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.
Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones
Lt. Joe Taylor
Lt. John Biddle