Who is your favorite TV cop character so far and why ?

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  1. Ben__Tyler

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    Who are your 1 - 3 favorite TV cop characters
    (be it a detective, or a uniformed / undercover cop, but not a private detective or a lawyer) so far and please say why, for anyone named ?
     
  2. RossTerry

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    Jack Bauer
    Gil Grissom
     
  3. Jason Seaver

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    1. Elliot Stabler, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - the guy investigates some of the sickest crimes out there and you can't shake the feeling that he's about to explode. As much as I love him, I honestly can't wait for the episode where he's written out. See also "Rudy Pemberton, Homicide: Life On The Street"

    2. Matt Sikes & George Francisco, Alien Nation - has any other sci-fi cop show worked? Or had characters who were as much fun? I think not. The only competition in the sci-fi area is Constable Odo of Deep Space Nine.

    3. Sheriff Lucas Buck, American Gothic. Ain't never been a better bad cop. Do I really have to explain this choice?

    Can't quite fit Inspector Sledge Hammer on the list, dang it.
     
  4. Chris

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    1. Pemberton, Homicide: Life on the Streets. I have always loved Braugher in almost anything, but here he was sensational. When he would go in to the "box" with someone, you always felt there was potential for him to lose it, snap and kill the guy. And yet, he was normally so calm and just went through the grilling. Excellent acting.

    2. Andy Griffith - come on, who wouldn't want to be holed up in Sherrif Andy's jail?

    3. Sherrif Wigums (The Simpsons)

    4. (honorable mention) Det. Lennie Briscoe, who I always find fits the role just right [​IMG]
     
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    1.Vic Mackey, The Shield. Watch the show from day 1 and you'll be a fan too. It's definitely the other side of the Commish.

    2.Pembleton, Homicide. Yet another great confrontational police detective.

    3.Adrian Monk, Monk. I'm cheating since he's no longer a cop but definitely a detective in the Columbo mode, you think he's a clown until he blows your plan and slaps the cuffs on you.
     
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    Belker - Hill Street Blues

    Went from a one-joke character to a very evolved character that you could understand his motivations. My favorite line one day was when Furillo said "Unleash Belker". You also could believe Belkers humanity when seeing someone, even a suspect, die.


    Nick - CSI

    A guy who likes his job and does not seem to be doing it for the paycheck.

    Furrillo - Hill Street Blues

    A cop who did his best to walk a tight rope between 2 sides. Tried to treat people with respect, but was not one to toy with and would walk that fine line to get the job done when needed (the tactic when trying to get a confession about a Nun's murder and the time when he had to protect his wife from being eleminated as a witness). Sometime he had issues on what he had to do to get his job done. The bit about going to confession after using questionable tactics in getting a confession really stood out.
     
  7. James T

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    Jack "I'm gonna need a hacksaw" Bauer - does whatever is neccessary to complete his job.

    Chief Wiggum - the complete opposite to what a chief is suppose to be.

    Comm. Jim Gordon - The father figue to Batman and the perfect example of a great leader for people to follow.
     
  8. Lew Crippen

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    You guys have already mostly named mine:

    Captain Frank Furillo of Hill Street Blues: more integrity, combined with an occasional weakness than any other cop. Ran a great precinct professionally with a cast of characters. I’ll give a nod to most of the rest of the cast including Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (‘’Let’s be careful out there’)

    Detective Andy Sipowicz of NYPD Blue: he has probably become a bit too likeable the last few seasons, but who else has the edge of Andy, a ton of personal weaknesses and is the last person you would want suspecting you? Plus his wives get a bit better-looking every time.

    Detective Frank Pemberton of Homicide, Life on the Street: the complete opposite of Sipowicz—neat and controlled—here his control was his weakness. Another cop who always knew if you were lying. Add to him most of the rest of the cast.

    One of the cops from The Wire would be on the list, if it had been on just a bit longer.
     
  9. chuck_b

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    Easy choice - Vic Mackey, "The Shield".

