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)

–LinnieGayl