8 TV COPS I'D MOST WANT INVESTIGATING My OWN MURDER
My new book, TV (THE BOOK), comes out on 9/6, and has a list of the 100 greatest shows ever chosen by me and Matt Zoller Seitz, plus other shorter lists. Somehow, we didn't pick the best TV cops, so here's a crack at that, sticking with ones I'd most trust to solve my own murder. For more on the book, go to http://TVTheBook.com
- 1.Lt. Columbo, ColumboDoesn't matter the method of crime or the brilliance of the killer; Columbo not only always gets his man, but seems to know whodunit from the moment he's assigned to the case. A genius
- 2.Frank Pembleton, HomicideI'd trust Columbo over Pembleton if both were starting from scratch, but if I just needed a confession, there's nobody is rather have doing the interrogating than Frank.
- 3.Lester Freamon, The WireHe might take months or years to close the case, and cost taxpayers a small fortune in electronic surveillance, but Cool Lester Smooth would not only find my killer, but unravel the whole criminal conspiracy that got me killed.
- 4.Andy Sipowicz, NYPD BlueSentimental choice, as there are better pure investigators still on the board. But I started this ride with Sipowicz, and I'd trust him to beat a confession out of my killer if necessary.
- 5.Robert Goren, Law & Order: Criminal IntentBasically Columbo and Pembleton combined, give or take a sense of personal boundaries.
- 6.Gil Grissom, CSIHe'd bring all the necessary science and technology to bear to see justice done. Technically worked for the crime lab, but had a badge and gun, which qualifies him more than Monk or either official modern version of Sherlock Holmes.
- 7.Molly Solverson, FargoLike Columbo, she's an investigative genius in a package that seems designed to be underestimated until it's too late for the killer. Also, cool as a cucumber in a gunfight.
- 8.Brenda Leigh Johnson, The CloserSure, she has a small army of detectives doing legwork for her on every case, but like Pembleton and Goren, once she has you in the box, you're done for.