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DWSTXS
05-08-2008, 08:34 PM
Okay everyone, cast your votes on who (whom) you think is THE best TV detective of all time.
I would have made a poll so that everyone could actually vote, but I decided not to because I knew that I would forget and leave out someone's favorite great TV detectives.

Also - TV series detectives only.

For the record though, Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files) is THE greatest TV detective of all time.

If you disagree with me, that's okay, but you are wrong.

Chumplet
05-08-2008, 08:36 PM
Columbo! Hands down!

shakeysix
05-08-2008, 08:41 PM
I am seconding Rockford--s6

williemeikle
05-08-2008, 08:53 PM
Of those created specifically for TV - Jim Rockford

Of those made for TV from books - Hercule Poirot

Bmwhtly
05-08-2008, 08:59 PM
I'm hoping George Smiley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Smiley) counts.

Yes, he's not a detective by profession. But in both TV adaptations he did a fair amount of detecting. Besides which, I think its Alec Guinness's best role.

Mr Flibble
05-08-2008, 09:14 PM
ooh only one?

Jack Frost

or

Andy Dalziel

Calla Lily
05-08-2008, 09:29 PM
Nick Knight. (Forever Knight)

Vampire, hot babe, great detective. Not necessarily in that order.

DWSTXS
05-08-2008, 09:31 PM
so far, it looks as if Jim Rockford is leading the race at about a 10-1 margin.

maxmordon
05-08-2008, 09:34 PM
Either Monk or Dtve. Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Haven't watched Colombo, though. Government thinks is too edgy and only shows it Sunday at midnight

dolores haze
05-08-2008, 09:34 PM
Jane Tennyson. If you've never seen Prime Suspect, then you most definitely should.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i233/Dancy-dreamer/Helen%20Mirren/primesuspect7-3.jpg

Jcomp
05-08-2008, 09:36 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Kojaktelly.jpg/200px-Kojaktelly.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kojaktelly.jpg)

Who loves ya, baby?

JoNightshade
05-08-2008, 09:43 PM
I think this right here says it all:
http://www.tvsquad.com/media/2006/05/Sipowicz-grabs-his-junk.jpg

shakeysix
05-08-2008, 10:10 PM
well there was richard widmark as madigan but i can't remember if he was tv or a tv movie. very hardboiled. love richard widmark as a giggling psycho, too--s6

Shadow_Ferret
05-08-2008, 10:10 PM
Honey West.

And Mannix.

donroc
05-08-2008, 10:22 PM
Honey West, Harry-O, and Rockford for us Yanks.
Poirot and The Helen Mirren Detective for the Brits, with at least a dozen runners-up across the pond. Gambon did a decent Maigret too.

shakeysix
05-08-2008, 10:59 PM
I did watch a few of the helen mirren detective shows when i had tv. she was an intriguing character. always figured that if phillip marlowe had a sister she would be the one to cast---s6

Vandal
05-08-2008, 11:08 PM
Banacek

Shadow_Ferret
05-08-2008, 11:48 PM
Wait. I forgot Longstreet.

The guy was BLIND!

Seaclusion
05-09-2008, 12:04 AM
Not my favorite, but I liked Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby Jones

Banacek is still the best

Richard

BenPanced
05-09-2008, 12:13 AM
Honey West for the win.

Lock thread.

Claudia Gray
05-09-2008, 12:21 AM
I have to go with Jim Rockford too, although I give honorable mentions to Angel, Jessica Fletcher, David Addison and Maddie Hayes, and Remington Steele and Laura Holt.

ChaosTitan
05-09-2008, 12:39 AM
He's not officially a detective, but Shawn Spencer from Psych. :D

childeroland
05-09-2008, 03:37 AM
Oliver from Oliver's Travels. Perhaps not the greatest, but my favorite.

