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Barnaby Jones: Season 1 (2010)

Buddy Ebsen , Lee Meriwether , Lawrence Dobkin , Marc Daniels  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether, Mark Shera, John Carter, Eugene Peterson
  • Directors: Lawrence Dobkin, Marc Daniels, Michael Caffey, Ralph Senensky, Robert Day
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 662 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XKKX8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barnaby Jones: Season 1" on IMDb

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This series focused around a retired private detective, Barnaby Jones (Buddy Ebsen), who had passed his private investigation business to his son, Hal. When Hal was murdered while on a case, Barnaby came out of retirement to track down his son's killer. Hal's widow, Betty (Lee Meriwether), worked with Barnaby as his invaluable assistant on cases.

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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Millionaire Anymore, a Private Detective! November 19, 2009
For the first time, fan favorite Barnaby Jones is coming to DVD in a boxed set collecting the first season of the Classic TV detective series.

After years of fans wanting and waiting, our patience has finally been rewarded! This 662-minute DVD set brings all 13 the episodes as originally broadcast, in full screen video and English mono sound. They are also closed captioned. It's being released by CBS/Paramount, and while I've not yet seen the set, it's reportedly been carefully remastered, and contains all of the original musical cues.

Buddy "Beverly Hillbillies" Ebsen plays the tile role, while Lee "Batman, Time Tunnel" Meriwether portrays his daughter-in-law, Betty Jones. Barnaby heads his LA firm, while Betty provides him with invaluable assistance.

The Classic TV detective series aired on CBS from Jan. 28, 1973, to April 3, 1980. It premiered as a midseason replacement show, shaking up the CBS lineup by taking the timeslot of the Iconic Classic TV detective series Mannix, pushing it back to air one hour before the new kid on the block. Because of that, there were fewer episodes produced in its first season.

The Barnaby Jones character was introduced in 1973 in an episode in the third-season of the Classic TV detective series, Cannon, entitled, "The Deadly Conspiracy." The two-part episode began on Cannon and concluded on the premiere of Barnaby Jones with "Requiem for a Son."

An aging Barnaby had decided to retire and had left the private investigation business to his son, Hal. The now-grieving Barnaby decides to take the advice of his friend, Frank Cannon (William Conrad, in the cross-over from the show Cannon), to come out of retirement and solve the case in the pilot episode, "Requiem for a Son.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another TV classic... April 10, 2010
Take away the jerky camera movements, the MTV style pacing, the overt sexuality and the special effects that not only show a person getting shot, but follow the bullet through the body, and what do today's detective shows have? Nothing. Shows like Barnaby Jones had stories, and the people who made the shows knew how to tell the story.
When I was a kid, shows like Barnaby Jones were the grown up shows you loved to be able to stay up to watch. Now, grown up shows border on the perverse. In the 70's, my sainted mom and dad took us to visit Cooperstown, New York. It was a treat to be able to stay up late and watch a show like Barnaby Jones, while nibbling on Chicken in a Bisquet crackers (back then, that was one of the unusual crackers. Now, there's a million varieties). Now that my wife bought me the DVD from Amazon, I intend to watch Barnaby Jones, savoring not just the nostalgia, but the quality. I already have a box of Chicken in a Bisquet crackers to nibble on during the show, and I'm counting on my mom and dad to be looking down and watching with me, from Heaven.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars older is better--tv shows November 9, 2010
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about 2 yrs ago my wife and i--we are 68 yrs old now--decided to look for the old shows-shows we grew up with-to replace the crap on tv today--we built a library=all seasons releases= columbo-matlock-mc millan and wife-honey west-hart to hart-jake and the fatman-the untouchables- scarecrow and mrs king-mc cloud-gunsmoke-mannix-the big valley- voyage to the bottom of the sea- sea hunt-ellery queen-cannon-have gun will travel-murder she wrote-rocky king detective-combat-wanted dead or alive-mission impossible tv-diagnosis murder-perry mason-streets of san fran-bonanza--hawaii five 0-monk-ironside-etc and many more- plus comedys=my little margie- cheers-our miss brooks-mary tyler moore show-good times-bob newhart-jack benny shows-make room for daddy-johnny carson heeres johnny dvd collection and the tonight show dvd collection-jack benny--sid cesar-you bet your life with groucho- the life of riley-one day at a time-newhart-love boat-sanford and son-all in the family-fantasy island-love that bob-gale storm show--peticoat junction- red skelton-etc--to name just a few--MANY more--NOW--we ENJOY tv --as it WAS--and each night we go back in time--to a time when tv was entertainment-expensive?
yes-but its the BEST investment we ever made!no commercials-try it-you will LOVE it--you cant take it(cost) with you to the grave -TV when TV WAS tv--so glad we did!and all these shows given time-are rewatchable-JOIN the club!!if youre over 60--its tv as you remember it -pure clean fun--entertaining!-ENJOY watching these shows on your tv tonight-rather than be offended by whats on tv and passes for comedy or drama today-plus it gives you a little of your youth back--nice memories--like a time machine--go and get the complete series(100 episodes) for 30 bucks--off tv but watchable-certainly not pristine but like i said=watchable---THIS way or NO way--have fun
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Buddy Ebsen played Jed Clampett for nine seasons on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 through 1971). Anyone familiar with the series' theme song, The Ballad of Jed Clampett, is probably aware that Jed struck oil on his property while out hunting, became a millionaire, and moved with his family to Beverly Hills. Ebsen, who up to this time, was mostly known for his dancing skills, played the grizzled, humble, and down to Earth mountain man, who was completely clueless, and out of his element in the big city. While Jed was ignorant about some things, he was wise in others, honest as the day was long, and also one hell of a shot with a gun. As the Clampett clan's moral conscience, Jed taught life lessons, and tried to show that doing what was right and fair, was the way to go.

