Barnaby Jones

The WORST episodes of Barnaby Jones

Every episode of Barnaby Jones ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Barnaby Jones!

Barnaby Jones was a retired private investigator, but quickly came out of retirement after his son Hal, who had taken over Barnaby's job, was murdered. Hal's widow, Betty, helped Barnaby try and find her husband's murderer. The murder was solved, but Barnaby decided he wanted to return to investigating full-time and Betty decided to join him.

Last Updated: 8/13/2022Network: CBS
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Anatomy of Fear
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7.33
3 votes

#1 - Anatomy of Fear

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/17/1977

Three young men from a carpet cleaning company, Tony, Vic and Casey, intrude in the house of Betty's friend Sharon and she is raped by Tony. Barnaby and J.R. manage to capture Casey, but Tony abducts Betty and demands to receive Sharon in exchange.

Directors: Walter Grauman
To Catch a Dead Man
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7.43
7 votes

#2 - To Catch a Dead Man

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/4/1973

Wealthy married Philip Carlyle persuades unwitting Mike Hartney to sail his cabin cruiser with a time bomb aboard. After the explosion Phil is believed to be dead and can begin a new life with his mistress Diane. Julie hires Barnaby to search for her friend Mike.

Directors: William Hale
Requiem for a Son
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7.44
9 votes

#3 - Requiem for a Son

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/28/1973

After his private detective son Hal Jones is shot, retired Barnaby Jones decides to solve the murder with the help of Frank Cannon. They find out that Hal was working for Terry McCormack, who seeks a career in politics but is blackmailed now.

Academy of Evil
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7.50
2 votes

#4 - Academy of Evil

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/28/1978

When several teachers of Westhaven Academy for Girls are afflicted by mysterious accidents, Betty goes undercover and finds out about a secret society that punishes not only strict teachers but also disloyal members. Her life is endangered when Olivia, the leader, discovers her identity.

Directors: Ray Austin
Deadline for Dying
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7.60
5 votes

#5 - Deadline for Dying

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/14/1976

Ben Ross falls to death after telling reporter Larry Christopher about an ecological association that is a fraud. Barnaby and J.R. investigate for Ross' wife. Christopher spots Ross' informer Ruth Sorrell and becomes a murder suspect when she is killed.

Directors: Walter Grauman
The Fatal Dive
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7.60
5 votes

#6 - The Fatal Dive

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/28/1976

The members of Trident Diving School hire Barnaby to investigate the death of their colleague. Barnaby meets Carl Everett and his assistant Alice Caldwell who claim to be searching for a sunken treasure. J.R. who is certified in scuba makes dives and searches for clues underwater while Barnaby and Betty do the same on land.

Directors: Walter Grauman
The Killin' Cousin
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7.60
5 votes

#7 - The Killin' Cousin

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/3/1980

Betty's cousin once removed, Donald Forest, asks her to investigate the death of his father, but before they can meet he is killed. William Tarkington IV and V, private detectives, think Betty is the prime suspect, who wants the inheritance of her great aunt Emily. When Betty is also threatened they change their mind.

Directors: Michael Preece
Friends 'till Death
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7.67
6 votes

#8 - Friends 'till Death

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/17/1974

Betty becomes Barnaby's new client when Susan, her college friend, mysteriously falls to death after trying to seek his help. Barnaby finds the key for a locker filled with heroin and Betty has to cope with the fact that Karen, another friend, smuggled the drugs.

Directors: Russ Mayberry
Odd Man Loses
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7.67
6 votes

#9 - Odd Man Loses

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/8/1974

The car pool sharers Don, Mel and Steve assault Mel's boss on a trip to San Diego. But during the robbery the man is killed. Barnaby traces Mel who gets nervous and wants to leave to Mexico with his wife Lorna. When Mel is accidentally killed she joins Don.

Directors: Walter Grauman
Rendezvous with Terror
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7.71
7 votes

#10 - Rendezvous with Terror

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/24/1974

Juan DeVarga, a terminally ill Latin American leader, wants Barnaby to locate his son John Revez as he needs an heir. Barnaby finds out that Revez is also Javier, leader of a terrorist group opposing DeVarga. Jones arranges a meeting, but there is a traitor.

Directors: Seymour Robbie
Catch Me If You Can
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7.75
4 votes

#11 - Catch Me If You Can

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/21/1973

Shortly before discovering the identity of the long sought ""Butterfly Killer"" Eddie Wheelock commits suicide. His friend and colleague Barnaby tries to prove it was murder. The killer leaves puzzling clues for Barnaby including a Greek typewriter.

Directors: Walter Grauman
Gold Record for Murder
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7.75
4 votes

#12 - Gold Record for Murder

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/10/1974

When his 'ghost writer' Ray wants the proper credit for his songs, rock star David Colton kills him with a drug overdose. David tries to get rid of his manager Gil, who knows about Ray's songs. Barnaby, hired by Ray's parents, finds out about David's secret.