Zelenka
05-09-2008, 03:58 AM
I'll second Andy Dalziel, but also Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes ( both supposing we're allowing book adaptations)

sheadakota
05-09-2008, 04:21 AM
Magnum- Nobody said Magnum?? sheesh- Magnum!

StephanieFox
05-09-2008, 05:06 AM
Colombo is genius my all-time favorite. Rockford is engaging and funny. Shawn Spencer is cute.

zahra
05-09-2008, 06:48 AM
Dead tie between Columbo and Jane Tennyson. Though the great Goren from Criminal Intent is coming up from behind.

Rather fond of Inspector Morse, bless his bad-tempered little face.

slcboston
05-09-2008, 06:58 AM
Detective with flair - Magnum.

Detective I'd actually want working for me - Cracker

Serenity
05-09-2008, 07:17 AM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/mhollern/chrisnoth.jpg

Detective Mike Logan can investigate me ANY time.

:D

MelodyO
05-09-2008, 08:53 AM
Carl Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Sure, Jim Rockford was good, but did he ever have to sew the mouth of some zombie shut before the sun set? N-O.

Okay, he wasn't a detective as such, but he investigated stuff that scared the heck out me as a kid. Plus he wore a cool hat.

Mr Flibble
05-09-2008, 01:02 PM
Though the great Goren from Criminal Intent is coming up from behind.

I find him very annoying tbh. I prefer Elliot from SVU.

MattW
05-09-2008, 05:07 PM
Nothing here but us dead links...

DWSTXS
05-09-2008, 05:14 PM
Carl Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Sure, Jim Rockford was good, but did he ever have to sew the mouth of some zombie shut before the sun set? N-O.

Okay, he wasn't a detective as such, but he investigated stuff that scared the heck out me as a kid. Plus he wore a cool hat.

Kolchak is greatness and in my book he definitely qualifies as a detective. Not the best, but greatness nonetheless

jst5150
05-09-2008, 05:18 PM
Inspector FREAKING Morse, first name Endeavour. Jim Rockford is 1b.

Barnaby from 'Midsomer Murders' gets an honorable mention.

The A&E Poirot by David Suchet is great, too.

Ken
05-09-2008, 05:35 PM
Ironside.
Only recently discovered that Raymond Burr, the actor who played this wheelchair-bound dick, also starred in a number of film noir flicks from the 40's. Great actor.

zahra
05-10-2008, 04:55 PM
Carl Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Sure, Jim Rockford was good, but did he ever have to sew the mouth of some zombie shut before the sun set? N-O.


Isn't that police brutality?

MelodyO
05-10-2008, 06:17 PM
Isn't that police brutality?

Not if he's going to eat your brains, baby. Sometimes a taser just doesn't cut it.

PS I think he was actually a reporter, and you know how THEY are. Sewing up lips is probably the nicest thing he'd do all week. :D

ChaosTitan
05-10-2008, 06:22 PM
You can't beat this crackerjack team of investigators.

http://www.tvacres.com/images/riptide_robot.jpg

That's a bad-ass little red X, I'll tell ya. :D

Lyra Jean
05-10-2008, 08:13 PM
American: Scully and Mulder. How are they not mentioned? They are the best. They investigate what others are afraid to investigate.

British: I used to watch this show on BBC America and I don't remember the name of it. It's the guy who lives in the windmill. He has black curly hair and I believe he does magic tricks/illusions as a hobby. His female partner has the hots for him and he is totally clueless. (At least when I was watching it might have changed now). Anyone recognize this show?

DWSTXS
05-10-2008, 09:16 PM
American: Scully and Mulder. How are they not mentioned? They are the best. They investigate what others are afraid to investigate.

British: I used to watch this show on BBC America and I don't remember the name of it. It's the guy who lives in the windmill. He has black curly hair and I believe he does magic tricks/illusions as a hobby. His female partner has the hots for him and he is totally clueless. (At least when I was watching it might have changed now). Anyone recognize this show?


