Tennesse. The R is for Romano of the Chicago Romanos. J.R.: Ah yes, see I always eat my lasagna with a side order of grits.

    • J.R.: Us blood Joneses are natural liars.

    • Barnaby: What's the matter with your car, what are you doing? J.R.: The California way to double park. What can I tell ya, I learn fast.

    • J.R.: Barnaby, the closest I ever got to a plane in Vietnam is when they flew us over there. Barnaby: Yeah, I know. Sometimes when you are dealing with somebody you think might be a horse thief it is a good idea to try and convince them you know a thing or two about horses.

    • Barnaby: You know something, this is the biggest fish I have ever caught. (Referring to murderer)

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    Notes (125)

    • Show first seen on Sundays at 9:30 P.M.

    • This was the first of two episodes where William Conrad crosses over from "Cannon" to make guest appearances on "Barnaby Jones". The other one was episode 62: "The Deadly Conspiracy" -- Part 2.

    • Guest star Darleen Carr was known for her recurring role as Jeannie Stone(Lt.Michael Stone's daughter) in The QM(Quinn Martin) series "The Streets of San Francisco." William Shatner was well known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the 1960's Science Fiction series and the Movie versions of "Star Trek."

    • Guest star John Carter is better known in this series for playing Lt. John Biddle.

    • Guest star Richard Hatch also starred in the QM(Quinn Martin)series,"The Streets Of San Francisco." He played the role of Inspector Dan Robbins in the final season(1976-1977)of the series.

    • Richard X. Slattery was a gruff looking actor who played a variety of roles. He was well know for his portrayal of Murph on the Union76 television ads during the mid 1970's and throughout the 1980's.

    • Jack Cassidy was a well known character actor who can play cunning villains. He was the father of Actors Shaun and David Cassidy and his wife was actress Shirley Jones.

    • Opening scene of Act I shows Hollywood's famous "Sunset Strip." One place that is seen is The Hollywood Paladium.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Jerry Houser played a student once again (this time a college student) in the 5th season episode "Killer on Campus". As in this episode a stronger minded student leads him astray and into trouble.

    • In this first episode it was stated that J.R. had finished law school in Chicago and was studying for the Chicago Bar. He was suppose to work part time for Barnaby while he studied for the California Bar instead. However in the episodes that followed, J.R. was back in law school, a fact that was never explained.

    • Annette O'Toole appeared in the first episode of SWAT which Mark Shera also starred in. She is currently playing the mother of Clark Kent on Smallville.

    • In an episode in the first season Andrew Parks played a prep school student and in this season he played a law school student. Both times his character came from a wealthy background.

    • This is one of the few times that John Carter was in the opening credits.

    • It would have seemed prudent for J.R. to have removed personal documents from the vehicle and locked the doors while working undercover!

    • Both Roger Perry and John Gilgreen had appeared in 6 other Barnaby Jones episodes and Alex Henteloff had appeared in 5 other episodes over the years.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode was used in another QM(Quinn Martin) series "The FBI" which was used during the 1965-1966 season.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • A super tv show with lots of good action that keeps the plot interesting.

    By johnnyarthur, May 03, 2011

  • A television series that returned Buddy Ebson and teamed him with Miss America,1955

    By frank91165, May 25, 2007

  • Good show that needed some work.

    By Blugis, Jul 14, 2006

  • one of the good ones

    By CAPNDEL, Jul 11, 2006

  • Barnaby Jones blew past my expectations. At first, I had expected same old same old plot development but twist after turn of excitement and action just way exceeded my expectations.

    By araumntl06, Apr 13, 2006

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