Who Was Your Favorite Detective?

Growing up, we followed our favorite detectives as they found clues and solved thrilling mysteries depicted in books, movies and television shows. Which detective show was your favorite to watch over the years? Remember Kojak and his Tootsie Pops, the secret agent duo in Get Smart, Columbo’s apparent absentmindedness, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? Share your memories in today’s Throwback Thursday.

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Cy Governs April 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Either Harriet the Spy or Encyclopedia Brown.

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TONI March 31, 2015 at 11:58 am

AND PLEASE DONT FORGET,77 SUNSET STRIP

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Johnny G March 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

I have to agree with all those old 70's shows which I also grew up watching. One of my most favorite that I loved, though he was an investigative reporter and not a police detective, was Kolchak:the Night Stalker.

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Linda Pierce March 26, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Jim Rockford - The Rockford Files and a couple decades later, Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard in Moon ? something or other ? maybe Moonlighting

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Cathy Carini March 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Going WAY back - black & white versions of Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes. Others were: Ellery Queen, Mannix, Magnum, Hart to Hart, Rockford Files, so many OLD good ones.

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Margaret Osterman March 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Illya Kuryakin from The Man from UNCLE

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Carol March 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I don't remember watching detective shows as a kid, but I devoured everything by Agatha Christie that I could get my hands on. These days I am strictly PBS Morse, Midsomer Murders, Endeavour, Inspector Lewis and love the new Sherlock.

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Joanne March 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Past Sherlock Holmes, mid - Columbo, Now Law & Order Criminal Intent, Detective Goren and Eames

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Wanda Carter March 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

There were so many great ones to choose from but I loved McGarrett on the orginal Hawaii Five-O also Mannix and Cannon. I would have to say though that my favorite detective was actually Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick "Watson"!

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Jade March 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

Get Smart was my favorite

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C March 26, 2015 at 10:46 am

I'd have to say "Law and Order: SVU" because they had crimes, their situations and how they were handled/justice that really got the viewers thinking. Some really excellent episodes I still think about.

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Bonnie C March 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

I watch almost all of the detective shows (from Get Smart and Rockford Files to Murder She Wrote all the way to the current Elementary which depicts a modern-day Sherlock Holmes). I love the way they challenge me to try to figure out the mystery before the answer is revealed near the end of the show. Some current shows on TV also provide that brain stimulation (CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Law & Order, etc.), but either I'm getting a lot smarter, or the shows writers are less creative, since I am finding it easier and easier to unravel the mystery long before the big "reveal."

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shay wiggins March 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

PERRY MASON, MATLOCK AND IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT WERE MY CHILDHOOD FAVORITES!

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Bonnie March 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

Mannix when I was a kid, but when I see those old shows in rerun, wow what a difference from what we have now. My all time favorite show was HOMICIDE and I liked all the detectives on that show.

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Laura Gandy March 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

My favorites on televison are "Inspector Lewis", the modern Sherlock, and the reality of "The First 48". In the literary world, Sherlock Holmes, Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, Peter Robinson's Ian Banks, and Catriona King's Marc Craig.

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AJ March 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

Yes, I agree Tubbs and Crocket, Columbo, Rockford Files, Magnum PI but let's not forget Paul Drake on Perry Mason, the Mod Squad, Moonlighting, Cagney and Lacy and my favorite as a kid - Surfside Six.

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Debra Gayles March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Magnum P.I. , Columbo and Steve McGarrett of Hawaii Five-O'

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Minke March 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

I love PBS and Inspector Morse and his successor Inspector Lewis!

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Ruby March 26, 2015 at 8:46 am

Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote

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Wanda March 26, 2015 at 8:41 am

Columbo. Just loved him. I have his complete series on DVD.

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Lori March 26, 2015 at 8:35 am

Inspector Clouseau- the genius of Peter Sellars! Am I showing my age?

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Shirley Briscoe March 26, 2015 at 8:34 am

Hart to Hart- thought they were tooo cute

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Carol March 26, 2015 at 8:13 am

Frank Pembleton, "Homcide"

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Debra LaBay March 26, 2015 at 8:04 am

I'm with Clifford growing up in the 60s/70s; I watched what my parents watched and their favorites seemed to be, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon, Mannix and Columbo. I even liked Baretta even though he was a police officer and not a detective.

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Janet March 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote.

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Laura March 26, 2015 at 7:54 am

Mannix

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David Plaut March 26, 2015 at 7:52 am

Columbo

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Anita March 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

"Book'em Dano"
Colombo
Tubbs & Sonny Crocket

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Clifford March 26, 2015 at 6:57 am

As a young man growing up in the 60's and 70's, I used to enjoy watching Get Smart, "Leave a message at the tone" The Rockford Files", Cannon and Barnaby Jones.

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Marie Schanke March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am

Magnum P.I. Yes, I am a child of the '80s!

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Rogena Butler March 26, 2015 at 3:59 am

Steve McGarrett of the original Hawaii Five-O. His words to Danny are classic.

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