I just watched my 1st episode of The X-Files 2 weeks ago. I bought the first season on DVD because everyone always talks about how great that show was, and I'd never seen one minute of it.
LOL
Well, last night I bought season 3 !

You are right, they are greatness! (but, does Scully EVER wear anything besides those Clintonesque looking suits?)
Does she EVER get naked on that show?

Seaclusion
05-10-2008, 09:40 PM
Does she EVER get naked on that show?

No, much to the chagrin of all us chauvanists out here.

Richard

Mjollnir13
05-10-2008, 09:50 PM
My fav...Veronica Mars! Mulder and Scully are 2nd.

DWSTXS
05-10-2008, 09:55 PM
No, much to the chagrin of all us chauvanists out here.

Richard


well, then that was a horrible travesty visited upon us by the producers of that show!

Seaclusion
05-10-2008, 10:31 PM
They've got no sense of humor.

Richard

dpaterso
05-10-2008, 10:59 PM
British: I used to watch this show on BBC America and I don't remember the name of it. It's the guy who lives in the windmill. He has black curly hair and I believe he does magic tricks/illusions as a hobby. His female partner has the hots for him and he is totally clueless. (At least when I was watching it might have changed now). Anyone recognize this show?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/jonathancreek/

-Derek

Appalachian Writer
05-10-2008, 11:02 PM
Ironside.
Only recently discovered that Raymond Burr, the actor who played this wheelchair-bound dick, also starred in a number of film noir flicks from the 40's. Great actor.

And Burr was the villian in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Rear Window" (I think that's the name of the film)

DWSTXS
05-10-2008, 11:08 PM
And Burr was the villian in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Rear Window" (I think that's the name of the film)

Yes, you are correct!
And that movie was just remade with Shia Lebouf - Suburbia

Lyra Jean
05-11-2008, 06:21 AM
It's not Suburbia but Disturbia.

Jonathan Creek he's hot and he lives in a windmill. How cool is that?

Appalachian Writer
05-11-2008, 08:14 AM
I preferred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, but I haven't seem Mike Conners as "Mannix" here.

CDarklock
05-11-2008, 11:54 AM
Colombo is genius my all-time favorite.

What she said, although I'll gently remind that it's Columbo. ;)

shakeysix
05-11-2008, 05:10 PM
come to think of it, colombo is pretty good, too. something so gratifying in seeing the rich and smarmy handed their come uppance by a guy in hush puppies--s6

Serenity
05-11-2008, 06:00 PM
Ooo! How could I forget?

Bones and Booth! Not only are they great detectives, but man the sexual tension is there too.

Straka
05-11-2008, 06:54 PM
Nick Knight. (Forever Knight)

Vampire, hot babe, great detective. Not necessarily in that order.

Why am I not surprised you'd pick a vampire...

Mr Flibble
05-11-2008, 07:02 PM
Jonathan Creek he's hot

Alan Davies and hot should not be in the same sentence. Alan Davies and funny, yes. Hot, nay nay and thrice nay!

Soccer Mom
05-11-2008, 07:23 PM
How can we ignore Mr. Monk?

Love the Monk!

shakeysix
05-11-2008, 07:36 PM
i haven't had a tv for years so i don't know much about monk. i do know my sister is nuts for him, so i probably would be too. loved him in wings. what was the name of that other sitcom he was in? with the doogie houser guy? didn't last long--s6

zahra
05-12-2008, 12:26 AM
Alan Davies and hot should not be in the same sentence. Alan Davies and funny, yes. Hot, nay nay and thrice nay!
That awful hair, that awful chin, that lisp and those dead eyes! Hot?????? Yeeek.

DWSTXS
05-12-2008, 01:22 AM
OMG. I almost forgot about Ziva on NCIS.

She is hotness Inc.

without a doubt, she is my favorite female detective/cop on TV.

Chumplet
05-12-2008, 03:21 AM
Anyone remember Moonlighting? Bruce Willis? Cybil Shepherd?

