DICK LOCHTE'S
TOP 20 TV PRIVATE EYES
From Ed Gorman's Blog

This list originally appeared on Ed Gorman's Blog on August 31, 2010. At the time, Ed wrote: "In addition to being both a fine novelist and short story writer as well as a very perceptive critic, Dick's list is especially interesting to me because he includes "items" I've never seen on any other list before.... Cool stuff. "

It's still cool stuff, and Dick's still the man. In 2017, he even added a few notes to his original choices.

In order of preference...

The Rockford Files
Jim Rockford

The Outsider
David Ross

Goodnight, My Love
Francis Hogan and Arthur Boyle

Peter Gunn

Veronica Mars

The Dain Curse
The Continental Op, here named Hamilton Nash

Harry O
Harry Orwell

One Shoe Makes It Murder
Harold Shillman

The Underground Man
Lew Archer

City of Angels
Jake Axminster

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
(Darren McGavin version)

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
(Stacy Keach version)

Tenspeed and Brownshoe
Lionel Whitney and E.L. Turner

Murphy's Law
Daedalus Patrick Murphy

Vincent
Vincent Gallagher

Philip Marlowe
(Phil Carey version)

Vengeance Unlimited
Mr. Chapel

The Equalizer
Robert McCall

Mannix
Joe Mannix

Nero Wolfe
The Maury Chaykin, Timothy Hutton version.

FURTHER THOUGHTS (2010)

There are many others worth a Netflicks or Hulu download, if available: 77 Sunset Strip's Stu Bailey (preferably the very last episodes, minus the other regulars), Remington Steele, Moonlighting, Spenser: For Hire, Simon and Simon, Magnum PI, Banacek, Charlie Grace, Hawaiian Eye's Steele and Lopaka, Bourbon Street Beat's Calhoun and Randolph, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Dick Francis' The Racing Game's Sid Halley, Eyes, Snoops and two of the earliest sleuths, Martin Kane Private Eye (with William Gargan) and Man Against Crime's Mike Barnett.

-- Dick Lochte

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RELATED LINKS

PWA founder Randisi's own personal P.I. Series & P.I. Novel Survey Results from the Spring of 1997, which he conducted on rec.arts.mystery. The results -- and some of Randisi's comments -- are pretty interesting.

My personal look back at the eyes who I felt had left their mark on the shamus game since Mystery Scene first hit the streets in 1985, published in conjunction with Mystery Scene's 100 issue in 2007.


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