''Ellery Queen'' was an American television detective mystery series that ran for one season from 1975 to 1976 on NBC. It starred Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, and David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen.

Set in post-World War II, the show closely followed the format of the early ElleryQueen mystery novels, where just prior to the presentation of the solution to the mystery, a "Challenge To The Reader" was issued, in which the suspects and clues were reviewed and the reader challenged to guess the solution to the crime. In the show, this tradition was preserved by having Ellery Queen break the fourth wall and speak directly to the viewer prior to the commercial break that led into the final act. The final act always employed the time-honored detective cliché of calling together all the suspects, with Ellery Queen presenting the solution to the group, frequently upstaging and skewering the solution proposed by whichever rival sleuth was also in the episode.

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!!Tropes used in ''Ellery Queen'' include:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Ellery
* AdaptationDecay
** In "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader", Ellery is ''not'' pleased with a comic book series about him.
** In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", the script based on Ellery's novel is said to be not only horrible, but getting worse with each revision.
* {{Adorkable}}: Ellery
* AliceAllusion: "The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party" is full of them.
* AmateurSleuth
* AssholeVictim: Most of the victims were not nice people.
** Several characters in "The Adventure of the Wary Witness" think that Lin Hagen should be acquitted of the murder of Nick Danello, not because they think Lin is innocent, but because they believe Nick was such a scourge on society that killing him was a public service.
* AteTheSpoon: In "The Adventure of the Disappering Dagger", Ellery uses a trick spoon designed to dissolve in hot water to explain how the crime was committed.
* BeneathSuspicion: The killer in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Pharaoh's Curse]]". This was the only episode where the killer was not one of the suspects named in the opening monologue.
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: How the suspect claims his prints got on the murder weapon in "The Adventure of the Wary Witness".
* BookSnap: In the two hour pilot "Too Many Suspects", Ellery does it when a girl he agreed to watch for her parents gets upset at his continually having his nose in a mystery book and tells him who the murderer is.
* TheBoxingEpisode: "The Adventure of the Sunday Punch"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ellery's OnceAnEpisode "Challenge to the Viewer".
* ChessMotifs: Toyed with, punnily, in the opening titles. These show [[MisterSandmanSequence a series of period- and place-establishing objects]] laid out on a checked surface. The next-to-last image is a pawn sitting next to a typewriter; the last is a broken, overturned queen. (The DVD menus continue this, with a silhouetted queen superimposed on the currently-selected title on the episode selection screens.)
* CigarChomper: Sgt. Veelie
* CitizenshipMarriage: A major plot point of [[spoiler:"The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument". Magda is an illegal alien; Edgar Manning knew about this and held it over her, which is what provides her potential motive for his murder. When Magda reveals that Cliff Waddell had proposed marriage to her, Ellery realizes that Cliff also knew Magda was in the country illegally, and used this knowledge to frame her for Manning's murder.]]
* ClearTheirName: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", Veelie is accused of the murder and Inspector Queen and Ellery have to clear his name.
** Ellery must [[ClearMyName clear his own name]] in "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader".
* ClockDiscrepancy: In "The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster", an important clue is that the victim always had his watch set 5 minutes fast, and his secretary did too because her boss did it.
* ColdCash: In "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs", a search of the Queens' apartment fails to find the files the searchers were looking for because Ellery had absent-mindedly placed them in the refrigerator.
* CompromisingMemoirs: The compromising memoirs Colonel Nivin is planning to publish provide the motive for his murder in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs".
* ContractOnTheHitman: In "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep", the killer provides the police the location of a hitman who had bungled an earlier attempt on the victim, knowing that the hitman will shoot it out with the police rather than being taken alive. The killer does this because the hitman can identify them as the successful murderer.
* CouchGag: Every episode started with an offscreen narrator saying "This (current episode's victim) is about to be murdered. Was it the ( list of suspects )? Match wits with Ellery Queen and see if you can tell...Whodunit?" (This opening was EditedForSyndication for the A&E reruns, but was restored for the DVD release.)
