WHO WAS THE WORLD’S GREATEST T.V. DETECTIVE?

I ordered the second season of Columbo episodes on DVD. Included was a rundown of the greatest sleuth shows on television. Believe it or not Magnum P.I. was listed numero uno followed by Columbo. Other shows like, Murder She Wrote, The Rockford Files, Remington Steele, and the old Sherlock Holmes episodes starring Basil Rathbone were in the top ten. Who was your favorite and why?

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Comment by Bill Bushman on February 27, 2010 at 6:57am
I guess its because I'm such a Jack Webb fan, but I think Joe Friday has got to be up there with great TV detectives. He was great at sniffing out a rat and always seemed to have a great monologue or two to boot!
Comment by I. J. Parker on January 16, 2010 at 12:48am
Didn't like any of them. Simple-minded and repetitive.

My vote still goes to "Frost", though "Inspector Morse" runs a close second. Sorry, but the British series are miles better than the American ones.
Comment by Dana King on January 16, 2010 at 12:44am
Magnum was a fun show, as was the Rockford Files. They were PIs, though, and iconoclastic PIs to boot, and the shows were more about the attitudes and moods than with the detective work. So far as watching a detective solve mysteries in an entertaining way, Colombo still gets my vote. Peter Falk was perfect, able to keep you wondering how and when he would figure out a crime you already knew the answer to.

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