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Best T.V. Detective Of All-Time?  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Gee .... There's so many in the annals of the dreaded TV Private Eye/Detective, it might be hard to decide!

Should you go with .... Kojak .... or possibly Baretta ..... maybe good ol' Barnaby Jones.

Then there's always .......

>> Banacek
>> Richard Diamond
>> Toma (anybody remember this guy?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy)
>> Cannon
>> Jim Rockford
>> McCloud
>> Magnum, P.I.
>> Friday & Gannon (Of Dragnet)
>> Barney Miller
>> Columbo
>> Steve McGarrett (Hawaii Five-O)
>> Ironside
>> Mannix
>> Police Woman (Angie)
>> Dan August
>> MacMillan and Wife
>> Tenafly
>> Hec Ramsey

Unbelievable how many of these there were (mainly in the 1970's, when just about everything was a crime show)!!

Got any more?? Post 'em...


My 2 favorites are: Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files) and Kojak (the lollipop-sucking, ultra-cool, billiard-ball-imitating New York detective played by Telly Savalas .......






Then there's always these hard-as-nails beauties!!  Smile ........




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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

Here's a few more for the list...

Quincy, M.I.
Longstreet
Cool Million
Mrs. Columbo
Vegas (Dan Tanna)
Streets of San Francisco

Regards.



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User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Since Telly Savalas grew up in the same town as me, my vote goes to Kojak.

User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

Lax, Banacek LOL wow now that's a name from the past (Thomas Banacek that is)





Air dates

Pilot 1972

1. 0- 1 20 Mar 72 Banacek (120 min)

1st Season 1972

2. 1- 1 13 Sep 72 Let's Hear it For a Living Legend
3. 1- 2 27 Sep 72 Project Phoenix
4. 1- 3 11 Oct 72 No Sign of the Cross
5. 1- 4 1 Nov 72 A Million the Hard Way
6. 1- 5 15 Nov 72 To Steal a King
7. 1- 6 10 Jan 73 Ten Thousand Dollars a Page
8. 1- 7 24 Jan 73 The Greatest Collection of Them All
9. 1- 8 7 Feb 73 The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack

2nd Season 1973

10. 2- 1 3 Oct 73 No Stone Unturned
11. 2- 2 7 Nov 73 If Max is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?
12. 2- 3 21 Nov 73 The Three Million Dollar Piracy
13. 2- 4 15 Jan 74 The Vanishing Chalice
14. 2- 5 22 Jan 74 Horse of a Slightly Different Color
15. 2- 6 12 Feb 74 Rocket to Oblivion
16. 2- 7 19 Feb 74 Fly Me- If You Can Find Me
17. 2- 8 12 Mar 74 Now You See Me, Now You Don't



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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Not a detective but a spy.  Big grin

Maxwell Smart, CONTROL Agent 86



User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

I like Dragnet...  Smile

User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Inspector Morse


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Sorry guys, but you're ALL wrong. Without a doubt the best TV detective of all time was Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Neilsen) of Police Squad. His Emmy worthy role was later revisited in the Oscar worthy "Naked Gun" movie and sequels.

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

Inspector Morse gets my vote too.

If that car of his is coming for sale anytime soon, let me know...  Big grin

Otherwise, my favorites are Columbo, Magnum, Jim Rockford, and whatever character Jack Lord played on Hawaii 5-0.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13457 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

I could never watch Inspector Morse, because the actor who played him, John Thaw, was in the 1970's series 'The Sweeney'.
The title is the nickname for the London Metropolitan Police's anti-robbery squad.
You won't have seen it in the US, it was far too violent and coarse for Network TV.
Thaw played Jack Reagan, a divorced, hard-drinking, womanising-with only moderate success, determined detective.
In this period, there had been some corruption scandals with the police, and this was never far away from the storylines.
Reagan, and the other main character, Carter, did not always solve the case, and often success was mixed in with the effects of crime.
But there was humour too, and today 'The Sweeney' remains a cult classic in the UK, dated, but that's it's charm.
But it's still gritty stuff, even by today's standards.


User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

I like Murder She Wrote and Poirot!


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

No one beats Inspector Gadget!


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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

Sgt. Friday!

User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1536 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3615 times:

What about Dick Van Dyke from Diagnosis Murder?

User currently offlineBoeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Brainy Smurf

User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

Here's another very good choice......

Barry Morse, as Lt. Philip Gerard on "The Fugitive" (1963-1967) !!

Love that show!!

I'm looking for them on DVD some day. There were some great episodes in that series!



User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

Poirot

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30141 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

Since by including Thomas Magnum we are counting Private Investigators, Has everybody forgot Simon and Simon?


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User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Culombo by far the best

User currently offlineStarship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

I too enjoyed the Rockford Files - really great series at the time

Anybody remember "Petrocelli" from the mid seventies starring Barry Newman



Wouldn't rate it the best by a long shot, but it was quite watchable.

Then there was Cagney and Lacey starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly. This was an excellent show, although more police orientated and I hardly ever missed an episode.



As for the best, I think my vote goes to Columbo



His trade mark raincoat, the cigar and oh my God - that ancient grey smoking 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible that he drove - how could one ever forget him!




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User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

I gotta say Magunm P.I.

I got all but 7 eps of it on tape.


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Batman!


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User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

How about these guys..........



And their ever-so-famous sidekick........


Who do you suppose owns the Starsky-mobile now? ...........



User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1746 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3555 times:

Andy Sipowicz, how can you not like him?


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User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 3552 times:

Without a doubt
The first and best
Sherlock Holmes... as played by Jeremy Brett. (Granada TV UK) stories told true to the book and all characters thoughtfully cast


25 Post contains links and images Lax : Here ya go, Silverfox....... Stuff on J. Brett. I was surprised to learn from my web searches that Mr. Brett had passed away! (In 1995.) Had not known
26 Miguel : The gratest of them all: Columbo - Peter Falk Miguel
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