* DeadManWriting: "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils" opens with a group of people being attending a funeral and then being shown a film in which the dead man says that if they are watching this then he has been murdered and that one of them is the killer.
* DeadStarWalking: The most recognizable name in an episode's cast would often be the person playing the victim. A prominent example is George Burns in "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils".
* DeathInTheClouds: "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger"
* DisconnectedByDeath: In "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument", the VictimOfTheWeek is on the phone to Ellery when he is murdered.
* DiscreetDiningDisposal: In one episode, Inspector Queen discreetly pours a cup of Ellery's awful coffee down the sink, and then follows it by pouring the entire pot out. Ellery then attempts to refill his cup from the empty pot and only notices anything is wrong when he takes a sip from his cup and finds it empty.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Ellery's distractedness causes him to ignore minor details like red lights.
* DyingClue: Used frequently. Ellery even refers to it by name in "The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance" when he realises that a dying clue that should have been there is absent.
** Mentioned by name in the two hour pilot "Too Many Suspects". Inspector Queen catches up Ellery as his son arrives at a murder scene where a victim [[spoiler: pulled a plug out of the wall, stopping both her clock and tv]].
--> '''Inspector Queen''': "Almost as far fetched as one of your books...a dying clue which makes absolutely no sense...which means of course it's right up your alley."
* EurekaMoment: OnceAnEpisode
* EverybodyDidIt: Not ''everybody'', but in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Comic Book Crusader]]", three of the five suspects end up being guilty of the murder.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: Even Ellery is arrested in "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader"
* FairplayWhodunnit
* FingerLickingPoison: The murder method in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:Caesar's Last Sleep]]".
* FollowThatCar: Played straight in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs".
* FrightDeathTrap: The Sacred Stiff version is used "The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse", with a fatal fright being delivered to a man with a weak heart.
* GadgeteerGenius: Lamont Franklin in "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer".
* GirlOfTheWeek: Ellery had several girlfriends in the series, none of whom appeared in more than one episode.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason that the title character in "The Adventure of Colonel Nivin's Memoirs" was killed.
* HorribleHollywood: "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario" had the Queens, father and son, witness this for themselves when they go on the set of an adaptation of one of Ellery's books. This being an Ellery Queen mystery, this trope's horrible aspects culminate in murder.
* IconicItem: Ellery's Bear Bryant fedora.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All the episodes title begin "The Adventure of..."
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** The title object in "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog". [[spoiler:The choice of this weapon ends up being a plot point, as Ellery realizes that it would have been much easier to kill Eben Wright with the nearby fireplace poker.]]
** Subverted in [[spoiler:"The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument". It appears that Edgar Manning was killed with the award trophy he received earlier that night. However, the murder was actually the result of a kick to the head with a built up shoe. The killer then smeared blood on the trophy to make it appear to be the murder weapon.]]
* InspectorLestrade: Simon Brimmer, the host of a radio mystery series who fancies himself a real detective. He proves to have a knack for ferreting out useful information but always names the wrong person as the killer.
* InsuranceFraud: "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Judas Tree]]" ultimately turns out to be a case of insurance fraud, with two suspects making a suicide look like murder so they can still claim the life insurance.
* IntrepidReporter: Recurring character Frank Flannigan.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: In "The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster", Flannigan complains about the taste of a cigar:
-->"You call this a cigar? It tastes like the inside of a lumberjack's boot!"
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When Flannigan's TV show is cancelled in "The Adventure of the Hard-Hearted Huckster", one of the execs suggests that they instead do a VarietyShow with [[Series/TheEdSullivanShow Ed Sullivan]] as the host. Flannigan scoffs at the notion.
-->"Ed Sullivan? That stone-faced zombie won't last two weeks!"
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: One of the characters in "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument" is a mystery writer whose detectives tend to behave this way.
* TheKillerWasLeftHanded: Ellery says this after surveying the crime scene in "The Adventure of the Judas Tree".
* LockedRoomMystery: "The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger"
* TheMafia: "The Adventure of the Wary Witness" concerns the murder of the son in a prominent crime family. Mobsters also figure prominently in the plots of "The Adventure of the Sunday Punch" and "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep". [[spoiler:In both cases, it's a red herring, as said mobsters have no involvement in the deaths of either victim.]]