Directors: George McCowan
Sins of Thy Father
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7.80
5 votes

#13 - Sins of Thy Father

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/21/1976

In order to get the same recognition as his older brother, Danny Reeves robs laundered gambling money from his father, a syndicate man, and is responsible for the death of a pilot. Barnaby and J.R. investigate for the pilot's wife to find out what really happened to her husband since she does not believe it was an accident.

Directors: Walter Grauman
Murder in the Key of C
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7.80
5 votes

#14 - Murder in the Key of C

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/7/1980

Connie Hollister is a musician working as a waitress. Her ""manager"" and friend Billy goes to Singleton and Devine Promotions to get her songs published. When they try to cheat him, he is killed. Connie asks Barnaby to find Billy, while Devine needs Connie's signature.

Directors: Michael Caffey
See Some Evil...Do Some Evil
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7.86
7 votes

#15 - See Some Evil...Do Some Evil

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/8/1973

Harry Warren is shot by Stanley Lambert, the seemingly blind pianist at ""The Offside"" club. Barnaby finds out that larger amounts from Warren's account did not go to his mistress Jenny. He tries to expose Stanley as a person with eyesight and a blackmailer.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Venus as in Flytrap
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7.86
7 votes

#16 - Venus as in Flytrap

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/6/1974

After killing Margery, the disabled wife of her lover Larry, to accelerate a marriage Brooke is bitten by the family's dog. Margery's father doubts a suicide and hires Barnaby. Brooke tries to hide the bite in a cast, but Barnaby resorts to a ruse.

Sunday: Doomsday
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8.00
8 votes

#17 - Sunday: Doomsday

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/25/1973

Just released Howard Lee meditates revenge on Barnaby Jones who put him into prison. He sends a funeral wreath, predicts Barnaby's death on Sunday and is constantly watching him. When Betty finally finds out who threatens Barnaby she falls into Lee's hands.

Directors: Michael Caffey
Perchance to Kill
star
8.00
6 votes

#18 - Perchance to Kill

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/11/1973

Tony Bloom accuses his associate Steve Kingston of a theft and of having an affair with his wife. Steve kills Tony pretending an assault by two hippies. Barnaby is hired to find Christie and her hippy friend Eric who will be arrested under suspicion of murder.

Directors: Walter Grauman
Murder-Go-Round
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8.00
7 votes

#19 - Murder-Go-Round

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/15/1973

Nick Gorman, who tries in vain to meet Johnny Arthur, is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Barnaby poses as a man on a fishing trip to investigate. The townspeople Flory, Johnson, Spake and Rile draw lots on who should kill Barnaby. They all acquired sudden wealth.

Directors: Marc Daniels
Blind Terror
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8.00
6 votes

#20 - Blind Terror

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/1973

While watching something terrible happen to her room mate Michelle college student Amy steps back, falls down the stairs and is left blind and cannot recall the events. In search for Michelle Barnaby talks to Amy, who is plagued by a mysterious visitor.

Directors: Walter Grauman
Day of the Viper
star
8.00
3 votes

#21 - Day of the Viper

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/7/1973

Liza Mills, a former student of Barnaby's, asks for help when her father is killed by a snake bite and the suspicion falls on her adopted brother Kevin. Barnaby gains Kevin's confidence and finds out that Liza's fiancé Jim Howard has something to hide.

Directors: Walter Grauman
The Killing Defense
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8.00
4 votes

#22 - The Killing Defense

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/2/1973

As a defense counsel Edward Brendon clears Doug Anthony of stealing precious jewels. When Anthony digs out the hidden jewelry he is shot by Brendon, who is assisted by Anthony's wife Gail. She gives him an alibi. Barnaby has to recover the jewels for the owner.

Directors: Michael Caffey
The Deadly Jinx
star
8.00
7 votes

#23 - The Deadly Jinx

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/13/1974

After several boyfriends of rich orphaned Jenny Sutherland have been killed or crippled, the housekeeper Kathy Revere asks Barnaby to investigate. Jenny believes she is a jinx, but Barnaby tries to find out whether these were accidents or murder was involved.

Directors: Robert Douglas
Image of Evil
star
8.00
2 votes

#24 - Image of Evil

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/18/1975

Director Darrin Addison kills aging film star Chambers, who ruined the production with his drunkenness, to get the money from the life insurance to save the project. Barnaby investigates for the insurance company. Witness Mitchell requests the title role.

Directors: Leo Penn
The Stalking Horse
star
8.00
2 votes

#25 - The Stalking Horse

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/18/1976

Stayley Kircher, a warehouse owner, hires Barnaby to find out who tried to kill him. Barnaby poses as long lost brother Harry Kircher with Betty as his Girl Friday. They discover that several employees of unwitting Stayley are involved in a munition contraband.

Directors: Alf Kjellin

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