I happened upon this TV Guide review by Cleveland Amory of the detective show, “Ellery Queen.” In this piece from November 29, 1975, Mr. Amory writes about how hard in can be to find something charming on television and then he finds this show:
The episode Mr. Amory refers to at the end is, “The Adventure of The Comic Book Crusader,” from October 2, 1975. You can catch that episode and the whole first season at Amazon.
Since this show ran at a more refined pace and featured many stars from old Hollywood, that alone makes it interesting. Jim Hutton, as the star of the show, is just the right fit for this forerunner to “Murder, She Wrote.”