Thursday, June 30, 2011

Who was TV’s greatest detective?

OC Register, 6.27.11
By MICHAEL HEWITT

The greatest detective in TV history?

Two recent passing have the Watcher pondering this question.

The first was the death Thursday of Peter Falk, whose beloved character Columbo must be at or near the top of the list. The other was Sunday’s finale – at least on the USA network – of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

The central figure of “LOCI,” Vincent D’Onofrio’s Det. Robert Goren, not only only was a rival to Columbo, he was part of the same fictional evolutionary sequence: the big-brained social-misfit detective. Sherlock Holmes certainly was the first, but Columbo and Goren were among the brightest stones in the chain.

Another trait shared by “Columbo” and “LOCI” – at least in its earlier days – was that the shows’ mysteries’ were not mysteries at all. We knew whodunnit. The drama came from watching Columbo and Goren close in on their prey, discovering what error was made or what ingenious technique would produce a confession.

But who else belongs in the TV detective pantheon? Gil Grissom (William Peterson) of “CSI” for sure. And Jim Rockford (James Garner) of “The Rockford Files.” But who else?

Here’s where I need my readers’ help. I’ll be be trying to narrow down the greatest TV detectives to a top 10. Whom would you select? Drop me an e-mail, or swing by the blog to vote.
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