Classic TV: The 70s : Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

They can either be Police Detectives or Private Detectives. I love the following.

Kojak
Mannix
Mike Stone
Steve Keller
Starsky
Jack Regan
Columbo
Barnaby Jones
Jim Rockford



Go to bed Frank or this is going to get ugly .

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

so I guess you weren't too crazy about Hutch either, huh?



I'm not crying, you fool, I'm laughing!

Hewwo.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

so I guess you weren't too crazy about Hutch either, huh?

What gave it away? Seriously though I like Hutch but Starsky will always be my favourite.


Go to bed Frank or this is going to get ugly .

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Harry Orwell
Jim Rockford
The whole 12th Precinct squadroom (Okay, Barney Miller was a comedy, but I guess they count--they did solve some crimes, lol)
Columbo
Baretta
McCloud (I didn't greatly care for this one when it first aired, but I find the reruns a hoot)

And I'm with y'all about Starsky--David Soul was just too full of himself.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Great choices amy. I still need to watch McCloud and Baretta.

As for Starsky he was funny and seemed like someone you would want to hang out with. Plus he was hot!

Go to bed Frank or this is going to get ugly .

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Baretta's interesting mainly for watching Robert Blake just sort of being Robert Blake. Most of the stories are pretty standard issue 70's tv drama, but he lends a kind of 'loose cannon' note that's fun to witness.

McCloud's at it's best when it's Dennis Weaver's laconic cowboy slowly killing the great J.D. Canon (his superior on the police force). Canon's slow burns that turn into mini-strokes as he deals with Weaver's almost slow-wittedly laid back style are hilarious.

And from what I've read I think IRL Paul Michael Glaser was a rather nicer and more down-to-earth sort than Soul, which seemed to show in his performance. He definitely was the better looking of the two in my opinion .

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

There was a poll (don't remember who commissioned it) that questioned police as to the most authentic cop show. Barney Miller won, because it was the show that demonstrated the job was mostly paper work. No shoot-outs, no car chases.

But throughout it all, my motto was "Dignity! Always dignity!".

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

I think it still gets voted by police as one of the most realistic shows to depict the actuality of police work. And I find it doesn't really date much, even taking into account the fashions and the obvious lack of high-tech gizmology. Many of the stories are just as pertinent today; the sort of topicalities they dealt with have, in many cases, not really changed so much over the years. And the humor is timeless.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Columbo - big daddy of them all
Starsky (& Hutch) - Yes, I liked Starsky better too. I was just a small kid & remember seeing *ALL* of their episodes during the 1st run.
Banacek - but he was only around for 1 season (I think)

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Starsky & Hutch

'Huuutch!' - Starsky

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Columbo my favourite by far.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Rockford

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Some that haven't been mentioned.
Eddie Capra Mysteries(shame only 13 episodes)
The Magician with Bill Bixby.
The Persuaders with Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.
cheers

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Joe Mannix
Steve McGarrett
Barnard Jones
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Keep the faith.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Columbo

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

"Charlie's Angels" and "Columbo"

I adore Starsky and Hutch, but weren't they cops?

Also have always really like Jim Rockford.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Not mentioned already (I think) was Longstreet, which intrigued me--James Franciscus as a blind investigator although technically he wasn't a police or private detective. I was about nine years old and the distinction was lost on me at the time. Then I got really into Baretta although in retrospect it may have been the theme song that hooked me; on the other hand, when I began to see Tom Ewell in movies later on, I thought, hey, it's that guy from Baretta.

The Streets of San Francisco was one I began watching again in syndication; I liked Mike Stone a bit better than Steve Keller. But Barney Miller is the one from the period that has really stuck with me. Dietrich is still my favorite. In fact, that dry, understated sense of humor is what I've been trying to emulate for decades. I thought he was hilarious.

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Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

LOL, I think Arthur Dietrich may have helped to shape an entire generation.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Take a wild guess....

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Jim Hutton (1934-79) & Ellery Queen

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Rockford towers above everyone for me.
Harry O had a groovy vibe.

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Columbo


Quincy



Charlie's Angels



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Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Starsky was not a detective, hana

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

Love Kojak, made him a fun video for youtube...hope you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIXu8jPuEPQ


*All Hail the Bale*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkwgqEiGYQI

Re: Your favourite 70's TV Detectives?

What? Nobody liked Cannon?
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