Magazine article Variety

Crimesolvers

Magazine article Variety

Crimesolvers

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TVs most memorable crimesolvers are more than just do-gooders with astonishing track records. They are stalwart, charismatic and sometimes persnickety guides who turn ferreting out the truth behind humanity's darkest impulses into riveting drama.

Some fight demons themselves, like blue-collar NYPD hardcase Andy Sipowicz, who reformed his bigoted, drunken ways over 12 seasons but kept his heart of gold, and Bay Area private eye Adrian Monk, clever but racked by obsessivecompulsive disorder. Forensic entomologist Gil Grissom could run a crack CSI squad, but wasn't the warmest personality, while master interrogators Frank Pembleton of the Baltimore PD and honey-twanged detective Brenda Johnson in L.A. frequently bristled at police bureaucracy and put off colleagues.

It's a genre galleiy rife with lone wolves, like mobile homebased sleuth Jim Rockford, who'd rather use his wits than get into a fistfight (though he often got bruised anyway), and wry, macho, Ferrari-driving Thomas Magnum, who made part-time sleuthing look like fulltime fun. Dale Cooper might have been an FBI agent, but in oddball Twin Peaks, his individuating tendencies fit right in. …

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