History Series / BurkesLaw

14th Mar '17 6:17:33 PM Spotts1701
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* BigFancyHouse

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* BigFancyHouseBigFancyHouse: Burke's is pretty swanky, befitting his wealth. Most of the victims, suspects and killers also have fairly sprawling estates.



* {{Camp}}

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* {{Camp}}{{Camp}}: Both series had their moments, but the 90's revival in particular turned the camp up and then ripped out the knob.



* FalseConfession: In "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?" each suspect confesses to being the murderer, but Burke thinks some (or all) of them are lying because each confession has the victim saying something different just before she is killed. [[spoiler:Turns out they were all telling the truth because the butler had recorded the victim and then played different recordings for each person before they shot a dummy of the victim.]]



* TakeMeOutAtTheBallgame: In "Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?", a cowboy star falls off his horse at a rodeo, dead of a broken neck -- sustained ''before'' he went out into the arena.

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* TakeMeOutAtTheBallgame: In "Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?", a cowboy star falls off his horse at a rodeo, dead of a broken neck -- sustained ''before'' he went out into the arena. Similarly, "Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings?" had a tennis pro killed by an exploding ball during a charity match.
3rd Jul '16 12:26:40 PM TJ411
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** to be fair the 'drug' was Baking Soda (antacid) [[spoiler: and the 'poison' was a mass does of sleeping Pills, so a finger taste would hardly be troublesome]]
7th Jun '16 11:05:04 AM Sideburnking2003
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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: "Who Killed Purity Mather?" is more like "Who Did Purity Mather Kill And Make People Believe It Was Her Who Bought It?"]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: "Who Killed Purity Mather?" is more like "Who Did Purity Mather Kill And Make People Believe It Was Her Who Bought It?"]]It?" Also, in the revival episode 'Who Killed the Movie Mogul?', it turns out that the movie mogul himself was the killer, the victim was his twin brother who had been trying to force him out of the movie company, and the mogul was impersonating the twin over the course of the episode.]]
6th Feb '16 11:51:37 PM Tallens
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* HerosClassicCar: Burke drives a 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II during his police investigations. While not actually an example during the original 1963 series, it certainly fits when it appears in the 1994 revival.
28th Jan '16 12:07:09 PM Cindylover1969
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* TheUnreveal: The source of Burke's wealth. In one episode, an IRS agent presses him to explain how he can afford his lavish lifestyle. He snarks that he's an avid coupon clipper.

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* TheUnreveal: The source of Burke's wealth. In one episode, an IRS agent presses him to explain how he can afford his lavish lifestyle. He snarks that he's an avid coupon clipper.clipper.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent'''s "Peace, It's A Gasser."
18th Jan '16 12:21:52 PM StFan
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Although quite popular in its first two seasons, the show fell victim to ExecutiveMeddling just prior to its third. Network executives at ABC, hoping to cash in on the super-spy craze touched off by by the Franchise/JamesBond films and ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', demanded a GenreShift. Over the heated objections of Barry and producer AaronSpelling, the show was retitled ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent'', the entire main cast was fired except for Barry, and Burke became a jetsetting spy on the payroll of the federal government. The sweeping changes went over like a lead balloon with audiences and the show was canceled 17 episodes into the season.

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Although quite popular in its first two seasons, the show fell victim to ExecutiveMeddling just prior to its third. Network executives at ABC, hoping to cash in on the super-spy craze touched off by by the Franchise/JamesBond films and ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', demanded a GenreShift. Over the heated objections of Barry and producer AaronSpelling, Creator/AaronSpelling, the show was retitled ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent'', the entire main cast was fired except for Barry, and Burke became a jetsetting spy on the payroll of the federal government. The sweeping changes went over like a lead balloon with audiences and the show was canceled 17 episodes into the season.
10th Sep '15 1:39:02 PM Graybeard
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* TakeMeOutAtTheBallgame: In "Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?", a cowboy star falls off his horse at a rodeo, dead of a broken neck -- sustained ''before'' he went out into the arena.
21st Jul '15 1:00:46 PM Cindylover1969
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* GirlOfTheWeek: Burke had a new girlfriend in every episode, who would usually only appear at the beginning and then at the very end before disappearing off into the ether.

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* GirlOfTheWeek: Burke had a new girlfriend in every episode, who would usually only appear at the beginning and then at the very end before disappearing off into the ether. [[spoiler: In "Who Killed The Card?" it's Tim, for once, who gets the girl.]]
15th Jul '15 12:18:57 PM Cindylover1969
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: For the first two seasons, each episode was entitled "Who Killed [Weekly Victim's Name/Occuption]?" When the show underwent its GenreShift in Season 3, this was dropped, too.

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* IdenticalGrandson: Burke's Irish Uncle Pat ("Who Killed The Grand Piano?") is played by Gene Barry with a blonde wig and moustache.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: For the first two seasons, seasons and the revival, each episode was entitled "Who Killed [Weekly Victim's Name/Occuption]?" Name/Occupation]?" When the show underwent its GenreShift in Season 3, this was dropped, too.
5th Jul '15 10:24:56 PM Cindylover1969
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: When Anne Francis guested on the revival as Honey West (whose series was spun off from an episode of the original), the character had to be called Honey ''Best'' since Spelling Entertainment didn't have the rights (unlike Capt. Burke, Honey came from a series of novels by Skip and Gloria Fickling).
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