Back in the Nineties, TV Land used to show the Ellery Queen series starring Jim Hutton and David Wayne. This short lived series is one of my favorite mystery series. The series actually prompted me to begin reading the old Ellery Queen mysteries. The series was rare in that, in the tradition of the novels, Ellery broke the “fourth wall” and directly challenged the audience to solve the crime toward the end of each episode.
Sadly, for years, I couldn’t find anything but expensive, yet poor quality bootlegs of the series. But now, the series is available on DVD.
Although the series doesn’t follow the novels, the episodes for the most part capture the qualities of the characters that made the Ellery Queen novels a pleasure to read. Hutton and Wayne took some liberties with their characters. You will find Ellery slightly less of a dandy and the Inspector doesn’t snort snuff. But overall the episodes are a intelligent treat for mystery lovers.