Ebsen was 62, when The Beverly Hillbillies ended, but he was far from ready to hang it up. Crime shows were very popular, and in 1973 Ebsen made his debut as investigator Barnaby Jones on Quinn Martin's private eye series Cannon, before quickly launching the character into his own series. When his son Hal, a private investigator, is murdered, Barnaby decides to look into the case, aided by daughter-in-law Betty Jones, played by the lovely Lee Meriwether (Time Tunnel). After solving the case, Barnaby decides to continue as a private investigator.

Because of his age, fights, chases, and physically demanding stunts were mostly out, and Jones usually relied on his intelligence, experience, persistence, and forensic skills, to solve cases. There seems to be a lot of Jed Clampett in Barnaby Jones. Soft spoken, possessing a similar sage wisdom, and strong moral fiber, the tall and affable Jones, carried himself with great dignity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC 70'S TELEVISION...AT IT'S VERY BEST!!!
During the 70's, there was a wide variety of crime drama shows on television. My favorite genre of crime dramas has always been shows about private detectives! Read more
Published 1 day ago by John D. Seneca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome. Huge Barnaby Jones fan. 2 day delivery!
Published 1 day ago by Raymond Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great seeing that show again.I only wish more seasons were released.
Published 9 days ago by Justin T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have always loved this series and am looking for more now.
Published 13 days ago by Cindy Dales
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best TV Private Detective Shows
I'd highly recommend this collection for any fans of Buddy Ebsen or the Barnaby Jones television show. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael A. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show.
This is a great video. You can't watch it on tv, so it's nice to bexable to watch it whenever I want to.
Published 1 month ago by GCM
5.0 out of 5 stars Got Milk.Barnaby's Returned
Buddy Ebsen sheds his Hillbilly image to play a milk drinking retired detective who returns to find the murderer of his son. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DETECTIVE SHOW!
Published 2 months ago by CINQUE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to watch, but wish other seasons were available.
Published 3 months ago by Avid Amazon Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality - enjoying this set so much.
Great quality. I am enjoying this set so much. I have been looking for this dvd set a long time and finally got it.
Published 4 months ago by Tony W. Herndon
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Request Release of Remaining Barnaby Jones Series
Please please release the full series of Barnaby Jones and also the Rookies that featured Sam Melville and Kate Jackson
May 13, 2014 by Teresa (fan from down under) |  See all 2 posts
CBS DVD will only release season two if they feel demand warrants it. The person to contact to request this is:
Leigh Allen
Viacom Video Services
CBS Corporation
524 W 57th St
New York
New York, NY 10019-2902
Apr 23, 2014 by SusScrofa |  See all 3 posts
more seasons
Apr 25, 2012 by Mocha's Mom |  See all 4 posts
Does Barnaby Jones have closed captioning?
Yes, luckily enough it does!
May 14, 2012 by Thomas M. Goerke |  See all 2 posts
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