Outlining The Top 5 Greatest TV Detectives Of All Time
Long before Shemar Moore starred on Criminal Minds, TV has been celebrating excellent fictional detectives. So many thrilling television programs have depicted memorable detectives throughout the years, and these are the top 5 as voted by fans of television:
1. Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes has made himself known through the big and small screens for decades, and he remains one of the most celebrated TV detectives ever to exist. Originating from a book series written all the way back in 1887, Holmes remains as popular today as he was in the 19th century!
2. Fox Moulder & Dana Scully – The X-Files was one of the most popular shows in the 1990s, so it is no surprise that it featured two of the most popular TV detectives! Researching and cracking cases of the paranormal and out of this world variety, Moulder and Scully delighted audiences from 1993 all the way until 2002, with a whopping 9 seasons!
3. Adrian Monk – For 7 years Tony Shalhoub delighted audiences as the anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder afflicted detective Adrian Monk. Over the course of 8 seasons, Adrian Monk used his gifts, and his afflictions, to help to solve cases all around the San Francisco area!
4. Hercule Poirot – From the 2004 TV series based on Agatha Christie’s crime novels titled Agatha Christie’s Great Detectives Poirot and Marple came Hercule Poirot. Long before the television series, Poirot was also appearing in Christie’s novels dated between 1920 and 1975.
5. Patrick Jane – Patrick Jane of The Mentalist rounds out the top 5 favorite TV detectives for his work on six seasons of the show. Portrayed by Simon Baker, Patrick Jane is a former faux-psychic that decides to take his talents to the California Bureau of Investigation.
Great TV detectives have been making their mark on television audiences since long before the start of Criminal Minds. Since the days before television, when the crime drama novel was popular, detectives have been solving cases and keeping audiences on the edge of their seat as they get the cases cracked and justice finally served! While these are just some of the most popular TV detectives based on an audience vote, what TV detective is your favorite?