Top 10 Television Detectives

Some of the most famous beloved characters on television have been detectives. In the battle of good versus evil, the detectives are typically on the side of good, and television viewers are very satisfied when the bad guy is caught and goes to jail for their crime.

There have been a lot of television detectives that viewers consider to be their favorite, and here is a list of the top 10 television detectives, so go ahead and scroll down now to read about the best television detectives of all time.

Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the best most amazing detective in the world back in the 1800s, but since then, Sherlock Holmes has been recreated many times. The modern Sherlock Holmes is on television, and he and Dr. Watson solve complicated crimes, but there is a modern twist to it that has millions of fans hooked.

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These days vampires are popular, but back in 1974 they were really not on television. A detective named Carl Kolchak was on the trail of a serial killer, who turned out to be a vampire. The show lasted for only one year, but it was a supernatural hit that paved the way for supernaturl hit shows today.


Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot is one of the most famous detectives ever created by author Agatha Christie. For over 50 years, Poirot appeared in over 30 novels and 50 short stories. Out of all the actors that has portrayed Poirot over the years, David Suchet is said to portray the Belgian detective exactly as Agatha Christie wrote the character.

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Gil Grissom

Gil Grissom is part of the Las Vegas crime lab, and he and his band of scientists solve some of the most complicated crimes in Las Vegas.

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Jessica Fletcher

An English teacher turned crime author turned detective, Jessica Fletcher was a simple woman who lived in Maine, but she had a real knack for solving crimes and lending her talents to help out the local sheriff bring the right man or woman to justice.

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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is the daughter of a sheriff turned private investigator, and she learned the business from her father. Veronica investigated a lot of crimes in Neptune, California, and she proved that a girl could be smart, tough, and beautiful.

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Perry Mason

Perry Mason was a defense lawyer, but he helped solve the crimes better than the police did. Mason would prove his client’s innocence during the trial, and the witness on the stand ended up being with guilty person that actually committed the crime.

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Benjamin Matlock was considered to be the modern Perry Mason because he too was a defense lawyer. However, Matlock created enough reasonable doubt that his clients were always found innocent and set free.


Cagney & Lacey

A single woman and a working mother were teamed up to form a detective team that was able to keep up with their male counterparts. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless were role models for woman everywhere, and the two went on to win many Emmys for their portrayals of the female detectives.

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Nancy Drew

The daughter of an attorney, Nancy Drew had a talent for solving mysteries. Drew started out as a book series, but in the 1970s she had her own television show with her friends the Hardy Boys. Nancy Drew has been the subject of many films as recent as 2007 starring Emma Robertson.

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Pretty cool right? What did you think of all of those detectives? If you were impressed with our list, feel free to leave us a comment below. However, if you want to see more greaet lists, we have links to lists below, so go ahead and click on one!

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