Barnaby Jones (1973–1980)
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To Catch a Dead Man 

A millionaire sets up a bomb in his boat to fake his death. Barnaby is contacted by the girlfriend of his boat "captain" to investigate what happened. Small clues like hand-tied flies, a ... See full summary »


William Hale


Benjamin Masselink (as Ben Masselink), Edward Hume (developed for television by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Ebsen ... Barnaby Jones
Lee Meriwether ... Betty Jones
Janice Rule ... Diane Stewart
Darleen Carr ... Julie Barton
Victoria Shaw ... Dorothy Carlyle
William Shatner ... Phil Carlyle / Fred Williams
James McCallion ... David Dodge
Anne Randall ... Billie Sherwood
Charles Cyphers ... Mike Hartney
Eldon Quick ... Veterinarian
David Ankrum ... Dodge's Grandson
Jack Grapes Jack Grapes ... Bartender
Damu King Damu King ... Painter
Stuart Nisbet ... Adams
Erena Radich Erena Radich ... Bank Teller


A millionaire sets up a bomb in his boat to fake his death. Barnaby is contacted by the girlfriend of his boat "captain" to investigate what happened. Small clues like hand-tied flies, a cat boarded at a vet's, and an apple slicer bring Barnaby to a confrontation with a killer. Written by jeaneva

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Release Date:

4 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Shatner and Lee Meriwether had earlier co-starred together in Star Trek: The Original Series: That Which Survives (1969). See more »


Carlyle holds a driver's license that says "Age 38" . However, the license was issued on 3/24/71 and his birthday is 10/24/34. That would make him 36, not 38. Also, the license is in the format that California used through the late 60's. However, by 1971, the format had changed from the license shown, which has "California License" on the right 2/3 of the top, whereas licenses issued in 1971 actually said "California Driver License" across the entire top. See more »

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14 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I never watched "Barnaby Jones" when it first aired. I was a kid and thought "who would believe that old man solving crimes?"....and I am sure I wasn't alone on this. However, the show did last quite a few seasons and was a I recently decided to watch a few episodes...and so far have been pleasantly surprised...especially by "To Catch a Dead Man".

The episode starts with a rich jerk (William Shatner) killing a man in order to make it appear as if the jerk was killed in an explosion. Soon, the real dead man's girlfriend comes to Barnaby--asking him to find her boyfriend. She thinks he's run away because of a bad check and wants Jones to find him and let him know it's okay to come out of hiding. Little does she know that Mike is dead. The interesting thing is that Barnaby Jones ISN'T trying to locate the rich guy who faked his death....but the trail eventually leads to him. What's next? See the show and find out for yourself.

William Shatner guest stars in this one and is quite good. I think the director did a nice job of getting a good performance from him. But the biggest kudos belong to the writer...he did a great job in creating a detective series episode that was wholly unique and interesting. Great job and well worth your time.

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