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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:The main cast: Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby, Lee Meriwether as Betty, and Mark Shera as J.R.]]˛''Barnaby Jones'' is an American detective series produced by QM Productions for Creator/{{CBS}} that ran from 1973 to 1980, starring Buddy Ebsen as the title character and Lee Meriwether as his daughter-in-law/secretary Betty. It was the second-longest running of all Quinn Martin series (behind ''The FBI'') and the last remaining QM series on the air, giving the production company a total of 21 seasons.˛˛Barnaby Jones, when the series starts, has retired from being a private detective and turned over the business to his son Hal. When Hal is killed while on a case, his friend and fellow PI [[Series/{{Cannon}} Frank Cannon]] offers to investigate the crime but Barnaby insists on looking into it himself. He not only finds the killer but also finds what's been missing from his life since retirement, and returns to active duty as a private eye.˛˛In season five, Mark Shera joined the cast as J.R., the son of Barnaby's murdered cousin. Unlike Barnaby, he was more interested in being a lawyer than a detective.˛˛!!With guest tropes in alphabetical order:˛* AccidentalMurder: On a number of occasions, notably "Dark Homecoming." [[spoiler: A country singer is tricked into she's accidentally killed Kathy Lou, the insecure girlfriend of her ex in her hometown, with ''both'' Kathy Lou and the singer's slimy manager in on it. Unfortunately, Kathy Lou is soon KilledOffForReal when the trope gets played straight by the manager at the wheel of his car...]]˛** In the episode "Twenty Million Alibis", the villain, a jewel thief and murderer (played by Peter Haskell) says to Barnaby that it was "accidental murder. There's a difference, Barnaby", to which Barnaby immediately replies, "Not to the victim!"˛* ActionGirl: Yes, amazingly ''Barnaby Jones'' had one - Alex Parks in "The Deadly Conspiracy."[[spoiler: She throws a guy out a high window over her shoulder. Ouch.]]˛* ArtisticTitle: The opening titles were animated and based around a motif of rectangles suggesting pieces of a jigsaw puzzle being put together.˛˛* {{Bowdlerise}}: In season one's "The Murdering Class," the murderer announces his intention to frame a teacher for his crime by dubbing him "the n----r in the woodpile." This no longer being 1973, that word gets bleeped out on the DVD set.˛* TheConWithinACon: [[spoiler:"Gathering Of Thieves."]]˛* ClearMyName: J.R. gets framed for murder in "Nightmare In Hawaii." Betty is framed for drunk driving and vehicular homicide in "Memory of a Nightmare". J.R. gets framed for rape in "A Frame For Murder". Barnaby is framed for manslaughter when his bullet apparently hits and kills an innocent bystander in "Final Judgment".˛* DeathByFallingOver: Far and away the most popular mode of death on Barnaby Jones, first seen in "The Murdering Class" in the first season and last seen in "The Final Victim" in the last season. Very much in the vein of AccidentalMurder, in many cases, these deaths would be more manslaughter than murder, if it weren't for the fact that it occurred during the commission of a felony (i.e., during the office burglary in "The Murdering Class"), the killer(s) didn't try to cover it up as an accident or suicide (many occasions) or the killer(s) didn't try to hide the body (again, many occasions).˛* TheExoticDetective: Okay, "[[CoolOldGuy he's really old]]" isn't the most exotic angle ever, but it's still an angle.˛* FriendOnTheForce: Lt. John Biddle (played by John Carter), who made his debut midway through the second season (in the episode "Programmed For Killing") and remained for the rest of the series. Prior to Biddle's arrival, Barnaby had a succession of one-shot police contacts, none of them lasting beyond an episode. John Carter had previously appeared on the series as the murder victim in "The Murdering Class" in the first season.˛* HollywoodSilencer: Oddly subverted in season 1's "See Some Evil, Do Some Evil" as the silenced pistol makes a muffled yet audible noise the way a real suppressor would sound.˛* Magazine/{{Mad}}: Barnacle Groans˛* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: In "Sing A Song Of Murder," a singer falls off a diving board into an empty swimming pool and lands on his head, and his manager and her colleague decide to cover it up by burying his body and making it look like he was kidnapped for a $500,000 ransom. [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig-zagged somewhat]] as [[spoiler: the guy was still alive, and it was the asphyxiation that killed him.]]˛* OldMaster: This trope is played with in that he rarely ever engaged in fist fights or action scenes due to Buddy Ebsen's age making filming such scenes difficult. He's also an incredibly intelligent man who handles his work competently, is more than capable of performing his own forensic lab tests and he carries a gun, which he will use if necessary; and should all else fail he's on good terms with much of the police department and has more than enough backup should it become necessary.˛* OpeningNarration: Well, it ''is'' a QM Production. Example:˛-->'''Hank Simms''': "''Barnaby Jones''. Starring Buddy Ebsen. Also Starring Lee Meriwether. With Guest Stars Janice Rule, Darleen Carr, Victoria Shaw. [[AndStarring Special Guest Star]] Creator/WilliamShatner. Tonight's Episode: 'To Catch A Dead Man.'"˛* OohMeAccentsSlipping: British actress Anne Collings as the sister of the VictimOfTheWeek in "A Trial Run For Death," her American accent wavers so much it nearly becomes [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent another trope]].˛* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "The Killin' Cousin" was designed to be the pilot for a series about father-and-son private eyes called ''Tarkington''. Not only did it not sell, it turned out to be the SeriesFinale (as well as the last first-run episode of any QM series to air). "A Ransom in Diamonds" and "The Protectors" were two other poorly-disguised pilots.˛* SharedUniverse: The pilot establishes one with ''Series/{{Cannon}}''. The two shows later had a two-part {{crossover}} called "The Deadly Conspiracy" (which began on ''Cannon'' and finished on ''Barnaby Jones'').˛* TemporaryBlindness: In the aptly-named "Blind Jeopardy", Barnaby is hired to protect a murder witness when he's temporarily blinded by an assassin's bullet. The killers chase Barnaby and the girl through the woods, while Barnaby gamely tries to protect her.˛* UglyGuyHotWife: OK, ugly's pushing it, but the (considerable) gulf in attractiveness between Dick Van Patten's character and Jo Ann Harris'[[note]]a QM regular (she turned up three times just on ''Barnaby Jones'') - she eventually became one of the stars of one of the company's later series, ''Most Wanted''[[/note]] is even noticed ''in-universe'' in "The Odd Man Loses." [[spoiler: a nervous accountant (Van Patten) and two of his fellow and younger and better-looking carpoolers to carry out a robbery. Sadly for the accountant, his hot wife is cheating on him with one of the other carpoolers involved, who's ''also'' married. Sadly for ''him'', she's got a bad case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder complicated with EvilIsSexy, you can guess this doesn't work out for anyone involved.]]˛* VacationEpisode: "Nightmare in Hawaii" in the final season (given this aired on Creator/{{CBS}}, home of [[Series/HawaiiFiveO Steve [=McGarrett=] ]] and Series/MagnumPI, this isn't surprising). Ebsen and the crew hung around Hawaii a little longer, brought in different actors and filmed a TV-movie for CBS, "The Paradise Connection", which was meant to be a pilot for a new series starring the actor. It didn't sell.˛* YouLookFamiliar: To name just one of many, many examples, Sharon Acker turned up in "Perchance To Kill", "Bond of Fear" and again in "The Deadly Conspiracy" (crossing over with ''Cannon'' in more ways than one, as she appeared on that show's "The Salinas Jackpot" as well).˛----


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