With the release of my new whodunit Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...
Barnaby Jones (1973-1980) starred Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as father- and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles. A spin-off from Cannon, starring William Conrad, the Barnaby Jones premiere episode "Requiem for a Son" found Jones coming out of retirement to find his son's killer. His widowed daughter-in-law helped him solve the case, and the two decided to keep the detective agency open. In 1976, Mark Shera joined the cast as J. R., a son of Barnaby's cousin.
A different kind of private eye, Barnaby Jones was a milk-drinker who caught criminals with his brains rather than his fists: "To its credit, the producers didn't downplay Barnaby's age, nor did they get cute about it," notes Thrilling Detective. "They simply treated him with respect and dignity, made us aware of his limitations but focused on his strengths. Not for Barnaby, then, the routine TV fare of fisticuffs and car chases. Rather he relied on his keen intellect, his home crime lab and good old detective work (a real rarity on the tube) to get the goods on the bad guys." Buy DVDs at Amazon
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From The Thrill of it All:
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Detectives: Lee Goldberg: DR. MARK SLOANE (DIAGNOSIS: MURDER)
Mysteries: Lawrence Block: BERNIE RHODENBARR
Detectives: M.C. Beaton: AGATHA RAISIN
Detectives: Agatha Christie: MISS MARPLE
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Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
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