* MurderByMistake: Happens to the first victim in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Sinister Scenario]]". The killer then tries again and gets it right. To elaborate: [[spoiler:the star of an Ellery Queen movie is killed when fake bullets are replaced in a prop gun with real ones. Days later, the stuntman is murdered as well. It turns out that the stuntman was the target all along. The scene with the fatal gunshot was originally to have been filmed with the stuntman, but was changed at the last minute to feature the star instead; the killer had not received the most recent script revision.]]
* MysteryMagnet: Ellery
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* MysteryWriterDetective: Ellery
* NeverSuicide: Averted in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Judas Tree]]", where the death is revealed to be a suicide made to look like a murder.
* NotSoFakePropWeapon: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", a movie is being filmed based on Ellery and the man playing Ellery is killed by a gun that was supposed to be filled with blanks.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Lamont Franklin in "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer" appears to have gone senile, wanting to do nothing else but play with his electric trains all day. It's all an act; he's merely pretending to have gone crazy so that he can work on his revolutionary new invention in peace.
* PanderingToTheBase: [[invoked]] In "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader", Ellery accuses Bud Armstrong of doing this with the unnecessarily violent Ellery Queen comic he is planning.
* PhoneBooth: The VictimOfTheWeek in "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne" is murdered in a phone booth. Stabbed in the throat, he attempts to use the phone to leave a DyingClue.
* PinkertonDetective: [[spoiler: Doyle]] in "The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party"
* ReadTheFinePrint: In "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader", Ellery despises the proposed Ellery Queen comic, but he is legally powerless to stop it because a clause in Ellery's contract stipulates that the company can license his likeness to use in any way they see fit.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: This is what appears to be happening in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:the Sinster Scenario]]". It turns out the first victim was actually a case of MurderByMistake, and the similarity of the second victim made it look like a case of this trope.
* ShowWithinAShow: Simon Brimmer's radio program "The Casebook of Simon Brimmer".
* SignificantAnagram: In the pilot episode, [[spoiler:the names of the fashion designer/victim's clothing lines are anagrams of the names of her lovers]].
* SpinningClockHands
* SpinningNewspaper
* SuicideNotMurder: This is what the death in "The Adventure of [[spoiler:The Judas Tree]]" turns out to be. [[spoiler:The victim had a terminal illness, and his wife had begun seeing another man. He got revenge by divesting himself of all his assets so she wouldn't inherit anything, then committed suicide so she couldn't collect his life insurance. The wife and her lover, upon discovering the body, altered the scene to look like a murder.]]
* TheSummation: OnceAnEpisode
* SummationGathering: Likewise, OnceAnEpisode.
* ThemeNaming: The series occasionally liked to use the names of famous mystery writers as the last names of characters.
** "The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party" has characters surnamed [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Doyle]], [[Creator/ErleStanleyGardner Gardner]], [[Creator/MaryRobertsRinehart Rinehart]], and [[MargeryAllingham Allingham]].
** "The Adventure of the Lover's Leap" has characters surnamed [[NgaioMarsh Marsh]] and [[Creator/RaymondChandler Chandler]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Flannagan often drifted into this trope.
* VehicularSabotage: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", a stuntman is killed when the brakes of the car he is driving in a stunt are tampered with.
* VictimOfTheWeek
* WheelProgram: After a decade and a half of obscurity, the OneSeasonWonder program found a new audience as cable channel A&E included it in its Mystery Wheel in the early 90s alongside fellow 70's shows ''{{Delveccio}}'', ''Series/MrsColumbo'', and ''OharaUSTreasury''
* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: This occurred pretty much every episode. This was to maximise the number of suspects by giving everyone a motive to want the victim dead.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario", Inspector Queen and Ellery go to Hollywood to watch the filming of movie based on one of Elley's novels that features both of them as characters. Neither is impressed with the casting.
* YouLookFamiliar: Barbara Rush appeared in "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne" and "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario" playing two separate characters.

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