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[[caption-width-right:266:From right to left: [[TheSnarkKnight Sergeant Hart]], [[NewMeat Detective Tilson]], and [[GentlemanDetective Captain Burke]].]]
->''"It's Burke's Law!"''
-->--'''Sultry Female Announcer''', OncePerEpisode

A LighterAndSofter, slightly {{Camp}}y DetectiveDrama that ran for three seasons from 1963 to 1965 (sort of; see below) on Creator/{{ABC}}, ''Burke's Law'' followed the adventures of Amos Burke (Gene Barry), a snarky and debonaire LAPD captain who also happened to be a multimillionaire. Accompanied by his sidekicks, the youthful rookie Detective Tim Tilson (Gary Conway) and the world-weary veteran Sergeant Les Hart (Regis Toomey), Burke would ride between crime scenes in a Rolls Royce limo driven by his faithful chauffeur Henry (Leon Lontoc) and investigate lurid murders among the Hollywood glitterati with his trademark wit and style.

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.

In 1994, a {{Revival}} (also produced by Spelling) was broadcast on CBS, with Barry reprising his role as Burke, now a widower and the Chief of Police who solved crimes in tandem with his grown son, Detective Peter Burke (Peter Brandon). The new series was canceled after just one season.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* TheAce: Burke. The only time he ever loses at anything is when the other person cheats.
* AlwaysGetsHisMan: Burke, all the way.
* AlwaysMurder: Well, he ''is'' the captain of the Homicide Squad.
* AssholeVictim: Usually, in order to make it believable that EveryoneIsASuspect.
* TheBeautifulElite: The usual milieu of the investigation. The victim was almost always a celebrity of some variety, and thus so would the suspects be.
* BigFancyHouse
* BluffingTheMurderer: In "Who Killed Everybody?"
* TheButlerDidIt: Hart is convinced this is the case in "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?" [[spoiler:Turns out, he's right.]]
* {{Camp}}
* CatchPhrase[=/=]TitleDrop: After delivering a witty aphorism, Burke dubs it "Burke's Law."
* CoolCar: Burke's 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II. It had a prominently featured car phone and, during the show's SpyFiction phase, bulletproofing.
* DeadlyDelivery: Subverted in "Who Killed Molly?"
* DetectivePatsy: Tilson in "Who Killed the Horne of Plenty?"
* DomesticAbuser: One of the victims in "Who Killed Everybody?"
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Used in "Who Killed the Starlet?" A woman is the bath while listening to some music, when a killer sneaks in and drops her boombox into the bathtub, killing her. It turns out that the killer and lady are merely actors on a movie set, and they're filming a murder scene. Then it turns out the boombox had been plugged into a live outlet by an unknown party, and the actress in the bathtub really ''is'' dead.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: Every episode, and sometimes playfully exaggerated. In "Who Killed Andy Zygmunt?", the trope reaches its natural extreme when the suspects who aren't booked for the murder end up getting booked for ''attempted'' murder instead. In "Who Killed the Eleventh Best Dressed Woman in the World?", meanwhile, the killer invited all of the victim's other enemies to be present and even paid their way just to be sure there'd be a lot of suspects cluttering up the investigation.
* TheExoticDetective
* FairCop: Both Burke and Tim Tilson.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Burke does this in "Who Killed Marty Kelso?" Mind-bogglingly, he does this ''knowing'' that the drug he's tasting was probably used to poison the victim.
* GentlemanDetective[=/=]GentlemanSnarker: Burke on both counts.
* 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.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Subverted in "Who Killed the Eleventh Best Dressed Woman in the World?" ''Everyone'' seems to know how the victim died.
* 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.
* InternalAffairs: Captain Metcalfe in "Who Killed the Horne of Plenty?"
* JailBake: Attempted in "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?"
* JumpingOutOfACake: A girl who does this at a stag party where all the guests were murdered becomes a particularly irritating (and clingy) witness in "Who Killed Everybody?"
* LighterAndSofter
* MarryThemAll: When Burke ends up with two girls of the week in "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?", he simply goes out on a date with both of them.
* MillionairePlayboy: Burke had a day job, of course, but otherwise he fit this to a tee.
* MushroomSamba: One of the suspects is having one as Burke and Tilson question her in "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?"
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* NastyParty: In "Who Killed Cassandra Cass?", the victim made it a habit to invite all of her {{Blackmail}} victims to an annual dinner party.
* NewMeat: Tim Tilson, for which he was often the subject of Burke's good-natured ribbing.
* NoNameGiven: "The Man," Burke's mysterious boss when he became a secret agent.
* NonIdleRich: Burke, of course.
* NotSoFakePropWeapon: Used in "Who Killed the Starlet?". A woman is the bath while listening to some music, when a killer sneaks in and drops her boombox into the bathtub, killing her. It turns out that the killer and lady are merely actors on a movie set, and they're filming a murder scene. Then it turns out the boombox had been plugged into a live outlet by an unknown party, and the actress in the bathtub really ''is'' dead.
* OrgyOfEvidence: In "Who Killed Marty Kelso?", the murderer plants a cufflink at the scene to implicate an innocent man. After the police fail to find it, she plants its mate. When Burke finds both of them, he figures that one cufflink is a clue and two is an obvious frameup.
* OvertOperative: Even after he became a secret agent for the government, Burke kept the fancy tailored suits and the silver Rolls Royce. He also never bothered with false names or disguises.
* RasputinianDeath: A standard twist to lead in to the second commercial break, but never more faithfully done than in "Who Killed Andy Zygmunt?", in which the victim was revealed to have been shot, stabbed, and poisoned before finally being impaled.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Tim Tilson and Les Hart, respectively.
* SharpDressedMan: Burke always dressed to the nines.
* ShoePhone: During the ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent'' era, Burke had quite a few of these, like a pen that unfolded the stairs in his private jet.
* TheSnarkKnight: Les Hart often filled this role.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Gene Barry's previous star vehicle, ''Bat Masterson'', which was also about a wealthy, urbane, and snarky lawman, except set in [[TheWestern the Wild West]] rather than present day Los Angeles.
* TapOnTheHead[=/=]WakingUpElsewhere: Burke falls victim to both in "Who Killed the Eleventh Best Dressed Woman in the World?"
* TechnologyPorn: The car phone in Burke's Rolls was featured prominently.
* TuxedoAndMartini: The ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent'' episodes.
* 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.