British detective shows, new in 2021

As part of my mission to compile a TV Detective Database listing all mystery/detective/crime shows ever made, I have already compiled lists spanning the decades from the 1950s until the 2010s. A couple months ago, I also completed a round-up of all…

Jerry Orbach on ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and ‘The Law & Harry McGraw’

Prior to his long-running role as the NYPD detective Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order, Jerry Orbach had a recurring role as a Boston private investigator named Harry McGraw. The character was first introduced in an episode of Murder, She…

Before Jessica Fletcher: early detective shows starring women

Early detective shows produced at the dawn of television were ubiquitously centered on male detectives. In the 1950s, the shows had eponymous titles like 'Casey, Crime Photographer', 'Charlie Wilde, Private Detective', and 'Craig Kenney, Criminologist'. But it took a while…

American detective shows that premiered in 2020

This week, I'm continuing with my mission to compile a TV Detective Database listing all mystery/detective/crime shows ever made. I have already compiled lists spanning the decades from the 1950s until the 2010s. And now that the year 2020 is well…

Top 8 detectives according to the 80s TV detective showdown

Back in March, I was inspired by a "Best TV Detective" tournament on Twitter to run my own "Best 80s Detective/Crime Show" tournament. I chose to focus on the 80s because I'm a fan of Murder, She Wrote and other…