This week I saw a link to the “30 Best TV Detectives” from the Telegraph’s website. As a big fan of mysteries – both written and video – this was too good to resist. Since it’s a UK publication, I expected a lot of British detectives. Not a problem, as I’m a huge fan of many of the BBC mysteries that appear on Masterpiece Mystery. Truthfully, I was surprised at how many U.S. TV shows are featured on the list, and many that appeared over 20 years ago.

I haven’t watched all of these shows – or even heard of some of them – but do agree with most that I know about. However, some of my favorites are definitely missing from the list. I’m addicted to Midsomer Murders – the older versions featuring John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby so was hoping to see him on the list. Instead, he’s on for a series I haven’t heard of, Bergerac, but must search out in DVD. And no Sherlock Homes? I thought either the current version featuring Benedict Cumberbatch or the 1980s version starring Jeremy Brett might have made the list. And I know it’s a newish show but I also have a real fondness for Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller.

Are any of your favorites missing from the list?

  • • 1. Wendell Pierce and Dominic West: The Wire (2002-08)
  • • 2. Dennis Franz: NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
    • 3. Michael Chiklis: The Shield (2002-08)
    • 4. Andre Braugher: Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99)
    • 5. Sofie Grabol: The Killing (2007-12)
    • 6. Clarke Peters: The Wire (2002-08)
    • 7. John Thaw and Dennis Waterman: The Sweeney (1975-1978)
    • 8. Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul: Starsky & Hutch (1975-1979)
    • 9. Peter Falk: Columbo (1968-2003)
    • 10. Helen Mirren: Prime Suspect (1991-2006)
    • 11. David Suchet: Poirot (1989-2013)
    • 12. Idris Elba: Luther (2010- )
    • 13. John Thaw: Morse (1987-2000)
    • 14. Telly Savalas: Kojak (1973-78)
    • 15. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless: Cagney & Lacey (1981-88)
    • 16. Richard Belzer: Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-99)
    • 17. Raymond Burr: Ironside (1967-75)
    • 18. Angie Dickinson: Police Woman (1974-78)
    • 19. Bruce Weitz: Hill Street BLues (1981-1987)
    • 20. Jerry Orbach: Law & Order (1992-2004)
    • 21. John Nettles: Bergerac (1981-1991)
    • 22. John Simm and Philip Glenister: LIFE ON MARS (2006-2007)
    • 23.  Mark McManus: Taggart (1983-1994)
    • 24. Jack Lord: Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)
    • 25. Patrick Malahide: Minder (1979-1989)
    • 26. Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas: Miami Vice (1984-89)
    • 27. James Garner: The Rockford Files (1974-1980)
    • 28. Jason Schwartzman: Bored to Death (2009-2011)
    • 29. Angela Lansbury: Murder She Wrote (1984-1996)
    • 30. Tom Sellect: Magnum P.I. (1980-88)


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.