Feb 2012 29


1) Veronica Mars – Veronica Mars

2) Columbo – Columbo

3) Jimmy McNulty – The Wire

4) Sherlock Holmes – Benedict Cumberbatch

5) Jane Tennison – Prime Suspect


Now obviously you may disagree with me and more than likely about my number one choice. A character from a show that was cancelled after three season and very few of you probably have even heard of.  But I loved Veronica Mars, she rocked my world with some great dialogue, use of gadgets and an array of sassy outfits.  I urge you to at least give a few shows of season one a watch before you judge me.


Special mention also to my favorite drunk detective McNulty from The Wire an incredible bit of acting by Dominic West.


These are my views and I know for a fact do not represent the views of my fellow contributors.  So use the comment button and let the debate begin!


  1. Nick says:

    In response, my top 5:

    1. Columbo
    2. Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett)
    3. Max Wallander
    4. Inspector Morse
    5. Starsky and Hutch

  2. TomA says:

    Dude, I can’t believe you left off McNulty! I think he deserves a place on any top 5 list of great detectives, even if it’s only because when Bubbles says his name it sounds like ‘McNutty’!

    1. Sherlock Holmes – Jeremy Brett (have to agree with Nick on that one)
    2. Jimmy McNulty (so flawed, so very flawed, but he gets the job done dammit!… Sometimes…)
    3. Vic Mackey (see: McNulty, Jimmy)
    4. Sam Spade (who needs a coherent plot when this guy’s involved?)
    5. Mike Hammer (his NAME is MIKE HAMMER… And it’s a pretty dark, cool, crazy, classic movie).

  3. TomA says:

    Like all the best detectives Nick, I don’t play by the rules.

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