    The anti-cop in raw, living color. A show that grabs you in each episode and taunts you with the preview of the upcoming show. Mackey is the best parts of Andy Sipowitz, Dirty Harry and John Kelly (NYPD - David Caruso) all rolled into one.

    With an unclear vision who are the bad guys and who are the good guys, Mackey marshalls an un-hollywood like tactical squad into episodes which can carve up an hour like no other show. His tension, compassion and temper create a walking time bomb, unlike the small firecraker now boiling over in Franz's Sipowitz. With a stellar regular cast, multiple cross-episodic storylines and gritty guest performers, Michael Chiklis leads his merry band of street weary cops unlike most screen cops before him.

    Whereas predicting the plot lines in most network cop shows has become childs play, The Shield and Mackey, combined with the extra freedom of the F/X channel, leave a pit in your gut as you are driven into storys too real to predict.
     
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    Detective Andy Sipowicz of NYPD Blue has to be one of the most realistic cops on tv. He's failed and flawed, but the guy you'd want working on the case if it involved your family.

    Adrian Monk is a terrific character. I really enjoy that show.

    Nash Bridges is just the defination of cool. While not too realistic, is was a great character, and a very cool show.
     
  11. LarryDavenport

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    I can't narrow it down to three single cops*, so I picked the three greatest cop shows, IMO.

    1) Boomtown

    Officer Ray Hechler (Gary Basaraba) His portrayal of a blue collar cop makes it hard to believe he got his degree from Yale. Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith (Mykelti Williamson) on Boomtown. Besides being a great detective he's ahell of a story teller. Detective Joel Stevens (Donnie Wahlberg) a good man who has to make hard decisions at home while working on difficult cases. And the greatest DA of them all, David McNorris (Neal McDonough) I will miss most of all.

    2) Homicide: Life in the Streets

    Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer). Sure, Pembleton (Andre Braugher)was a great detective and Bayliss (Kyle Secor)was complex, but Munch was the most fun to watch and I loved his conspiracy theories and his genuine affection for his partner Bolander. In fact Homicide had a lot of great characters including Lt. Giardello (Yaphet Kotto), and the underated Sgt. Howard (Melissa Leo), and Beau Felton (Daniel Baldwin).

    3) Hill Street Blues

    It could get to be a bit of a soap opera, especially when it focused on the cops home lifes and romances, but the first couple seasons when Officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid) and Officer Bobby Hill (Michael Warren) were ambushed and had to recover from their wounds and learn to be partners again was an early high point to the show.

    Honorable mention: Dear Detective Brenda Vacarro starred as Detective Kate Hudson in this short lived TV sereies from the 1970's based on the superior French film "Tendre Poulet".

    * I stuck to cops, not Feds, spies, western sheriffs, U. S. Marshals, private eyes, amateur sleuths, investigative journalists, or vampires with souls (feel free to start a new topic).
     
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    1. Frank Pemberton

    There is no one I'd rather not face in the Box than Frank Pendleton the Dogged Homicide Detective from Homicide. Self Righteous and smug maybe but there's no one more determined to speak for the dead.

    2. Vic Mackey

    Vic is scary. He gets results, but breaks so many moral and ethical bounderies that we have to ask "At what Price"

    3. Andy Sipowicz

    Maybe Andy was headng toward the same path as Mackey, but Andy had a shread of morality and goodness that saved his career. Still Bullheaded and Stubborn, Andy's not afraid to return to the "Old Ways" to get the truth out of a suspect.


    There's my three
     
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    I'm sorry to be a nitpicker, but why do so many people keep calling Pembleton Pembreton? It's easy to look up.
     
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    1. Detective Robert Goren - Law and Order:CI. D'Onofrio's character is just so "buddy, buddy" right up to when he blows the case wide open.

    2. Another vote for Munch. I'm glad they continued the character on SVU. He's so sarcastic it makes me laugh.

    3. Ponch and Jon. Yes, I'm a child of the 70's/80's.[​IMG]
     
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    1. Detective Frank Pembleton, Homicide: Life on the Street
    I would piss my pants if I was in the box with him.

