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Baretta
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Lived in Apartment 2-C of the King Edward
Had a pet cockatoo named Fred
Barnaby Jones
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Retired Detective Passes His Business to His Son, Hal
Starred Buddy Ebson
Barney Miller
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Wry Humor in New York City’s 12th Precinct
Starred Hal Linden and Abe Vigoda
Cannon
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Rotund Detective Lives in a Penthouse on Sunset Strip
Has a penchant for expensive things
Car 54 Where Are You?
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The Genre’s First Sitcom
Starring Joe Ross and Fred Gwynne
Charlie's Angels
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“Once Upon a Time, There Were Three Little Girls . . .”
John Forsythe was the voice of Charlie
City of Angels
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TV Knockoff of Chinatown With Jake Axminster
Jake would always look both ways to see if the cops were laying for him
Colombo
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We Never Knew His First Name
Modeled after Petrovich in Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
The Defenders
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Father/son Lawyer Duo Take on Contemporary Issues
1961-1965
The Fugitive
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Classic Man-on-the-run Plot Line
David Jansen starred as Richard Kimball
Get Christie Love!
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Teresa Graves Plays a Black Undercover Agent
Based on The Ledger by Dorothy Uhnak
Hawaii Five-O
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Fictional State Police Led by Steve McGarrett
Actor Jack Lord played Steve
Honey West
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The Genre’s First Female Private Eye
Produced by Aaron Spelling
Ironside
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A Sniper’s Bullet Paralyzed Him from the Waist Down
Broadcast as A Man Called Ironside in the UK
I Spy
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Featured the Genre’s First African-American Hero
Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott
Kojak
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Greek-American Detective Fond of Lollipops
"Who loves ya, baby?". The lollipop was introduced after Telly Savalas gave up smoking.
Mannix
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Featured Mike Connors As an Armenian-American Private Investigator
Produced by Bruce Geller
McCloud
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Wore a Stetson and a Sheepskin Coat
Starred Dennis Weaver
McMillan and Wife
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Police Commissioner of San Francisco With a Shrewd Housekeeper Named Mildred
Starred Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James
Mission Impossible
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Featured Intricate Weekly Espionage Assignments
"Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . ."
Mod Squad
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Hip Crime Fighters Deal With Counter-culture Issues
Produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas
Police Woman
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Pepper Anderson is an Undercover Prostitute
Starred Angie Dickenson
Quincy, M.E.
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Based on Canadian TV Series Wojeck
Played by Jack Klugman
The Rockford Files
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Lived in a House Trailer Near Malibu, California
Played by James Garner
The Saint
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Simon Templar Fights Crime Using Criminal Methods
First appeared in 1928, making Templar the longest running character in contemporary detective fiction


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