..., it was cancelled, I believe, not because of the usual network idiocy, but because of Jim Hutton\\\'s untimely death during its production. Someone correct me if I\\\'m wrong, but I watched this series when it first aired and that is the way I remember its demise. Hutton was perfect in the role of Ellery Queen and David Wayne the perfect foil, creating the perfect team. I also loved the end of each episode, with Ellery inviting the audience to take time to figure out their own theory during the final commercial--we all used to bat our ideas around and then watch to see if we were even close. The fact that there was usually only one possibility really didn\\\'t bother us at all. This series needs to be released at a major retailer so that we can get a look at it close up!
I loved this show and am thrilled to find it on I am still, after all these years, trying to learn why it was cancelled. It wasn't because Jim passed away because that didn't happen until years later.
I have long since determined that the network's call letters stand for the Never Been Clever network because of all the cancellations of truly entertaining shows, and the cancellation of this delightful series as far back as 1977 merely proves my point.
They have cancelled enough of my favorite shows that I am down to only 4 that I now watch. When those are gone, I will be,also. It has taken me a long time to reach this conclusion, but I am really tired of trusting that they will leave new scripted shows on the air for more than one I really do NOT like "reality" shows at all.
This needs to be brought back onto the TV NOW! Sunday nights were all about family time - the screen would go blank we would discuss who we thought had Dunit - brilliant!
It has taken me years to find this even with a friend telling me the name ! I was convinced it starred Dick Van Dyke and his father - oh how wrong was I. If Columbo can be watched again and again - so can this. One of the best things about this show was you truly never knew whodunit until the end! Columbo was a disaapointments when it showed you during the first 10 mins who did it.
This was one of the best shows on TV. The writing was very cutting edge. The plot twists kept you on your toes. The viewer had to follow verrry closely to figure out "Whodunit" before Ellery revealed the culprit in the always anticipated gathering of t
My Mom used to watch this show. I guess it was the first "whodunit" I ever really paid attention to. And Jim Hutton was so handsome! I had a crush on him at the age of 9. I never missed a week. My favorite was the Adventure of the Mad Tea Party.
Great show, Shows that were writing as good as this and the stars that made it a great show are rare today,I sure wish theyed bring them back.I watched all of the shows,I look forward to seeing it again someday please bring it back soon,you can't find shows like this anymore.
Ellery Queen only lasted one season on NBC. It should have lasted much longer and its cancellation gave me my first hint that only morons called the shots in the TV industry. Ellery Queen was that rare show which had charm and class. The emphasis was on storyline not action and violence. You actually had to think a little when you watched an episode. That's probably why NBC canceled it and shortly afterward gave us drivel like the A-Team and Super Train.
My dad and I used to watch this show together ever week. We would try to guess the culprit before Ellery did. I think I guessed right twice while my dad never could seem to figure out the correct solution. My late grandmother also loved the show as well as the novels on which it was based. One thing she liked was that Ellery and Inspector Queen were exactly like they were in the novels. Having read several EQ novels I concur with my grandmother for the most part.
Jim Hutton and David Wayne were marvelous as writer Ellery Queen and his police inspector father. Then there was Tom Reese who lent able support as the hulking Sgt. Velie. I always loved Inspector Queen's catchphrase, "Put the cuffs on him, Velie" once the solution to the murder was announced by Ellery. It's too bad that NBC put the cuffs on this show too soon.
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