Barnaby Jones (CBS 1973-1980, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriweather)

Barnaby Jones (CBS 1973-1980, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriweather)


A private detective themed show starring Buddy Ebsen as the ageing tec Barnaby Jones.

A typical Quinn Martin production, at the start of the series Los Angeles based Jones had retired leaving his business in the hands of his son Hal but when Hal is murdered during an investigation Barnaby once more takes an active role. Hal’s wife Betty also became part of the business helping Jones on his cases.

Barnaby was a bit of a forensics wiz and had his own special laboratory at home. Other regulars were Lt John Biddle and Barnaby’s young cousin J.R. (short for Jebediah Romano) Jones who ending up working with Barnaby after arriving to ask Barnaby to solve the murder of his father.

There would be occasional crossover episodes with fellow Quinn Martin show Cannon whilst that production was on the air.

28 January 1973 – 4 September 1980



crew details

  • Creator/Executive Producer: Quinn Martin
    Music: Jerry Goldsmith

season by season

1 | 2 | 8 |

production info

  • Year of Release: 1973-1980
  • Country: USA | CBS – Quinn Martin Prod.
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 174×50 minutes

Mark Shera

Jedediah Romano "J.R." Jones

Buddy Ebsen

Barnaby Jones

Lee Meriwether

Betty Jones