    2. Police Chief Clancy Wiggum, The Simpsons
    I would piss my pants laughing at the piss-poor job he does. [​IMG]

    3. Tim Bayliss, Homicide: Life on the Street
    Soft guy at heart, complex character, and Frank's great partner.

    Honorable mentions:
    John Munch, Homicide: Life on the Street and Law and Order: SVU
    Absolutely hilarious guy.

    The rest of the cast of Homicide: Life on the Street
    I can't think of a character that brought down the show. I haven't seen every episode, but I watched the last two or three seasons and the first two on DVD.
     
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    Not much on cop shows but if I was to pick one... hmmm... I guess Christie Love. She couldv'e arrested me anytime... sugar. [​IMG]

    *people here are going ...who??*
     
  17. BrianAe

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    Another voter for:

    1)Detective Frank Pemberton of Homicide, Life on the Street

    It sucked when they made him have that stroke.

    2)Det. Lennie Briscoe, Law and Order

    Best detective on the ultimate Police Drama.

    3) Boss Hog, Dukes of Hazard

    Mmmmmm. Ribs.
     
  18. Craig: Mclaren

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    Hmmm, wheres all the iconic cops gents?

    1. Sonny Crockett- (Miami Vice)
    The only cop that mattered from the 1980's. The look and attitude made him the coolest motherf***** on the planet. Hell people still dress like that! Lived on a boat, drove a $100,000 dollar Ferrari Testarossa, had a pet Alligator, had several flings with beautiful women over the course of 5 seasons. Shot tons of bad guys with that big silver handgun while a Phil Collins song played in the background , wore sunglasses, drank straight Jack Daniels. Didn't wear socks. Made designer stubble a household name. Makes a lot of those choices from NYPD Blue and Law and Order look positively boring!

    2. Jack Bauer (24) - The Crockett of this decade. Kicks ass yet has that all important sensitive side.

    3. Ken Hutchinson (Starsky and Hutch) - No body slides over car bonnets like David Soul. An icon of the 1970's and one of the coolest cops ever.

    I'm a big fan of NYPD Blue etc but a lot of pretty dull 1990's choices there people. Wheres Kojak? I agree on Mackey and Grissom though. Two of the best. [​IMG]
     
  19. Brad Porter

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    I'll post the top three that haven't been listed yet (because my top three would probably include Pembleton and Bauer)

    If bounty hunters count...

    Brisco County, Jr. - This show was fun, fun, fun. It was an updated version of The Wild Wild West, with a bit more of a nod and wink to the audience built in. Brisco was smart, courageous, swift, and damn funny. I'd like the show on DVD as soon as possible, please!

    If FBI agents count...

    Fox Mulder - Sure the show became an impenetrable mess down the stretch and there were always those occasional stinker episodes, but Fox Mulder was on a mission. The dry wit and the deadpan reactions to the most outrageous events made him the best tour guide to the world of The X-Files. The audience was supposed to identify with Scully, while Mulder fulfilled the Willy Wonka role. A well written and conceived character, and probably the third person on my real top three list.

    If private detectives count...

    Jim Rockford - No phony superman-in-plain-clothes here, Rockford did it all without flourish or unbelievable bravery. If he thought he was at risk of getting shot, he didn't go in there! He always left his gun at home and had to scramble to find a way out of whatever jam his loser clients had put him in. James Garner was perfectly cast in this role, and there aren't many detectives quite like him.

    Brad
     
  20. Phil Florian

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    Oh, c'mon...don't forget the original detective! I would pretty much go BBC for this set. First and foremost is Jeremy Brett's outstanding version of Sherlock Holmes. For an even deeper look I would then turn to Robbie Coltrane's Fitz from Cracker and lastly the late, great Inspector Morse (though I didn't watch enough of him...must catch more on A&E or BBCA). Oh, as a dark horse I would also go with the Dark Knight. The Animated Batman from the early to mid 90's was a very cool detective, though of course not a cop. Even his smartest villain Ras Al Gul calls him "Detective" and not his street name.

    There, that's my list.

    Phil
     

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