DWSTXS
05-12-2008, 04:42 AM
Anyone remember Moonlighting? Bruce Willis? Cybil Shepherd?


moonlighting was great!

Komnena
05-12-2008, 02:13 PM
Columbo

Lyra Jean
05-12-2008, 06:27 PM
Who can forget Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred?

ACEnders
05-12-2008, 08:13 PM
Lenny on Law and Order. When Law and Order was still good. Then Lenny died. Really sad. And no one can take his place.

Lyra Jean
05-13-2008, 07:55 AM
A moment of silence for Lenny. He was really good. I always enjoy the episodes he is in. The one liners he had were great.

Vandal
05-13-2008, 03:44 PM
Detectives J. D. LaRue and Neal Washington from Hill Street Blues.

john francis
05-13-2008, 04:00 PM
Rockfish is cool but I think you've overlooked a certain sauve fellow from Barney Miller named Fish! Now that's urban cool walking.

ACEnders
05-13-2008, 11:39 PM
A moment of silence for Lenny. He was really good. I always enjoy the episodes he is in. The one liners he had were great.

He had the BEST one-liners. I really liked him a lot.

Currently, I'd have to go with Horation Cain on CSI: Miami.

Mr Flibble
05-13-2008, 11:42 PM
Lenny on Law and Order. When Law and Order was still good. Then Lenny died. Really sad. And no one can take his place.

Yep, Lenny was great. I feel sorry for the guy they got in to replace him because it can't be done.

maestrowork
05-14-2008, 12:07 AM
Columbo, of course.

III
05-14-2008, 12:14 AM
I'll go with Jim Rockford because he was so easily annoyed.

DWSTXS
05-14-2008, 12:27 AM
I'll go with Jim Rockford because he was so easily annoyed.

not to mention those great, witty answering machine messages of his that they always aired at the beginning of each show. (Those can be found on wikipedia, btw)

zahra
05-15-2008, 12:10 AM
A moment of silence for Lenny. He was really good. I always enjoy the episodes he is in. The one liners he had were great.
Silence and a bit of a lump in the throat.

Did Greene get killed on the job, BTW? They're having a 'Greene marathon' on TV in the US this weekend, which shows him being gunned down, but in the UK we haven't had that episode. Does he die or leave?

ChaosTitan
05-15-2008, 12:13 AM
I think Greene just left (after some debacle or another). He was shot a few seasons ago, because the actor needed a break to film Rent. That might be what they're airing in the previews.

zahra
05-15-2008, 12:59 AM
I think Greene just left (after some debacle or another). He was shot a few seasons ago, because the actor needed a break to film Rent. That might be what they're airing in the previews.
Thanks. I can't get used to the newbies this season, Jeremy what's-his-face and the other guy, though I'm sure I'll get there. My dream team is Briscoe, Greene, McCoy, Abbie and Arthur. *Sob!*

Did you see the episode of 'Criminal Intent' where Logan says he has dreams where Lennie Briscoe comes to him and says, 'I'm not dead'?:cry:

Lyra Jean
05-15-2008, 09:02 AM
I saw that episode. It maked me cry. :cry:

Vandal
05-15-2008, 03:47 PM
McCloud.

There ya go!

soleary
05-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Doogie Howser. Oops. Waitaminute. Dang. :)

dpaterso
05-15-2008, 05:48 PM
I'm voting for Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. That's despite watching the other candidates in this thread over many years. Greatest detective means not having obvious-as-all-hell clues handed to you on a plate, or the case hanging upon the smug villain's stupid mistake, or a flimsy plot that revolves around a farcical "cool idea of the week." Greatest detective means getting your magnifying glass out, rubbing ash between your fingertips and identifying it from among 212 similar-but-not-quite-identical ashes, being a master of disguise able to move freely among the underworld's worst cut-throats and murderers, and making Scotland Yard's best look like bumbling fools.

-Derek