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Barnaby Jones

1 9 7 3 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
178 x 60 minute episodes

After a mere year’s absence from his starring role as Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, Buddy Ebsen returned to the small screen in another hit show as milk-drinking Barnaby Jones.

Following a long and successful career as a private investigator, Barnaby retired to breed horses, leaving the business to his son Hal.

When Hal was murdered while on a case, Barnaby came out of retirement to help track down his son’s killer.

Hal’s widow, Betty (former Miss America Lee Meriwether), worked with her father-in-law to solve the case and remained with him, as his assistant, when he decided to keep his Los Angeles-based firm in operation.

Barnaby was also assisted by his young cousin, law student J.R Jones, in the fifth season (after the murder of his father).

Barnaby solved murders with a calm, folksy demeanour that seemed more in keeping with that of a family doctor. He was also a master chemist, a qualified criminologist and a student of behavioural psychology.

Barnaby Jones 
Buddy Ebsen
Betty Jones 

Lee Meriwether
Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones 

Mark Shera
Lt. Joe Taylor 

Vince Howard
Lt. John Biddle 

John Carter